Oddities: Frightful Accessories

It’s hallow’s eve and the dead, undead and everything else in between are roaming the Earth in search of their next fright.  What if those creatures of mayhem and the creepy crawlies you despise were permanent fixtures in your living space.  It may be hard to imagine but there is a valid place in design for what some consider disturbing.  When you enter a store such as Creel and Gow in New York, emotions of overwhelming dismay may arrest you at the sight of the collection of international curiosities.  Look below to see if you have the stomach.

$10k deconstructed Lobster: Creel & Gow

$3k Peacock: Creel & Gow

Now I am not promoting gathering your shotgun and going furniture and accessories shopping in the forest behind your house.  However, adding a stuffed dead animal here, an empty terrapin shell there and you have a well dressed place.  It’s not for everybody but here are some concrete examples that may take your mind off the dreadfulness.

Peep the bird pirched on the Asian cabinet: Traditional Home

Mary McDonald: Pinterest

Kelly Wearstler’s horn table is insane: musings et cetera

Can you count all the fine-feathered friends? Sawyer Berson

Antlers galore: Simplified

Slightly overkill but still chic: Pinterest

Not sure what mastadon this came from but its intriguing? Just kidding, its a tree: The Style Saloniste


What I was waiting for?

College: magna cum laude….check

Grad school: thank ya laude….check

First real world job: I’m finally a grown up….check

First place: grandparents old house…..laude what do I do?

Since my early days of eagerly flipping through the pages of Architectural Digest while eating my Lucky Charms before walking to the bus stop, I have craved for the opportunity to design and decorate my own space.  Images of gilded moldings and Versailles-esque McMansions floated around in my head.  Since then I have modernized and eclectically diversified my personal style a plenty and it isn’t so Real Housewives of New Jersey-esque (thank God).  But anyways, what the heck was I supposed to do with this small inner-city rancher, victim of the deflated real estate bubble that couldn’t find a qualified buyer anywhere in sight?  In an effort to keep the home up my dad suggested “Son, why don’t you take over the house until we figure out what to do?”  This sounded cool until I realized that instead of artistically dressing up my dream downtown studio, I now was challenged to make a 3 bedroom ole house feel like a new gal.  Below is my new baby in all her naked oatmeal glory when I found her.


Living room


Kitchen and Eat-in


Front Bedroom


Paneled study with build-ins


Rear Bedroom (tiny master)

Over time I will reveal my decorating saga to make this place me, room by room.  I might even ask you from some ideas….stay tuned!!