Sunday, April 14, 2013

Black Baroque Luxuries

Several years ago, the insomniac  stumbled across a blog called Chintz of Darkness - the creation of two gifted artists, Seraph and Splendor. It was a design blog unlike anything seen before, dark and opulent, and the very antithesis of the usual beige decorating blogs. Immediately smitten, the insomniac  became a devoted reader, and could often be heard exclaiming in the dead of night (in hushed tones, of course) such things as “I have that book!” or “That's my favourite artist, too!” or “They have a tapestry just like mine!”

Seraph and Splendor

Just before Hallowe'en of 2010, Seraph and Splendor opened an Etsy shop called Black Baroque Luxuries. And since that time, the insomniac  and her PayPal account have been doomed. The minute any spare cash is available in the account (which doesn't occur as often as one would like) a new piece is procured. After months of careful deliberation, the Ophelia Mourning Pillow was chosen for the first purchase. Almost as delightful as the pieces themselves are S&S's descriptions - especially their masterful use of the ellipsis, of which the insomniac  herself is so fond ...

Much inspired by Ophelia’s final slumber amid the water’s embrace, this cushion is fit for a queen or a coffin. Reminiscent of water lilies and river reeds, an iridescent ribbon trim surrounds a silver collage of vintage jewelry. A trim of round abalone shell baubles drip from the rich blackened teal velvet ground fabric while at the center, an amethyst eye sheds drops of crystal tears …”

The Ophelia Mourning Pillow

Closeup of Centerpiece

It matches the wallpaper,
and the print it sits beneath, perfectly ...

How fitting that one's favourite print
and favourite pillow go so well together ...

A few months later, the Oracle of the Horned Star was added ...

“This ritual object, resplendent in amber, russet and gold, was conjured from many oddities scattered throughout our Obsidian Halls. First, an unusual spindly brass base, mirror-like yet clouded in mystery; next a gilded plaque of dubious function; and lastly, a small skull dripping in sentience … Glittering obsidian eyes, unusually lifelike, glisten with silver diamond tears.”

Oracle of the Horned Star

The Horned Oracle in its
Permanent Position of Prominence on the Piano

A nice alliteration is almost as good as an ellipsis ...

S&S thoughtfully included a gift with the Oracle - a beautiful satchel in colours perfect for display in the eldest's former bedroom; after the hundreds of tiny holes, from where he'd spent hours perfecting his knife throwing skills, had been repaired and the room repainted.

The Unnamed Satchel

It was almost as if they'd seen the room (after repainting),
and knew the satchel would be perfect ...

The most recent piece, purchased in February and being the very last package delivered to the Gothic Mansion before the insomniac  actually started adhering to her unwritten rule of no more purchases until after the move - the Death's Cameo Coffin Cushion ...

“Perhaps unearthed from an unholy crypt or stolen from a cemetery, this coffin cushion is quite wicked in every way. At the center, a brass cameo frame adorned with an exquisite vintage floral brooch, a small skull amid its petals … wisps of tulle and tatters of silk (in tones of burgundy, cobwebs and grave dust) make this deathly cameo complete. This cushion is slightly elongated beyond proper proportions and is perfect for a favorite couch or casket. Shall you be the one to set it in its final resting place?”

Death's Cameo Coffin Cushion

In its final resting place for another month or so.

And then it shall be buried, then exhumed,
then redisplayed in its FINAL final resting place ...

And after the move, when the moratorium on new purchases has been lifted and one is able to resume her collecting on eBay and Etsy with a clear conscience, perhaps then the Briar Rose Ottoman will become the next piece added to the collection. On second thought, maybe the Death's Pearl Coffin Cushion. Or possibly Lady Death's Looking Glass. But whichever one is eventually chosen, their acquisition(s) will be deferred for the time being. Because if the long-suffering spouse spots the mailman coming up the front steps with even one more package, he might just decide to move without the insomniac  AND ALL HER STUFF.

In the meantime, a person would be wise to closely examine all the exquisite items available in Seraph and Splendor's Etsy Shop. Because the moratorium won't last forever, you know.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


PostScript: All plans of sticking to the regular weekly posting schedule have been temporarily abandoned. Although the listing date for the house was originally set for June 1st, the realtor has suggested May 1st would be better. And even though it's highly unlikely we'll be able to meet that deadline, the semi-leisurely schedule one had created for preparing the house for sale has also been abandoned, and replaced with one that's not nearly as leisurely ...

32 comments:

  1. Is it possible to have a good aneurysm. I may have just had one looking at that pillow. Or maybe my brain had an orgasm?

    Does your child really practice knife throwing? I was obviously born into the wrong family! When can you adopt me?

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    1. One believes a good aneurysm is a medical fact, Laura. And the beauty of S&S's pieces practically guarantees one! :o)

      Apparently, the eldest did practice his skills in the art while still living here. Which the insomniac  never discovered until after he moved out, because she never violated the sanctity of the offsprings' rooms while they were still living in them. Which, in hindsight, maybe she should have. ;o)

      You wouldn't want to be adopted now, Laura - in case you have to move into a trailer! LOL

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    2. that is true. I will wait until you move! :P

      The book finally arrived the day before yesterday! It is lovely, thanks so much!

