Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Stunning! Gorgeous! Won't last long!




I love cruising for vintage finds on my local Craigslist, but I do get annoyed when people write things like "Gorgeous!" or "Classy!" or "antique" when the item is none of the above. I sometimes flag these for removal just on principle.

Anyhoo... This ad for a rug caught my eye today:

♥GORGEOUS Oriental Wool Floral Rug S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G♥ - $350 (Puyallup)

With all those hearts and dashes and ALL CAPS and claims of gorgeousness, well, I just knew it had to be something special. Boy was it.

Look at that room! Seriously. It's like a time-capsule of awesomeness. The symmetry. The matchiness. The SETS of stuff. Magical.

And those lamps. You so want to snicker right now, but you know in some weird future reality, people will be blogging about the return of Reagan-era grandma chic and how they can't believe anyone would toss those lamps.

After all, those elephants are having a comeback. Why shouldn't the rest of the room?

34 comments:

katiedid said...

What's the matter with you decorno?! Have you no imagination? Take the lacquer off the brass lamps, use a little brass liquid "tarnish" to turn them a bronzy black, take off the unfortunate "crystals", add some new linen drum shades, and voila! New life for some, granted, sad looking lamps.
You are spot on for the rest of it. Although......Scarlet may be able to use those drapes.

Anonymous said...

It's like the waiting room in a red-state whorehouse.

Anonymous said...

I hope you're kidding about flagging Craigslist postings just for hyperbole. Craiglist bans posters if they are flagged and really, they are just people trying to make a few bucks on their old stuff. Who knows, they could be in financial need. Snarky is one thing, nasty is quite another.

jen said...

You scared me with this post at first! I thought "if she says she's suddenly into some kind of postmodern grandma decor, I'm out of here!"

jen said...

Just read your comments. Oh, "annonymous," lighten the fuck up.

Anonymous said...

The glass top of that coffee table has the oddest shape--like some kind of larva.

I would flag this listing due to larval implications.

jax said...

How do you continue to find pictures of my home? First you post my green themed bedroom (love that kicky dust ruffle) and now my living room. May I have some privacy, please?!

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of brass liquid "tarnish". And I think I need some! No luck with google. Can anyone provide any more information?

Anonymous said...

This is what Charlotte Moss' taste would be if she weren't married to an investment banker.

Decorno said...

Ha!

the quarter rat said...

There's a certain sad truth to anon 7:51's statement...

While the curtains may be a lost cause (maybe someone really crafty could use the fabric for pillows or lining), almost everything in the room could be salvaged by crative painting or reupholstery. Hell, even the carpet could be good in the right place (think Louis XVI / Sheraton-ish). I'm looking at this on my iPod in a bar, but it could be a Portuguese needlepoint. They were fashionable once, it could happen again.

Then again, it's Craigslist, so it's probably the grandchildren of the real owner of this crap trying to sell it for meth.

Anonymous said...

quarter-rat, I think I once saw that rug IN a Sheraton, so you could be right.

the quarter rat said...

Anon10:27 - you'll be eating your words when that exact room is revealed as the new collaboration between Ivanka Trump and Charlotte Moss in next month's Domino.

maison21 said...

i'm with katie- update those lamps, and they are waayyy good. i'd bust out my favorite black lacquer spray paint, and go to town.

but the rug? ain't so gorgeous or stunning. and i can't imagine the 35 years of dust trapped in those curtains. *shudder*

angela said...

Yes! Craigslist Exaggerators drive me up a wall, too. Everyone's favorite adjective is "shabby chic" which you can bet just means shabby. And the real estate hyperbole is even worse.

Anonymous said...

Hideous 42-inch lamps like those are always showing up in eBay advertised as "Parzinger!" or "Hollywood Regency!"

Quarter Rat: You're a riot! Keep posting.

Anonymous said...

Check out Rita Konig's Domino blog entry today. Looks like stuff from the same "decorator" who did this room.

Amanda said...

I just threw up a little in my mouth when I saw that room. Can't help my opinion, but it's barfy.

please sir said...

Hmm...I feel like it would smell weird in that room.

Anonymous said...

"please sir" wins Best Comment Award.

Maria said...

oh yes. craigslist.

have you seen the northwesty glass tables - aka little bear holding up the tabletop? yeah, those are very special.

Anonymous said...

The bike ads on CL are by far the best. Some nob pulls out a rusty broken bike from 1972 out of his garage and posts it asking for $200for his "vintage" cruiser. Barf!

said...

thats the ugliest effing thing i've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Loose the table and the curtains (and the carpet - but that was what the ad was for, right?) and you could probably make something perfectly acceptable out of this. But I agree - it would be interesting to see what people write about this kind of decor in 10 or 20 years time.

Anonymous said...

"Grandma Regency" it will be called.

Faith said...

Calling things antique or vintage on Craigslist makes me twitchy, but "rod iron" and "chester drawers" makes me stabby.

zakary said...

Craigslist doesn't ban people if you are flagged. I posted an ad in Furniture looking for a bookcase and I got flagged and removed for posting in the wrong category (should have been in the Wanted category) and I never was banned.


I saw ads today for a "Dinning Table" and a "Poppason Chair". Oy.

Anonymous said...

Don't get too stabby now, Faith. Flannery O'Connor, one of the world's greatest short story writers, used to think the term was "bob wire" (she was Southern).

tula said...

"grandma regency" is now part of my vernacular anonymous 1:48 pm. thank you. oh, yeah, and this room blows.

Anonymous said...

Hey Decs,

Just now read maria's comment. Don't you love the adjective "northwesty"?

Who Sees the Seven... said...

One word: ewwwww.

Freedom of speech unfortunately spans to Craigslist as well.

AT said...

Oh my gosh, the CRAP I find on craigslist is scary sometimes. It especially drives me nuts when they keep re-posting the same ugly side table over and over again with key words like "fabulous" "vintage" and "modern" so I click on it every time and then... damnit! Same ugly side table. There is a LOT of ugly furniture out there. It's shocking.

Christine in DC said...

What shocks me more than finding hideous stuff on Craigslist is knowing that the stuff sold new at one point.

Lena said...

I just found this blog and I love this post. Completely agree this room is a bust! agree on flagging frigin craigslist thiefs trying to decieve and steal from others. just don't get the comments on Moss? she's the martha of design and i love her, is that bad? I don't care if she's got deep pockets, i just like her style and achievements.