And I found two Books that I've been wanting for a while, secondhand, so got them for less than half the retail price. Santa can always bring me Decor Books, I have a bigger Library of Decor Books than any Book Store in the City... no Brag, just Fact. *Winks*
The first Book, ETCETERA etc., is by my Favorite Stylist Sibella Court who owns THE SOCIETY INC., her Style and Aesthetic is so close to my own I Love everything she does, she's definitely of Our Tribe. I also Love the way she writes her Books and this was one of her older Books I hadn't been able to find anywhere so I bought it at an Online Used Bookstore.
Now I think my Library has all the Books she's ever written, but if I find that there's another one, Santa can bring me that one too! *Winks* Sibella doesn't just do Cabinet Of Curiosities Style, though she does that Sublimely well... she does many Styles, and she has a way with Color and the Art of Arrangement that is Superb no matter what Style she's profiling. And the way she Photographs it for her Books has you lingering over every page.
I also Like that in her Books she goes over the 10 Color Palette way of Styling. She'll show a Series of 10 Color Palettes that go together well and then have a Chapter on Rooms Styled with those Hues. I haven't seen a 10 Color Palette she's used in any of her Books to Style with that I wasn't Attracted to, because when the Palette goes together so well, it Works and is Attractive and very Appealing.
The other Book was a less known Book that I stumbled upon and just had to have after I opened it up and saw the Styling. It's called CREATIVE WALLS by Geraldine James and I found it at BOOKMANS in Phoenix, I Love that Bookstore and Entertainment Exchange. They Sell used Books, Music, Instruments, Movies and Video Games along with various Collectibles and Accessories.
As you can see, the Style of Writing and Photography in the Book is very similar to Sibella's and why I just HAD to have this Book! I'd gone to BOOKMANS with the Young Prince since he wanted to pick out some of his Christmas Pressies there and while he was choosing them, I found this, so got a Pressy myself. Because Santa brings Books like this to the Eccentrics. I mean, he knows we'd actually hang Alligators on our Walls! *Winks*
Now this Book doesn't just profile the Eccentric Tastes for Decorating Walls... it has all kinds of Creative Ideas to Display what you Love upon your Walls in it's various Chapters. But the Eccentric Styles did dominate and few Books cater to us... so I'm Assuming this Author could be of Our Tribe? *Smiles*
So, No, I didn't put the Books from Santa actually under any of the Christmas Trees in the house... but they're close enough by some that the G-Kid Force wasn't giving me Grief about it. *Winks* I've Secretly been reading them early in the Informal Dining Room after the Kiddos go to Bed. *Shhhhh, don't tell!* I've got them discreetly stashed behind the Fabric & Trim Baskets I have in there for when I'm working on Projects at the Dining Table.
And just Why am I Creating anything Downstairs you might be asking, when I have large Art Studio Spaces Upstairs? Because Upstairs is a Hot Mess still and The G-Kid Force's carnage is all up in there so I do my Heart and Blood Pressure a Favor and only go up when I absolutely have to. With enough prior Warning they can run some damage control first so I don't have a Stroke when I see it and have to confront the Horror. *Winks*
And so that my feet can actually touch the ground in their Spaces... because Lord have Mercy, those Kids have Chronic Disorganization in their Personal Spaces like I haven't seen since our Youngest Daughter still lived at Home! She's their Mama, so those little Apples didn't fall far from that Tree lemme tell ya! *Le Sigh* They have Baskets too... loads of them, just like this... only all their Organizational Baskets lay practically empty... don't ask, I don't know Why?!? It's one of the Mysteries of Our World here at Villa Boheme'!
Also Princess T is supposed to be Vacating my Loft Studio Space, since her Stuff has Migrated in there and rather Taken Over! I'm presently Serving Eviction Notice that it has to Move Out and back to HER Spaces! I may have to get the Sheriff involved... God, this is reminiscent of my First Corporate Life when I handled actual Evictions for REO Properties! *Bwahahaha!* This is a Child who will spend Hours helping me Clean, Organize and Categorize any of MY Spaces... who will endlessly Delight in Styling the Whole House and move her Elf On The Shelf around daily... but her Spaces, Forget about it, they look ransacked!
Her Stuff Migrates often, like it has a Life of it's own. Remember that Old 1958 Movie THE BLOB... well, that's what her Stuff reminds me of!!! And it's equally Terrifying... since Yes, it's Indescribable... Indestructible... Nothing can Stop it!!! We've tried, it's like turning back the Tide, just Impossible and you'll wear yourself out Trying. She CAN be very Organized and get it all up under Control... and then it spirals back out of Control quickly into Chaos, because she is a Child of Extreme Contradictions in Behaviors... just like her Dear Mommy is.
But I digress and have gone completely ADHD Off Topic again haven't I? *Winks* Actually that's about all Santa has brought this Eccentric for Christmas and that's more than enough... well, except for the Commercial Letters I've got sitting in the back seat of my Truck in a large box right now that spell out BAKERY. My Friend Wheeler Dealer Hugh struck a Deal with me to get them all for under Twenty Bucks, what can I say, they came Home with me last Night after my Shift. *LOL*
I know, I'm terribly Afflicted like that, Pray for me! *Smiles* I cannot pass up a Killer Deal on Great Junque... because if I make my Money on the Buy... well, when I decide not to Keep it anymore, I make Money Re-Selling it... so it's kinda like the Circle Of Life, you know? *Winks* You DO know, right? Otherwise you probably wouldn't even be a Regular here... because I Suspect you could be of Our Tribe as well? Or wanting to Join? I could Officiate your induction into becoming one of Us and make it Official if you'd like? *Smiles*
In fact we have Members all over the Globe, those of us who want it ALL... random Treasures, Eccentric Tastes in what we Love and have become Incurable Collectors of, Stylists and Decorators of the Absurd in the Eyes of The Masses. You don't want to be one of THEM do you... The Masses? *Gasp!* Heaven Forbid... I'd rather be called Crazy than Boring like that! Better to be one of The Eccentrics... that's a Nice Polite way of describing what many view as Crazy People. *LMAO*