Friday, June 27, 2008

Forbidden Fruit

As collectors, we gravitate to divergent objects that when placed together start to tell a story. This particular story began, as many good faerie tales do, with a single golden apple…
A cluster of forbidden fruit has created a tabletop “garden of earthly delights”. Black serpent guardians entwine among gilded pears and alabaster grapes. A collection of antique Indian saris creates the landscape of this mysterious “Eden Shrine”.
Tell us, would you have bitten the apple?

The “Skeleton Key Box” is a sinister “memento mori” encased in glass…

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Shroud Room at Dusk

The Shroud Room (which in another life may have been a parlor or sunroom) has become a sanctuary for many of our decorative objects. Moroccan tables and gilded trays nest among a rich layer of floor cushions and Turkish carpets.

A set of oval plaques (one mysteriously draped in black) accentuates a pair of blood red Victorian portieres. This vignette, reminiscent of Countess Bathory, the infamous 16th century killer, forms a passageway to the rooms beyond…

All day long the virgins sit and feast on endless meals
The Countess laughs and sips her wine – her skin doth crack and peel
But when nighttime fills the air one must pay the price
The Countess takes her midnight bath with blood that once gave life.

(“Countess Bathory” by Venom)

Amid a lush indoor garden sits the Chariot of Apollyon. This chair, a family heirloom, holds memories both joyous and sad. Adorned in finery, the seat is fit for a Pagan king or Faerie lord or perhaps Abaddon himself.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fallen Angel

Our home represents years of collecting and placing the ornate and unusual. Our furniture and vignettes have become individual shines and altars. We gather objects imbued with mystical powers … masks, reliquaries, statues & regalia. We feel the sentience found in portraits, mirrors & vessels…As reclaimers of the lost and cast off, we strive to create a grandeur slightly faded, that becomes ethereal and otherworldly. We enjoy living amongst an ever changing backdrop of decadent opulence…

We look forward to sharing our upcoming adventures with you. Will you join us on this journey?

This ornate drapery began as a single mask that we designed several years ago. The mask is our interpretation of Lucifer before the fall, a beautiful warrior prince with wings of gold and horns of bronze.
This “masked valance” is one of several in our home. They have become protectors and sentient guardians, much like the revered household gods of ancient times.
“Blackhearted angels fallen from grace
Possessed by the search for utter darkness”
(Mourning Palace by Dimmu Borgir)

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