wow, guess i really was stuck for the past week or so. truth is that just doing diligence for the store with lawyers, accountants, plumbers, a/c and insurance agents just about wore me out. i realized that focusing on that was not anywhere i want or need to be right now. as of this minute i’m resetting my chemistry under the starts and we’ll see where life leads…tomorrow!
bonne nuit chéres amies
hi guys, how’s la vie? j’espère c’est en rose! it’s already the weekend and there’s a lot going on around here. it’s time to decide about taking the store. turns out it wasn’t very hard to get and is a great opportunity. of course i hear the negative and lots of people are telling me not to do it. yes, it’s one more responsibility but the truth is that having a store type of place is something i’ve always enjoyed cause it can be a warehouse, showroom, office and workspace. i’m going in on it with a girlfriend who sews so that will be fun. plus i can do what i love which is travel and shop, restore and display. working on the web has been great for a few years and i don’t knock it, but i do love being around pieces that speak and transforming them with paint or upholstery.
bookforum.com sylvia beach and james joyce 1925
i started looking up shops that are legendary, and of course, shakespeare and co. in paris came up with this image of sylvia beach and james joyce so i’m tying the store into my post today which once again focuses on what i can’t get enough of right now, the great minds of the 1920s. hope you don’t mind another indulgence in this infinite era. i spent way too much time surfing just now but i liked it and hey, isn’t that why we blog?
i stumbled on to way too much but loved every minute of what i could save.
gartersandlace.tumblr.com bernice abbott by man ray 1921
reading up on so many great lives
centroduncan.it isadora duncan
writers, dancers, actresses
can you believe this shot above is actually two well known women of the 20s, dunja barnes and solita solano?
i was looking for stores that were memorable (above was madeleine castaing’s and is now laudree).
i started looking into madeline and one thing led to another. so many amazing designers were cutting the edges at the time! i love the mirrored pieces of course, and the chevrons, the bold patterns and stripes.
Cecil Beaton’s sister, Baba in syrie maugham’s ‘party room’.
ana-lee.livejournal.com gertrude lawrence
well, that’s enough from me today, i have to stop or i won’t ever work. or play! have a great day et nuit!
vargas on flickr.com
Renée Perle by Jacques Henri Lartigue
bonjour mes amis, i hope you’re having a fabu sunday. it’s pretty great around here cause it’s officially a day off! we’ve already been for a stroll, swim and shower, made brunch at home and have the rest of the day to play! funny that for the first itme in a long while my choice of activities is the computer. i’d been avoiding it like the plage for the past few weeks. after working full days i couldn’t even take the light of it by night.
jean henri lartigue
but with things finally straightening out, it feels a lot lighter and my little silver box can be used for fun again, not just the grind. whew! so today’s new and fresh but my obsession with the 20s for the past few days continues. since i’m not one to censor myself, i’m just letting it free flow, saving and posting pics i hadn’t seem before from a time that still intrigues me.
is it the glamour, the sleek and modern look that still seems so new?
it’s funny cause you can really see a shift from the teens and early 20s into what we see from ’25 on.
JacquesHenri-Lartigue bibi and dani in nice
bibi in cannes
changes in dress, attitude, a defiance of society and convention.
i’m really getting into the subtleties of the decade. i love how you can see changes year by year just by the silhouette.
i love to go back in time thru ads. this one from louis vuitton shows the way we traveled.
it was so all about the well dressed woman.
the era seems surreal but somehow the ads for hermes and chanel, et al, make it more tangible. people really did life this elegant and cutting edge life we romanticize. (or i do).
details de la mode Henry_Fournier_1928
ways to tie scarves
Sonia Delaunay patternpulp.com
and the people were real. it’s so easy to create a caricature of the era with flapper costumes and dances.
but these were muses who ran paris and the planet!
it’s still just the surface but it was fun to dig a little deeper into some of the legends that are still household names today.
but who i know so little about!
i have to admit i had no idea kiki posed for man ray.
well that’s my lil’ indulgence for today. it’s a lot later than when i started and we have a party to get to.
hope you have a summery sunday night and enjoy whatever you’re up to!
hi guys, happy saturday nuit~
i’m not sure where this top painting came from, do you know it? i’m the worst at saving hyperkinks!
i have guests so i’m only here for a sec, but wanted to post some of the art i stumbled on and saved to my desktop while i could still make sense of it. actually there is no sense to it, it’s just a random smattering of the tip of the iceberg that is the 1920s.
ever since seeing midnight in paris, i’ve been thinking about who i’d like to run into from the 20s. (other than josephine baker and chanel). but looking into it i’m blown away by how many designers, illustrators and artists i don’t know.
dart.fine-art.com louis icart
i love the way women were portrayed as such playful minxes!
ok i’m off to entertain, have fun tonite!
hello my loves and happy friday! it’s been a long and grueling week but that was then and this is now. it’s hard to believe that the summer is in full swing and i hope you’re having a great one. i’m already planning my trip to paris in september for the maison et objet and have been doing a little research on trade shows of the past.
