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Friday, May 21, 2010

You should be reading this

Are you reading Mayer Rus' blog "From Rus with Love"? If not, you most definitely should. His wit is dry and his eye is flawless. You may remember Rus' monthly "The Testy Tastemaker" as the one of the best things about the now defunct House & Garden magazine (RIP). Previously editor-in-chief of Interior Design, Rus currently writes for Elle Decor and Vogue among others.

A highlight from yesterday's post:

No more antlers. No porcelain antlers, Lucite antlers or leather antlers. Ditto deer mounts, logs and taxidermy. Enough is enough.

The Gulf of Mexico apparently isn't the only place where the rape of the natural world continues unabated. Remember when Jason Miller's ceramic antler chandeliers looked so fresh and exciting? That was a good six years ago, and since then, the design world has been inundated with kooky contemporary riffs on nature themes. That genre is more than just tired—it's exhausted.

His thoughts on a certain new premium cable series:

Everyone is constantly exclaiming, "Jupiter's cock!" to express surprise, delight, horror or any other other emotion. Apparently, it's the ancient Roman equivalent of OMG! I for one cannot stop saying it. You should have seen the heads turn at my local delicatessen when I screamed, "Jupiter's cock! Can't I get some decent kasha varnishkes in this town?!"

Mayer's sage advice on merrymaking accompanies this photo:

After an evening of elegant entertaining, your table should always say, A good time was had by all!

That, Dumplings, is the Breakfast of Champions.

20 comments:

DREAMER'S DEN said...

i was going to do a post on "so, i was given this cow skull....." hoping for advice on what to do with it.
might your comment have read: "E-BAY!"

good lord, do i ever remember (sort of) table-scapes of that nature.

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

that's my kinda guy, for sure. i am still laughing at the party table....wish i was there.

The Zhush said...

Oh my lady gaga! Merrymaking indeed...(mmmm, poptarts).

Cashon&Co said...

that is friggin hi-larious! love it! going to go check out. That table looks like my nights out..minus the bong, ciggs, pills, .....so i guess that means a good night out is a little martini's followed by pop-tarts. can't go wrong with that, eh?

tulpen said...

Cannot wait for the opportunity to say;

"Jupiter's cock!"

nkp said...

Oh, oh, oh thank you for this! I love him! I had a subscription to House and Garden forever and I was totally bummed when it went out of business, primarily because that meant no more Mayer. I loved his column and would read it first, even before turning to the decor porn. So excited to hear he's still going strong!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Snark is the new smart. I love it!!!

kate said...

hahaha!
But where are the condom wrappers?
great post

ModFruGal said...

Thanks for the tip...now on my reader...excellent.

my favorite and my best said...

jupiter's cock. for real.
thanks raina.

Marija said...

A must read for me. He's also whip smart. And the antler thing? Amen. The coral of the 90s. I might have to add zebra rugs to the list. And no, I don't hate all living things...just prefer them living.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

I will definitely have to work the new exclamation into my vocab. Thanks for the tip!

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Now I am seriously regretting not taking after party table pictures for the past 20 years!!!

Sharon

griffo68 said...

I'm sure that's our flat after our last party!?!

erin@designcrisis said...

Love it! A new daily read. Thanks.

Bromeliad said...

Loved the Testy Tastemaker. Glad to hear he's still Testy.

david john said...

oh this blog is a favorite of mine!

if he updated it more often, it would be a very serious addiction...

nice profile on a fantastic, funny, and brilliant writer...

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

jupiters cock, i have been flipping hanging out for a link like this. thanks treasure.

Paul Anater said...

Jupiter's cock! Thanks for the new catchphrase.

Cote de Texas said...

OMG, MY HUSband watches that horrible show! i told him i'm beginning to wonder if he is really gay???? hmmm. it's so revolting.