Friday, May 8, 2009
My Apartment -- Pre-Raphaelite Inspirations III (and Final!)
Well, here we are at the end of our tour. I tried to get through these three posts quickly so that those of you saying to themselves "darn it, I don't wanna see her house...where are the posts about art??" don't get restless ;)
As you walk up the stairs past the Beauty and the Beast banners, this is what you will see at the top of the steps. The artwork, Seraphel, is by me.
A close-up of the other artwork on the wall above. Tom found this image on Worth100.com, and it so succinctly summarizes the merging of our two personalities and tastes, we had to frame it. Based on this artwork by Bouguereau
A print of Waterhouse's The Soul of the Rose is on the wall opposite the bathroom:
And yes, the bathroom is filled with Water...house. In the mirror, you can see two framed artworks...Vanity, and a study for The Mermaid.
Also in the bathroom is this plaster painting of Waterhouse's Danaides. I bought this years ago at a going out of business sale for a favorite sculpture gallery in Columbus. Sadly, it cuts off the very important image of the vessel's spout at the bottom of the painting, but I still love it.
Into the bedroom! On the left wall is, again, Waterhouse...Hylas and the Nymphs. Below the art, a quote from my favorite poem, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, reads "I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful - a faery's child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild." in a gold paint that shimmers in the light. Two Mucha tapestries are on the bed wall, with an art quilt made by my mother in the center. The pillows on the bed have images of fleur-de-lis and lions rampant. The comforter on the bed has been christened the "Velvet Fog" as it is soft velvet, and extremely comfy. Eventually we'll get a bedframe for in here, but so far my search hasn't yielded something I love enough in the right price range.
A vintage nightgown too lovely to hide away currently hangs from the curtain:
The other view of the look-down. Two mirrored hooks hold beribboned Moroccan lanterns. The picture between them is one from a recent photoshoot with my friend Tess.
The dresser holds a heavy garden statuary bust adorned with a headpiece made for me by Linden Sidhe. (See first picture above for a close-up) Below it on the floor is a portrait sketch I need to reframe! (And Tom and I are suckers for stuffed animals, I have to admit)I call this my "shrine to beauty"...a lovely folding Ethan Allen table I found a few years ago, with amethyst glass goblet & bowls, silk leaves, figural candlesticks, and a small statue of a bronze-colored faerie, who holds high my wedding Relic with reverence. Also, can you tell I love khussas?
And last, my bedside view, with a wall shelf to hold and display more of my Parrish Relic treasures, a pre-kissed frog prince, and a calendar of Kinuko Craft art.
I hope you enjoyed my house tour! We will return for your regularly scheduled blog posts very soon.