New Years Eve always makes me think of excess, in dress, food and drink, so why not interiors? Before leaving town this holiday season I was searching back issues of shelter magazines and came across the folded down corner on Jennifer Nicholson’s quirky and charming California home in an old House and Garden. Firmly printed in my memory for years were the blue and white porcelain and all the shells, but I had forgotten she had a crystal ship chandelier too. Like some of the photos I wanted for my previous post, I left the issue on the “to be scanned” pile, but never got to it, so luckily for me Moodboard has put them all in – thanks!

As 2011 closes, the post I’ve Been Missing Muriel Brandolini has become one of my most popular interior design posts. Interest in her continues to be at an all time high, but I secretly believe the hook that keeps everyone coming back over and over again is her precious crystal ship chandelier. To see it over the years, in multiple spots in her house, click on over to the post – I am sure you’ll agree with me.

Over the years, there have been others saved in my design files, including the one featured in Nanette Lepore’s Jonathan Adler designed apartment.

Katie Leede used one to add whimsy to an overly serious NYC dining room.

And this soft blue and grey room has been floating around blogland a lot too.

One place I have routinely seen them over the years is along the Dixie Highway antiquing strip in West Palm Beach. I thought I’d get out to do some live antiquing while in Florida for a few days, but looks like family commitments (can anyone say Harry Potter World?) may keep me from getting there for the first time in years, so I may have to be satisfied with some theoretical browsing.

As usual, 1stdibs has had some amazing examples, but in particular, this art deco one from Jonathan Burden has really caught my eye. Such a fresh and different feel from the others we are used to seeing.

A number of dealers are selling this classic Bagues example, at wildly different prices.

For those of you really looking to accessorize in the New Year, a pair of earrings?

That pair too glitzy for you? What about these simpler and older ones from Kevin Stone?

For even more glamour, marry a hot air balloon to a galleon. I am not sure what to call this combo from Linda Horn, but it would certainly make a statement!

And if it is just the ship, but not the crystal you are after, there are quite a few choices out there too.

Like the key to any good outfit, adding just the right amount of bling is key…

Related Posts:
I’ve Been Missing Muriel Brandolini
Colorful Stair Risers, June Magazines and Muriel Brandolini
Image credits: 1. House & Garden August 2006, photo credit: Paul Costello, via Moodboard, 2. House & Garden October 1997, photo credit: Francois Hallard, 3. Elle Decor September 2008 photo credit: William Waldron, 4. Katie Leede via CocoCozy, 5. Lili Diallo via Apartment Therapy, 6-13. via 1stdibs