Shadow boxes are making a bit of a comeback, at least at Anthropologie, where I spotted them gracing the walls yesterday in all their 3-D splendor. With roots in Victorian times (just like silhouette art), they can be a nice way to display cherished memories in your beautiful boudoir – giving guests a bit of a peek into who you are. I’m not big on the ornate, so I wouldn’t want to style my own box after these above because they look a little too dated for my taste (the exception being my favorite shown above, top right corner, with the 3 birds inside – that’s quite cute.)
What drew me to these boxes yesterday is my own crazy hoarding issues, which is totally OCD, I know. I have a few shadow boxes that I’ve never touched, but have felt somewhat guilty over saving. They’ve been tucked away in tissue paper for a few years now. Maybe it would be a fun December project to stop saving them and put them to good use, huh? They are in modern uncomplicated wood frames, just like the birdy box shown above, with a white interior and a creamy burlap background. A little magnet keeps them closed. I have two. I just have to come up with a clever showpiece. That’s where I’m stuck.
What would you put inside a shadow box?
I’m leaning away from the traditional (ticket stubs, photos, lace, velvet ribbon) and considering a simple tree branch with a handmade paper bird resting on it. A branch created with pretty wrapping paper or a brightly colored blue road map, something like the Real Simple sections that Happy Mundane wrote about a few months back. (I loved that post, Jon!) Or maybe steer away totally from the map idea and go with something more personal, like a 3-D diary of sorts but that may clutter the box too much and I’d like to keep it simple. Maybe I could take 12 of my favorite little badges or pocket mirrors in bright colors and in a perfectly neat grid, pin or super glue them inside.
TIP: Go learn about the history of the shadow box. A fun read indeed!
Have any clever shadow box ideas? Have you ever used one in your decor?
(images from anthropologie)
I found a cute quote that makes me think of how we sometimes don’t notice how spectacular we are. Even the peacock has his doubts… “People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.” – Sa’Di
Enjoy these pheasant finds – could be a nice touch to freshen your space. Perfect for those who love vintage modern design!
, $48, john derian
peacock black + white plate
, $56, john derian
beauchamp noveau metallic wallpaper, gallica
, alexander beauchamp
striking for a small space in your home or for one wall in a larger room.
contact the boston design center
stark showroom to view or order.
peacock trinket box
, $28.95, zgallerie
peacock feather placemats
for your tabletop, set of 6, $119.70, zgallerie
these would look pretty on a sofa table with a large vase or candle in the middle
Inspiration of the day. Strut your stuff!
Ahhh. The iridescent tail of the male peacock…
I’ve always been attracted to these lovely creatures, which started when I was 4 years old and my mother hired Cyndi, a radiant italian interior designer that installed a huge blue-green vase with the watchful eyes of peacock plumage shooting forth from it in our living room. I remember how it reflected in our gold wallpaper, my cat watching the plumage with a suspicious eye, careful not to go to close.
Lately, I’ve been spotting more and more peacock in patterns, from decoupage trays to fabric, rubber stamps, clothing, earrings, or images of them on pillows. Yesterday, when Domino magazine arrived, I found even more, so I thought it made sense to showcase my favorite peacock accessories for the home here today. I think that first, so we can all better appreciate the peacock, we should read up about these regal creatures; so click here!
I’ll be back later today with peacock accessories. Until then, shake your tail feathers!
(photos from wikipedia)
It’s January 16th. By now, you’ve already started and stopped 5 diets and 16 gym attempts. Don’t worry, I have something you can do right now that will make you feel better of the non-caloric kind. You can add some color to your life. In the design world, the trendy colors for 2006 have already been selected. Designers and Marketing guru’s are in the know. Are you?
Top 5 colors of ’06
Warm Grey (a.k.a. “greige” because it looks like grey and beige mixed together)
Paint suggestion: Farrow & Ball “Elephants Breath” #229
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams “Exuberant Pink” #6840
Paint suggestion: Para Paints “Lime Sorbet” #P1070-1
Paint Suggestion: Sico “Elephanta” #6120-74
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Mosaic CC-874
The above colors are everywhere – but I can’t take any credit at all for the color suggestions. We need to give the good people at Canadian House + Home mad props for the help. Amazing magazine, by the way. I’ve been an avid reader for ages because I’m in Montreal 3-4 times a year scoping out Interior Design trends up there and spotted it at a kiosk way back when. If you are anywhere within driving distance to Montreal, you’ve got to get up there. I’ll be covering design trends from Montreal in April, so stay tuned.
By the way….thanks for the many supportive emails out there – you guys are amazing. It’s refreshing to see so many that are interested in fresh design. Thank God. I was beginning to think this was the land of the homogenized Pottery Barn generation. (Not knockin’ PB, but I can’t afford/deal with everything in my home being from one catalog…)
Peace, Love and Good Design! See you tomorrow….