This is yet another post that begins with, “Hey, remember that time I went thrifting?”…. well, I came home with this bust last week. That led me down a rabbit hole for more. Needless to say, you know what I’m really loving these days? Busts, statues, and sculptural art. Perhaps it’s my background is classical art and time spent studying painting & drawing in Italy, but I’m really drawn to these three dimensional works lately! Click through for a roundup of my favorites, and a peek at another new wall in our house you haven’t seen before.
Do you recognize this cute little console table? I painted it for my office reveal at our old house. It’s now sandwiched in my new home office, squeezed between two large windows. I still need to hang a big piece of art above the table, but am waiting until we fully tackle this room renovation. In the meantime, I’m content with this simple vignette. All of this to say- I’m digging my new bust. It was handmade and the name “Martha” is carved into the bottom.
You might also remember my horse head bust from my previous office? I’ve still got that guy too! Human or animal sculptures… it matters not. Basically, I’m really feeling statuesque objects and home decor for styling and decorating lately.
I took to the internet and rounded up my favorites in an effort to collect more! You can shop my favorites below…
Shop my finds below by clicking directly on each bust!
I want to add more greek and classical ones to my collection, but I’m also a sucker for horse and dog busts. I feel like my friend Cara needs #6. It looks just like her dog Roux. I really want #4, #8, #13, #17, and #20…. yeahhhh, that didn’t really narrow it down much, did it? Ha!
You know who else loves busts and styles them to perfection? My friend Josh Young! I actually interviewed him on the blog last April- check out that post here. His loft and studio is super chic and sophisticated. It’s definitely what I would imagine for an artist such as himself.
Are you also noticing the trend of busts being sprinkled throughout decor and homes recently? I’m really really enjoying it. I’m shooting for a more traditional aesthetic for our current home and sculptural art feels hip, yet classical. I really like that juxtaposition! Tell me what you think in the comments below- I’d love to hear your take or how you’d style a bust.
PeggiJanuary 29, 2019 at 4:44 am
Definitely into it! I am drawn to #11 and #19. Since seeing your Martha, I have set my thrifting goggles accordingly. I would love to find a powerful, benevolent goddess…or a dark, mysterious siren. Ha. Wish me luck!
SarahJanuary 29, 2019 at 8:21 am
I liked those too! Martha and I vote yes to putting on your thrifting goggles- good luck!! Can’t wait to hear what you find :) xo
MelanieJanuary 29, 2019 at 8:33 am
I like #5 as a contemporary spin on a classic. But I really like # 17! Reminds me of the most interesting piece of art I saw years ago at the V &A museum in London. The bust was a life mask (or was it a death mask? some controversy apparently). It was a sculpture of the artist’s (and also
Donatello’s) physician/teacher of medicine. Shows all of the furrows, wrinkles, and character of the well regarded subject. On our bookshelf we have a verdigris mini bust of Will Shakespeare which we bought at the Guthrie Theater gift shop as a reminder of the plays we’ve enjoyed there.
KarenJanuary 29, 2019 at 9:32 am
I love busts too! I have #02 perched on my styled (book-less, sorry Sarah!) bookcases in my dining area. Her eyes are a tad creepy (blank/black), so I have her “looking” out the window.
I also have two concrete planter busts, one large and one small – the plant element is kinda fun.
SarahJanuary 29, 2019 at 11:13 am
Ohhh I love your shelving! I don’t even mind not having books because YOUR PLANTS (seriously goals). I’m also digging the planter one. Thanks so much for sharing Karen! xox
LizJanuary 29, 2019 at 10:52 am
I like all of the ones you found. But especially the equines. Who would of thought Amazon?
SarahJanuary 29, 2019 at 11:12 am
I know!! I loved those too :)