In the previous post I talked about decorating "back-stories," or the visions and stories we have in our head that influence how we want our home to look and feel. Now I'm turning to real stories: vignettes composed of tangible things that speak to a person's history.
Shown above is Jackie O's library circa 1973, as seen in Horst Interiors. According to the book, the intimate room was filled with mementos of her life and travels. There was red-and-white hand-blocked Indian cotton on the walls and sofa pillows were made from Liberty silk scarves collected over the years. On the coffee table she placed worry beads from Greece; a delicately dried mushroom on a branch brought back from Angkor Wat; black coral from the Yucatan; and Egyptian cats in bronze.
When Candice Bergen's duplex apartment was photographed by Horst in 1979, she placed on her bedroom's leather-topped desk memorabilia including a silver mug and baby rattles. (Reminds me of this past blog post.)
New Orleans-based lighting designer Fifi Laughlin is a talent you may have read about over at Bayou Contessa. Shown below is one of her beautiful pieces.
Some of Fifi's lamps are featured in Angele Parlange's book, Creole Thrift, along with treasures like a silver-framed photo of young Fifi in a Lily Pulitzer monikini, a porringer with flowers, vintage books, and other silver trinkets. (The adorable little boy on the cover is Fifi's son Peter.)
One of the vintage books that caught my eye is The Deb's Dictionary. Click the image with the red lamp to see a bit of the book's cover illustrated by Oliver Herford. This might be a cute affordable holiday gift for someone with a sharp sense of humor. I've found original copies from the 1930s priced at $6. And the book was re-issued last year.
Below is a mini-review from The New York Times, October 1931.
BTW: If you plan to be in Southampton anytime soon, look for Fifi's lamps and vases at Mecox Gardens.