Art Nouveau Style (When You Can't Afford the Real Thing)

Sometimes I torture myself by doing a search for Art Nouveau furnishings on 1stDibs. I covet the impossibly beautiful lamps, mirrors, plates and furniture — all impossibly priced. You won't impress your purist collector friends (and some of these pieces are very loose interpretations of the style!), but these pieces can give your room a bit of Art Nouveau-esque whimsy and fun.

With its sinewy lines, flower and plant motifs, and ethereal curves, Art Nouveau decor is almost fantastical in its beauty. I especially love the idea of pairing Art Nouveau pieces against the stark sleekness of mid-century modern furniture. But the sad fact is that I cannot afford the real thing. Luckily there are some fun reproductions out there and inexpensive accessories designed in the Art Nouveau style. (If you want a concise but thorough education on Art Nouveau, it is worth checking out A Quick History of Art Nouveau.)

FIRST ROW
1. Reproduction Art Nouveau table lamp in the Handel, Tiffany style with art glass shades, eBay. Bronze Maison Design Art Nouveau Style votive candle holderAmazon, $24.99. Art Nouveau calla lily mirror in cold cast resin. Amazon, $49.95
2. Hickory Hardware Art Nouveau 3-3/8 in. Satin Pewter Hook, Home Depot, $6.37.
3. Brass table mirror, Vintage Blue Smiles on Etsy, $149.
4. Pillow from Couple Home on Etsy, $13.50.
5. Cicada jewelry box from eMuseum Store, $15.

SECOND ROW
6. Klimt mother and child teapot from eMuseum Store, $34.95.
7. 1920s Art Nouveau bookends from Mom's Vintage TReasures on Etsy, $188.
8. Perhaps the ultimate in reproduction Art Nouveau style loving: A newly designed Art Nouveau style house near Moscow. Lux Interior Designs.
9. The Plate Lady, $25.95.
10. Wall mirror at Mandarava, $69.34.

Images: As credited above.

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