Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chaos Incorporated



There seems to be rumors of late that Seraph + Splendor have gone missing again or are perhaps simply derelict of duty regarding their blog posting responsibilities. Have you ever stopped to think that the closets here at Chintz of Darkness have finally exploded into a hostile and violent rebellion and have taken us hostage? Now not everyone’s closets are armed and dangerous but ours apparently are. We kid you not, dear readers, we have spent the last several weeks cleaning and organizing in an attempt to appease our wicked captors. (By the way, the hall closet seems to be the instigator of this uprising and will be harshly dealt with when we regain the upper hand…like that’s ever going to happened…at least it has untied us and is allowing us to use the internet again…)





Live / Work is a concept that must be experienced to be truly understood. And no, simply having a small home office tucked away in a discreet corner of your house does not count. You must imagine combining your entire household with the sum total of your profession. The fun part is making business calls in your underpants; the downside is of course being taken captive by an inanimate object (or perhaps developing an overactive imagination…)





The other disadvantage to Live / Work space is that we have only the vaguest notion of where our personal belongings are. We can of course find our socks, house keys and black nail polish (his & hers) but have only the faintest idea of the whereabouts of things like birth certificates and photo albums. Our address book has faded into obscurity (although it has been amusing making up fictitious addresses for our friends and relatives such as Rivendell, Mythago Wood and the Shire. In actuality some of our family would fit nicely in the Shire, while others would be better suited to Mordor…ouch…)





The first lesson one learns about a Live / Work lifestyle is that rooms are rarely dedicated to one purpose and tend to shift like desert sand. There are times when we cannot see the sofa for days on end because it has become a rack for the product we produce. The dining room has been missing for years and we have been known to store bolts of fabric in the back shower along with a decade or so of tax paperwork and a set of heirloom china (the rational being “who needs formal china, when one cannot find the dining table?”) Our foyer (whose original purpose was apparently to just waste space in the original floor plan) has become our shipping and receiving department. It also contains an average of 23 bolts of fabric, a haunted dollhouse and a collection of antiques knives. The only visitors of late to our guest room have been several hundred pillow forms, which while quiet and well behaved tend to make the room smell like it is inhabited by a flock of flatulent ducks…





The room which if inhabited by normal people would be referred to as the Living Room is dominated by our 4’ x 8’ design table. This table is the heart and soul of our space, as most of the day’s activities revolve around it. It is a shrine to our hard work and an altar to our creativity. . Our sewing machines (there are three now) and ironing board hold a prominent place near the window, but intermingled with the tools of our profession are several Victorian parlor chairs, a hand carved mahogany game table and a half dozen lovely yet mismatched cabinets. Tucked into the opposite corner is our minuscule library which measures a petite and precise 40” x 54” and includes three hundred books, an ornate ottoman, a miniature cocktail table, some disturbing artwork and a dainty black clad slipper chair.





Gathered for your enjoyment are some images of exquisite clutter that we have collected over the years…tell us,how do you deal with the disorder in your lives, dear readers?

And Behold
I saw Tiamtu, the watery deep
Yes, the ancient serpent of chaos
In all its horrid glory, raging relentlessly
At the fire that had become the self
Being slain... and born again
Naught in extension...


(“Khabs Am Pekht” by Ofermod)

21 comments:

OdetteO said...

I pack my disorder in boxes. The boxes go in other boxes. They are piled high and surrounded by bookcases. The bookcases are filled, unsurprisingly, with books. There are layers upon layers. Someday there will be an excavation.

Your photos are glorious.

Eurídice said...

I adore your taste. Thanks for your inspiration.

Carla Fox said...

Funny this should be your topic today. I've been in the throes of preparing for a gallery show of my jewelry and artwork in October. Despite being struck down with a severe case of allergies (has anyone even seen the vacuum cleaner this past month?) I've managed to forgo any and all household/food prep duties and have had my nose to the proverbial grindstone. I've cast a envious eye upon the dining room, which I'm using as workspace anyway. Why not make it official? Love the photos...would love to see the real thing (your workspace/home). I, of course, can't allow anyone anywhere close to my home now, for fear of the health department swarming in!

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks for the awesome comments everyone...we are serious about this dining room situation. We haven't had one in years!!! They do make great work spaces for the creatively inclined!

Carla - best of luck on your show!

S+S

Coral said...

Disorder is better left alone. It will subside when it realizes it cannot exist without some, even the vaguest, hints of an order. Disorder breeds adventure when, animated by their own motionlessness, objects suprise you appearing in weird places. Then a pattern emerges, chaotic at first, but then making more and more sense. Stable households are boring. Creativity, such as yours, is an adventure in objects. And dark at that.

Seraph + Splendor said...

So well said. For us true creativity is born from a bit of disarray...This is one of our favorite passages about beauty and chaos…

S+S

“Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”

Somerset Maugham
The Moon and Sixpence

Jill said...

Just found your blog while working on a post about Franz Von Stuck...I'm a bad girl! I swiped three pics of Villa Stuck. I love your blog. Wish I had found it sooner!

Seraph + Splendor said...

No problem - let us know when your post is up, we would love to see it. Villa Stuck is truly wicked and sublime...
S+S

Jill said...

It will be up tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for not minding the loot and pillage.

Lauren said...

LOVE your blog (and the name)!! It's nice to see someone else drawn to creative, layered interiors that tend toward the macabre, and written by people who also design and create! Very exciting.

Beautiful images, too. And to the commenter who spoke of Franz von Stuck- I posted one of his rooms a few months ago, I am with you BOTH. I have a whole article on that villa saved in my inspiration folder, from an ancient issue of House & Garden.

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks for your kind words, we really appreciate hearing from you! Aren't the old issues of H&G the best???

S+S

RSA said...

You really need to organize stuff here. But I love how the photo came out it doesn’t look so messed up at all. In fact it looks very creative. I’m talking about the photo on how it was creatively photographed.

Furniture removals Melbourne said...

I don’t know it seems that no matter what I do it just makes things worse. But I’m trying to clear and organize all the mess in my life. I’m still not giving up.

The Blushing Hostess said...

Clutter, oh, no, I cannot deal with it. But I laughed until tears rooled down my face at this post, well done, we should lock you up more often!

p.s. flatulent ducks... love it.

Seraph + Splendor said...

Ahh…you are not the first to mention we should be locked up on a regular basis...

Valeriote Design said...

Oooohhhh! I could spend days in these rooms.

Seventh Sin and the Muse said...

We like your blog ! Actually we like it a lot, so much that we are starting our own but its a bit empty still ...

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks so much - best of luck on your new blog. We LOVE the title by the way!
S+S

John morison said...

This blog reminds my Grand father's house. All I mean to say is Im happy to be here.

Laura Morrigan said...

I adore these images! I will be severely vexed if I do not one day have a house like that! However, the question of which country it shall be in and how to lug all this stuff to another country plus lack of funds, means that it has not yet reached that state. But I did get a couple of quirky sculptures on the weekend, soon to be shown on my blog!

My clothes have completely taken over! I came home today to find them all sleeping in my bed, when I picked them up, I swear I nearly got a hernia! They really must be alive!

Laura Morrigan said...

And then of course there is all the bottles I have collected for the future apothecary cabinet...

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