happy monday everybody! glad we’re all here to share another one ;p
yesterday i met a wonderful couple at the lincoln road antique show here in miami beach, francis and monica. they’re from the south of france and travel the world selling their incredible collection of french post cards. they’re in town twice a year and yesterday was my lucky day! you know i had to ask if they had any leo fontan, and of course they did. it’s a little banged up and used and i love it. at $10, how could i refuse?
i couldn’t read most of the note. then again maybe i’m not supposed to!
anyway i forgot what a thrill postcards are. tangible, living text messages.
they’ve always been the rage in paris. these old shots are from the cartes du timbres show at the champs-elysées that’s happened every sunday for a century, just like it will this weekend.
they’re fascinating to collect cause so many are one of a kind. the buzz has hit the states and there’s going to be a big show at the hotel new yorker in the city in may and the couple is back to paris june 4th and 5th for the carte expo at Mutualité. (the building and the metro stop).
and for all you postcard aficionados who won’ t be able to make either one, check out postacard world magazine . they just published their second issue. congratulations and best of luck, you recognized a genre that needed love!
oh wow, where did the day go? more soon!
there’s always someone and something new to discover. these adorable illustrations are by Leo Fontan, 1883-1965. i found them on flickr searching ‘risque french’ and just fell for them. It’s a set 6 that owner frank long found in a secret compartment of his grandfather’s desk. he believes they’re souvenirs of the Great War. i think they’re early flappers.
well, i have to a deadline but saw them knew you’d love them! do you know the artist? i didn’t. gonna google him now. ok, bonne nuit!
hey guys, happy monday, and more importantly, happy spring! hope yours is off to a bright start. please excuse the fact that these photos have no links. i was searching through images of marie antoinette and as usual, started saving to my desktop absent mindedly. i will try to figure out what came from where i promise, but i know you’re probably sick of my empty promises to do that cause i never seem to have the time to go back. i’m a bad blogger…it’s one of my pet peeves so again, apologies!
have you ever googled marie antoinette? she’s got to be one of the most searched celebrities of all time and never seems to go out of style. these are just random images that surfaced and it’s just reaffirming my passion for 1700s design.
this above is from way before her time, but you can see the influences (it’s louis xiii, she was more louis xvi so there’s a couple kings between her). of course, m.a. didn’t create all this style but she definitely left her mark with her colors, clothing, and interior decor.
anyway, these are just some pretty pics of stuff that came up. for some reason, i look to her every spring to renew my love affair with all things french, and paris in particular. it’s funny how with all that’s new under the sun, this era never seems to get tired.
ok, i do know where these came from, it’s one of my favorite sites, trouvais.com. in fact she has some pics up of even more ways this style stays au currant.
i mean, this is an antique and looks like it’s just off the runway!
anyway, maybe it’s your thing and maybe not, but suffice it to say that there is something in this period that translates to every modern room today, even if it’s just one element.
so marie, this is just a nod to you, thank heavens you’re just a search engine click away for inspiration.
and she may have nothing to do with all the paperwork i’m about to tackle, but somehow, it’s just nice to be around her pretty world.
well, that’s it! enough play time, it’s time to tackle my overgrown inbox! have a beautiful day with whatever inspires you!
wow, hey everyone and WHEW!
thank you for your amazing notes and comments. may i just tell you that they were the highlights of my days and fueled me to keep on keepin’ on. as aforementioned, i had to back off from all technological diversions while working on le projet. for the first time in my life (ok, maybe second), i actually finished something! yep, (all except the tweak i’m adding right after this…), but it’s still on the down low so more on that in the next couple weeks. in fact, i’m hoping you’ll be a big part of it so thanks for bearing with me!
the hardest part of working without interruption was that old and new friends came by to visit and i haven’t allowed myself the joy and bliss and inspiration and pure pleasure of surfing and blogging for close to a month. suffice it to say i’ll be by and thanks for staying in touch even when i couldn’t.
well…anyway, i’ll be back more often, and will try to get back into the swing of things after i clean up the mountainous piles i let slide during my hibernation .
in the meantime, enjoy these antique perfume labels from the label man at www.thelabelman.com. researching some labels from paris led me to his fabulous online store.
i thought it would be fun to bring these orignal beauties back to life so i looked up antique bottles and found a ton (no surprise). how pretty to have these on your dresser. you can even print your own text on the blank ones. anyway it’s how sad, that’s fun to me…maybe i should get out more! ok i better get to that pile. have a great saturday night, and little by little i’m heading over to chez vous!
if this was it! i just stumbled onto this delicious bed in the middle of trying not to check emails. as you may have gathered, i’m still sequestered trying to finish and in the home stretch. i never finish anything. god help me, i will tonight!
anyway enjoy these pics, i did, and they made me think of you
i’ll be back soon with news…here’s some fun stuff for starters…i’m going to paris to decorate a 2 bedroom next month!
ok back at it, have a bonne night!
ps just saw this one on there too! right. bye!
hi everybody, thanks for stopping by~
i can’t wait to visit you too! not being able to blog is killing me but i’m working on something that i have to finish before i do anything else. then i can blog about it…you will so love it! so if i’m doing anything else then i’m not where i should be. that said, i just wanted to say hi and share the arbitrary pics that are on my desktop before i clean up.
i’m sorry they’re not linked but will do that, i promise. if one is yours, please let me know!
ok back to work!
hey guys, happy monday! it was a couple hard core days working with my bf, liz and i was just too tired to plug in past the bare minimum. we had a ball though! i’ll let you know when i can talk about it, she’s pretty undercover as you may have noticed.
the good news is i’m recharged and back in action. but it also means having to get back to the deadlines so can i only stay a minute YET again :(
anyway it’s good to get back to my own life. happily it includes starting plans for the spring trip to paris. i wasn’t sure of the dates so only started looking just now.
as usual, it was a pool of intriguing and fascinating places available. we’re going to have a crew to work on a bunch of projects (hopefully liz included…if you want her to come, let her know! then again she doesn’t even know what a blog is)!
just a surface glance at a couple apartments got my heart going all over again for this city i never get tired of!
it’s so random!
and slightly bizarre
forgive me for not matching the photos and the links. i’m being lazy and have to run!