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Two "Entropy Warriors" Explain What the Heck They Were Thinking

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Today's New York Times features the Williamsburg, Brooklyn loft of Paige Stevenson and Ahnika Meyer, which "is filled with stuff—some of it eccentric, much of it old and almost all of it scavenged, from remote sites like steel mills near Pittsburgh and others as close as the curb outside." To boot: farm tools, animal bones, 70-some-odd plants (both living and dead), taxidermied rattlesnakes, portraits of ladies' hats, and, of course, a "deer's head with a pink brocade eye patch, false eyelashes and a glittery nose." While some might brand this breed of collecting with the dirty "H" word, the couple simply deems their jam-packed space the "'House of Collection." Here now, the owners, who call themselves "entropy warriors," justify what's going on:

· "To some people this would be ugly, but to other people, this is kind of earthy and lush."
· "Most of the things I decorate with are considered garbage, things that would deteriorate if I didn't pick them up and save them."

· "To me, they ["bouquets of dead flowers, still in their vases and grouped on a cabinet"] still have beauty."
· "People sort of melt open. They feel as though they're in a magical fairyland. But they also feel at home."
· "There is a long history of Americans putting tools and dead things on the wall."
· "This is a very American house."
· "All of this stuff is an installation."

· In Williamsburg, a Live-in Cabinet of Curiosities [NYT]