good morning! it’s monday before noon. amazing what it feels like to have some time to relax and breathe. (although truth is we’re rushing out the door and i have a milisec to do this). still a big project is over and it’s nice to have some emptiness for a minute. so much time is spent running around and even though today is no different, there’s no deadline, no endgame and maybe can take frantic down to mellow. i hope you have a day of peaceful pleasures amid your work and stop and smell the roses. i’ll try to too! have a great day!
hi guys, happy sunday. i hope your weekend has been great, it’s far from over and still early morning so we have the whole day to enjoy. claudia and i have been wrapping meticulously all the smalls from the okl sale, (you would be proud, sande)! now we’re off to brunch and the lincoln road antique market to enjoy a little downtime. we’re ready to start the next project and wrap this one up so more on that soon. ps for everyone who entered the giveaway, i can’t pick just a couple people and i truly have something for EveRyOne! we’ll close that giveaway now, so if you do want a little something, send your address to and i’ll send a little piece of paris from my stash. in the meantime, enjoy a beautiful day with the ones you love!
Note: morning! it’s been 24 hours and i have to close the giveaway somewhere.. if you already wrote i’ll send something out but if not no worries, we’ll have another one soon!
hi guys, happy friday! there’s a nice calm over here and we’re getting organized to pack stuff from the sale and ship it all pretty. claudia came down and having her here helps more than she knows! it’s great to slip away for a minute and come by. going thru all the stuff i realized how long i’ve been collecting everything from perfume labels to dance cards. the combination of playing with the camera and realizing how much you appreciate the small details in life, made me want to shoot a couple and hold a giveaway!
some of it you can see above but these are a couple of my favorites. one is this tiny dance card from a ball in paris held in 1903. gentleman would request a polka or a waltz and she’d pencil him in if she was free (or he was handsome)!
another you may remember are letters to gabrielle with the criss cross writing. apparently it was a trend in the 1890s when you wanted to write something intimate and romantic that would be hard to decipher.
anyway since it’s been such a blast on okl i thought it would fun to share some of the things with who better than you? so if you’re into ephemera leave your name and we’ll announce a winner on monday. till then, have a great day and start of a tres bon weekend!
cake via pastrydesign
hi all! the okl sale is in full swing and for the first time in maybe, ever i don’t know what to do with myself! i guess sometimes you have to stop and just reflect. when i did just that the first thing that came to mind was to thank you all for the support you gave over the past few weeks. i’ beyond grateful to have friends like you, so many who influence me everyday whether you know it or not. you’re truly the icing on the cake of my day. funny when you start reflecting, you realize all the help you got and i can only hope to give some back too. most of all, mom and dad, i can’t thank you two enough for always standing behind me from the minute i can remember.
well i said let’s meet for coffee this morning but it’s already late afternoon and i hope you’re having a great day, let’s have dessert instead! this tufted cake looked too inviting to pass up and is calorie free!
hi guys, how’s your night going? it’s been beyond hectic around here for the past few days. the hours are flying by and morning turns to dusk before i know it. i’m mostly tying up details before the sale and trying to keep up with daily stuff. most of the stress is trying to shoot something decent in my downtime. i’m getting up tomorrow morning determined to catch something. and since i didn’t want to disappoint my ma, i took what i could get away with and posting it tonight.
we’ll see what happens in the morning light.
the sale starts at 11am.
not to whine about missing the stuff but i really do love these casanova books. just holding them feels really good. the leather is so smooth and such a deep blue. histoire de ma vie, tomes ix and xii. quel vie he led!
well, just got a call to go thru it all one more time. again. it’s hard to believe it’s finally here. so adieu for now, see you in the am for coffee~
here’s the link: it’s on countdown ;p
hi all, happy tuesday. i’m scrambling with last minute details before the sale. getting everything properly cataloged et al. the hardest part is realizing that it’s now or never that i shoot my little friends around the house. to me they’re not really inanimate objects but instead, pieces that hold intelligence and life and information that will live longer than an iphone.
the other day i realized how much i’ll miss the artwork so tried to capture some of it just now and will keep trying. but it’s not just the art, it’s the books, like this one i’ve had here for awhile. it’s a book of receipts from the Moncey Hotel in Paris in the early 1900s. in it are the receipts of each guests, the amount of firewood they used in their rooms, charges for room service and phone calls. and reprimands when they got boisterous!
it’s my last chance to keep anything but at the same time i want it to go out into the universe and enjoyed by someone as much as i have.
but the original oils i will miss
and it gave me good reason to frame and mat some of the ephemera i’ve been collecting
i’ve had these porcelain chorus girls for a long time and finally unpacked them. as soon as i did two of them sold the same night. one is really brazen and another looks like she’s about to learn the ropes. my favorite is the one who’s still here. the shy one holding her hands nervously behind the haughty one.
