28 July 2008

tchotchkefication (project preview)

yes, it's a word. a completely made up word, but a word nonetheless...

it also describes the state of one of maison21's current design projects- almost all the major elements are in place: wallpaper is up in the dining and living rooms, new flooring laid in the entry, and the rest of the existing hardwood floors buffed and polished. fresh paint is everywhere (our glossy chinese orange/red in the entry ROCKS), and crisp white wainscoting added to dining room and stairwell. the custom furniture we commissioned is due to be completed and delivered any day, and our super fantabulous 8 foot white marble saarinen dining table is already in place, surrounded by 8 black lacquer chippendale chairs (covered in white patent alligator, similar to m21's own). save for one pesky sideboard (of two) for the dining room- which is proving to be maddeningly elusive- we are good to go with all the furniture needed.

so now, on the the little stuff, i.e., tchotchkefication.

maison21 loves his tchotchkes, in case you didn't know, and as with everything, he likes to mix the high with the low, and the old with the new.
for the living room we have some great vintage blanc de chine-esque pieces (like the above quails) that we've mixed with some newer white ceramics, and of course, lots of maison21's beloved vintage animal statuary- like this vintage elephant figurine:
we might pull the large brass horse statues we currently have on ebay and have them gallop across the top of a console or credenza...
brass rams head bookends similar to below are on their way as well...
to keep things modern and mixed up, we paid a visit to our local z gallerie yesterday, to see what other inexpensive little splendors we could find.

"z gallerie?", you say, in a horrified tone- "aren't they a little down-market for a high-end interior?"

not when we're done with the room, they won't be! the trick to shopping somewhere like z gallerie is be selective (verrrrry selective) and make sure you mix up the pieces with some vintage and antique, so it doesn't look all modern and retail-ish. this goes for any mass-market retailer, like pottery barn or west elm- just use sparingly, and it's a great way to extend a design budget so you can afford to do things like have a custom 8 foot brass and glass parson's console table constructed, as we did for the project we're speaking of.

at z gallerie, we saw and liked:
this bargain of a 20 inch faux clam shell, which we purchased (we might lacquer it a bright white to customize it a bit). we'll probably fill it with a colorful collection of vintage japanese fishing floats, similar to the collection we inherited from our father, which always graces the m21 dining room table.

(oh and a side note to mean anon before you leave your comment: we already know that everything mentioned in this post- blanc de chine, animal statues, clam shells etc., as well everything NOT mentioned in this post, like zebra skin, kelly wearstler, table lamps, and all things decorating in general- are all COMPLETELY tired. so no need for you to type it out, ok?)

how can we resist these book shaped boxes, covered in a white patent faux alligator similar to that on our dining chairs? (in all honesty, we'll probably wait for these to go on sale, but you can NEVER have too many boxes used as accessories. they are just too perfect to hide all of the detritus of modern life we seem to collect- you know, like 25 remote controls, your old "emergency" cellphone, that ancient baggie of pot you've saved from your college dorm days, etc...).

we don't have anywhere for these smart horn tables in any of our current projects, or our own home, but we loved them nonetheless. trés chic for the price.

last, we went crazy for these large faux bois wall candle sconces- like the clam shell, we'd probably customize them a bit so they didn't look so mass market-y. given a coat of matte white spray paint, we think they would look very serge roche/diego giacometti, or or alternatively, gold leaf them, and have a little faux felix agostini...

stay tuned for more project preview posts to see all the elements we've been posting about finally come together... (including our long promised post on our lovely yellow chinoiserie wallpaper, below).

16 comments:

Suzy said...

I'm suprised no-one though of that word sooner! I love it! - and those white moc croc boxes!

Pigtown-Design said...

I hope you'll show loads of pix of the completed room... i'll bet it's going to be brilliant!

Anonymous said...

How fun is this!!! I especially love the elephants. As a child living in Japan(pilot father), I collected fishermens floats and still use them off and on. I love the shell idea. Yesterday I was in the Pasadena Z Gallery commenting to my friend that was turning her nose up, that if you take the individual "piece" away from the rest of the stuff, it looks great. You always deliver. Ginny

That Girl Designs said...

Wow! This sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see the finished room. I have an elephant collection passed down to me by father, so I'm partial to the white elephant figure.

