Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Carpe that **** Diem

I made a Carpe Noctem post so I might as well make a Carpe Diem one, after all, both must be seized. I try to avoid being a rabid reposter of things I assume everyone has seen anyway (via oraclefox). However, I feel the need to point out ALL the things I like about Erin Wasson and her home (featured in these pictures). It is hard for me to grasp that the wonders contained in these photos are actually in once real place. First off, the poster above, my mantra has been updated. The random interesting objects everwhere remind me of art school still life supplies (remember the wine bottles?). I really like the inspiring vignettes she has everywhere (and the adventure purse).

My guess is that she rearranges things in her house all the time, recombining random cool stuff puts one in the mindset for juxtaposition, always yielding creative results, like her own description of her style:

“I would describe my style as a woman channeling Jonny Cash mixed in with a little Rod Stewart pre-disco days and a little sweetheart of the rodeo hanging out at the beach.”

Surely everyone can appreciate her excellent execution of the art school aesthetic; well-lit space with haphazardly stacked book and philosophical symbols for the intellectual life and self-realization left over from classical times: busts, bones, candles, nudes, bits of natural wonders and musical instruments. In particular, though, I have this special liking for bar carts, streamline wedge shoes in with unusual patterns, red velvet, red leather, metal pointy toes, vans, black wide brim hats (though not exactly cowboy), and sunglasses that lurk about, everywhere. 

I know that many people are fans of leather pants but my favorite shirt, which I will show you sometime, looks very close to the one she's wearing. More importantly though, I identify strongly with her wide ranging interests and pursuit of excellence within these:

While it’s difficult to nail down one title for Wasson (after all, her résumé reads like an encyclopedia of every creative field) we think she said it best: “[I’m a] Jack of all trades; master of some.” (read the whole interview at The Coveteur)

She is a  modern Renaissance woman (brings to mind jolly barmaids but I mean the female equivalent of the "Renaissance man" like Isabella d'Este).

I also have a thing for random sculptural doodads (horses in particular). That dream catcher scarf I swear I have seen somewhere and coveted. Note the wax seals on the matte black purse (I love wax seals) and chunky metal jewelry you can tell smells very metallic just by looking at it (might as well note that I don't ever wear most of my jewelry, I just have it scattered about).

That appears to be a rattlesnake made of sunflower seeds next to the rope cube, come to think of it, the scales DO look like sunflower seeds. I love getting things from antique stores and the vignettes certainly have that dirty, much-loved, specialness to them.  I also have a special liking for petrified wood (tables in particular) and stone candle holders, as well as hand sculptures in particular, especially holding jewelry and sheep rugs. I have a very special liking for Erin Wasson in general.

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