HHH Holiday Shopping Guide v8

{1} Hand Embroidered Blazer Badges, J. Arthur, various prices  {2} Glamour Boy Throne, The French Bedroom Company, GBP 1,425 {3} (Yeah, yeah, a cop out John Derian plate...but it reminds me of Balmoral!) Elk Plate, John Derian, $88 {4} Officer's Coat of Blue Wool (and a bunch of other similar items), Property of Noble and Royal Families Auction at Sotheby's Amsterdam (Wednesday, December 17), expected to fetch EUR 700-900  {5} Fleur de Lys Enamel Box, Limoges, $132  {6} A Suite of German Seating Furniture Embroidered with the Württemberg Royal Armorial Device, up for auction at that Royal sale in Amsterdam, estimated to go for EUR 3,000-5,000  {7} Cire Trudon Trianon (meant to evoke the country-life dreams of Marie Antoinette), Ades de Venustas, $75

(Apologies for the lack of posts yesterday. Legitimate work and Chekhov called...AND I'm going back to opera tomorrow to see Damnation of Faust in a really, really amazing way (properly, live, not at the Chelsea movie theater).  All this after TWO museums and the same opera the week of Thanksgiving. I won't leave my apartment for the rest of the winter).


  1. Hollister! I want posters of these! I want to line my walls with your holiday gift guides...you are simply redefining the 12 days of Christmas. And today's takes the fruitcake...but, wait, I was dying over the Alps...and then there was Guerre...nevermind. I just love them all. Bravo!

  2. i love the glamour boy throne!

  3. I like JD - just not the crazy mass commercialization of his charming product. But, he can pay the rent, while I...

    Anyway - also meant to tell you that Town & Country has an article on Walton Ford this month. Maybe no new information, but fun to see nonetheless.

  4. Oh, I love him, too, Mrs. B! And he's shockingly handsome, too. Decopauge and good hair. Quite a combo!

    And will run out to buy T&C stat!

  5. make that "decoupage" (I don't think I've spelled it right once).

  6. Pitboss12 says:

    I never understood the JD frenzy at Target. I missed Faust at the local AMC Tuesday night.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I just love your shopping guides - they have caused me to look differently at the art and books that attract me. What a wonderful exercise in creativity!!! How did you or what inspired you to make them?

  9. There was this WONDERFUL magazine...Belgian, I think, a few years ago. Sort of like a European version of Visionaire. An avant garde fashion designer had curated this one issue filled with various kinds of ephemera and these great "product sections" that were made to look like old anatomy charts. I think it was just an exercise in pressing the "posterize" button in photoshop, but how divine (and years before the anatomy chart resurgence). I must find these and scan. I loosely copied the idea for a birthday party invite a few years later...and from that, my gift charts were born!