Monday, August 24, 2015

Junk Love: Play the Game

We love all things Alice, and always draw inspiration from the movies. One of our favorites is from 1933, starring Cary Grant and Gary Cooper, among other classic Hollywood icons, as kooky Wonderland characters. And there are two parts of this movie that really resonate with us: the delightful clock that says bong bong bong bong bong, and the chess figures. So, it stands to reason that we became attracted to chess-inspired designs outside of the make believe world.

If you look around enough, especially on Etsy, there are tons of chess items. I'm currently denying myself this fabulous panel bracelet, and there are plenty of Soviet chess team pins and such to keep you looking smart:
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Personally, I love the different styles of chess pieces. I have them scattered throughout my home--piled in glass bowls or vases, peeking out between books, or lined up and prepared for battle in front of various junk displays.
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For such a quiet game, it's actually pretty bold. First, you've got the graphic black and white board where your pieces stage their war. And then there are a million artistic interpretations of the pieces. Some are used for play, like the ones I featured above, but you can also find plenty of vintage chess-themed home decor items. Check out this groovy queen:
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To add intellectual flair to your drawing room:

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Do you love the shapes, but not enough to have them all over your house? Wear your love with a vintage chess print dress!
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 And if you're a generalist when it comes to games, you'll love our vintage tray:

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