hi gang, hope votre vie is en rose tonight. i’m happy to say my press pass came for the maison et objet so now wielding a camera and video won’t have to be so clandestine. just hope i can refine my video skills in time so i’ve been studying techniques and tips online.
as far as some of the other projects, i took the plunge by pulling out my files and now the trick is to see it through…so i’m blogging about it, that way i’m more likely to do it.
liz and i had started putting the souvenirs in a book a few months ago just to keep them safe but the book had sat unopened and uninspired till today.
in spare moments i started going through the business cards, contacts and clippings from past paris trips.
combining the new business cards alongside the old perfume labels et al, it sort of took on a life of its own. these pages are only the first layer but i think combining the two in a scrapbooky way may be the key to staying interested and focused on putting this book about my resources in paris together.
right now it’s not organized it in any way. i started putting stuff in randomly just to get the chi moving
i’ve got to bust out the ribbons, little trinkets etc. to give the pages some 3d life later. these may not be so dynamic yet but hey, you have to start somewhere, n’est pas?
i’ll be revisiting lots of these locales to make sure they’re still here and beefing up the pages.
having this chatoic format is really helping. cause it doesn’t have to be so methodical. plus it’s fun and feels less like work. guess the inspiration board from yesterday inspired me to make smaller versions in a way.
so that’s it. instead of my usual judgements and waiting for perfection, i’m gonna flow free and see where that leads. but that will have to be à demain, tonight i’m off dreamland. see you there?
hey guys, happy sunday. how’s your night shaping up? it was an early am at mac again. there’s so much technology around me right now that when i got the bulletin board after class, it was a relief knowing it would only involve paper, scissors and pushpins. i really had no idea how much i’d enjoy making this mood board today. putting it together with the stuff from a file box that’s been in storage for so long was a great meditation. it was a pandora’s box of pretty things that had been stashed far too long. i could probably make a board a day. i may take the whole thing down and make another tomorrow! if you have favorite tear sheets in folders, break them out and enjoy them. it’s really therapeutic. and i think it might be good for us. i was just looking up mood quotes and found this:
Any art communicates what you’re in the mood to receive.
so there’s that. well have a great rest of the night! if you have a mood board, let me know and i’ll link to it!
hi guys, my head and heart need a little distraction tonight. usually it’s florida that fights the hurricanes but tonight it’s the rest of the coast. it’s so much easier when you have to face something rather than have family and friends deal with it. i’m praying for their homes, trees, coastlines and cities and safety.
well, said distraction resulted in skimming mood and inspiration boards. i brought home a giant file box from storage today with clippings, magazines, business cards and notes from trips to paris over the years. it’s finally time to put it together in a book of favorite places and things to do.
tomorrow i’m getting a huge cork board (or two) to start laying it out. i’ve tried a million ways but this visual and tactile method (rather than scanning, having tons of notebooks or keeping it all in a file cabinet) seems to make the most sense. what am i keeping all these papers for if not to see them?
so prep is starting for the trip, i’ll be there through september so this morning went to the mac store to learn about imovie. now taking and editing videos is not such a mystery. i’m gonna try to post to my youtube channel every couple days. more on that as i practice. i’m waiting for a maison objet press pass cause without that, no footage. if you know how uptight they are at the fleas, imagine the show!
as far as the trip goes, i’m going to mostly write and focus. i’ll be covering the maison for lonny magazine’s blog so taking good pics and turning in comprehensive and valuable work is priority.
anothermag.com paul smith
so is really understanding my camera. lots of learning curves.
i wish i was really great at something technical!
well, these boards kind of helped me meditate on what i need to do and hope they gave you a little kick too. do you keep one (or a few) for inspiration?
it really doesn’t matter how small the sentiment, you just have to start somewhere.
by the by, i had the pleasure to spend another day with renee and was surprised and thrilled when joni webb of cote de texas walked in the showroom! you may know her fabulous blog and spirited discussions on all things decor.
as blog acquaintances we had lots of preconceived notions about each other but felt like old friends once we hugged. she’s one of those people you feel like you’ve known forever. hope i do!
ok, all well, happy saturday, bonne nuit and prayers for our peoples!
it happened again. a minute surfing and suddenly it’s almost midnight.
i didn’t expect to be interested in the topic of lace when i got a call from a fashion mag to pull some of my favorite lace imagess. in fact, i don’t really even have any, i’m sort of anti-lace. it’s just something i never wear or incorporate into my decor.
growing up my mom dismissed lots of it as ‘cheap lace’. she showed me the difference between exquisite and chintzy and how to look for the details that made it special. differences between what was made by hand vs machine. i learned to appreciate the detail but really never wore it, even in lingerie.
