The Magic World of Circus

I was quite sure, that after the serious Sample Room blog post of last week, we needed something different. The world surrounding us is getting so serious, we need a bit a magic to give sparkle to our life. So I was thinking: lets go to the circus!

 stars Ashley Goldberg via  Flickr  - 1950's leather clown shoes via  Pinterest  - acrobat via  Pinterest  - Wire Frame Hares by  Mr Finch  - black&white image via  Pinterest

stars Ashley Goldberg via Flickr - 1950's leather clown shoes via Pinterest - acrobat via Pinterest - Wire Frame Hares by Mr Finch - black&white image via Pinterest

Applause !!!! for the clowns acrobats, trapeze acts, musicians, and all other stunt-oriented artists.  I'm sure all of you went as a child to the circus. Hypnotized by one act, terrified by another, you thought this must be the greatest show on earth. 

 tie back Plaza  Houles  - candy striped ballons via  Vienna Right Now  - fashion image  Paolo Roversi  - Applause wall lamp  Really Nice Things  -hanging lamp Bombin  Really Nice Things  -  hanging lamp Borsalino  Really Nice Things

tie back Plaza Houles - candy striped ballons via Vienna Right Now - fashion image Paolo Roversi - Applause wall lamp Really Nice Things -hanging lamp Bombin Really Nice Things -  hanging lamp Borsalino Really Nice Things

Take your seat, choose the best place to be sure not to miss anything. 

The earliest modern circuses were performing in open air, from the late 18th century the circus were build as we know them these days, a centre ring with or without a stage, and surrounded by different types of seating. Maybe you have a special room to watch movies, some stripes, rounded seating and a touch of drama and some childhood memories will come back.

 wallpaper Tile  Cole & Son  - star with light bulb  Really Nice Things  - T-Table Jaime Hayon for Bosa via  Sohomod  - hanging lamps Chapiteau by Ekaterina Elizarova for Bosa via  Archiproducts  - armchair by jaime Hayon for  Wittmann

wallpaper Tile Cole & Son - star with light bulb Really Nice Things - T-Table Jaime Hayon for Bosa via Sohomod - hanging lamps Chapiteau by Ekaterina Elizarova for Bosa via Archiproducts - armchair by jaime Hayon for Wittmann

Use black, white and red as the perfect base. Bold motifs and geometrical shapes will give it a glamorous and eclectic look. Don't be afraid to use gold and other bold colors. Add a small chair as it would come out of a movie, it will be the center attraction in the room. Rounded shapes for sofas and armchairs will give something very inviting to the room. And they are very trendy now. Playful, a touch of humour, life does not always have to be serious. Ever dreamed of having an animal in the house but not possible because of working to much, traveling every month? A rug could be the perfect solution, care-free.

 wallpaper Cambridge stripe  Cole & Son  - sofa Jackie  Van Hamme  - Tiger rug  Moustache  - Montgolfiere chair  Mis en Demeure  - Nankin chair  Mis en Demeure

wallpaper Cambridge stripe Cole & Son - sofa Jackie Van Hamme - Tiger rug Moustache - Montgolfiere chair Mis en Demeure - Nankin chair Mis en Demeure

Attention, animals are coming on stage. 

A variety of animals have been used since centuries in different acts. The type of animals used could vary from one circus to another, depending on the type of performance. Most common were elephants, tigers, horses, lions, and some more domestic animals such as cats and dogs. It started by showing exotic animals in a menagerie, they transported them all the way till North America. This goes back till the beginning of the 18th century. The circus, complete with all the animals would travel throughout the country on the newly built transcontinental railroads, to bring "the greatest show on earth" to every corner of the States. Now there are nationwide bans on using some or if not all animals in circuses in a lot of countries, which made that more circuses now are animal free. Cirque the Soleil is a good example that circus these days can still bring great entertainment.

  painting Circus Equestrienne Jean Metzinger  The Met - teapot Monkey  Eligo  - tea towel Lucien  Gien  - elephant mug Lucien  Gien  - plate B/N y Oro  Producto Fresco

 painting Circus Equestrienne Jean Metzinger The Met- teapot Monkey Eligo - tea towel Lucien Gien - elephant mug Lucien Gien - plate B/N y Oro Producto Fresco

The first true animals acts in the circus were equestrian acts, elephants and tigers were displayed soon after. In our mind circus will always be linked to animal acts, and will stay an inspiration for movies, kid's toys and why not to decorate the table. And not only for the small ones. 

While working on this post the movie "Water for Elephants" came back to my mind. The movie gives you a good idea of how life at the circus could be. Showing the travels, working with animals, and a bit of romance for those who like to dream. There is more about the circus than the life under the spot lights.

 wallpaper  De Gournay  - washbasin and mirror Materico  Jaime Hayon  - Monkey lamp  Really Nice Things

wallpaper De Gournay - washbasin and mirror Materico Jaime Hayon - Monkey lamp Really Nice Things

The circus is a world on its own, nothing can replicate the wonders of the live circus. But we can bring a bit of the magic in our house.

  • use stripes and geometrical motifs
  • bold colors
  • a touch of humour by adding an eclectic piece to the room. A small table, a rug, can be a cushion, table accessories
  • make a statement in a small room such as entrance, powder room. You won't spend a lot of time there, but it will leave a big impact on your visitors.

don't forget: bring some magic this week!

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