I spotted this skull plate over the weekend in the October issue of my favourite shelter mag, Living Etc., and thought it was pretty rad. Yes, I said rad. It's made by a company in England called Re-found Objects; they take vintage mismatched china and re-fire it, imprinting plates with cool and creepy graphics of skulls, lobsters, spiders, snakes and eyes.
If there were any way I could justify buying yet more china — keeping in mind that I already own two full sets of "fancy" bone china dishes in addition to my everyday plates — I would definitely order a few of these babies. I've been toying with the idea of incorporating skulls into my décor lately. I don't know whether it's because they're having a moment, design-wise, or because I'm chanelling the spirit of some angsty 13-year-old emo chick, but I'm finding myself more and more drawn to all things skull-related.
Here is my first (and only, thus far) skull purchase, Mr. Skull. He lives on a shelf in the den. I like to think of him as my faux Damien Hirst.
You can't even tell the difference, right? Right? Oh.
Skulls aren't even particularly subversive anymore, considering you can buy skull-covered onesies for infants at Old Navy these days, but in terms of home décor, I still think they add a certain edge if used correctly (meaning sparingly and thoughtfully). Otherwise you're veering straight into Hallowe'en territory, and I really can't handle holiday-themed decorating. Just stay away from the hand-painted skull toilet brush, and we should all be fine.
Couldn't resist it, could you? Sad.