so searching images i was surprised to find the fun and creative ways everyone’s using it these days. and now that my eye is looking for it, suddenly it’s everywhere.
vogue predicts it as a fall trend for clothing and accessories, and i guess it’s true for the home too.
i can’t remember where the above came from but thought it was pretty cute. i always see yards of this stuff and never know what to do with it.
di overton uses it to give her ghost furniture a fresh twist.
i love the chair with just a hint. guess it does make everything a little more soft and sexy. even a chair! maybe i should try it after all. i mean, it’s de rigeur for a french woman to show a smidge under a plain white shirt. and if a chair can pull it off…
mandy locke is making one of a kind vintage glove embellishments.
and this is a bright diy on how to use those doilies that are treasured but sort of useless.
i guess crochet is sort of a lace offshoot. obviously a huge difference between the two but the roots are there.
more diy stuff clever ideas
a lot’s been going on, i just didn’t notice!
guess like a lacy web it’s all connected. and apparently it’s still inspiring unique uses!
who knew it could be so mod?
well, have a great night. i’m off to lala land! sweet dreams~
bonjour everyone, how’s votre vie? lots of us are bracing for a big storm so i hope it’s just an excuse for a fun night in and there’s not too much drama!
it feels like forever since i’ve been here. i got caught up in a project i wasn’t expcting, but then, as they say, (wo)men plan, god laughs! i’ve been spending the past few days with renee finberg, a blogger bud turned friend in the flesh. you may know her from her blog, ‘renee finberg tells all’. she’s florida girl and has just taken the plunge, opening a showroom called ‘the trade’.
it’s going to be sort of a moderne salon where there’s lots of creative, custom design with clients, mostly as implied (or boldly stated), to the trade! she’s asked me to be a part of it and i’m of course thrilled.
except that i’m leaving for a month just as it’s ready to be filled. now the plan is to go to the maison objet and work with vendors and companies who will supply pieces that aren’t in the states yet.
the great news is our similar aesthetics and she is such a blast to hang out with. work is play!
i started bringing up some things…can you believe the places these chairs have been?! paris, ny, new orleans, miam and now boca.
it’s been a jolly good time playing with the fabrics, meeting with companies like holland and sherry and having access to all this gorgeous fabric at our fingertips. so of course this is the start of well, who knows what. but we know it will be fun, whatever it is. i’ll keep you posted on the progress. the big white chair from ‘that corner’ of my apartment is going in tomorrow.
the fabrics she has laying around are killing me! cut velvets, gold on linen, vintage patterns reworked. i could eat them! more soon on this nouvelle projet.
ah, now…as for the giveaway: the winner of the book is… drumroll…maybe it’s anticlimactic but it was actually number 1!
seemed weird but that’s random for you! number 1 is one of my first blog friends, amy of missamyscerra.blogspot.com. we met years ago when we were brand new to blogging and to tell the truth it’s been way too long since i’ve been to her fabulous blog. stopping by just now to choose a photo proved i’ve been missing a lot! check her out, there are great recipies, life lessons and photos. hey girl!
ok then, tout le monde, à demain!
allo everybody,ca va c’est soir? the weekend flew by and there’s still a ton going on at 10pm. i’m trying to tie up a couple loose ends but it’s futile. still, a couple are better than none.
before anything else i wanted to post a review i’ve been promising of ‘my dolce vita‘, the memoirs of jean govoni salvadore.
quel vie she had! she’s one of these people who’s seen it all, from the very bottom to the very top. and in an incredible age of horror and glamour. best of all it’s all it’s taken from diaries she’s kept since the age of 10.
it’s a great read (with pictures)! of a life well lived that spans over 8 decades. a fascinating true fairytale.
i’m giving away a publisher’s copy so if you’re interested i’ll draw a random winner tomorrow and send it out wednesday.
for the paris trip next month i’m putting together a list of to do’s in september. i’d like to go where i’ve never been so the search is on and the list is already too full. i won’t list them tonite but maybe just one. i discovered another of the fierce 1920′s designers, charlotte perriand (there must have been something in the water during that time…or not)!
there’s an exhibition of her photographs and furniture at the petit palais so i’m putting that on the short list.
besides she’s a woman after my own heart with her juxtaposition of chunky wood furniture against something completely opposite.
like my stools! another case of nothing new under the sun. oh well, she sure is good company!
well i’m off. if you’re home and kicking back, check out my childhood friends and their in-laws on bravo’s, ‘thicker thank water: the marinos’ tonight!
have a great night!