Monday, July 12, 2010

My New Domestic Hero- Amy Sedaris

 I love every inch of this space. Especially the bats, shrooms, and bunnies!

I've been casually relishing in my enormous yard sale haul of design books and magazines. I made a happy discovery in the final December 2007 issue of House & Garden Magazine (owned by Architectural Digest).

In the first few pages I glimsed a home completely in-line with my style, a colorful kitch paradise filled with fun props and character. The headline reads "At Home With...Amy Sedaris". Even better!

A prized collection of faux cakes and sham hams, bats and animal portraits, taxdermy with mid century modern and kitch factor abound, all with perfect balance and an expert eye for design. There's even a custom portrait of Amy Sedaris' rabbit, Dusty, a Miniature Rex ("The ultimate rabbit" says Sedaris. Having owned one I have to agree!)

Dusty has run of the 700-square-foot Manhattan apartment. (Even though he nibbles on the furniture and walls, in true Mini Rex fashion).

What's not to love in this picture?

Amy Sedaris is best-known as the comedienne behind the reprehensible and entertaining comedy Strangers with Candy. She plays Jerri Bank, a A 46-year-old ex-con, ex-junkie, ex-prostitute, and high-school freshman at Flatpoint High.
I have to love anyone with the humility to play a character like Jerri Blank, a woman with no redeemable qualities and a face that makes the angels weep because of its sheer unadulterated beauty.

 Beautiful storage, very necessary in a small Manhattan apartment.

Domestic Diva isn't what would come to mind when you think of the actress who characterized inept and immoral Jerry Blank, but it's obvious from every corner of her home that Amy Sedaris fits the title.

Writing books like "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" and the upcoming  "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People" I know Amy is my kind of domestic role model.

Move aside, Martha. I don't want your brand of manufactured perfectionism. I've never searched for one but last night when I opened this magazine I found a Design hero in Amy Sedaris. Our identical taste in humor & laid-back design is fun and refreshing.

I haven't read it yet but I'll soon read and review "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence". I can't wait for "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People".

Image Credits: Magazine scans are from Design Sponge. Book cover scans are from Amy Sedaris Rocks.

[Notes] I'm breaking my Monday Thrift Brag Fest tradition, but pictures of this week's haul of thrifted goodies will be up soon. As well as pictures of my sexified new painted living room.

Blog post featured at: I Just Whipped Something Up Monday / Metamorphosis Monday / Making The World Cuter / Motivate Me Monday / Southern Hospitality Blog / Thrift Share Monday / Debbiedoo's Thrift Share / Twice Owned Party


  1. You know now I have to start looking for those - preowned, of course.
    Unless you want to do a contest/giveaway!

  2. Maybe I can contact the distributors about a book to review and give away- would hurt!

  3. I think my SS (spousal substitute) would put me in a mental home if I did that. Lol, would be totally fun though. Do you think Amy has a cleaning lady to do all the dusting?


  4. Freakin cool house! I'd expect nothing less from Amy though. Can't wait to read your reviews on her books!

  5. Anne- I think the clutter on the coffee table specifically was staged for the photoshoot. Two of the three males I showed this article to said it looks like the result of mental illness. The last said it looks "Like You." Yay, insanity.

    Kari- Thank you, I can't wait to review them either! Library, here I come...

  6. Oh now that is fun!!~ I loved it, and thanks for sharing it at my party, Enjoy!!~ Debbie

  7. Love Amy Sedaris! I saw her apartment on "How's Your News" a few years ago and fell in love with it (it was less cluttered on film). I'm so stoked about her craft book!

  8. Love it! Especially the Charley Harper bird prints...I wonder if they are originals!


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