hi guys, happy tuesday. i’ve been laying low the past few days. my bf leaves tomorrow so i’ll be back on the case to finish by the 30th for this contest. working on the apartment for a few days and then taking as many off let me enjoy the space and figure out what else we need. turns out, not much. a tray for his keys and glasses, a chair. One of the best parts of the makeover was the in-between spaces it created cause i can visualize infinite possibilities there. now that’s meditation!
anyway going thru pics from last week before the whole thing started, i came across the folder from the earlier part of the day in a palm beach collective that just got shelved. there were a couple things that stuck with me and could work in the apt now that i’m decorating and all.
but first things first, nobody puts these babies on a shelf!
i know you love these charmant belles as much as i do
i guess i was in a porcelain mood getting goofy
i’m a sucker for the sweetie pie 20s!
ahem…! back to my chic apartment :p
i do have a wishlist
these aren’t on it but i adore them:
early 50s paint by numbers
they would look great with the frames painted absolutely anything else
so back to the apartment. the pieces below would be great final touches
tiny handmade desk
and chartreuse velvet bergere
for le boudoir
we need a lamp and shade. pink vintage ribbon, yum
schiapparelli velvet rococo chairs
i know i’m getting carried away but i love to!
icart is endlessly amusing
and in the bath, this old light
pink lucite mag rack
ok, so much for a quick hello! more soon, have a great week!
don’t plants have a life all their own? i love how they’re being used to create greener cities and last week in paris there was plenty of green to go around. when something came thru my inbox about the ‘flower tower, maison végétale’, i couldn’t help but look and got lost in space…
vertical gardens are all the rage in france, maybe where you live too? i hope so and would love to hear about them or yours if you’ve created one.
they’re magical and emit a blissful cool stillness indoors or out.
and it’s great to think that the concrete blocks we build with these days will finally be of use aesthetically. covered up!
of course tradition is tradition and no idea is new…
this is the flower tower video. it’s quite a movement and i hope there’s more to come.
and last but not least, and i’m not sure where this is louis v is, but let’s face it, every little bit helps. nice topiaries, lv!
between good and great, especially when it comes to photography. i took hundreds of shots in paris and even have a new camera. but there is no rhyme or reason for this art/science. it’s just proof that magic happens. you just have to be there to capture it. i got lost awhile in some of these photogs’ work and will spend a lot more studying why i’m drawn to each with such awe. taking a class on photography is something i’d love to do but at the same time, these shots speak volumes in their silent moments. i’ve got a lot of ‘studying’ to do! just wanted to say happy tuesday and hope you enjoy these! a tout alors!
i die for the photos at www.carams.fr. they’re so simple but utterly compelling! thanks for stopping by carina, it’s great to meet you :)
hey you, how’s your monday monday? this is a post about random comings and goings as they come up so indulge me while i prattle on about nothing in particular. i’m in nyc otherwise would love to go to this furniture painting and finishes seminar at the dcota tomorrow. if you’re in south florida and go let me know!
i’d try to make it back but truth is i’m tired and way over traveling. i’ve taken more taxis, trains and planes than should be allowed in one lifetime and owe it to the planet to sit still for a minute.
when i get back to miami i’ll go thru the mountain of maison madness.
check out design sherpa for this contest they’re running. and enter to win tickets to paris and a bunch of other stuff!
I took this shot last week in Paris at the Bastille Antique Show.
An elderly vendor was selling exquisite linens and embroidery, and created traditional broderie, (handmade lace) between shoppers.
I found her to be completely spellbinding and inspiring in her dedication to an art that still lives because she does.
So much in the past was passed from generation to generation because someone took the time to show something to another.
If it’s not passed on, it’s lost. I wished I could learn from her.
I often walk by objects at the flea markets and marvel at the tools we no longer use but were crucial to modern day at the time.
These spools may have been something I’d just pass by at the next market if it weren’t for her, preserving a tradition and probably not even knowing that teaching the technique or not, she’s still passing along so much.
ok well i best jet back to work, my blog break is over pour le moment. bonne soiree!
whew! hey everyone, thanks for coming along on the trip. it’s always more fun when you’re here.
there were a lot of highs and lows but we all made it through, friends, colleagues and clients. i wasn’t sure there would be a happy ending but have to say it was a great trip. i learned a lot, paris is a great teacher. if i take nothing else from the trip it’s that you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try, so just enjoy life and let the little things go. for me the most important things in life are so very small; that i enjoy my food, have a soft spot to sleep and a hot shower when needed. oh and of course the love of my dear friends and family whether in person or in blogland. you give me more strength and inspiration than you could ever know. see you on the continent!
bonjour encore! i love sharing pics with you guys cause no one appreciates them like you do! paris is full of old monuments and museums that never change, (old and cold and settled in its ways as joni mitchell would say). that’s just not the paris for me. i love the one that changes every weekend.
of course the fact that the fleas have been happening every weekend for hundreds of years is certainly a constant that shouldn’t be overlooked. in fact, the persistence of the people who come together each weekend to make the magic happen is staggering feat in itself.
i love that you can count on these guys being here, playing cards or dominoes, laughing and listening to music every weekend.
but the real fascination is with what they bring in cause although it’s always a variation of a theme, the theme never gets old. (for me anyway)! like, i’ve never seen a mirrored radio. suffice it to say there are always one-of-a kind treasures.
same steets, different stuff! i know i should mix it up and should leave paris for the outskirts more often but she holds my full attention every time.
what a labor of love to head to the outskirts of france and shop for goodies to bring back to us. a dealer friend was telling us how he spends his time traveling 55o kilometers each week gathering treasures from around the countryside to display and sell. i could go for a life like that!
wouldn’t these be magical in a garden?
anyway this is all totally random. i have taken a million shots as usual and just opened a file and let it all hang out.
just thought you’d enjoy the tour and a little daydreaming with me.
i wish i could buy it all! i guess that’s the beauty of shopping with clients and i love when they get something wonderful!
ok, i better wrap it up. one more day to entertain the gang and we’re going to hit a market in the city, marche d’aligre. it’s a good little one that looks grimy from a distance but there’s of course always a gem if you’re willing to get down and dirty. it’s rainy and cold so it’s back to de rigeur paris. more later!