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17 December 2009

getting 'ahead' (kelly wearstler bust lust in palm springs, amongst other flights of fancy)

as usual,on our most recent visit to palm springs, we stopped into the estate sale to see what we could see, and while there, spent at least half an hour captivated by this ginormous bust of david, wondering where in the heck inside the atelier we could place this campy, yet fabulous sculpture (ala ms. wearstler, of course). try as we might though, we have no grand spaces like the lobby of the viceroy miami to hold a giant classical bust, so our $300 bargain david had to stay put, waiting for the next lucky (or crazy) decorator to give it an appropriately grand home...

the object of our wearstler inspired 'bust lust': this awesomely big n campy 4 foot tall bust of 'david' (sitting on a dining table base to give you an idea of its scale)

the only spot we could possibly work such a beast, the base of the stairs in our entry hall, but, no go- too stoney and austere (not to mention stage-settish). excuse our poor photoshop skills- we promise not to quit our day job to become a professional photo retoucher!

the lobby of the viceroy miami, m21's inspiration for his bust lust. photo is from ms. wearstler's fabulous HUE from AMMObooks (via habitually chic. ps- stop by chic's blog TODAY as she is giving away a copy!)

more of ms. wearstler's classical statuary obsession (via the daily mail)

we also thought these highly figured marble stools/tables @ the estate sale, would fit in a kelly wearstler inspired space- kinda awesome.

we also loved this pagoda mirror, an incredible bargain at $150.00, and we were shocked to see it was by the fabulous 'chinoisophiles' @ jardins en fleur, and is included in the latest sale from one king's lane- we assumed it was vintage! (ps, speaking of giveaways, if you stop by velvet & linen, brooke is having a sweepstakes for a $250.00 OKL shopping spree- you could get the same pagoda mirror- in the color of your choice- for FREE! that's an even better incredible bargain!

we loved these vintage twin headboards- wouldn't you love to see the original room these came out of? if the fabric is any indication, it was eye-searingly awesome!

last, the object(s) we were truly obsessed with from the estate sale, even more so then 'david', were these fantastically chic (imho), larger-than-life, plaster monkey statues on matching plinths- so beyond 80's fabulous, we really can't stand it! we hesitate to mention our love for them, as potential design clients would be rightfully scared if we were to suggest putting them in their homes; but if we could put them in our home, we'd do a whole room of late 70's- early 80's fabulousity around them: think parchment covered walls, with a gilt ceiling (cove lit, 'natch), avec lots of shiny ecru lacquer and brass furniture (think gabriella crespi and karl springer). we'd probably have to toss in a little leopard print too, because in anticipation of bringing our monkey friends home, we've already nicknamed them "joan" and "jackie" (collins)- no offense to the lovely collins sisters, of course- it's a compliment... swear!
so 80's haute safari chic...

"joan"

"jackie"

alas again, even though at $700/pair, the monkeys were inexpensive enough to have some 80's decorating fun with, joan and jackie had to be left behind at the estate sale- until we have a larger than life home in which to indulge such flights of fancy (you know, like kelly's hillcrest estate), we'll have to stick to simpler, less grandiose, ways to get our 80's on...

as always, we look forward to your comments- we know after ginormous plaster 'david' heads and haute 80's monkey statues, they're gonna be good! fire away! ;-)

7 comments:

Paul Anater said...

The David's too easy, too safe, too expected. I want an enormous copy of the Barberini Faun.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Barberini_Faun

sketch42 said...

I wish you bought that david, you could have sold it to me!!!!

Margaret said...

The oversized David pate reminds me of when my brother and I would play Matchbox cars and model cars. I'd switch from model to Matchbox in the middle of our session, which would throw him into a fit and tirade and subsequent lecture of how 'the scale is ALL OFF!' in which my 6 year old eyes would glaze over, and I'd argue, 'Well, it's just us, who cares?' which is really what you should think. It's YOUR house, after all, and if you want a big headed big brother, I mean, big headed David in your lobby, who's to judge? Put a saddle on it and ride it for all it's worth.

Froulala said...

Love the Joan and Jackie!! I admire your shopping restraint!!

maison21 said...

i don't know paul, the faun is a little too realistic for moi- it looks like it would come alive in the middle of the night and go on a bloody rampage...

sketch- trust me, i thought about buying it and waiting until i could place it in the right home, but the thought of dealing with transporting hundreds of pounds of laster quickly banished such musings from my mind...

margaret- your brother and i are kindred spirits- that's *exactly* the kind of thing that would have bothered me as a child! and yes, the scale thing would bother me in my own adult home too. while i LOVE the idea of an overscale bust, david is just too big and my home just too small to ever make a happy match for moi. but if i find one a wee bit smaller, he's coming back to the ranch with me...

froulala- THANK YOU! aren't joan and jackie too amazing? i was afraid i was the only person alive to understand their fabulousity, so i'm tremendously gratified you do to!

SogniSorrisi said...

Love the busts...does that sound weird?!

Ianny said...

Renaissance touch? It can look really rich.