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lorneI keep finding more and more Art Deco and Streamline Moderne details in the home. This is great because I have always dreamed of a deco home. But, I thought this would never happen. It is difficult to find a home that “fits” with deco without looking too Roger Rabbit and it is very expensive in interior design because the materials are so luxe. I’m talking to you shagreen and other exotic animal hides. I didn’t realize that the home has these subtle details so I didn’t “plan” accordingly. Now I am trying to get into “character” just a little and imagine everything smokier and with the scent of cognac and gardenias in the air.

I began to have Art Deco fantasies (again) after watching Angel. I loved the hotel with its Hollywood deco details and always wanted a room like Lorne’s. It was dark, rich, and had the best details. I know deco is hokey because it was so mass produced and the 80’s fascination with it almost destroyed it (please don’t pair pink neon lights with streamline anymore), but deco is pretty darn glamorous. I won’t have an all out Art Deco home because our tastes are too eclectic and mixed but I do want that vibe to be there. It’s both cold and warm and practical and unromantic. It’s just right for me, “dark” and glamorous. I’ve always loved this aesthetic because I have loved film noir for quite sometime but Angel added color.

Red living room

Red living room

I forgot where I “found” this red living room but I love it. First, it is an intense color. This is dramatic with nothing else added. But, that teal and chartreuse look amazing with it. I know that no room in my house will ever look this fabulous, I can’t stay in my film noir character this long, but I absolutely lust over this room. If I can just have a little bit of this, then I will be happy. It has colors that I will never grow tired of (chartreuse & teal), great textures, and yes, even pops of zebra print.

-Victoria

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The bathroom floor, excuse the messy glue. I'm working on it.

The bathroom floor, excuse the messy glue. I'm working on it.

While we were waiting to close on this house, I was able to thoroughly plan every room out in detail. I had a style journal and was ready to go. This has been very helpful. We’ve been able to jump into many rooms and start working. So far the one room that has not worked out has been the main bathroom upstairs. I had planned for it to be crisp, solid white. I thought the floor tiles were white hexagons (nope). I thought I would have shiny chrome fixtures, glamorous lighting, and I would paint one of my Brocade Home style mirrors a crisp white. It was going to be white, shiny, clean, and OTT. Well, for me to get that I am going to spend much more than I had planned. After I ripped up the 70’s self-adhesive tile flooring, I did not find dainty white tiles. Instead I found a mix match of tiny squares yellowed over time by the glue. Around the floors and walls there is a super shiny black tile. These 2 things do not mix very well. After doing some 30’s research and after convincing myself the black was added much later, I found that this was very typical of a 30’s home. Many people in the neighborhood have the same black tiles. Colors in the 30’s were pretty brash and not complimentary by our standards. We have sanitary white streamline fixtures, shiny black tile, buttery yellow walls, and tiles that are mainly off-white with tiny tiles of jade, baby blue, pink, eggplant, black, and tons of others. I do not want to lose my vintage fixtures but I was hating the floors. How could I make this work for now? Well, I have to have an entirely new direction. No more monochrome white. I was going to go “traditionalist” to the house and I’m going to go Art Deco. So here’s the plan on how to make this work without doing major renovations and “keeping it real”: bathroomideas

-The sink has to be replaced. Don’t worry, the current one isn’t the original. I’m going to replace it with a hanging sink or as David calls them “the urinal sink”. I bought one and it was only $32. Bonus. The awful vanity lighting will be replaced by the black Rufus overhead lighting from Rejuvenation (pictured in my style idea collage). I really want sconces but that means ripping up the plaster and I just really do not feel like dealing with all of that.

-There is no mirror in this space. I would like to have an Art Deco styled mirror. I’ll find one, just give me sometime.I don’t think the one in my collage will go with the lighting but I’ll find something. I’m thinking of salvaging one from a waterfall dresser. Or maybe I can find a cute medicine cabinet at one of the salvage stores.

