Taxidermy

Austenland is a DELIGHT!

I watched Austenland (2013) and LOVED it from the very first frame.  The film opens on Jane Seymour holding a taxidermy lamb, giving and an impassioned speech about a Jane Austen immersive vacation package, in a room that can only be described as layered.   

And of course Jane Seymour lives in this adorable cottage.  

By the end of the movie, I could honestly say that I heart Darcy.  

As it should be.

Frozen in Time

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A good friend brought my attention to an article about an apartment in Paris that was forgotten for 75 years.  

Supposedly, the women who lived there left for the south of France before WWII, and never returned.  The apartment, located in the Pigalle district of Paris, remained locked until a few years ago, when the family found it.  

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In addition to the value of the apartment (premo real estate), inside was a Giovanni Boldini painting worth 2.1 million euros, and a stuffed ostrich, which is priceless.

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The Gorgeous/Awful Week

I just watched The Longest Week, and it was such beautiful trash.  I cannot recommend it, unless want to make your eyes happy and your brain hurt.  

The story is about wealthy attractive aimless Manhattan-its who do not understand the value of a dollar.  Although the plot centers around Jason Bateman getting disinherited, the filmmaker is much more concerned with demonstrating that french culture is cool and he is a big fan of Wes Anderson.  

This film is so comically out of touch, that it even romanticizes smoking cigarettes (something that no film has been able to get away with in a decade).  

That being said, let me reiterate that every set and every shot is beautiful.  Bateman lives in his family's fancy hotel.  Right off the bat, I can see that we love the same things.  

Prominent pictures of french royalty:

The Longest Week - Why hello, Napoleon. 

The Longest Week - Why hello, Napoleon. 

Emma's apartment - I am all about Louis XIV because of those fine legs.

Emma's apartment - I am all about Louis XIV because of those fine legs.

Exotic taxidermy:

The Longest Week - Confronting white peacocks = dream come true.  The only thing that would make this better was if the dog was stuffed too (I'm not into dogs).

The Longest Week - Confronting white peacocks = dream come true.  The only thing that would make this better was if the dog was stuffed too (I'm not into dogs).

Background on Emma's phone - I might not be able to have a Unicorn face off in real life, but I make a point of look at one every day.  

Background on Emma's phone - I might not be able to have a Unicorn face off in real life, but I make a point of look at one every day.  

The running design element that stood out for me was the use of textured white walls through out the film.  

In the Napoleon room the walls have engaged columns and extensive molding details. 

Most of the other spaces have white painted brick walls or white painted paneling.  

The Longest Week - A conceptual artists spars loft.  GET A RUG!

The Longest Week - A conceptual artists spars loft.  GET A RUG!

The Longest Week - Oh what shall I do with all my vintage luggage! 

The Longest Week - Oh what shall I do with all my vintage luggage! 

The Longest Week - New Years Resolution: Hang Audubon prints. 

The Longest Week - New Years Resolution: Hang Audubon prints. 

The Longest Week -  A Napoleon in every room, I say!

The Longest Week -  A Napoleon in every room, I say!

Calling it: Decorating with Dead Peacocks

If you think decorating with taxidermy is awesome, then you should check out this post on Chinoiserie Chic.  

Taxidermy has been a presence in interior design since the first hunter mounted a head on his wall (and probably before because I didn't research this at all).  Instead of tackling taxidermy as a whole, I am going to focus on one animal: the peacock.

The peacock is one of the most ostentatious animal in the world.  Its feather have been used for all sorts of things and its likeness has been put on anything that is googlable. It's name has been turned into a verb, and  is used to describe dressing up to get attention.  But somehow nothing is more hedonistic than stuffing the bird in all it's glory and having it sit on a side table.  I want one. 

Anna Sui's home

Anna Sui's home

Jeffrey Bilhuber - Elle Decor

Jeffrey Bilhuber - Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Alexis and Trevor Traina's home  - Vogue

Alexis and Trevor Traina's home  - Vogue

Celery Kemble - Lonny

Celery Kemble - Lonny

Celery Kemble - Lonny

Celery Kemble - Lonny

And one flamingo:

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I saw a peacock (and many other stuffed dead things) a while back at Inheritance, at Beverly and Crescent Heights Blvd.  I'm sure it's a million dollars, as is everything else in that store.

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