Thursday, May 28, 2009

Birds of a Feather

Recently we took part in a conversation regarding a powder room dedicated to the Dark Lord himself (no, not Seraph, although that would make an interesting design scheme complete with tattoo inspired wallpaper and spiked towels. The corpse paint dispenser would of course be Splendor’s…summer is hell on the complexion. No, we are speaking of a room dedicated to Satan himself. Now this sounds well and good on paper but in practicality it is impossible to find good quality Luciferian themed decorative accessories, not to mention mundane objects such as toilet paper holders (you try to get a demon slave to stand still for hours on end…)


This inevitably led to an analyzation of our own powder room here at Chintz of Darkness. The first thing we discovered is that 1) it contains no actual powder and 2) it has morphed into a strange yet oddly lovely Peacock Shrine without our complete knowledge or consent. In fact we are not sure exactly where and when our collection of peacock related ephemera began, because SERIOUSLY peacocks are NOT top on our list of design themes. It seems on reflection that we have amassed a small army of cloisonné vases which for the most part are peacock shades of blue and green, as well as a gilded Italian tray in a wickedly iridescent emerald green. There is also an antique curtain panel / shower curtain that has contributed to the problem by being a dreamy shade of faded cornflower blue with a baroque brocade motif vaguely reminiscent of peacock feathers.

Other favorite pieces from our Peacock Shrine include a distressed mirror that we pretend is from a Cocteau set and a collection of vintage cosmetic tins with intriguing names such as “Encharma” and “Talco Apolo”. We have tried opening a few of these but instead of the rapturous scent of feminine loveliness it caused a cloying hazy stench of funeral flowers and baby powder. Needless to say we replaced the stoppers before we released the genies…damn, it is treacherous around here sometimes and yes, the carpets are still after us for what we said about them…

Perhaps our most beloved object is a large champlevĂ© vase filling the corner of the room. This heavy encrusted vessel is crowned with an arrangement (disarrangement?) of witchy silver birch branches hung with antique chandelier crystals. We will NOT mention the miniature cloisonnĂ© peacock that resides there, because we are fairly sure that peacocks do not roost in trees or lay faceted crystal eggs in bronze filigree bird’s nests…surrounded by blue prisms evoking images of astrological orbs illuminating a pale yet glittering sky…OK, OK we will stop, we know we take our vignettes WAY TO SERIOUSLY for our own good. Does it surprise you that we have about a half a square foot of counter space left? We thought not…Tell us, dear readers, have your design projects ever gone in any unexpected way?


A peacock rests alone in the vitreous valley
With an innocent pose like it does not know
On its feathers ventaglia thousands of eyes
Empty since the end of oracles

("Heaven Below" by Septic Flesh)

4 comments:

Carla Fox said...

Alas, design projects seem to take on lives of their own, don't you think? They, like unruly children (and certain wild animals) resist my meager attempts to control and manage them; that's why I've given up and now let them evolve with only gentle ministrations on my part! P.S. I love the peacock references.....

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks so much for your comment! We have a herd of wild animals masquerading as design projects as well! But then again a certain level of "organic chaos" seems to benefit the creative process!


S+S

nicolette said...

Many Victorian style decor is actually good for that design. The way it is set up now, she does resemble the peacock in the other picture.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

[Tara] said...

I love peacocks -- there is something rather vain and sinister about them; and the sound they make is horrifying...but they are so beautiful! I like it when an unintentional design theme emerges, as well! The powder room sounds gorgeous...

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