I have a very fun blog announcement this morning! A reader and friend we have all come to know and love has agreed to guest post… any guesses?! I’ve always admired Peggi’s writing, creativity, design conversations, and have loved getting to know her over the years. I’m thrilled to announce that she’ll be guest posting here on the blog occasionally. If you see her name pop up as the post author, be sure to click through, give it a read, and show her some love. Without further ado, I’m turning this post over to Peggi… click through!
Hello, RFT friends. Peggi here. Can you believe Sarah allowed me access to this beloved space for a post of my own? How lucky am I? After careful consideration, I decided the first topic I would tackle should be… snakes. I know what you’re thinking. Sarah’s aesthetic exemplifies lovely, classic design! She has refined sensibilities. She enjoys traditional style, natural materials and a timeless palette. True, true, true. Maybe like some of you, I questioned snakes in sophisticated interiors. Honestly, I considered them the purview of only the edgy elite. A group to which I do not belong. Sigh. I began to wonder if more mainstream options existed. Reptiles for the rest of us, as it were. Instead of surrendering to a snakeless future, I did some research. Wait until you see what I found! Seriously. Scroll through for my finds, design inspiration, and to read my first ever blog post.
For subtle touches of snake in your decor, try accessories and art. The beautiful dish above reads as rings of texture at first glance. A closer inspection reveals the true nature of that coil. To best appreciate the intricate patterns and inspired palettes found on snakes, nothing surpasses a scientific illustration. Look at the stunning example below featured on that amazing grasscloth. Methinks that designer had a sense of humor.
Click directly on the objects to be redirected to the source, or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: chandelier // 02: snake trinket box // 03: snake valet // 04: snake table lamp // 05: snake art // 06: snake dish // 07: nagini mirror // 08: snake tapestry // 09: snake magnifying glass // 10: snake print rug // 11: serpent sconce // 12: snake side table // 13: python pillow // 14: floor lamp // 15: snake mirror // 16: snake door or cabinet pulls // 17: embroidered snake lumbar // 18: snake candleholder // 19: vintage brass snakeskin pitcher // 20: snakeskin table lamp // 21: schumacher snakeskin wallpaper
The collage above contains just some of the incredible items I found. I searched for snake motifs in an array home design categories and price points. I sincerely love every single piece, but I’ll only rhapsodize about a selection.
Let’s start with #1. Not everyone wants a vintage brass serpent chandelier, but isn’t she sensational? Someone please design a dining room around that gem.
Another favorite in the lighting department is #11. The casually coiled snake and the glossy shade! I’d love to see them on built-in bookshelves or maybe above a mantle.
How about #16? Could you envision some solid brass cobra action on a pair of closet doors or swanky bar cabinet? Special hardware makes such an impact for a low-risk investment.
Who doesn’t need a new pillow? #17 is delightfully graphic and budget-friendly! Or how about #13? Snakeskin could be a gentle entree into the reptile realm.
Of course, I had to include a variety of lovely styling items! #6 or #9 would be at home on any coffee table or shelf. #2 though? Made for a bathroom vanity or nightstand. (Honestly, I’m torn between getting one for myself or giving it to a friend.)
Finally, both of the mirrors are gorgeous! #15 would seriously elevate my main bathroom. Don’t be deterred by the Harry Potter reference in #7 (and below). Wouldn’t it be smashing in an entrance?
For those wishing to make a bold commitment to snakes in design, consider wallpaper. The Schumacher offering featured in the collage boasts realistic detail and a striking look, while the paper below presents a more stylized depiction. Either would make a fabulous statement in a powder room, hallway or dressing room.
Well, friends. Schumacher, Stark, Horchow. Porcelain, wool, linen, brass. White, cream, grays. Traditional, natural and timeless. Have I made a convincing argument for reptiles in refined spaces? Would you ever consider adding a dash to your decor? I’d love to hear your thoughts.