Guilty Pleasures in Decorating | Palm Tree Lamps

I do not think that this subject needs a lot of explanation. We all know the concept of a ‘guilty pleasure’ and I may presume that we all have them.

Guilty pleasures exist in the world of interior design too: they are those furnishing items you absolutely adore, but are a little embarrassed about because others might discover your ‘bad taste’.

“We all need a splash of bad taste – it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical,” said Diana Vreeland (legendary former editor for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar). To celebrate her words, in this series I am sharing some of my guilty pleasures in decorating and I can only hope your judgement won’t be too harsh.

First up: vintage palm tree lamps. Lamps in the form of a palm tree. Gold-plated, generously foliaged and often placed on a shiny lacquered base. Some of them reaching a height of over 2 meters.



Persian Parade

If you had to name one thing that will never go out of style, what would it be?

Detail of the Pazyryk carpet, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersbug

I would go for Persian carpets. They have been produced since ancient times and were popular all throughout history.

The oldest preserved carpet dates back to the 5th century B.C. This so-called Pazyryk carpet, discovered in a block of ice in Siberia during an excavation in 1949, has an advanced weaving technique that indicates a long history of evolution and experience in this art. It has a red and green colour scheme and two pretty borders, one depicting deer and the other Persian horsemen.  (more…)



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