Tortoise On My Radar

Why did the tortoise cross the road?
Obviously to get to the other side, but he was very slow at it and in danger of getting run over.
So, we stopped the car on our way to Asti and helped him out.

Just look at his beautiful markings!
And his cute little face!

Made me think of all things tortoise in the design world...

House Beautiful
Tortoise was the inspiration when Miles Redd refinished this Regency breakfast table.

Tortoise seems to go with everything!  
Notice how the tortoise wall covering marries well with the leopard rug in this dining room designed by  Andrew Howard.

A bookshelf comes alive with tortoise fabric, designed by Albert Hadley.

As does this room with a Victorian faux-tortoise bamboo chest.
I die!

Bunny Williams takes the whole tortoise thing a step further.
I'm not sure how I feel about that giant shell, but it is a beautiful curiosity.

Traditional Home
Tortoise has been around forever.
It is certainly not a trend, but a lasting design element, dating back to the 18th Century.
Just start a tortoise box or tea caddy collection and you will see what I mean.

Looking around my house, I realize for the first time that the few bamboo pieces that I own mimic tortoise with their mottled finish.

The Victorian bamboo cabinet in my bathroom is an example.

The Victorians were enamored with tortoise!

No wonder I love these shades in the living room.
And Mr. A's fishing box!

All because the tortoise crossed the road!

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