He pulled out this term as we were shopping in Housing Works to find wild home accessories and come up with innovative -- and hilarious-- uses for them. After perusing the shop for fewer than five minutes, his eyes fixed on a pair of resin tusks mounted on a silver sand. He identified them as a mantique, something so dripping in testosterone that it should be treated with the utmost of respect.
The Antiques Diva told me how her husband once took the grill from a 1930s Peugeot and turned it into wall art for his bathroom. I can only just imagine how that revved up the space.
Why, there's even a shop in New York called Mantiques Modern dedicated to manly accessories, such as mounted guns and mechanical gears. I especially like this Mid-century jackhammer turned home décor!
"Even the most feminine of atmospheres needs at least one mantique," Simon says in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, since too much estrogen for anyone is not a good thing, "but for a healthy balance, a mantique is de rigeur."
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous... even though I shaved off my mantique!
The Elegant Thrifter