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Howdy kids, hope you all had a swell weekend! We spent the days doing yardwork and the nights eating and drinking yummy stuff, so it was mostly lovely and relaxing… and I am totally unprepared for the cold hard wall in my face that is Monday. Thank jeebus for Wallpaper Magazine, because they always have the most interesting spreads (when they aren’t showcasing 20 pages in a row of disgusting albeit beautifully photographed raw steaks… although maybe that also qualifies as interesting?). Anyway, look at this:

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How about that Ligne Roset bed? Amazing! What’s that you say — something is obscuring your view of it? Oh yes. Giant taxidermied animals were obviously necessary to illustrate the hipster appeal of these fine furnishings.

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That Jaime Hayon chair is certainly foxy, though.

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If I only had 5 seconds to grab something out of this room, I’m not sure if I would yank the lamb away from gaping lupine jaws, or put that Herve Van Der Straeten console table under my coat and run for my ever loving life.

What do you think? Is Wallpaper too clever for its own good?

Or maybe just crazy like a fox?

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For Your Hot Date This Weekend

There are a couple of people who send me links to things they think I would like, most of the time they are pretty spot on (how transparent am I?).  This week not one but two of my favorite internet super sleuths sent me THE VERY SAME LINK, so you know that shit was good.  Raina and Hope, I pledge to you my undying devotion for showing me these:

Gun Hoof Boots by Iris Schieferstein (via Jezebel)

While these boots are clearly a masterpiece and Iris could have stopped here, she didn’t.  Check out the other creepy goodies she’s rocking:

Just when I thought taxidermy was dead and buried for good, Iris comes along and makes it seem totally fresh again.

While I’m here, I’d also like to add an update to yesterday’s post:

My mother (while working on her 2 martini lunch I presume) found this Hennessy bottle designed by Thursday’s featured designer, Inga Sempe

Pair the cognac with your gun hoof boots and, girl, I think you’ve got yourself a weekend.  Tell me all about it monday, and yes, I want all the juicy details.

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Heads and Holgas

Something really bizarre is happening this week:  I’m starting to develop this thing that most people call “a life.”  Between the outing with our blog buddies, the book reading Monday and the art show I’m attending this evening, one may be fooled into thinking that I do more than work and watch America’s Next Top Model.  (I’m a master at smiling with my eyes BTW)

Are you in Austin?  Perhaps you would like to play my new favorite game, have a life, as well.  Here’s how:  Head south to Austin Art Garage tonight to check out the latest work from two of my favorite ladies, Cory Ryan and Hope Perkins at their show, Heads and Holgas.

Austin Art Garage is located at 2200 S. Lamar Blvd.  Not in Texas?  Here’s a peek at what you’ll be missing.  Sorry, I don’t have any photographs of free booze.

A few of Hope’s older pieces.  The bobcat on the bottom right started it all.  Her name is Tanya, she wears a tierra.  I happen to know from my many trips to Round Top with Hope that Tanya has since gained a sister, Zatarans McGillicutty, who’s just as cute as a stuffed button.

The piece on the left is “So you DO know Betty Blackwell?” If you live in Austin and have ever found yourself watching tv past 11:00 at night, you will know that this is the funniest title for a neon pink taxidermied deer with a telephone ever in the history of the planet.  I’m not sure what the one on the right is called, but, knowing Hope, I’m sure it’s hilarious. 

It should be noted that I tried to find a video clip of the Betty Blackwell commercial to share with you all, but it doesn’t exist online.

Cory will be displaying photographs from her extensive Holga portfolio.  She’s spent the last year obsessively shooting Austin from angles I’ve never seen (normally I can name almost any street corner in an Austin shot, but most of these leave me guessing).  

I’m not sure if I should be beaming with pride over having such talented friends or spending my energy commanding that you hit the show this evening… perhaps a bit of both.

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Pracilio is the Dealio

Following the story on The New Antiquarians in The New York Times that Karly blogged about here, there remains little question that taxidermy is hot. Of course, that be old news around these parts (see here and here). In fact, it’s hard to remember way back to the time when taxidermy was seen as belonging exclusively to the domain of rednecks and long expired Victorian arcana. Now that taxidermy is trendily displayed by hipsters and preppies everywhere, many clever mutations of the original stuffed animals have been spawned — for example, the works of Rachel Denny and our pal Hope Perkins.

Well, the newest dead heads on the block from the Swarovski Safari series by Peter Pracilio are pretty fierce. Check it:


So I’m thinking this stuffed deer, courtesy of famous French taxidermist Deyrolle,

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Plus this diamond studded skull by Brit brat pack artist Damien Hirst,

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Equals this crystal encrusted deer mount by Peter Pracilio.

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Agreed? Since we’re already grazing on the wild Savannas of Fifth Avenue, let’s bust out our binoculars and view some of Pracilio’s other gems that I’ve hunted down for you.

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peter pracilio unicorn

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Swarovski unicorn: uptown version of the jackelope?


via theashenledger (check out her cool prints, too)

So, what do you dudes think? Would these fine specimens be at home on the Hovey sister’s walls?

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And what would you choose: flash or fur?

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Antiquarian is the New Black

Did anyone see this article on the New York Times site?  Not one to be slowed down by reading, I cruised the slideshow first and was pretty delighted by what I found.  Then, well, then I read the story.  It was gross beyond gross.  While I maintain full respect for the occupants of the homes profiled, I kinda want to barf all over the “reporter.”

We start with an introduction of the Hovey sisters, who can be found on their blog here.  The reporter drools all over them and single-handedly credits them with starting the Ulysses S. Grant fashion trend in, wait for it, Williamsburg.  Am I to believe that I am watching the initial match spark that will ultimately lead to the full blaze that is the tipping point?  Oh to be so lucky.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m digging their taste – remember, I swooned when I first saw the pictures – I just can’t stand by an article that notes that the type of collecting the sisters and the others profiled “requires a lot more engagement than a similar passion for midcentury furniture”


I am insane about interiors.  I have spent nights fighting sleep since I was four laying in bed imagining my dream home.  Every spare penny I have goes into my house, I don’t even try to justify the expense, it’s as necessary as food.  Can someone honestly try to tell me that this taste and commitment to collections requires more engagement than my own?  Or yours?  Come on readers, you’ve taken the time to find my measly design blog.  You probably have at least 20 more in your RSS feed.  We live for interiors.  New York Times:  give me a fucking break.

Ok, I’m over it, let’s just spend the rest of our time together looking at the nice pictures that sparked my interest in the first place.  Above is a couple that also collects things.  That’s all I’m saying about that.

I think this room is awesome.  Again, all I’m saying.

Their collection of arcane liquors, which I don’t even pretend to understand and I certainly don’t think is pretentious at all, oh no.  

Ryan Matthews, his house is a 24-hour taxidermy party.

I can’t get behind that stuffed dog, but the rest is fine, although it seems a bit dusty.

So, there you go, now you’ve gotten the lovely slideshow in it’s entirety and you didn’t even have to read the stupid article.

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