it was a tough day at the office, one of those new york mondays that gives you one-two punches all day long. i was at the end of my rope when i walked i and my guy had new music (to me) by Ali Farka Toure, i guess THE African blues legend playing with Ry Cooder of The Buena Vista Social club…it’s blissful and universal and i don’t understand a word of it. but it’s making me happy and i was not at all amused just an hour ago. you can hear it on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Talking-Timbuktu-Ali-Farka-Tour%C3%A9/dp/B00000062H
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i’m loving rockyou.com which lets you upload pics into a slide show. i know ALL of the world already know about these things with flicker etc but i admit i’m a newbie and am awestruck with fun stuff like this!
anyway, i always get excited whenever i’m about to go to paris! i have one room left on my trip in september. this is where we’re staying. (turn your speakers down, there’s goofy music) www.legeneralhotel.com. if you’re interested, let me know and you’ll get a special rate if you book your own airfare. here are some scenes from last time at the fleamarket. i like to focus on paper goods, letters and original writings, wallpaper, ribbon, trims and fabrics, lighting, mirrors and vanity fluffies but of course i do have a weakness for furniture! we’ll go to mansions and salons, the musee des decoratif arts and the home furnishings show (www.maison-objet.com). i’ll show you all i know from shopping to shipping.
ahh fresh air. finally had to escape from ny, back to my parent’s house if only for a couple days. it’s weird cause they’re away while i dog sit my daisy who’s in retirement here. of course they stocked the fridge and now even have hd tv but i must say the house is not a home without ‘em!
above is the garden from where i sit in the kitchen…
i gave them this poodle for the garden 20 years ago. what was i thinking? wait, i still love it!
think i’ll get them something lush for this tomorrow
and this is The Daisy, my angel who’s now 14, and the oldest grandchild of seven. (the rest are humans). still as much a pup as ever. but her back legs are starting to give out pretty hard core. i knew this would happen one day dammit
finally feeling back to my old self after seeing Ratatouille with my niece and 2 nephews last nite. it was like being in paris with them! jake, the youngest has really taken me by surprise as all he wants to do is be with me and explore the world alone together! so i went back today and we had a private lunch (he took me to a creperie in town), and i got to gaze into his big green eyes while we played and chatted for hours.
and now off for some girl time multi tasking as i to dig into my new old book, the 1939, Orchids on your Budget by Marjorie Mills WHILE i’m charging my cell on my new fangled solar powered gadget! maybe an old movie is on too? i’m in heaven!!
you know how in the 70′s the ozone was disintegrating, and society as a whole had to try to stop it? and then they did? i think we can do that too without giving up our equivalent of aquanet hairspray. i love changing seasons and the thick arctic ice. so for today, maybe tomorrow too, i don’t care about my curtains or my business. everyone is healthy, life is perfect, and i want to focus on solving easy global problems myself instead of waiting for the feds to get a clue. my latest crusade is a passion for solar energy. for me the time has come to go solar! as a sun sign (aries) i’m SO into it!
these are the two solar powered cell phone charges i found the most comprehensive. there weren’t a lot of reviews, but some articles etc. even tho the technology’s been around awhile, they’re still not mainstream. but maybe they will be now cause now they come in pink, blue, green, white and yellow! and for the boys, well, LL bean makes one tough and black for them. ours are pretty and dainty!
tada! behold the charger: (they give you free itunes with this one)
A review from treehugger.com:
a techie review:
Why we like it: If everyone is buying iPods and cell phones this season, why not give a different gift they can use with their new gadgetry?
Lightweight and simple, I could see leaving this on the passenger seat while I drive, or poking out of a picnic basket at the beach while my
sheltered cellie recharges, or in airports and countries where you’ve lost that crazy four pronged
adaptor or just can’t get near an outlet. A little help from the sun may be all you need to make that one last call or check your voicemail.
solar power generation has them on ebay
LL Bean has them too:
if you get one or have one please let me know!
today was great. breakfast with friends then biked to Battery Park and back…it was beautiful with all the flowers and families. came to the ‘studio’ to do a little (oops)…work! and found myself lost surfing blogs the rest of the afternoon! god help me it’s 6:45 and i better get out there while it’s still gorgeous!
i did find these french blogs, the pics are so pretty…is the light different there!!??
this pic is from http://etapartca.canalblog.com/
i love the neutrals. this is from: http://conciliabule.canalblog.com/
and the bright colors of this one: http://jeancouleurs.blogspot.com
it’s fun to get lost in the french blogs cause it’s such a different life in many ways. and everyone is going away and posting their holiday pics. august off. what a concept! i think next august that’s what i’d like to do. wait, i’d like to take off this august! look where she’s going!
i love the idea of being at home at home…the blog belongs to http://athomeathome.blogspot.com/and these gorgeous pics on her site satisfied the yin AND yang in me for tonite…yum!!!!!!! (thanks for the mention on your site)!
(pic from Domino mag)
this is completely unrelated but i’m judging these books by their covers and they’re on my wish list…
you may know i’m obsessed with furniture, especially girly stuff from the 1700′s. back in the day color was de rigeur for any self respecting room at versailles. but i bet even marie antoinette would be blown away by the bright colors french furnishings have taken lately. i know lots us are painting pieces from flea markets. it’s fun and easy to do and so satisfying! i always go for great shapes that are overlooked cause they’re dark wood. in the Louis eras, it wasn’t finished till it was painted. can i just say…i hate unpainted french furniture? i must be a throwback from a past life!
I bet Elsa Schiapparelli would have liked these. Hot pink was her signature color…
i can see this green chest in a Dorothy Draper inspired room…
Coco Chanel had black lacquer furniture in her Paris apartment at the Ritz…
it also reminds me of Diana Vreeland’s strong style…
more to come if you want it!
kickin it at home ALONE tonite! get to watch whatever i want and right now it’s Baby Face, Barbara Stanwick in a pre-code Hollywood Forbidden classic…it’s on TCM so catch it if you can too! (Great sets!!)
guess i already gave him a nickname! welcome to Rocco, my cousin’s Stephanie’s new baby! he’s been shot by a wonderful photographer:
i thought the pic was too cute not to share!
This is my cover so far. it’s and highly unorothodox to put this out there as i go but it’s fun to play with the titles and subtitles. and i know you know what i mean.
the painting is Louis Icart’s 1920′s take on idyllic life in the 1700′s…an impossibly beautiful time that set the standard for what we still deem sensual today…the garter on her leg, her cleavage, the colors!