Saturday, June 4, 2016

Classical Statuary in Eclectic Settings

Anyone that has "moved" can tell you that there will be certain items, that no matter how much you loved them in your old home, that just don't work well in the new abode. The architecture, furniture, setting...whatever...the personality of the new house just doesn't mesh with all your old decor.

Our previous home lent itself to being more formal in the Living Room. I had a lot more space in that house and a lot more furniture. I could move things around, try them out in various places. But now in the new smaller house, I'm limited in the amount of superfluous "stuff" that I can have taking up precious decor space.

Looking back on this, all I see is too much stuff...

I have a few old pieces of statuary, and a few antique and vintage busts that I've found over the years. I love to decorate with these pieces, but my vintage, slightly quirky "Diana" bust just didn't work in the new space. I've had to be a little practical in my approach to decor here. I only have the main Living Room upstairs, and it has to do double duty; a place that we use on a daily basis, and also a place where we can have people needs to be stylish and practical, and not too strange. Here are a few Pinterest photos to give you an idea of how a piece can be used in a more modern eclectic setting. 

Here's an example of "Diana" truly gone off the deep end of "eclectic".
But you know, somehow it works, 
especially if you're into modern eclectic and slightly...
what's the word?...colorful?

hmmmm....I don't think I'd like to be greeted with this every day...

Classical statuary does seem more at home in a more formal setting,
but I like how it's being used in a modern vignette, below.

Here's are two examples being used for jewelry, which I really think works...

In a secluded covered garden room or porch, 

Here, back to a more classic space.

I love the idea of using broken bits of statuary.
They're such a wonderful find, you'd never want to throw them out.

Love this with an industrial piece for a base.

Using a small bust in a cloche;
love this small vignette.

Here's another little French bust that I keep in the Dining Room.
She really is "busted" since her base is gone.
But she's comfy in a vintage urn.

She's on the Dining Room Buffet now...
(last Fall)

So here's Diana downstairs on one of my pieces of vintage shelving.

I didn't spend much time "styling" this, 
there were just several pieces that didn't have a home,
so they ended up sharing the same level space.

I don't get much natural light coming in so I had to have some overhead lighting.

Living room at the "old house".

I had her for sale when a shop owner came by;
I'm so glad she looked past her.
I think I'll keep her...

you can find links to all photos on my

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