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Last month’s (June 2010) W Magazine was awesome. It took us into the home of the reclusive fragrance genius Serge Lutens. My other blog is www.eaumg.net. Believe it or not but renovation is not my obsession. Fragrance is. I was delighted to see this article. It merged my obsession with something I’m beginning to be obsessed with, homes. My heart fluttered when I heard of this article. Serge Lutens home is so well, Serge Lutens. It’s exotic, over the top, and complex. In my little girl fragrance fantasy head, this is how I imagine this genius of a Nose living. I couldn’t believe that this is really how he lives.I’m totally intrigued and in awe of this home that took 35 years to complete. (Shoot me if I’m still trying to complete this place in 35 years). I can see why this project became an obsession. I can also understand how he wants to walk away. So much energy to complete such a project! I want to walk away after 1 year of trying to complete a project! I usually don’t like the whole “Moroccan” decor because it is a bit HGTV and I’ve seen so many bad suburban interpretations that embarrass me. But this one is breathtaking. It’s eerie. It’s perfect. Serge Lutens is a master of the senses.

Here is the complete slide show of his reclusive casbah on W Magazine’s site. I have to share this space. I rarely swoon over “celebrity” decor or house tours but this is unbelievable. It’s dreamy, verging on nightmare and that’s why I had to share.

-Victoria

Serge's garden complete with moody night-blooming flowers

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This is one of my favorite pictures of interior  inspiration. I absolutely love Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandeliers and pretty much any “other” chandelier of his. Swoon, swoon, swoon. This is a dreamy room complete with all of my favorite things. It doesn’t get much better than this. There is no reason for me to comment on this room. One day my house will be finished and it will be this fabulous.

I really need a white octopus chandelier or perhaps a vermilion one for the creepy great room. www.adamwallacavage.com

Now excuse me. I have been painting a dining nook to get it more appropriate for a spy drama set in a 1965  swank hotel in Hong Kong. Ghost Whisperer reruns are on and I have a 2 Buck Chuck chilling in the freezer. Have a nice evening.

-Victoria

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I’ve been a blogging slacker! I do apologize. We’ve been neck-deep in projects. We have made progress and since we both have 2 weeks off, I will update! I’ve had time to revisit decorating. A few months ago that was not exciting and too overwhelming. I just wanted a clean, dust-free place to eat. I didn’t care what I ate on. Now that things are starting to look like a “real” house, I am feeling rejuvenated again. I feel like I can do this and perhaps even finish it…well…maybe not to my personal standards but it can be a “presentable” place. This week we have been working on the glamorous dining nook that we gave up on in September.

Badgley Mischka dining room

Badgley Mischka dining room

Anyways…today I have been inspired by these moody and dark rooms. We painted the “great” room and it is dark but less moody than I want. So, I am going to take a few pointers from these 2 rooms.

This first room is from the master of romantic, glamorous design: Badgley Mischka. I am obsessed with his old Kentucky home. I adore this black library/dining room. I keep scaring myself away from doing the house in dark colors. We painted the “great” room a dark liver and I love it. Dark adds drama, it photographs well, and it isn’t scary in real life. I am a bit sad that I didn’t paint my built-ins black. I was too overwhelmed at the time and couldn’t make such choices. I just needed a place to live. Back to this room…I love every accent. One can’t go wrong with horns and pewter. Badgley is the only man on the planet that I know of that can make an old, rustic Kentucky home look dramatic and glamorous while still keeping that certain rural “charm”.

The second room is a more feminine and something that I found on Southern Accents. This black library is just as dark and moody but it does have plenty more knick-knacks (less books) and girly touches. I swoon over that light fixture as well. I love the metals in this room. Pair these colors with something chrome and you’ve got something that looks too

Southern Accents black library

player/bachelor.  My only complaint about the room is that I hate hanging textiles as decoration. It looks too “dressing room”.  That is just a personal pet peeve.

Well, now I am second guessing my design choices of my remodel. I want something dark. Dark really works if you have lots of interesting stuff. For years, I’ve tried to stay away from stuff but I am finally giving in to my personality fault. I love to spend weekends at antique and thrift stores. I just have to learn how to do it “right”, how to have stuff but not to look like a pack-rat and a clutterer. It’s coming along.

I guess I should start helping David sand the plaster down in that dining nook. Aren’t our vacations just pathetic? Happy holidays.

-Victoria

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Country Living yellow living room

Country Living yellow living room

I’m not a fan of the yellow living room but I can really appreciate these two that I have recently found. The first one is from Country Living magazine. I can appreciate this one because it sort of creepy. It’s bold and bright but somehow strangely dark and morbid. Perhaps it is the portrait over the mantel doing all of that work. It doesn’t help that that eery pic is surrounded by dead and bare branches in little urns. That being said, that is one of the reasons that I love this room. A few other shots are available on the magazine’s website. You can see that the table is Moroccan in design and that there is a zebra rug, my weakness. This room has a quilt draped over a couch and I still am not running away screaming. Somehow that quilt makes the room a little bit morbid. So thumbs up to this room for making yellow a little bit of a gothic shade.

The other room designed by Jamie Drake is much less morbid and much more playful, sunny, and just mood elevating. The colors are bright. I love teal used anywhere and the teal and yellow really work well together.