-The accessories will be the streamline porcelain ones from Rejuvenation as well. This ties in the black glossy tile around the floor. The house has deco hardware. Bonus. I’ll get some black hooks or chrome hooks to go in there.

– The walls will be painted a rich jade shade. I think this will do. It isn’t something I would normally choose but I really think it will bring out the jade in the floor tiles, look great with the glossy black, and look good with dark woods. It will add more of a masculine feel to the room like a cigar lounge. It will still be very deco. Think a Tamara de Lempicka painting with a gangster slap in the face.

– I want a set of waterfall end tables to put in there for storage. I’ll have my deco perfume bottles courtesy of Guerlain and Tom Ford’s lovely bottles plus cigar boxes holding things like hair pins.

– Other items will include a black or zebra print bath rug so we don’t bust our bottoms on the tile (and it will cover it up, haha). I also want a pop of red somewhere. This jade with lacquer black demands it. I’m thinking a lush vase or a house plant. I don’t know yet but something in there must be a rich red. I may incorporate that into perfume bottles. Samsara?

Some obstacles in the space include: The tub is surronded by sometype of plywood painted white. Yep. This must be removed. Should I tile around the tub? If I do what color? It’s all very overwhelming. I don’t think I am cut out for bathrooms.

-Victoria

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Maire Claire Maison moody black bathroom

Marie Claire Maison moody black bathroom

I love black and really dark rooms: squid ink, aubergine, merlot, soot; however, I think these rooms are only photogenic. I don’t know how they would feel in real life. Every time I see one in a magazine or decorating blog, I fall for them. They are dramatic, rich, deep, moody. In middle school I had a friend who’s parents let her paint her bathroom a deep steel shade. It looked like crap. They didn’t use primer and it just looked uneven and felt very claustrophobic. I imagine that dark shades do take much work to appear even and true to color. You can’t be lazy while applying these pigments. Since I am in renovation mode and totally overwhelmed, I have decided to admire dark rooms from a distance.

I can’t deny that I love this Marie Claire Maison black bathroom. It is so dramatic, moody, and elegant. It has a slight purple tinge. Black bathrooms are scandalous. We are so used to seeing them stark white or light and airy sky blue. There is something very rebellious about a black/dark bathroom. So, I love it. I love to look through books of the homes of Old Hollywood stars. Many had these luxe OTT black marble bathrooms. I will never forget the elegance and drama of Valentino’s black marble bathroom. Of course the pictures were black and white, extra dramatic. But we all know that black marble looks good pretty much all the time. However, the more I look at this bathroom with its pop of harvest gold, milk chocolate clawfoot, and jade green floors, I get more of a 70’s drug lord vibe.

It's very Scarface in design.

It's very Scarface in design.

Umm, I’m thinking Scarface in his office surrounded by blow. Don’t get me wrong. I love Hollywood’s perspective of drug lords, especially their girlfriends with their Halston dresses and head scarves, I love the style that Hollywood gives the “gangster”. It’s a bit Studio 54 and  a dash of Dictator Style. When I watched Pacino in Scarface I was more smitten by the fashions and tasteless but expensive Rococo like decor than the story or message. I wanted a bit of Scarface design in my home. There is nothing wrong with self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and tasteless design in the home. Maybe I do want a black room after all? Actually, there has been a change of plans and the bathroom is going all out moody, dark deco, but I’ll share that a different day.

-Victoria

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The Fargo: 1920's bank fan repro

The Fargo: 1920's bank fan repro

I am totally obsessed with everything this company, Fanimation, produces. Even if it doesn’t fit my style, I still appreciate that it exists. Finding a nice looking and interesting fan, especially ceiling fans, is difficult. In fact, I thought it was impossible. I came across this brand for their vintage reproduction floor fans and wall mounted fans because I love vintage fans. The Fargo is a centerpiece. I would keep it on any table all year round. It’s like a strange, giant vintage microphone. Really it is a repro of 20’s bank fans.

Then there is the Fitzgerald. It’s so deco. It’s a sharp looking fan.