Mrs. Blandings said...

I have a feeling this project is going to fulfill every expectation I have. The description is wonderful - I can't wait to see!

Anonymous said...

My dear M21,
Nothing is tired in your hands. You are the best.

Visual Vamp said...

Ooooo I wish I could shopping with you! Great stuff - I know the project will be tchotchkeluscious!

porter hovey said...

The little elephant is my favorite!! So cute!

Cote de Texas said...

I love it ALL (in all honesty though I must confess I'm not crazy about the gold horses - their proportion seems off!) - but- the shell - what a great idea to paint it and make it custom, great idea. too bad you can't use that horn table, that is really cute. but I'm dying over the dining table!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got THAT for the room???? omg - that's the most gorgeous table made this century!!!!!
Can't wait to see the finished project. oh - and I love the blanc de chine!

Anonymous said...

It's all blindingly new (especially the brass), like it rolled out of a Taiwan "Hollywood Regency" sweatshop 48 hours earlier.

maison21 said...

suzy- someone DID think of it before me- when i decided to use it for my post, i googled it, and "the tchotchkefication of the times" comes up about a million times. i was bummed- i wanted it to be my claim to fame...

meg- i soon as i ask my client if she minds me posting pictures of her house on my blog, i'll be posting... i've just been putting it off, as i'm afraid she might say no, and then big build up for nuthin'.

ginny- my collection of floats were actually all fished out of the pacific by my dad who was a navy captain. i'm glad you tried to educate your friend- people get very hung up on stuff (ie labels, price and provenance), but there really are some great finds at mass market, and you are 100% correct, once taken away from the store they can work well all on their own...

that girl- the white elephant was part of my own collection, but it's the perfect fit for a niche in a built-in shelving unit in my client's living room, so off to their house it goes. i have 2 big brass elephants i'll be placing somewhere in the house as well...


mrs b- i hope it fulfills your expectations as well- so far i'm very, VERY pleased (dang, i do good work). that yellow wallpaper i ordered might be my favorite thing ever! so cheery yet elegant.

anon 9:51- I LOVE YOU!

visual vamp- if you are ever in l.a., i'd be delighted to shop with you. until then, we'll just have to do it over the internets.

porter- i love him too- i'll miss him, but he's off to a great new home...

joni- you have a very good eye- the proportions of the horses are off a little, but in person they are still pretty impressive because of their size. i won't be using them though- i just posted them b/c didn't have a picture of the big ol' brass elephants i purchased for the project- so they are more of a "place holder" for the real deal...

and i couldn't agree more on the big white marble saarinen table- it truly is one of the most glamorous designs of the 20th century. while saarinen tables are pretty ubiquitous, the 8 footer isn't seen that much b/c it ain't so cheap! it's one of the first things i showed my client, and i knew the project would turn out well when she said she HAD to have one...

anon 4:49- please keep up with us- all hollywood regency sweatshops moved to china YEARS ago- taiwan is way too expensive these days. and if the blindingly new brass you are referring to is the horses i posted, they are actually about 30 years old, so unless you are pushing 100, 30 years old is hardly "new"!

Style Court said...

Still anxious to see more of that paper.

Beatriz said...

Love your home decors. They all are so unique & stylish.

katiedid said...

I am going to have to get over to the "Z" to get that shell and those wood sconces. Love! I keep thinking I will hold out for the real deal on the shell, but they are sooooo expensive! 500-1000!!!!

Funny...even with your disclaimer comment to anon in your post, he/she still had to come a callin'. I love your answer! Maybe they are 100! Hahaha.

And I hope, hope hope we get to see your client's house! It sounds fantastic!

maison21 said...

katie- glad you are with me on those sconces, i think they are quite fab. only problem is they are designed to hold tealights and i would prefer tapers. easy fix though- wider tapers, or a little ingenuity with melted wax...

as for the clamshell, the z had a bigger version that is sold out sadly, and there are a couple of slightly larger versions available on line, but they only a few inches bigger and triple the price, so this bargain version it is!

Alkemie said...

I had to smile at the title "tchtchkefication". Too funny but all too true. LOVe the huge shell and the capiz shell table WOW!! You really know hot o pick them Christian!

Karen :)