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A Louis XV fever dream, Divine cheapness…and more

Now that my book is out almost everywhere, it’s time to relax a while and start thinking about what I want to do next. I’m turning 50 – FIFTY – next year, so it feels like I have some very important choices to make. After all, with about 20 years left in my professional life, I realize for the first time that I really should set a goal and work towards it. You may or may not care, but since enjoy writing this blog as a diary it should be fun to come back in 2038 and see what I’ve actually done with my life. For now though, let’s get the show on the road with the return of a recurring feature I did a few years ago. It’s called ‘…and more’ and it’s basically a collection of things I’ve seen online and want to share with you. Last week, it was a Louis XV fever dream, Divine’s I’m Cheap…and more. Here we go!

Tasteful Friends in Chicago

Datalounge is one of the oldest gay message boards on the internet. I’ve been reading it daily for the last twenty years, not in the least because of the interiors people post there under the title Tasteful Friends. This week, someone shared this apartment in Chicago that appears to have been stuck in time. With its emerald green furniture, fantastic wallpaper and tile patterns,  this condo is a prime example of interior styling for the very, very advanced. It can be yours for a surprisingly affordable $199,000. 

A Louisana antiques dealer’s Louix XV Fever Dream

‘If we get the opportunity to do a sequel to VOLUME, we should definitely feature this home’. That’s what I wrote my friend Ingrid, who designed our book. And what’s not to like? It’s unusual, it’s filled with antiques and its owner probably has some great stories to tell. You can check out the photos of his Louis XV tower home in Louisiana in the Style section of the New York Times. As a sneak preview, I’m sharing with you two Instagram posts by photographer Rush Jagoe.  

I wondered about this place for many years before T Magazine called me about this shoot. Expect more photos as soon as it’s out in print! Repost from @tmagazine – In the heart of Louisiana, the antiques dealer Robert E. Smith’s (@au_vieux_paris_antiques) home — a Louis XV fever dream — is surrounded by a moat and fronted by a pair of 300-year-old giant live oak trees. The 66-foot-high, five-story, sanded-concrete tower, which sits on 13 acres, features one large room per floor, connected via a steep wooden spiral staircase that moves you from the ground-floor guest room to the entry-level dining area to the third-floor bedroom, up to the salon on the fourth floor and finally to the rooftop terrace, with its daybed dramatically shrouded in mosquito netting. Although the building is square, its rooms are octagonal, precisely 26 square feet each, with the mechanicals and bathrooms tucked behind the plaster and boiserie walls. Every item — brocade sofas, velvet upholstered chairs, metal hinges, parquet de Versailles floors — is period perfect; Smith will brook no interruption of his rococo illusion. Click the link in our bio to go inside Smith’s extraordinary space in Cajun Country, featured in T’s upcoming Travel issue. Photo by @RushJagoe.

Een bericht gedeeld door Rush Jagoe (@rushjagoe) op

I wondered about this place for many years before T Magazine called me about this shoot. Expect more photos as soon as it’s out in print! Repost from @tmagazine – In the heart of Louisiana, the antiques dealer Robert E. Smith’s (@au_vieux_paris_antiques) home — a Louis XV fever dream — is surrounded by a moat and fronted by a pair of 300-year-old giant live oak trees. The 66-foot-high, five-story, sanded-concrete tower, which sits on 13 acres, features one large room per floor, connected via a steep wooden spiral staircase that moves you from the ground-floor guest room to the entry-level dining area to the third-floor bedroom, up to the salon on the fourth floor and finally to the rooftop terrace, with its daybed dramatically shrouded in mosquito netting. Although the building is square, its rooms are octagonal, precisely 26 square feet each, with the mechanicals and bathrooms tucked behind the plaster and boiserie walls. Every item — brocade sofas, velvet upholstered chairs, metal hinges, parquet de Versailles floors — is period perfect; Smith will brook no interruption of his rococo illusion. Click the link in our bio to go inside Smith’s extraordinary space in Cajun Country, featured in T’s upcoming Travel issue. Photo by @RushJagoe.

Een bericht gedeeld door Rush Jagoe (@rushjagoe) op

Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump

Everyone has an eye, whether or not we see ourselves as photographers. And that also goes for mysterious First Lady Melania Trump. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kate Imbach’s analysis on Medium.com of Melania’s photographic style. It’s a rare glimpse into the private life of a woman I hate to admit I’m fascinated by. You should definitely check it out.

I’m Cheap – Divine

What the world needs now, is eccentricity. I mean, when was the last time someone as deliciously and unabashedly different like Divine rose to fame? I’ve been playing his performance of I’m Cheap for weeks now – it’s trashy, it’s loud – what more could you want?

 

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