The Fitzgerald

The Fitzgerald

It would really go with the hardware of our home. And who doesn’t love literary reference when they are looking into buying a fan? (There is also a Huxley model).

There are a few more models, a bit more “classic” but still just as fabulous. The Extraordinaire is genius: cool looking and functional. The Old Havana model is so Ernest Hemingway. I seriously can’t decide which one to buy.I mean check out the Brewmaster, a belt-drive repro late 1880’s pub fan. I’m in love. Also, check out the Bourbon Street.

David suggested that we purchase a ceiling fan for the living room a few weeks ago when the weather was hot here in the PNW. I about cried thinking of putting one in. They are so ugly, so I thought. I have never seen one that I liked. They are all so cheap looking and just embarrassing in design. However, I found some Fanimation ones that I swoon over. There is a fan for everybody. The Cumulos is space-aged and comically modern. The Vetricco is seriously a rock-star fan. I personally like the Air Shadow because the blades hide when not in use, but the lighting is kind of boring but not awful. Many of them have a very steampunk vibe, like the Lauren Brooks Bayhill Collection. These are some nice ceiling fan/light combos.

The Brewmaster

The Brewmaster

The prices aren’t cheap on these but not super expensive either. Simpler fans start at about $250 and the price of course goes up with the more “involved” they are (around $1000+). Many that I like are under $500. They have been the most interesting that I have seen. I know I want to invest in one of the reproduction smaller fans and invest in better ceiling lighting. Check out the company website to see all the models. I’m totally obsessed!

-Victoria

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Anthropologie antler hook

I am not a fan of hooks because they expose your stuff. I feel jackets, hats, etc. should go in a closet, not to be seen or heard. On the other hand, David is hooked on hooks. I guess it is better to see a hoodie hanging from a hook than piled on the floor (the other option).  When you live in an old house, you no longer take closet space for granted. You learn that your storage options are limited. Things don’t “hide”, you make closets. You make do and this means we use hooks. David wants hooks in the new place even though it has much more storage space. Actually the closets aren’t too bad for a house from the mid-30’s. I’ve been searching for “acceptable” hooks. Anthropologie will occasionally get something that I really adore. Such as the silvertone antler hook, that is on sale for $15. I also like antlers, actual antlers and even this silvertone one at Lekker is creepy and I like it. But, they are really costly at $120. I’d rather try to find real antlers to convert into hooks for coats, etc.

Antler hooks.

Antler hooks.

I also imagine that any old hardware/knobs used as hooks would look nice. Stuff that I could find at bargain stores or even on sale at Anthropologie.  We have plaster walls and I’d rather drill these into strips of wood and then attach them to the plaster. I could use lots of things such as crystal doorknobs, faucet knobs, bent spoons, anything I want. Even beach pebbles. I would make my own like the one you would find at Viva Terra ($49) because I enjoy choosing rocks and I know mine could be cheaper.

Beach pebble hooks.

Beach pebble hooks.

This would be the most eclectic hook option and most likely the cheapest, but this would take the most time. I have to collect and search for those things and then actually execute this little project.

Another option is to use plain hooks. That’s what we have now and it gets the job done. You can find these anywhere from Target to The Container Store. They contain lots of hooks and usually retail for under $30 depending on the size.

Plain ole hooks

Plain ole hooks

Luckily, I noticed that many of the doors, behind their faux fur, have perfect metal deco hooks attached. They are lovely and the originals. They’ve been painted over but I imagine we can get that off with a batch of lovely chemicals. They are beautiful and match the knobs throughout the home. I couldn’t find any that I could love more. In fact, I am sure to search the local antique stores and salvage stores for more and may inquire about repro ones. We are lucky enough to have Vintage Hardware and Lighting in Port Townsend. Now they have some dramatic hooks. And don’t get me started on their lighting.I’d rather use cheap-o hooks and splurge on lighting. I’m not hooked on hooks.

-Victoria

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