not to be redundant and use the same accessories but i’m trying to shoot what i can with what seems like only hours before this little world disappears!
for some reason as much as i decorate for others, just don’t do it for myself. the cobbler theory and all that. now that i have a home filled with all this familiar stuff, i like being around it. it’s hard to conceive it will be gone soon.
well i’m going to have to be a big gal and get used to it. the only thing left to do is shoot it and hone my photography skills. in the meantime i thought you’d enjoy a preview. now it’s back to work but in my free moments i’ll keep on shooting, trying to capture that certain something in everything. more soon, have a great day!
hi guys, how was your weekend? i hope you had a chance to kick back a little. i took an hour at the beach personally but mostly have been tethered to this laptop working furiously on my site. getting to the blog is second only to the beach as an indulgence. i’m signing with relief knowing this will be the last thing i do tonight. and maybe finish an old movie.
i can finally exhale and speak freely about about oh so secret project i’ve been working on, whew! it’s a ‘tastemaker tag sale’ held on march 22nd. i’m beyond excited to be working with one king’s lane. of course i wanted to do a container sale but we’ll have to see if we can manifest that once this one happens! getting it together has been bittersweet cause so much of what i’ve been collecting has come to the apartment and i lovw living with it. especially the art from paris. it’s all in the sale and i’m nostalgic knowing it’s truly one of a kind. art is just like that i guess when it speaks to you!
i had the top shot of jean harlow on my desktop all weekend and just realized that she’s the inspiration my bedroom at the moment.
anyway i wanted to capture everything while it’s here. the chandelier is jerry-wired to my ceiling fan, there are no curtains and it’s totally un-done.
i love waking up to this painting on the desk across from my bed.
well there’s sill a little night left so i’m going to dim the lights and call it a nuit.
and thanks for helping me with the photo you guys. your input made me stop second guessing everything. hope you have a sweet night and deep dreams!
hi guys, happy friday! the weekend is just about to start, full of infinite possibility. i plan to enjoy it took my first chunk and went thru some places my sister in law sent for me to look over. she wants to go to provence this summer with my parents. it’s beyond exciting and i never really indulged in looking through what’s available to rent but once i started it was like pandora’s box!
these images are all from one site, in one region, purefrance.com/provence-cote-azur. i could barely make it through this section and can only imagine what lies behind some of the other links i’ve yet to click.
suffice it to say i’m only too happy help hunt for the house but she’s pretty good at knowing what she wants. first and foremost is a pool for the kids.
what struck me about most of the houses and the grounds were how simple and opulent they were at the same time.
as some of you mentioned the other day, the negative space becomes its own thing
a little landscaping
of course gorgeous architecture doesn’t hurt
but somehow they’re still super simple
the lighter ones are just as pretty and inviting as the over the top
i’m not really a pool person but i ohh la la i can get into these!
so we’ll be there in august. if you’re going to be there let me know. we’ll be shopping the antiques markets and i hope to meet with some of my blog friends in the area.
jean’s second requirement is a good kitchen.
and outdoor dining area
of course i’m all about the bedrooms
i like how the decor is paris taken down a few notches
casual and relaxed, a mix of old and a little new
if you get a chance i recommend surfing on over to the website cause this is the tip of the iceberg, i don’t know, it was like fresh air for me
of course i’m just thrilled it’s happening and i’d be happy staying in the tree house! well, i do have to shut it down now so i’ll bid adieu and hopefully see you over the weekend. have a great night!
good morning gang, how’s your week going? i have a photo shoot in an hour and finished the big job hanging over me. i treated myself to some pinterest time last night and found a smattering of simple pics full of inspiration.
it got me thinking about what makes a great shot. with all the visual stimuli over here lately it’s easy to fall into to the ‘more is more’ frame of mind. when i look at what makes a great pic it’s not always what’s in it but also what’s not.
what makes something memorable or at least noteworthy?
not complicated decor necessarily
or accessories or even flowers
clarity, purpose, a story
conveying something when nothing is happening
i’m going to simplify
not cram it all in
so i’m off to go and do
and try to make today aboutr doing less, not more. at least where photography’s concerned!
have a great day!
hi guys, good morning! i’m happy to say it’s still before noon! i just wanted to say hi and thank you for your sweet and inspiring comments yesterday! i’ve been messing around trying to shoot something ‘boudoir’ (when i’m not battling this spreadsheet that has to be turned in today)! (so, sorry it’s only one, mom :)!
ok gotta run, have a great long day!