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A Little Never Before Seen Eye Candy

Did you know Budapest has daylight savings time too?  We didn’t.  I’m straining to hear the church bells to figure out just what time it is (our clocks all disagree), but in the meantime, I’ve decided it’s time for a little eye candy!

From time to time (I’m really committed to this theme and feeling silly today), I like to do a round up of glorious inspiration from the web, whether an array of beds I’d like to curl up and cough in, or a designer whose work makes me want to rethink everything, but I’m very aware that sometimes we tend to see the same (great!) images circled about the web and in print.  So, when I can, I like to share something new, like photos of the townhouse (which is getting a facelift in the new year) or recent DIY projects or another blogger’s home that needs to be circled around the web.  In Budapest, I have even better access to some nifty new inspiration, soaked up from a few events from Budapest Design Week (see here, here, and here) and now, from two local design/decor shops.

While it isn’t the white + bright I normally gravitate toward, the rich hits of colour in this shop definitely had me at “hello”.  We were actually en route somewhere else and, like moths to a flame, found ourselves inside, snapping photos. 

I like the idea of black walls paired with white walls, punctuated by rich, graphic artwork and bold accessories (those lamps are huuuge).  Black would just suck the light out of our currently bright and airy house, but in this sizable retail space with gigantic windows, it works beautifully.

Literally, before we could even think about getting back on track to our destination, we stumbled into an art deco and retro shop.  Having just seen the art decor exhibit, we were really curious.  An American couple were in the shop too, but they weren’t just ogling, they were visiting different art decor shops and buying and shipping things home! 

Even if we didn’t take anything home, I picked up a great idea for display: I think I go wrong buying little decorative items here and there and then trying to make them “work,” when a collection of similar pieces just looks so effortlessly good.  My only suggestion: this collection needs more!

With no time to dawdle, we finally got on our way and reached our destination, where we bought a little eye candy of our own.  Details soon!



  1. Michelle @ Sweetsuite10
    October 29, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    Sigh – I REALLY want that glass chandelier in the 5th picture – it's lovely. Also, your pictures of Budapest have pushed it up my list of 'places I must visit soon'.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 29, 2012 / 3:25 pm

      I hear you, me too!! It's such a gorgeous light. I'm jealous of people who have cash to just buy and ship this stuff home (never mind whatever re-wiring it needs).I'm happy Budapest has intrigued you! I'll have to do a post soon about nifty, off-the-beaten-path places to go if you come.

  2. Dana@Mid2Mod
    October 29, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    That pottery is heavenly! I wish I had ever piece.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 29, 2012 / 9:50 pm

      I was thinking of you the WHOLE time I was in the art deco/retro shop. I thought you might also like the light fixture I'm coveting . . .

  3. nickarmadillo
    October 29, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    I agree with Dana. That W. German pottery is lovely. I've always got my eye out for it, but have only managed to find one piece so far. I'm also really into those paint colors. Great inspiration shots!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 29, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      Every antique store here is chock FULL of W. German pottery and fabulous mid-century pieces by little-known European designers. What I would give for a shipping crate and someone to fund it's journey home, lol.

  4. Cathy
    October 29, 2012 / 10:47 pm

    Gorgeous every bit in every picture. Thank you for sharing. I am with you on the cash issue, keep asking for the money fairy to stop in with a gift….

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 30, 2012 / 1:31 pm

      Happy you enjoyed the eye candy! Some of it is DIY-able . . . the art (let's do it!) . . . the black walls . . . yes, a heap of extra cash would be nice. But even then, I don't think I have the nerves of steel to ship these beauties home. I can't mail a postcard without it being chewed up. I can't image I have the good luck to have a vintage, European glass light fixture make it home in one piece. Or three or four, lol.

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