Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Horn of Plenty

Van Day Truex's first home in Provence, House & Garden, March, 1984.

I almost titled this post "Horny," but was afraid of the sort of folk it might deliver to my door. I've been relying on the vintage a bit too much this week, but Mr. Blandings is having a bit of a Mrs. Blandings birthday by which I mean more of a birthweek. Or a birthmonth. So here we are again. I guess I should have sold this as part of my grand plan, an execution in continuity. Only it's not. Just a bit of by-the-seat-of-my-pants inspiration.


Chateau de Menetou-Salon, Architectural Digest, March, 1980.
There are design elements that do repeat and are not so tired and one of these is horns. I have a set of antlers that Mr. Blandings lovingly delivered to me when we were first married. You might think I received them as a cat-owner receives the love-token carcass, but I actually like them. They feel wonderful. Smooth and silky. And in their bony purity, sculptural.

Steven Gambrel, his own home, House & Garden.
In addition, unless you happen to stumbled upon a rhinoceros horn, they usually come in pairs. Appeal times two.




There's a bit of a jump here, so pay attention. There is a toy store in Brookside, our neighborhood shopping center, called Brookside Toy and Science. It is a gift that my boys are growing up in walking distance of a whole line of shops owned by independent store-owners. It's great fun to kill an afternoon at Reading Reptile and getting ice cream or popcorn and going to the toy store.



So while they bee-line to the Legos and cars, I head to the back where the "science" lives." All types of funky taxidermy, stones, skeletons, mounted butterflies and beetles. And two giant carved tusks.







Un-uh. Didn't ask. No idea how these came to be here. Originally marked at $250,000 they are reduced to 99% off - $2,500 - for the pair. A furrowed brow came up over the counter as I snapped the shot. I just smiled. Just killing a little time in the 'hood checking out the quarter of a million dollar tusks. I'm just saying, you have to keep your eyes open. You never know where something interesting is going to turn up.

17 comments:

Cricket said...

Love the ceiling of the Chateau. Remind me - what do you call that type of ceiling?

pve design said...

We found a "6 pointer horn" right in our back-yard!

Pigtown-Design said...

You would really have to have the right type of house for that last horn, wouldn't you.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Cricket - you got me. And the article doesn't say either. Anyone? Peak?

Mrs. Blandings said...

pve -I'm sure that is some kind of cosmic sign of good fortune. Not that you needed one!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Meg - even at the greatly reduced price, there is not quite the right spot in the dream house. I bet there is someone out there right now on the hunt for just this thing and they have no idea it's on display at BT&S.

The Peak of Chic said...

I've got a few horns around my house that I do like, but that's the limit! No more or it might look creepy or something!!! And re: the ceiling, I've always called it a vaulted ceiling, but that might not be correct.

Style Court said...

Again, I love how you weave your family into your art and design adventures.

And I also enjoy living within walking distance of kid-friendly stores :)

Pigtown-Design said...

I think that vaulted is the right term...

antlers are one thing... giant horns are another thing completely!

LondonCalling said...

That's my kind of sale!

Anonymous said...

From the pic, the tusk appears to be pierced-together bone. Even at 99% off, it's too expensive

Mrs. Blandings said...

I do believe you are right, anon. I'll keep you updated on further mark downs.

Anonymous said...

You can't pull off "in the 'hood." I'm sorry, you just can''t.

beachbungalow8 said...

the toy store of my youth.

there used to be a crabby old lady with a white beehive who worked there through the 70s and 80s.

do they still wrap all of the gifts in red striped paper with red curling ribbon?

kansas city birthday parties were never without the requisite pile of these packages.

Anonymous said...

It is pieced together bone! Tusk is illegial! But we like to have it in our store anyway :) -P

Mrs. Blandings said...

P - new tusk is illegal - thanks for stopping by. I love your shop - I was actually back there looking for the bat skelaton in lucite that I have had my eye on. Gone! I'll keep checking. Lots of birthday presents still to be acquired.

Hollister H. Hovey said...

That first picture must have been an inspiration for Miles Redd (http://www.milesredd.com/press-hg-jan05-pg3.shtml), which, in turn, was an inspiration for me (http://hollisterhovey.blogspot.com/2007/08/creations-black-wall-iii.html). Habitually Chic turned me on to your blog. What a delight to see a fellow Kansas Citian appreciating such stylish interiors (I grew up in KC and now live in Brooklyn).