The Jungle Room

Submitted by MeshuggaMel August 31st, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

NOTE: My grandparents built their house in the mid 1960s. They decorated it well, then pretty much kept it as is. So, my grandmother, now 94, has one of the koolest pads around. I think it affected my sense of what constitutes “normal” but in a good way!

So, this has always been my favorite room in the house, what I called “The Jungle Room”. The main feature is the jungle wallpaper:

For reasons that I never thought to question, this particular jungle is home to snow leopards, miniature giraffes, butterflies, and kangaroos. I suspect there must have been magic mushrooms in this jungle as well, or at least in the drafting room where it was designed.

In addition to the standard bamboo furniture set, there are a few special touches, such as this cathedral-esque birdcage, replete with a flock of fauxbirds.

A more formal touch is the bamboo tea cart. Perfect to quench the thirst after a long day in the jungle. Also note the way cool bamboo mag wheels!

The items displayed on the super groovy round bamboo display shelving confirm for me that my grandparents did not consider themselves subject to the laws of thematic decoration. Ceramic dogs? Sure! Ceramic fish? Turkeys? Why not! What about a clay horse head? Well, throw a few extra birds on there and we’re good to go!

2 Responses to “The Jungle Room”

  1. Allee Willis

    I absolutley ADORE The Jungle Room! I need sedation to even take another close look at the wallpaper. With the impending release of my videoSong and online game with Pomplamoose all I’ve been doing for the last six weeks is drawing jungle animals and bamboo. To see them all integrated in this wallpaper gives me whole new ideas of how I could have integrated the animals in the jungle. But, alas, I put the finishing touches on it yesterday so now I can just enjoy your grandmother’s wallpaper as creative inspiration for next time.

    One of my favorite things are the two birds with the bushy tails facing the jungle on the round bamboo shelves.

    All the stuff on the tea cart is exceptional. I’m also noticing the rattan spiderweb wheels. And, of course, the bird whose ass is facing the guests.

    The gold lampshade is a killer too.

    STUNNING as usual.

    (The AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo is a scenic attraction whose cages are currently being filled to coincide with the release of the upcoming Pomplamoose with Allee Willis “Jungle Animal” VideoSong and online music game and contest. Jungle tamer, AWMOK creator, curator and charming hostess, Allee Willis, me, will be steadily leading jungle animals to their cages over the next 1-2 months or so as you bring them here until the song is released. If ever there ever was a category that was primed to be kitschified it’s that of “Jungle Animal” as all the stripes, spots and fur have been inspiration for designers since the beginning of time. I thank you all in advance for placing your jungle pets in such an illustrious cage as The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch. Keep them coming!)

  2. denny

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS. I love your Grandmother and her house. I also love the round shadow box with glass shelves! Amazing and thanks for sharing!