these images came up when i searched the 1925 ‘exposition internationale des arts decoratifs et industriels modernes’. turns out it was the show that coined the term ‘art deco’ in the 60′s and was probably the greatest showcase of new ideas in design of all time.
last night i saved a bunch of links and tonite can’t seem to find them but some of these great decorators and designers had pavilions from all over the world just like the do at the m&o!
some of the greats were Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Le Corbusier, and René Lalique, just to name a few. their designs are still as strong and au current today as they were at the unveiling.
it sure is a trip in time to even skim the surface of the event (which by the by went from april to october, talk about an exhausting show)!
it took place in 1925 at a time that seems surreal now with just how much magic and creativity was floating around.
i’m sorry i lost the links but the photos have their original titles if you right click and want to google them.
anyway i hope you enjoy the show as much as i do, i’ll try to dig a little deeper and get more of the exhibits.
with everyone from france to spain to russia showcasing their goods it must have been a true world’s fair.
well we have the maison et objet! have you been or are you going? it’s pretty fab too, and it’s ours! have a great weekend!
allo everybody! how is your summer going? it seems to be whizzing past and i’m still playing catch up with a lot of business stuff. even as i write this it’s fleeting cause i have a phone meeting in 15 minutes and have to prepare PDQ. i just wanted to say hello and give a quick update.
thanks to liz for putting together the new table/desk so she has a real workstation and even if it’s temporary, makes life more civilized. it’s been hard to commit to furniture but the one thing we seem to be doing is getting pieces that serve two functions like the table/desk, sofa/guestbeds, cocktail table/bench.
even with all the stuff we’ve amassed it still looks bare and a little pathetic but it’s home sweet home. chairs are next!
it’s been up and down around here from one day to the next in terms of what we’re accomplishing, and for the first time i almost gave up yesterday. but today’s a new day and it seems a bit brighter.
i don’t know if you remember liz’s house in surfside but she had some amazing pieces. she’s downsizing and has a couple of my personal faves on ebay. her auctions are ending tomorrow so in case you’re interested please take look at her stuff. actually i’d love to have some myself including the tufted stool and the mirrored chest behind it.
not to mention her collection of white hatboxes and suitcases!
finally, oh crud, the phone is ringing, 3 minutes early! this is a storefront that’s available here in miami. i’m seriously considering taking it with a couple of girlfriends and creating a salon/atelier. more on that tomorrow i guess, sweet dreams for now!
hi darling friends! comment ca va?
around here it’s been mostly work but as liz says, at least it’s a beautiful mess. we’re spending time in the storage unit. the goal is to clear it out and move chi. !it’s nice to have someone appreciate all the little trinkets from paris and have help listing them on the site. here’s some vintage ribbon i thought you’d appreciate.
guess i also wanted to recalibrate from the holiday weekend so here’s me re-setting. my guy’s out of town for awhile so i’ll be by to indulge in your wonderful worlds. see you soon!
hello guys! hope your week is winding down and the weekend is shaping up. it’s been a long day and i’m about to call it a night but just wanted to thank my girl katie of the neotraditionalist and founder of matchbook magazine for including me in the latest issue. how she does it i’ll never know but it’s filled with gorgeous picks and people so if you get a chance, stop by!
katie asked me what my readers would be surprised to know about me. i could have gone down some random roads but went with my ‘green’ side. i think maybe some of you do know about my crusades but seeing this today made me gather my thoughts and start looking at how i can turn some of my obsessions into my reality.
now that i’m officially settled down in miami, the plan is to become a part of the community and propose some of the ideas i’ve been mulling over. i’m hoping miami beach is small enough to make some noise and get something done. so tonight i’ll pretend i’m on the committee and get started. my first proposal is to green the tops of all the buses.
after that i’d like to put recycling machines every place from starbucks to the supermarket. have you seen these machines? the one above is a kiosk that pays you when you turn in phones, cords etc. and the one below compacts plastic bottles. each of these is also a business opportunity for the person who sets it up so it’s good for the community and creates jobs.
next i’d like to propose a new beach cleaner, one that sifts the sand instead of just turning it over. this one is state of the art and is sustainable as it produces zero emissions and has a hybrid engine.
next i’m proposing a green roof to the building i look down on from my window. right now it’s just empty and stained and since green roofs are so easy these days, why not see if they’ll take the bait?
finally you probably do know about my passion against the CFL bulbs. i’m advocating that florida move in the direction that south carolina, texas and new zealand are going which is to BAN the CFL bulbs, not the innocent incandescent.i’ve been researching the pros and cons for almost 2 years and have devoted a blog to the cause. it’s s touch fight cause CFLs have become the symbol of green yet they’re just the opposite. just say no to them before regular bulbs are outlawed and sign the ban on the ban at my other blog if you get a chance.
well, that’s about it for tonight, i’m burnt out! what are you doing in your green life?