one of my esteemed fellow bloggers, the house of beauty and culture (who also provides the best music playlist to pair with each of his posts), recently took the "moscow mafioso" chandelier of my recent post, and designed a stunning room around it- literally, as he put it, making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
the room he designed includes the above classic regency recamier chaise- a piece of furniture maison21 has always coveted, but never, ever had a spot for. you NEED to go check out the stunning imaginary room he's designed here.
maison21 thought that hobac is on to something here, and thought this might be a fun idea for a "design blogger's challenge"- take the overblown monstrosity, and try to chic it up. so here's our own effort- not quite as tasteful as hobac's room for a robber baron, as m21's magpie-like predilection for all things shiny naturally renders his room more "robber" than "baron" (think scarface):
we're picturing using the chandelier in an grand scale entry hall with red lacquered walls like this steven gambrel living room (via studio annetta).
we'd tile the floor in camel colored parchment leather from costello studios, inc.- michelle costello does the most exquisite leather and parchment floors, walls and furniture.
we'd toss in a zebra skin on top of the leather (responsibly culled, non-endangered, zebra skin, via the trophy room).
add one of these fab heathcote center tables- grrrr! (jamb, via 1stdibs).
we'll need a pair of these chic black lacquered karl springer-esque console tables (sydelle & jay livingston, via 1stdibs)
above which we would hang these goatskin mirrors, bringing a bit of the floor up on to the walls. (craig van den brulle, via 1stdibs)
we'd also need to add in some antique elements, like these gilt bronze wall sconces, to bring the modern down a notch, as things really are getting a little too scarface in our imaginary entry hall! (antiques on old plank road, via 1stdibs).
last, even robber barons need a place to throw their bag when they walk in the front door (filled with $100 dollar bills and blow, no doubt), so we'd add a pair of these mastercraft side chairs along a wall (talisman, via 1stdibs)
so is anyone else up for a design blogger's challenge? all are welcome to play! mrs. blandings, you commented that a romp with the chandelier in a bordello could be fun- up for it? katiedid, you mentioned you thought it could work in the right setting- care to share said setting with us?
c'mon bloggers, let's rise to the challenge, and put some lipstick on this pig: