le cabinet de curiosites

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment


If any of you have seen Midnight in Paris, there’s no question that the set design is incredible!

One of my favorite scenes would have to be the wedding reception where the room is filled with taxidermy from the legendary Deyrolle.

Founded in 1831 by Jean Baptiste Deyrolle, his store sold insects and hunting materials to natural history lovers. Jean later developed a taxidermy business which was very successful. In 1866 Emile Deyrolle took over the establishment and expanded the business to incorporate series of colorful and educational posters. In 2008 Deyrolle was temporarily closed due to a fire; however, it’s doors have opened again and is currently being run by Louis Albert de Broglie. Deyrolle is just another reason I would love to venture back to Paris! 

images via deyrolle and opening ceremony


letting the light in

November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

these short winter days have me wishing for more natural light – 

without it, I feel like I’m living in an Edgar Allen Poe story. Even if it’s not particularly sunny or nice out, nothing beats natural light pouring in through glass windows, walls, or ceilings. 

shabby chic in kamakura

November 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

I usually think of Japanese design and architecture as being extremely modern

and often sacrificing aesthetics for functionality. However, one look into Hitoshi Uchida’s home has changed my perspective drastically. Uchida, owner of J’Antiques Tokyo, has designed a home that is full of vintage charm. It’s shabby chic but with an industrial edge that keeps it both masculine and functional. Every corner of this interior seems so thoughtfully put together. His vignettes of weathered wood, vintage glassware, and antique frames capture the charm of a time that has passed.

[all images shot by Todd Selby for The Selby]

autumn inspiration

October 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

“Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”

Hal Borland

[fall photography by CarlChristensen via Etsy]

a haute halloween

October 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Next to Christmas, I think I’d have to say Halloween is my second favorite holiday.

Growing up I’d watch the annual Martha Stewart Halloween Special on repeat; Martha schooled me in the ways of everything halloween decor. It was eerie and mysterious- but undeniably chic. So forget the tacky and gory… and please keep the black and orange to a minimum… this is the year to have one haute halloween

vintage inspired Halloween decor from anders ruff design

windows take on a dramatic effect by using black paper curtains that mimic gothic architecture

the black crows of this centerpiece add a spooky touch and is ideal for an entry table

LOVE this super eerie (and fun) photo wall mural! This one in particular used to be available at Pottery Barn but they unforunately discontinued it. However pretty much any Kinkos or signage store can blow up an image of your choice to create your very own wall mural. Perhaps the image below?

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paper silhouette of a werewolf/man

another fabulous use of paper cut-outs! love all the bats

here I go with the garland again.. love this festive halloween version

who would have thought skeletons could be so chic? since we can’t all pay the $100 million for Damien Hirst’s bejeweled skull… Martha helps us create a version that is equally sparkly yet affordable

Perfect for the Halloween dinner party; why eat drink and be merry when you can eat drink and be scary? 

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all that glitters

October 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

if you’re used to thinking of garland as a mere holiday decoration, think again

I recently came across this picture from Emily Schuman’s house tour on Apartment Therapy. I instantly fell in love with the chic garland that sparkled above her desk. 

My life was temporarily put on hold; I was not going to sleep until I came across the artisan responsible for my new infatuation. Luckily I found CONFETTISYSTEM– the gurus behind this garland and all things tissue paper related. CONFETTISYSTEM was the vision of artists Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho who found friendship in their shared love for celebration and craft-making. CONFETTISYSTEM takes simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk, and transforms them into interactive objects that spark both nostalgia and light-hearted fun. I can’t get over how beautiful these installations are! 

Here are some of my favorites:

 CONFETTISYSTEM garland, “pinatas”, and jewelry are available for purchase via big cartel.

[all pictures via confettisystem]

kicking it old school

September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

as the new academic year progresses,

I have reaffirmed my love for the old school- literally. I remember my elementary school librarian Mrs. Nelson and the multiple library card catalogs lining the walls. I always thought it was so interesting how an entire library, full of information, could be organized within tiny cabinet drawers. As society becomes more and more digital, library catalogs are quickly disappearing. Thankfully for us design lovers, they are making their comeback in interiors. Whether it’s old wood file cabinets, industrial flat files, or barrister bookcases, these old school elements bring in a sense of nostalgia while still remaining highly functional. 

Two salvaged library catalogs are the perfect solution for under-stairs storage. Their warm oak wood tone helps this high contrast living area appear more inviting.

These antique wood file cabinets add such warmth and character to what could be a potentially drab office space.

I love work areas flooded with natural light. This space is especially a favorite of mine with that industrial mint green flat file.

Black salvaged industrial metal file cabinets contrast nicely with the neutral backdrop.

I seriously am on a total barrister bookcase kick right now… I’ve been checking craigslist periodically in hopes of scoring a good deal! I love the fact that their doors are hung horizontally. The glass panes also keep the bookcase from appearing too heavy. The only downside… making sure it stays organized and looks pretty!

File cabinet as side table- super cute and love the vibrant green color! 

I believe this is another version of a library catalog, but correct me if I’m wrong! Perfect storage solution for a playroom and/or children’s study area. The multitude of drawers comes in handy for keeping school supplies and toys tucked neatly away.

Do any of you have any tips or suggestions on where to score any of these old school finds? If so, feel free to share! You’ll occasionally see them around at local vintage/antique stores but I’m wondering if there’s a source which deals with salvaged library/office furniture directly… I might have to get my hands on a couple of these pieces soon! 

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