hi everyone. how’s everything? all’s well here. but i do miss my paris markets.
i’ve been holding back for weeks on posting maison et objet coverage and now i can finally share it! i’m not used to censoring myself and by writing and taking pics for a team of pros like lonny’s made me have to focus and compartmentalize things.
my usual m.o. is to take tons of pics and keep them on external hard drives and in forgotten folders. but no more! with my trusty newfound organization underway, i can happily say here’s the first installment:
maison et objet, paris 2011: upholstery trends
mixing textures and contrasting fabric on sides and top, herringbone wool fabric, two types of piping
super-soft but durable linen as upholstery, contrasting armrests, cotton rope piping
box mattress seats and cushions, small graphic prints, moderne furniture
traditional techniques, durable materials like burlap
linen with a hint of metallic, pink ribbon under nailheads
edged in ribbon trim and covered-button nail heads
contrasting covered buttons in velvet
suit fabrics on sofas mixed with piped removable seat covers
cozy is key stripes=cozy
what’s underneath is just as important. traditional french furniture making allows freedom for anyone to design a chair
classic styles offer endless versatility
everything ready to be upholstered, timeless shapes, deco club chair
bright lacquer chair frames
hi gloss edges in bold colors
contrasting edges, fabric on furniture, black and white check
ameythst linen, pink satin ribbon
navy and gray velvet chair. turquoise piping, vibrant velvets, quilting on cushions
a nod to art nouveau. contrast is the last word!
hope you enjoyed it! more tomorrow, bonne nuit!
hi guys, it’s the second installment of my report of the trends at the maison et objet last week in paris. i hope you enjoy it and if so please let me know, cause without your comments, my joie de vivre is gone and i just can’t go on!
hey guys, how’s life? i’m back stateside and caught up on everything but work. then again, like surfing the net, it’ll never be finished. maybe i’ll scratch that off the to do list.
i’m winding down to watch my bravo ladies after a month without tv. before i go just wanted post a piece of paris that came in today from my new bff sophie at the market as our cross continental connection continues. she’s a lampshade lover like me and fell in love with the ones i picked up and posted last week. before i left ii showed her where they were stashed and can happily say they’ve fallen into the right hands. she’s an artist who’ll bring them back to life. the top shot is her fabulous creation with the shades in the box below and feather touches!
i bought two of the hot pink and she took the third. when she sent me her version this morning, i laughed at my new muse and it inspired me to do something with mine right away. i happened to have a light in the car so it was obvious serendipity, especially since it was a feather sconce!
and i’m loving them tonight! anyway it’s jolly good fun to have a pen pal who loves playing with with feathers and frills as much as i do. you too?
by the by, my coverage of the maison objet for lonny will post on their blog tomorrow and thursday. please go by and leave a comment if you get a chance, it would mean a lot to me.
have a great night!
hi guys, ca va?
tomorrow’s my dernier jour en paris. one last chance to hit the fleas and a couple brocantes. it’s been all work when i’m not here blogging and i’ve been patiently waiting to flea once more encore!
we live for the hours we have to leave our laptops and stroll for a snack. every outing is an adventure. you’d think after all these years it would get a little tired. but i guess that’s how paris is; endless inspiration from every angle. going through today’s pics i noticed a recurring theme of green spaces and shooting upward. i’ve been trying to capture a paris without a time. and without all the chaos that’s going on at street level making you realize exactly what year this is!
with my head in the clouds it was heavenly
the colors were vibrant, the sky so bright.
but with feet on the ground you’re bound to find beauty too.
my petit ami took us the long way home through parc du temple.
where i’d never been. loved their green wall
eVeRyOnE was blissed out.
we passed this book in shop window on the way home. the photo is timeless and catches a perfect moment. in the park, at that instant, all was well. that’s how it felt today watching everyone enjoy life at once.
well i have an early am so i’m out. bonne rêves!
i took the other day to rendezvous for coffee with friends. the first was richard from eye prefer paris who has a colorful blog where he interviews locals, showcases off the beaten path streets in popular neighborhoods, and highlights the character and joie de vivre de paris. he also gives tours and showed me one secret up his sleeve with a quick look into a courtyard right next to the cafe. if you want a quick, virtual jaunt through the city, head over to his blog where you can tour this petit palais. check it out some more here: nytimes.com
the day of play left a lot to catch up on so bonne soirée~ more soon!
hi guys, how’s life at home? c’est tres grand en paris but my days are numbered and flying by. every minute is jam packed and the moments in between are when even more can happen. it’s hard to keep up!
some of that magic happened unexpectedly when i met a soul sister my first day here. neither of us completely understand what the other is saying but we totally get each other. so i’d like to introduce my new bff, sophie atlan. her boutique is at the marché aux puces at Clignancourt, in Vernaison specifically. her dad was once a merchant there too, so the winding, tiny alley streets were her playground. years later it’s a family tradition that she radicalized with her bold and chic shop. she’s very private and never allows pics but we became real friends over the past few weeks and she let me shoot a couple real quick. i couldn’t help but share her with you.
*Sophie Atlan, Vernaison Market, Alle 8 Stand 163*
she invited me to a red carpet event that the market is hosting the evening of october 14th. all the dealers will hold soirées in their booths with hors d’oeuvres and champagne. if you’re going to be in town let me know cause i have 2 extra invitations.
i couldn’t leave without taking a piece of sophies’s world home so got a bunch of wallpapers to play with. i’ll show you the patterns when i get back. i thought it would be fun to put them alongside the armoire, on the back of the shelves, stuff like that. well i’m working all day tomorrow so will dit bon nuit. hope to get back here at a reasonable hour to post a un petit peu plus de paris. a tout a l’heure!
it was a perfect sunday at the fleas. i’m computer challenged at the moment so will be happy just to post my favorite find of the day. i indulged in the hot pink pair. the rest were old and faded but now that i’m seeing them again, they all still have so much personality even thought they’re near the end of their days. i’d love to know what boudoir or bordello they came out of!
well more from the fleas tomorrow. it’s already almost 3am and tomorrow is un autre jour~
bonsoir guys, ça va? it’s 1:00 am and i have an early morning at the fleas again. before i turned in i wanted to finish my obsession at the show for the bright colors. i’m trying not to post too much from the show with a piece coming out next week, but i just can’t help it, i want to share it now!
amazing that as garish as it can get, you can still find these brights in nature.
i’ll get to labeling and linking soon. tonight it’s dreamland or bust!
bon journee guys, i’m off to meet clients and friends at the flea this weekend but didn’t want the show to go by without giving a little review of what was there. i’m putting together something much more complete but today it’s just a bit of what struck me as one of the strongest elements and that was color. i’ll come back and label things after the markets cause i don’t want to be the one who’s late so better dash. til then, enjoy a splash of color and more soon!