      I am addicted to Chintz of Darkness blog now. Thanks so much for mentioning it!

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    3. Good choice, Laura! ;o)

      Wow, that took forever, didn't it? You're welcome!

      And you're welcome!! :D

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  2. Oh dear! As one who is currently trying to stick to a strict budget, I'm almost afraid to go and look at this shop... I said, "almost". ;)

    And may I add, I'm always thrilled to discover another ellipsis devotee. I love ellipses! I couldn't write without them, and imagine my horror when my son told me that his English teacher deducted marks for ellipses. Pfft! And should she happen to read this, I say, Pfft... again!!!

    Good luck with putting the house on the market! :)

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    1. If you haven't already gone to their shop Little Gothic Horrors, you'll be very pleasantly surprised at how affordable S&S's prices are. Which is why the insomniac  has been able to procure three pieces - because she is also on a budget. It might be a slight exaggeration to call it strict, though. ;o)

      Without the ellipsis, one would almost be as lost as she's going to be without an attic dormer! Your son's English teacher deducts marks for them? That's ridiculous. Let one be the first to add an additional Pffft ... to yours!

      Thank you! :o)

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  3. Hmm...it seems that you, Seraph and Splendor are a good match. May you soon be in a position to lift the buying moratorium. In the meanwhile, your sporadic posting schedule is totally understandable.

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    1. Aha, Nightwind! An ellipsis!! Yes, indeed - a match made in, dare one say, heaven.

      And thank you. :o)

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  4. I agree with Laura, brainorgasm on this post!
    And everything looks just perfect for your home and style :D

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    1. In all honesty Lesthi, it's been terribly difficult limiting one's purchases to a mere three pieces. There hasn't been a single S&S creation that the insomniac  wouldn't love to have in her home! :o)

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  5. You are so right! you met your deco soulmates! The items look splendid in your home! And I love their descriptions too! I sympathize with you losing your leisurely pace...I hate being rushed! Good Luck! : )

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    1. Thank you, GothBarbie! The descriptions are fantastic, aren't they? And you should definitely check out their blog, because it too is delightful!

      The insomniac  just hates it when her completely laid-out-in-full plans are disrupted - it causes much anxiety! And not only for her, but for all who have to live with her, as well! ;o)

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  6. It's great that you can combine antique pieces with new handmade that still fit in with your aesthetic ... hopefully your new mansion will be large enough to accommodate them all! ;)

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    1. It's looking as though we might have LOTS of room for everything, Michelle! Which makes the insomniac  VERY happy! ;o)

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  7. I am in AWE of this Etsy shop, and of YOU for your restraint in owning ONLY three pieces! Unfortunately, if I dared to purchase even one, I would fear for its life at the hands... err, paws... of my herd of cats!

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    1. Isn't it amazing, Lucretia? And let's be completely honest here - it has nothing to do with one's restraint and more to do with one's always limited budget! :P

      Ah yes, the kittehs. One imagines they would have a fabulous time with all the dangly bits! :D

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  8. Alas, you are correct! 'Budget' is indeed an evil word in our house... 'Restraint' sounds MUCH better!! :-(

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    1. It really is, Jessica. They are gifted artists!! :o)

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  10. Gorgeous things! I don't even understand what that oracle-thing was, but I want it :) Off to check out their website now.
    Good luck with the house listing!

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    1. Ha! The insomniac  bought the oracle-thing simply because she likes skulls. And plus it makes a lovely tinkling sound when you move it! LOL!

      Thanks, Ms. Misantropia! :o)

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  11. Not to my usual taste in decorating, but I love the drop dead (no pun intended) luxe of the cushions and the chairs they are displayed on.

    Ali

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    1. Thanks, Ali! No pun intended - LOL!

      What's happening in your corner of the world? Apparently, the insomniac  has missed a lot of your blog updates as they don't appear to be showing up on her dashboard. Probably something to do with whatever it was that was changing that she forgot to look into. :P

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  12. Just gotta pop in 'cause I just watched "A Love Song for Bobby Long" (again) and THOSE WALLS! I think we both whole heartedly agree on those :)

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    1. When this HECTIC pace dies down a little, the insomniac  will definitely watch “A Love Song for Bobby Long” so she knows what it's all about! Today however, is being spent going up and down the ladder and crawling around on the floor, re-varnishing all the woodwork. :P

      Yeah, Ms. Misantropia - really going to miss that wallpaper. And they don't even make that colour anymore, so it's not like we can repaper with exactly the same stuff in the next house! Which one would totally do!! LOL

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  13. such beautiful things... I love it...

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    1. Aren't they though, Madame Kismet? Truly beautiful ... :o)

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  14. Oh lazy reader here! I must have missed this post :/ Your treasures are so beautiful and fit so well in your house. Thanks for the link :)

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    1. Well, the insomniac  is totally off with her regular posting schedule lately, Linnea-Maria, so it's perfectly understandable!

      Will you be buying a little something for yourself, perhaps? ;o)

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  15. id like to comment but i just keep staring. sorry SO PRETTY!! *__*

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    1. LOL! Yes, they are, kakuidori! And thanks for not staring long enough to comment!! :D

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