I fell in love with a circus freak

If you read yesterday's post (and if not why not) you'll know that all week I'm testing out Marilyn Monroe's theory that it's better to be ridiculous than to be boring.

So here's my second confession: I collect pot clowns. Well okay, I collected this vintage Italian pot clown from a second hand market recently and it's raised all kinds of eyebrows.

Maybe its the dusky pastel colours that make it OK? or the jaunty cross legged perch that strikes a chord? Or likely I was drawn to him through a shared incapacity for decent make-up application?

Whatever happened there at the market stall I still can't quite put my finger on, but the fact remains that a funny fella wearing pom poms on his shoes now lives in my bedroom. The husband has had to adjust to this, but like I told him, there's a chance (a slim one) that I could be ahead of a trend here. And if he loved me enough he'd find a way to wire my new friend up and stick a lampshade on his head. Any offers? 

Upcycle woes aside, I do actually believe that vintage circus memorabilia sits perfectly with the industrial & commercial interior styles that are huge right now. I'm thinking brick walls, neon signage, fairground lighting.... and if you can't quite come to terms with an ornamental clown, how about a poster version? This one framed up would work perfectly in my kitchen. And might even help to scare hungry kids away :)

Vintage American Circus Poster £150 www.ebay.co.uk

Vintage American Circus Poster £150 www.ebay.co.uk

So what are your thoughts on clowns? Still a bit scared? Completely ridiculous? Certainly not boring though, right? Please do let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I would be made up to hear from you.

There'll be more from me and my curious homewares show tomorrow. Until then, that's all folks. Cx