Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

9.09.2008

Go Ahead, Layer on the Beads

The downside of design blogs and myriad decorating TV shows is that all the analysis (is there such a thing as a decorating pundit?) may lead us to over-think the whole thing. For example, one phenomenon we've discussed here before is the tendency to hyper-analyze accessories -- are they over-exposed, are they "last Tuesday," does it really matter?

It's no secret that I never seem to tire of beads on statuary (or other art objects) but I can't pretend this is revolutionary or unexpected. Radical or not, the issue doesn't seem to worry some of my favorite tastemakers and editors; they don't think the look is over. Beads are proudly displayed in the Lambertson-Truex residence (Elle Decor, October 2008) and Rubie Green founder, Michelle Adams, recently styled a graceful bust with a pretty necklace for ABT.


Below, of course, the image that started the obsession: a page from Kelly Wearstler's Domicilium Decoratus.

So go ahead. Play with your necklaces. It's a commitment-free, economical way to create a new vignette in your home.

Top image is the Dransfield Ross residence as seen in House Beautiful 750 Designer Secrets.

22 comments:

pve design said...

I just remember Carrie Donovan sporting chunky beads and cuffs. Larger than life accessories are a sure-fire way to stand out in a crowd, even on statuesque ladies.

Style Court said...

pve -- i love it! what a great comparison.

S. Adler said...

Here's a different take on that. Awhile back a friend gave me a peak inside her husband's newly decorated home office/private refuge. They had recently purchased a good reproduction of a classical bust which was placed on his desk draped with medals he had acquired running marathons. I thought it was such a clever way to display them.

Style Court said...

S. Adler -- brilliant. What a great alternative to a stiff display. Also, when the objects are so personal, I don't think one has to worry about how often something has been done.

The Peak of Chic said...

I know what you're saying Courtney- the fear of having something you love be over-exposed. But I don't think I'll ever tire of looking at beads and beads on busts and statues!

MABELLE said...

What a fun surprise! Thanks Courtney :) I love this post! I also have a creepy $5 bust that I bought at the Chelsea flea market, and it's draped in a sparkly vintage necklace...will have to send you a pic ;)

Style Court said...

Jennifer -- glad you are not tired of them :)

Michelle -- I'd love to see that!

katiedid said...

Beads do add a touch of the personal don't they? Almost like you caught someone in the middle of their daily routine. I have a bunch draped on an old finial on my dresser...too many I think!

Style Court said...

Katie -- what you have going sounds so chic! I can't remember if I saw that when your bedroom was photographed.

Karen Junking in Georgia said...

beads are timeless interesting objects that humans have loved.. since we stood upright and saw how great they looked

Style Court said...

Karen -- your imagery will stay with me today. Love it :)

stljoie said...

Here in St. Louis, we do Mardi Gras.....that means beads. One of my friends has these colorful beads swagging her dining room chandelier year round. After a party my husband draped his beads on one of my 6 double scounces in our living room and there they have stayed. A bit of fun and whimsy. And then one Christmas we ran little white tree lights up our spiral staircase..at the bottom along the steps...and now they too are there year round. A most beautiful night light. I guess you could say we are playful.

Style Court said...

Stljoie -- very playful! Sounds like you have such a high spirited home with flair.

Anonymous said...

I inherited a replica of the famous bust of Nefertiti and often can’t help but decorate her fantastic long neck with some cheap and tawdry beads – I could analysis it and say that I like the contrast of her regal classicism with the incongruity of mardi gras debauchery – but really its just cute. KDM

Style Court said...

KDM -- that interpretation sounds exactly like something a curator or docent would say on a museum tour. Anytime you can work in the word "contrast" or "juxtaposition". Priceless!

MIMILEE said...

What a fabulous idea! I have kept all my necklaces from days gone by and also my mother's and mother-in-laws......so I have boocoodles(sp) .....Can't wait to see what I can come up with! Fun, fun!

Best Regards,
MIMILEE<><

Style Court said...

Mimi Lee -- so glad you want to try this too!

Anonymous said...

Ugh! Yes - the docent lead tour has (almost) destroyed many aesthetic experiences - KDM

Style Court said...

I had to poke fun of myself on that one (I was a docent for 5 years :)

But we tried to do things in a fresh way -- not so much lecturing. Still I found myself contrasting and juxtaposing stuff often!

simply seleta said...

Love that last shot. Somehow I've never seen it. Makes me want to restring all of my old turquoise necklaces I bought at the mart a couple of years ago. I once wondered what chunky turquoise would look like as a tieback on a set of lovely cream panels.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I collect prayer beads and I have them adorning all my statues and busts in my home, as well as my tureen lids. I also often put antique head dresses made out of old coins and dangles (esp from Yemen and the Sinai) on my statues. Festive:)

Style Court said...

Maryam -- you have such flair. It must look fabulous and add layers of meaning.