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BRIANA: Sculptural busts go way back – like classical antiquity way back – but it seems like they’re having a moment again. Whether they’re old-school, updated with a flashy coat of paint or placed in an unexpected context (like these Mineheart pendants spotted at ICFF), they’re cropping up all over the place. What do you think of the trend? Is it cultured and cool? Or are bust sculptures too stuffy for you?

CAMILLE: Needless to say that as a traditionalist and antiques super fan, I’m all in when it comes to classical busts – especially when they represent Greco/Roman mythology. Like this bust of history’s original wild woman Artemis (aka Diana) that I scored at an estate sale in 2012.

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In fact, I did a blog post about this trend and explained a bit about the different materials used for busts here…

MEG ALLAN COLE: I can totally get down with a bust. Classic, traditional and kinda regal. I want one of Cher. Or my dog, whoamIkidding?

GRANT: They’re cultured and cool! I have several spread throughout my house (a couple were featured in Camille’s post). Even if you’re not a fan of the traditional looks, the new spins are pretty neat. Come on — who doesn’t love Neon Caesar?!

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LILI: OK, I was unmoved by the busts until I saw neon Caesar. Call me crazy, but that guy I’d be happy to have in my home.

LIZ: Et tu, Lili? Decorative busts are not my thing. They look good in traditional homes (like Chez Camille) and even as a cool juxtaposition in super-modern spaces, but really don’t work in the whole “midcentury cabin” thing I’m going for at my house. I’d make an exception for these Charles and Ray Eames busts, though:

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Sculptures: Charlie Becker

HANNAH: I really love the history that comes with busts…who among us is worthy enough to be cast in ceramic? I mean really. But when I approach spaces, I have a tendency to take classic things and use them in funky ways. To that end, we have a pair of ceramic busts from my mom that are now staples in our house. They get dressed up for all of our parties and celebrations. A couple of examples…

Mustache party:


I have also been on the lookout lately for an Elvis bust (a la this guy) for my vanity to hang necklaces on.

KAYLA: I have these two on my bookshelf and I love them so much. My grandmother has the original pair, unpainted, that she bought brand new at her house, too.

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DEANNE: The only bust I would ever have in my home:

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JESSICA: I’d like to buy this and name him Mr. Bingsley:

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Besides Mozbark up there, a bust would look out of place in my home. I wouldn’t mind a couple outside though. Bonus points when the moss starts growing over them.

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Photo: Courtesy of Rate My Space contributor KatG


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9 Responses

  1. DBCoop says:

    I'll go for the bust sculpture as an option that's never out of fashion. It all depends on one's design style and tastes. So count me in as a fan.

    Since my choice of furnishings is somewhat eclectic and I've used accessories here and there from my travels, I've got a sculpted Buddha head bust in a dark gray finish set on a small display cabinet in my entry foyer. It's the perfect introduction to some of my Southeast Asian artwork.

    And I think Mozbark would be really cool too!

  2. a_fan says:

    I love the YouTube video where Lenny Kravitz overhears what appears to be a local high school band playing his song, “Fly Away,” in Jackson Square in New Orleans, and he surprises them and spontaneously joins in.

    …..I’d have to go with the winged goddess of victory, Nike.

  3. Meg Allan Cole says:

    Neon Caesar is everything, Grant.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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