February 3, 2011

Edward Lear designs a room

Last week's post on Christina Rossetti prompted one commenter to request Edward Lear for this week.  I try to be obliging (especially when it comes to literature!), so here you go, some Edward Lear verses and some corresponding home decor items.  What could be better?!  :)

"The Owl and the Pussycat"

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
    Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
      What a beautiful Pussy you are,
          You are,
          You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
          His nose,
          His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
          The moon,
          The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


Words and pictures by Edward Lear (1812-1888)

This little story for children got me thinking, what would the owl and pussycat's house look like?  Here's my interpretation:
Hanging on the wall, some framed prints by Poor Dog Farms:

By the fire, a cozy wing chair upholstered in a buffalo check:

At the window, matching curtains:

Across the room, a worn Chesterfield sofa:

Across the back of the sofa, a cozy throw:

Beside the sofa, a brass lamp:

On the floor, a sturdy jute rug:

Next to the sofa, a hand-me-down table:

On the table, a little gift:

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