Functional Beauty- Mid Century Modern.

Mid century modern furniture popularity has been rising over the last decade. Who hasn’t heard of an Eames chair or Saarinen table, or seen the reproductions in West Elm? The decorative and functional arts of that time have also become popular. One of the most prolific contributors was the principal designer for Dansk, sculptor and designer, Jens Quistgaard. He brought his Danish sensibility to define the mid century modern age with function meets form. Note that the lid of the cookware is also a trivet. Quistgaard passed away in 2008. Vintage pieces are valuable in the resale market, but you can always buy new at home specialty retailers.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/more-dining-entertaining/jens-h-quistgaard-brass-pot-solid-teak-plinth-lid-dansk-designs/id-f_5889573/
Sur La Table
Bloomingdales
http://www.moblerhome.com/General/Tableware/2935-Three-Staved-Teak-Trays-Jens-Quistgaard-Dansk
Sur La Table
Crate And Barrel
http://www.moblerhome.com/General/Tableware/2572-Rosewood-Ice-Bucket-Jens-Quistgaard-Dansk

Sheep Chic

Photo: Björn Wallander

Over the years of reading shelter magazines, blogs, and visiting beautiful houses, I noticed that there are fuzzy sheep sculptures present in many of the well appointment rooms.

It was high time I found out what those chic sheep were all about. These highly valued decorative art sculptures are sold at auction upwards of the high six figures and they have inspired copies at various prices.

“..known as the Moutons de Laine, François-Xavier’s celebrated sheep sculptures were first presented with the title Pour Polytheme, a reference to a passage in Homer’s Odyssey. It describes how Ulysses and his comrades blind the cyclops Polyphemus, and escape from his cave by clinging to the bellies of his giant sheep.”-Christies.com

Bronze Sheep Sculpture With Natural Wool After Lalanne
$8,700
A rare black sheep by Francois-Xavier LaLanne set auction record for a single “MOUTON DE LAINE” AT $735,000. Sotheby’s.com
Gianluca Vacchi/photo: Kris Tamburell WSJ.com
Photo: Björn Wallander
Can my grown childrens’ former toy horse serve as a stand in for a Lalanne?

Are They Candles?

Cheap flameless candles in the green hurricane lanterns from Home Goods.
Finer quality flameless candle from Pottery Barn

No doubt that candle light adds a romantic glow to a home. I will admit that I have gone to bed once or twice without blowing out a candle. Luckily for me, they burned down and out without incident. In addition, I frequently ration how much to use a candle because to replace them both physically and financially is just annoying. I have recently replaced many candles in my home with these flameless candles. Yes, they are fake. But, they look so good. The expensive versions are beautiful and the cheaper ones are not awful. Some have a wax finish so they feel like the real thing to the touch as well. Some flameless candles even have a timer so the time you set them on initially, will prompt them to illuminate at that same time night after night. Within about 5 hours they turn themselves off. Brilliant.