Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Less is Never More, Less is Obviously Less


Several weeks ago a couple of readers emailed to ask, "Why would a blogger pull his blog?!" It seemed Maxminimus was gone. I had some thoughts on why one would give up blogging, but had to sheepishly admit that I had not hit this gentleman's site.

Just when I was just starting to miss him, odd as we had never met, he returned. He weighs in on clothes and books and hotel rooms far and wide and tells charming tales of his daughter. Pretty often there are wonderful rugs. Carpets, not hair pieces. Actually, I think I'm supposed to be looking at the socks and shoes. Anyway, this weekend, he posted this wonderful staircase chocked full of old Vanity Fair caricatures from Birkhall, the former home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

It looks like there is a piece of molding that runs between the rows of prints. And I'm gobsmacked by the way some of the pieces are framed to accommodate the slant of the stairs.

Queen me.

Images via Maxminimus. The post title is a quote from Michelle Nussbaumer in Elle Decor, November 2009.

24 comments:

kmack said...

Interesting about the moulding! It provides spacing while keeping all the pictures aligned! someone was very wise!

Southern Chateau said...

I love and totally agree with the quote in your title! And yes this framing is ingenious.

Greet said...

I have to say that I really love these prints!
Have you notice the carpetrunner?

Greet

Things That Inspire said...

Details like this are what truly delights - I looked closely at the framing under the stairs and smiled to see what you had pointed out.

Style Court said...

Stunning and the tartan carpeting on the stairs rocks.

VictoriaArt said...

When I opend your blog and saw the top picture at first glance and without glasses, the frames appeared to be glass brickes, like in a modern Bauhaus staircase by Gropius for example. I had to laugh when I saw the real deal! It's funny, since for the Bauhaus style less is obviously more....

But I agree with the frames and the content, it's genius and very now, yet timeless.

Nice post!

xx
Victoria

teaorwine said...

A work of art in its self. Lovely.

Karena said...

I love the images, ingenious really pulls you in. These are real conversation pieces.

The Peak of Chic said...

Fantastic! And I'm with Courtney- the tartan carpet is to die for.

David said...

I've never seen Birkhall before. How much do I love that The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe filled her stair hall with caricatures and a plaid runner.

mary said...

The carpet!! I've been seeing quite a bit of tartan lately, can't wait to see more. That staircase is amazing, I wonder what the Queen Mother thought about when she walked up those stairs?

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

What unbelievable attention to detail, I'm off to check out the blog! Thanks for sharing...Janell

soodie :: said...

Love this! just LOVE it!

home before dark said...

I think the person who actually hung these should be knighted. Can you imagine?

Easy and Elegant Life said...

So glad you discovered ADG. He's got a great eye for detail. You'll enjoy visiting.

And ask about his collection of caricatures, too.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Yes! Yes! The plaid carpet is wonderful, too. It does look like just the place one would want to run off to. And, EE, I did. Why wasn't I paying attention earlier?

Pat's Addition said...

Is that the Queen Mother's plaid? Talk about a picture wall! Amazing.

Errant Aesthete said...

Mrs. Blandings,

Truly a staircase to precision heaven with the sound of bagpipes in the distance.

Off to meet, at least for me, the new neighbor.

Southern Exposure said...

I love these Vanity Fair prints! I actually came across a ton of them when I was antiquing recently and have them for sale in my Etsy shop www.socodesigns.etsy.com. They look so good grouped together like this!

Mrs. Blandings said...

EA - you will be smitten, I do believe and SE - I'm off to check your site!

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the Queen Mother thought about when she walked up those stairs?

"So many subjects, so few verbs."

The Blushing Hostess said...

That 'ol ADG. A blog worth making indecent proposals to get back... ah-hem. Not that I did that... twice.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - that is funny.

And, Hostess, now that we've met, I completely understand. Full on blog crush.

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