Freudian or Jungian?


Frankly, you don’t have enough time to hear about my mother. But, I was in Brookside on Wednesday, and World’s Window, a symphony of imports and snappy gifts, was carrying some of these action figures.

Who says only those with a fascination for fantasy a la Marvel Comics and Steven Spielberg get to have miniatures of their idols?

Hero worship is all relative, right?

It is certainly your choice to be, or not to be, a collector of such kitch.


Not to be morbid, but maybe you would want only this, and nothing more.


I know Aesthete’s Lament is a purveyor of the classics.

And, Mamacita would surely be persuaded to pony up. My question is, if Accoutrements put out a line of famous designers, who would make up your collection? (Ask the Blandings boys, it’s all about the collecting.)

Nancy Lancaster? She would definitely come with this hat and coat.

Van Day Truex? And a place setting of Tiffany bamboo?


John Fowler? Crown included.


Albert Hadley? Glasses, for sure.


Billy Baldwin? Brown vinyl box.

David Hicks? “on decoration” firmly grasped.
Or maybe you would go with a more current crew. Kelly Wearstler; full wardrobe, including wigs.


Thomas O’Brien? Alone. Perfection. OK, maybe a Gio Ponti vase.


Steven Gambrel? Well, for me, yes. Could I stand to leave him in the box, or would I need to bring him out to help with furniture placement? He’d have his labradoodle, Dash, by his side.

Ruthie Sommers? Blue and white porcelain to pile around? Yes, Courtney would be camping out at Target to be the first one on her block. Fifty-one mentions. Sister, you might need therapy.

All black and white photos, except Truex, Influential Interiors, Suzanne Trocme. Truex from his biography by Adam Lewis. Wearstler, Modern Glamour. Thomas O’Brien, Inspired Styles. Gambrel, House and Garden. Sommers via Alkemie.

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14 thoughts on “Freudian or Jungian?

  1. I would love to have action figures—with optional accessories, of course—of Mark Hampton (Alexa too), Sister Parish, Charlotte Moss, Mariette Himes Gomez, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Nina Campbell, Suzanne Rheinstein and Dan Carithers. Why not add wonderful bloggers to the collection—Mrs. Blandings, Peak, Cote, Pigtown,Aesthete, Style Court et al. Why stop with action figures—I’m seeing dioramas and dollhouses! Thanks for suggesting this fun inquiry—one can get a little dizzy with the possibilities!

  2. One of your best Patricia. Like Nell, I’d add Sister Parish with white hair and little dog, plus Mary McDonald with dramatic turquoise beads and flowing hair — oh and Mrs. Blandings with Le Lac coat 🙂

  3. ooo- the dollhouses are where it gets exciting, Nell e! And an affordable way for upscale design!

  4. I was in line at the book store yesterday buying the new Elle Decor with the most gorgeous cover eva! and all the “…. for dummies” books were there at the checkout – -check this:
    “bipolar for dummies” and “depression for dummies” – I kid you not!!!!

  5. This is fun, isn’t it? I could have scanned designers’ pictures for hours. I did try to find an image of Mary with her turquoise beads, but no luck. Bloggers would be fun, too. And, Courtney, thank you for not taking offense about the reference to your mental health; can’t believe I didn’t think of Margaret! She would have such fun dress up clothes (sold separately.)

  6. This is fun, isn’t it? I could have scanned designers’ pictures for hours. I did try to find an image of Mary with her turquoise beads, but no luck. Bloggers would be fun, too. And, Courtney, thank you for not taking offense about the reference to your mental health; can’t believe I didn’t think of Margaret! She would have such fun dress up clothes (sold separately.)

  7. I love how designers become secret celebs amongst a knowing group (except for Wearstler, who has more than one fan base). Clever post, Mrs. Blandings.

  8. Killer post, Mrs. B! I want the Oscar Wilde doll, but he has to say “Either the wallpaper goes, or I go!” – love that. I’d also take a Sarah Richardson doll, with her sidekick Tommy sold separately, of course.

  9. I’ve got the Jane Austen action figure! A friend gave it to me for my birthday and it cracked me up. -Julia 🙂

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