Saturday, September 14, 2013

Baba Yaga's Home: The Decor of Fairy Tales I

I've been horribly remiss, I know.  The Domythic Bliss Facebook page has still been active and enthusiastic, but I haven't blogged here in far too long.  Let's change that, shall we?

I thought it would be fun to do a new series of posts where we imagine what the home decor of fairy tale characters might look like.  With the cold air and changing leaves, Autumn is definitely in the air.  I decided to start this series with a look at Baba Yaga.

Click here to find out about Baba Yaga if you don't know her yet.

Forest Rogers, who has done one of my favorite artworks and sculptures of Baba Yaga, has a *marvelous* Pinterest board with images of her.

Forest's renditions of Baba Yaga:



So let's start with the exterior of Baba Yaga's home.  A few candidates:

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Since Baba Yaga is a Russian fairy tale character, the last dacha is probably the best for her.

Of course a primary signature of Baba Yaga's home is the fence made from skulls.  Two options below:

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Going into the property, Baba Yaga's garden might look like this:

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 A perfect shot of Baba Yaga's interior:

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And what sort of details might you find in her home?

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Forgive me for this one but...well...it DOES strike me as something Baba Yaga would have in her home....

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And finally we have Baba Yaga's mortar and pestle...

There's this fine specimen on Etsy:
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or this gorgeous old specimen:

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There's this lovely carved soapstone version:

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But really, ultimately, I see Baba Yaga using this classic model:

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I'd love to take suggestions for other fairy tale characters to choose for exploring their hypothetical decor styles! 

4 comments:

  1. Awesome! I did a whole animated short on Baba Yaga not long ago. I had a blast drawing her house and mortar and pestle. The fact that her house ran about on chicken legs amuses me to no end.

    One movie that I'm pretty certain must have been inspired partly by the story of Baba Yaga is "Howl's Moving Castle" after the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. The house in the movie runs about on bird legs, and the interior is as fascinating as the exterior. Here are some pictures, and watch the movie if you haven't! It's a domythic paradise.

    http://awtlblog.vitsco.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/Howls-Moving-Castle.jpg

    http://stuffpoint.com/studio-ghibli/image/175327-studio-ghibli-howls-moving-castle.jpg

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FSrIGAaUaZc/UUat_kWEApI/AAAAAAAAEpw/afyuVCXcpaU/s1600/howl_05.jpg

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  2. I love your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!! Glass Mosaic Tiles

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  3. I love this! I think you have captured her look perfectly. I so want that crystal skull doorknob. x

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  4. I found you through Mrs Black - my personal favourite is Hansel and Gretel - I imagine the oven would be an AGA or giant wood burning stove. I think the sweets decorating the house would be made from gelatine from childrens bones and that the Witch herself would have no teeth (due to the sweets) - I loved seeing your interpretation of the Snow Queen. Thankyou. Betty (the wood fairy)

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