Saturday, January 3, 2015

Where the Wild Things Are


There is a vile, soul sucking movement at foot, dear readers, that threatens the very foundation of decedent design. A threat so severe that there may soon be a sin tax on Scalamandre and a surcharge upon the purchase of satin sheets. What is this impending decorating doomsday you may ask? Well, nothing short of notions such as the 100 Things Challenge and other “live simple” manifestos that spout such nonsense as no more than THREE jeweled skulls per household (THINK OF THE CHILDREN) and a strict limitation on the quantity of candelabras that one can possess. Now the end is nigh if these conceptions come to pass for it will surely lead to the rationing of rococo furnishings and the hording of baroque bric-à-brac in broom closets throughout the land.



It would seem that every social gathering comes complete with a well meaning yet opulence challenged individual. At a fete a few years back Seraph + Splendor were cornered under a tree by a free spirited soul expounding the virtues of passing beyond the veil owning nothing more than a hymn book and a pair of sandals. Well, we politely pointed out when we pass through the veil it damn well better be: 1. black lace and second, held open for us by as cast of imps and demons AND if we are to be met at the Pearly Gates by a distinguished older gentleman in a flowing robe we are expecting nothing less than Tony Duquette himself or screw it we are going home. As for the hymn book? Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess by Stephen Calloway rather goes without saying... 



Here at Chintz of Darkness we prefer to clutter rather than cleanse. Why have one thing when a cluster of 32 would suffice so much better? Who in their right mind desires one lonesome and pouty lamp when a vast array of lanterns in various shapes and sizes can be suspended from the ceiling much like the glittering vault of heaven (ok, ok, rafters of hell, in our case... hmmm...) MORE IS MORE AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT. Carpets are at their finest when placed like crazy quilts across the floor or tossed about haphazardly like a map to a magical land. Although several house guests have become helplessly lost after setting off on a rug fueled expedition, such decorating decadence is quite worth the risk. We in fact firmly believe that decorative objects have a certain sentience and enjoy gathering in groups gibbering and jabbering about the gossip of the day ... well, that is what we tell ourselves, anyway...



Perhaps there are those among us that require a bit of assistance when discerning “needful things”... a selection of silver encrusted hat pins are quite necessary while a sensible pair of slacks is not. An umbrella MIGHT have more utility than a unicorn figurine but an elegant array of table runners trumps a yoga mat any day and while practicality has it's place (we keep ours in the cupboard under the stair) it should NEVER dictate one's decorating decisions. Now dissenting opinions on such matters are surely to abound and if one can truly “be more with less” than may infernal blessings be on your tidy abode. 




From time to time we have heard the term “hording” bandied about as an insult and apparently “pack rat” has negative connotations to some... Every now and again even our (ok, Splendor's) compulsive collecting gets a bit out of hand. Stay tuned for a Thrift Store Confessional of sorts featuring the cautionary tale of a towel trove gone horribly awry (and yes, towel as in terrycloth... oh, my...) but THAT, dear ones, is a story for another day... 

A collection of flora & fauna themed finery... enjoy!


Dawnless - So it seems this sacred night.
Havenless - Beneath black sails with no land in sight.
Fathomless - The depths that lay before us now
Lawless - Before the courts of men we must not bow.



(The Wild Hunt by Watain)



11 comments:

carla fox said...

Welcome back, darlings! I've missed you and your lovely posts. So much opulence....so little time.

Doña Umé said...

Os echaba de menos...
Bienvenidos de vuelta.

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thank you both so very much! Yes, we have much planned for the upcoming year! Opulence never rests! ~Splendor

Insomniac’s Attic said...

Dearest Seraph and Splendor ... Thank you for writing this post and helping me come to my senses. After two months of unpacking, I had thought to embrace the more Simplistic Lifestyle myself, so as to avoid having to deal with the rest of the boxes.

But I see now I'd only be causing undue stress to the rest of my possessions, because there wouldn't be enough of them on display to have a lively gossip session at day's end. And so I will persevere. For their sakes.

P.S. Your objets d'art were the first out of their boxes. I knew EXACTLY where they were. :)

Seraph + Splendor said...

Well, I must confess that I thought of you fondly during this post! (I recall our conversation on Etsy regarding hording...) If it is any consolation - we STILL are not entirely unpacked from our move over a year ago...gah! Again, thank you so much for giving our pieces a wicked & wonderful home! ~Splendor

xe said...

I really like this post, I like it so much that I referenced it in my own post on the subject ;)

http://theliethatstrue.blogspot.com/2015/01/nostalgia-patina-chateau-de-digoine.html

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thank you for your comment, Xe! I owe you one!!! *wink* ~Splendor

Laura Morrigan said...

Ah, there are many inspiring pictures there, many things I MUST have one day!

So glad to see you back, your posts always make my day!

Lunar said...

I get rid of things to make new for more thing that I enjoy more. Sort of flushing the system. What is the saying? Keep only what you find to be beautiful and useful.

Lunar

Seraph + Splendor said...

I admire you, Lunar! I find a little TOO many things both useful & beautiful... gah! ~Splendor

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