Monday, April 26, 2010

The Circus Is In Town!

I don't know that I've ever actually been to a circus. I think it's a bad idea to start now - it'd be hard for the experience to match the big top in my imagination. So, I think I'll just stick with watching Dumbo and admiring these vintage gorgeous posters.
Vintage Circus Posters
I love the dramatic language and imagery! You can see more posters here and here.

The drama of the circus lends itself well to interior decoration— the colors and patterns and whimsy add such character!
Circus Inspired Housewares
You've got to check out artist Tammy Smith's Homemade Circus (01) website! Her wire sculptures and light fixtures are the perfect mix of Circus creepy and Circus magic. If you want to add just a hint of whimsy, these big top pillows (02) and the gorgeous light grey ottoman (04) are perfect. If you're looking to make a bold statement, the amazing circus print on this curvy chair (03) does the trick. I've loved this anthropologie dresser (05) for quite some time now. The weathered wood and bold graphic typography remind me of crates that would've been used to carry all manner of things needed to pop up a circus. Peanuts (06) are obviously a staple at a circus as well as cheap and sweet snow-cones (07). And you couldn't possibly have a freshly-squeezed lemonade without one of these delightful, striped straws (09). And just for fun, these animal cookie magnets (08) and seal toy (10) are absolutely charming.

Speaking of charming, the following bits of circus-inspired clothes and accessories are fun and fantastical without being overwhelming.
Circus Inspired Clothing
(01): Lovely high-waisted shorts (02): Lion tamer jacket (03): Sweet patterned sundress (04): striped flats with bow (05): quirky top-hat headband (06): black and white striped jumper (07): suspenders (08): black wellies for tromping through the sawdust (09): circus sweets ring

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