Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Mick Jagger!

Since it's Mick Jagger's birthday, I thought it would be appropriate to post a little round up of awesome Mick-inspired design. After all, if there's anyone who is an expert at making a splash it's the Stones' outsized frontman. Check out all the ways you can take home even a little smidgen of the Mick Jagger renegade aesthetic.

Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger

Love this skull mug Mick is holding.  Now that's a goblet.  Take a cue from Mick and check out these cranial designs.  I'm love Social Anarchy Designs' Skull and Bones studs (currently on sale at!), and I can totally see the Porcelain Skulls' Beaver Skull next to a cool terrarium or on my mantle.

Skull and Bones studs by Social Anarchy Designs

Porcelain Beaver Skull with 16k Gold Luster Teeth by Porcelain Skulls

Mick Jagger's 1967 mugshot from the raid on Keith Richard's apartment.

Celebrity mugshots always have a seductive quality in our tabloid culture and Mick sat for his share like a proper bad boy. You can take home Sarah Chiarot's version (below), or you can dress your coffee table in the real thing and then some with Busted: Mug Shot and Arrest Records of the Famous and Infamous.

Mick Jagger Mugshot Illustration by Sarah Chiarot  pen and ink

Mick Jagger, 1966

Let's face it. Mick is nothing if not loud, flashy, fearless, and invariably stylish.  Check out this photo spread in Italian Vogue documenting his rock and roll panache.  If you're lacking a bit of flare in your life, never fear. I'm quite sure Mick would approve of this incredible wallpaper by Flat Vernacular which is currently on sale at  I feel confident, however, that he would feel the need to push the envelope and pair it with these pillows made from vintage fabric by Yuko Trading, and throw down this Rugsville Overdyed Turquoise Rug.  Topped off with a massive gilded mirror flanked by some over the top rococo sconces from eBay and I'm pretty sure Mick would give this look his stamp of rock and roll approval! Of course, incorporating just one of these design elements at a time would probably make any home pretty rad too.  ;)

Overdyed Turquoise Rug- Rugsville

Gilded Mirror- eBay

Vintage Rococo Gold Metal painted Wood Candle Sconces

Got any ideas for Jagger style? Happy Birthday Mick!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Rug Hunt

Essentials from the Artistica collection, Amer Rugs

What a busy summer!  Lots of change has been happening over here career and otherwise, including a move to a wonderful new apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  In addition, The Collectionaire is in the midst of some awesome new updates that will allow me to share even more great finds daily.  Basically, it couldn't be farther from a lazy summer and the pace doesn't show any signs of slowing (nor the weather of cooling!)  However, I'm keeping my head by getting pumped about my exciting blank slate of an apartment.  Each room is oozing opportunity, and I'm at the ready to take on fun projects!  Today I'm on a hunt for rug inspiration for my living room. 

Handmade in India from New Zealand wool

The room is a large space, especially by New York standards, at about 15'x13'.  I've decided it needs a rug to warm up the wood floors and the other wood surfaces that, though beautiful and rife with character, are calling for a bit of texture to balance them out.  We all know rugs are expensive, particularly the really beautiful Persian or Turkish ones I love- one day I will have the money to get an authentic one!  But for today's budget, I've decided to go the DIY route and paint a cool print on a basic rope rug from Ikea.  Right now I'm in the inspiration stage.

Aguada Bhimgad Rug

As you can see, I'm really digging Ikat patterns.  I love the feeling that colors melt into each other.  I think the texture of the rope rug lends itself to the movement of ikat prints.  The Aguada Bhimgad is one of my favorites right now, although I do really like the neutral palette of this Oscar de la Renta one which I found browsing House Beautiful!

Oscar de La Renta for Elson & Company

These two rugs from Merrifield Oriental Rug, Inc. are gorgeous.  I think they might be a bit tough to recreate, but the colors are stunning.  The second one makes me think of a diffused Miro painting.

Merrifield Oriental Rug, Inc.

Merrifield Oriental Rug, Inc.

Speaking of art, I adore this Landry & Arcari rug.  It's almost as if music fell out of the air and into the loom!  I think it might be too busy for the living room, unfortunately.

Landry & Arcari Ikat Design Rug

This is actually a fabric from not a rug, but I thought it would make a really great rug pattern! featured in Country Living

Black and white are always a dramatic choice without overwhelming the senses.  This would definitely make the photographs on the wall pop.

Mini Ikat from ABC Carpet & Home

What do you think?  Any favorites?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Oh My!

I'm busily working on lots of new Collectionaire posts.  But in the mean time, I've been connecting the blog to the outside world!  Find me on all these places, and then check back here for more in depth Collectionaire news.

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