Jamie Drake living room

Jamie Drake living room

It’s a mid-century modern look and that is usually a winner. It all works so well with the chocolate brown furniture and flooring.

P.S. We are moving into our mess this weekend! The top floor is almost finished and I’ll be sure to post pics as soon as the home gets internet ready. Have a great weekend and relax for us!

-Victoria

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Thomas Paul Gothic Dessert Plates

Thomas Paul Gothic Dessert Plates

I have said for quite sometime that a raven and its imagery should be used more and more in home design. This being said I do some of my home shopping around Halloween so I can pick up some of these images. And Halloween products are already out, soon don’t you think? I really like these Thomas Paul Gothic Dessert Plates, um, not a Halloween product. (It is going to be a long time before I host a dinner party but I would love to have these). You can get the set for $28 from Velocity Art & Design. I like them all, I guess, but I would really be happy if I got 4 raven plates. These are made out of melamine (is that gothic?) so they are dishwasher safe (as always since I am the dishwasher) but not microwave safe.

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But, I did find some that I really like.  Hammocks are strange things. They usually make me feel uncomfortable and find them unpredictable. I feel this way because I had a cousin, the epitome of ADHD, push me out of one every time I “kicked back and relaxed”. I ate dirt so many times…But, it is pretty cool to be “floating”. We have some fruit trees in the backyard under the blackberry bramble. At one time the backyard/garden was a “bird garden” and I bet very nice. Now it looks like something that would protect a forbidden castle housing a sleeping princess. And it is the home of 3 of the hugest raccoons ever that feed on whole plums all night. Since this ordeal has taken forever and we’re going to be lucky just to finish the interior issues before the rainy season, gardening is not going to happen this year. We’ll be lucky to destroy/control the bramble and to mow the lawn. But, I do like to think about it. The weather is pretty mild here and I need reasons to be out in it. Maybe next year we will see some change in landscape. I would love to have a moody night blooming garden with these lovely gothic hammocks. Could you imagine lounging in one of these under lightweight spring fruit blossoms in the shade, sipping a violet flavored Italian soda, and browsing through your favorite magazine. It would be the good life. The hammock above retails for about $200. The one below is a sling chair and more my spend. I think I would feel more comfortable with my feet grounded. This way I could sit up and hold my iced latte, run my toes through fragrant creeping thyme, and read a nice Victorian era ghost story. This style goes for about $150. Both of these hammocks are available at The Victorian Trading Co. They have some other models available, the Wedding styled one is lovely.

-Victoria

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Cabaret-du-Chat-NoirI love oddities and curiosities. I also love old things. My dream home would be a mix of the Cabaret du Chat Noir in its prime and a bit of the Addam’s Family. I’ve always wanted a haunted Victorian to fix up. Well, I’ve got to start somewhere and this ’36 pad will do. Plus, I need many more years to collect my rarities. Such as that strange cougar/fish taxidermy thingie hanging from the ceiling of the Cabaret du Chat Noir. Geez, could you imagine being there in its prime, wild times. It even had a piano! (Scandalous. Illegal at the time, haha).

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A curious home in Florence.

I found this cool antiquarian home in Florence, a antiquarian shopping landmark even after the floods of ’66. One of my favorite rooms in the outstanding home is the living room. I hope that one day my home will have this polished but creepy vibe. Currently, the home we are renovating is creepy, but for all the wrong reasons. Washington really knows how to raise some spiders, hairy-legged spiders crawling up the basement walls…ughh, ick. Anyways…I love this room. It is very traditional but obviously the homeowner has a great eye for the odd and bizarre. I also love the smoky oyster shade of the walls. It’s the perfect backdrop for any collection. The carved arms/hands are the creepiest things ever. So, I’m going to make a list of things that I need to make my home creepier and polished:

crystal ball with an amazing stand, nothing cheesy and “goth” with chrome dragons with faux ruby eyes. I’m talking something used in Victorian occult. Victorian Trading Co. has a great one here.

Antlers, horns, and more antlers. These can be used anywhere to add some creepiness. I’m talking even those awesome antler mirrors or chandeliers. Horn candle holders, at least one antler/horn per room. I’m pretty sure this category also includes bones.

Taxidermy from land, sea, air. Need I say more?

Intricate birdcages without birds to provide a bit of a morbid feel.

-Apothecary jars filled with various objects from oyster shells, seashells, sea glass, sand, beach pebbles. Anything in an apothecary jar is just creepy.

Hourglasses and scales. This symbolizes time, judgment, you know all those creepy reminders of life/death.

Bird nests, hives, feathers, sticks, and stones. Every house needs creepy, natural elements. You want your home to look like you spend time outdoors, exploring. Even have bunches of dried herbs. Just the aroma of dried fennel is spooky.

Mirrors and mirrors.You know vampires don’t have a reflection. Ignore that Twilight crap.

Same room, different view

Same room, different view

These are the basics to a creepy home. Of course we all have our own special interests. I’m looking for fragrance antiques: chunks of exotic woods, ambergris, etc. I also love stereoscopes, viewers, and items related to vision. David loves maps and old recording items, what a nerd! It will take some time but I predict we will get our interesting house, someday it will be mine, oh, yes, it will be mine.

-Victoria

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