oh wow it’s 7:29 am already! good morning guys, I hope you had a glorious weekend! my new ‘cfo’ is en route and will be here in the next couple minutes. that means no time for play and blogging which i’m squeezing in to the very last sec before she gets here. i went to pinterest for a quick burst of inspiration and this is what was up front an center. i’m not an artist in any way but then again aren’t we all creating our masterpieces? well, i’d better hop to it. there she is! have a great day!
is she texting?
hey guys, happy saturday! how’s life? i hope your summer is in full swing. it seems like forever since i’ve had any time to myself till today. it was a week of learning curves. we’re putting systems in like quickbooks and streamlining everything in the company. i’m leaving town in a few weeks for a month and have a couple great gal fridays who are working on everything from bookkeeping to shipping, candy and cris. i’ve been a one woman band for so long i had no idea what a blessing the help would be. it’s been incredible to have them around but it’s been non stopWoRk! but that was then and this is now. it’s been a great morning lounging in bed and watching my dvr guilty pleasures…but alas now it’s back to it. just wanted to stop by to say hi and wish you a wonderful and memorable weekend!
bonjour tout le monde! i hope day is winding down to a warm dusk evening for you. i’ve been trying to manage my time better and got this message in an email this morning. it’s from a great site that my client in nice told me about. so subscribed to their daily thought and this was today’s. just wanted to share it in case you struggle with this too!
Your time is a perceptual thing, and even though the clock is ticking the same for everyone, your alignment affects your perception, as well as the results that you allow.
As you observe the enormous differences in the effort that people apply and the results they achieve, you have to conclude that there is more to the equation of achieving than action alone.
hhmpf. so when i got a comment last night from the lovely m-t, i had to put the excel stuff down tonight and make way for that creative time (ie blog time)! m-t bestowed me with a blogging honor, the sunshine award! there is a catch, with rules to follow and answering a few questions you may or may not care to know about me. so thank you and before the whole thing in ends up in my jungle of an inbox, i’m taking the present moment to sit back and blog blissfully. so here goes:
Each recipient must do three things:
First, thank the person who sent it to you.
thank you so much M-T! it’s been a long time since i’ve stopped by and there was so much delicious information in your posts, on your sidebar, your tips, pics and inspiration that i will get back to when this finished. you gave me more homework but it’s for a good cause, spreading great blog buds and visiting old friends. for those of you who don’t know m-t, she’s a brilliant consultant who helps define and refine one’s style. check out her fabulous blog, the french touch.
Second, you must recognize 10 other Bloggers for the Award and link back to their sites.
i love you all so instead of choosing faves i’m linking to those who most recently left a comment. it’s a good chance for me say hi so it’s already a win!
bonus! i picked up this great new blog from one of the links at mt’s site:
i hope you head over to these amazing blogs and enjoy them as much as i do. bon blogging!
Third, you must answer the following questions about yourself. oy, if you really want to know. i’ll make it brief:
Favorite color? all shades of bluegreen
Favorite animal? baby animals!
Favorite number? my birthday’s the 7th
Favorite drink? good h20
Your passion? archeology, the boudoir and saving the world!
Giving or receiving presents? please…!
Facebook or Twitter? they both bore the h%# out of me but i’m sure i could be using them better
Favorite day? any holiday with my family
Favorite flower? gardenia
well, that’s a wrap! dusk has come and gone and i’m gonna squeeze one more hour out of this day to absolutely nothing. bonne nuit cheres amis!
allo all~how’s votre vie? summer in july, hmmm i know you’re having fun!
all’s well here but it’s mostly work work work. i love to decorate but haven’t done anything radical in awhile. so i picked up a shower curtain and flowers and even though it’s kind of phoning it in, the little change makes me really happy and feels like i accomplished something creative. i highly recommend it if you need a little lift!
you know i always put the creative stuff last, how can i enjoy myself when orders need tracking?! but i’m finally understanding that the ‘to do’ list will never be finished so i’m picking my battles and not trying to cram it all into one day. meanwhile good things are happening including a new book contract! i’m leaving for france in a month to work on it and travel with my beautiful family.
to get ready i’ve been shooting and organizing stuff for okl and taking photography classes. i asked the universe for a financial wiz and it threw the perfect right-brained person in my lap so we’re setting up quickbooks before the trip.
i decided to stay in my apartment for the next year and watch the building go up outside my window. i’ll be in and out a lot and it is a fascinating perspective.
anyway, that’s the bulk of it, guess i wanted to explain why i’ve been a bit MIA lately. i’m going thru 10 years of photos to get ready for the book. to take my mind off work i’ve been playing with this mesmerizing new app. check it out if you LoVe animated gifs!
and since i’m also working on revising and updating my own app, i’m working with this great company that sources odd techie jobs. you post requirements for anything you need web-wise and people who know how to do it respond. it’s like magic! very handy if you need a staff at your fingertips.
well i better go if i’m going to catch any good tv. hope you have a great night, sweet dreams!
hi guys, how’s your weekend going? i hope it’s a perfect july saturday wherever you are! i’ve been obsessing for the past hour on the french revolution. it’s something i just never knew much about, a french holiday… certainly didn’t know details but googling for illustrations i came across so much it’s mind boggling. first and foremost, it’s official: marie antoinette did not say ‘let them eat cake’.
i wonder how french women feel about marie antoinette? how could she possibly be as revered and beloved as she is here? her fate was so tragic but she gave so much to france. i honestly don’t know. i don’t see how to view her except as a scapegoat. she was dropped off to be married in another country at 13 and completely sheltered forever after. she had no idea what was happening outside the walls of her world. her only crime was not seeing the real world or knowing enough to try and find out about it. but as kurt cobain said, ‘all we know is all we are…’
well, she left her beautiful way of life behind for us to judge
was it a charmed life or a gilded cage?
definitely full of pretty days
who knew the charge for revolt would be led by the ladies? women initiated storming versailles when the price of bread got just too damn high.
it’s hard to believe anyone would ever trash paris but they said we’ll burn it down before we starve!
our beloved city, once almost lost
revolts in the street at the hotel de ville
fire in the center of the city! they demanded change.
i had never read the rights of man and woman before today.
among other things, equality began to emerge from the chaos
but that was just the beginning! the good fight had to be fought again and again.
i wish you happy bastille day, france, whatever it means to you personally and as a nation!
tonight when you watch the fireworks and stroll the gardens it will seem surreal. like it’s always been this way. let’s hope it always is. have a great night!
hi gang, how was your holiday? i hope it was really long and lazy!
between naps i started unwrapping my stash from last month’s trip to nice.
it wasn’t till the last day that i picked up a few things for myself. (actually to sell but i can love them for awhile :)
i’m an ephemera-nut…i have a feeling you are too? the menus, the cards, the love notes…i swooned!
i thought this one would make a pretty business card
super fun stuff at the fleas
and don’t get me going on the textiles!
ok i give in! there were incredible vintage fabrics (quilts, spreads, unused, patched) but as my guy says, you can’t buy it all…then again, there’s that container i’ve been dreaming of, and i’m having another OKL sale in november…
i can’t describe the gorgeousness of the linens. every one is a work of art. not to mention the preservation techniques and impeccable laundering.
i had to get this little tray when the woman told me it was used to carry in the mail.
i fell for these chairs, i love their curly whimsy!
i did manage to nab these pink shades that were still in their original 30s wrapping paper
and this black lacquer tray, made in occupied japan
i got this for you, dad!
there was an infinite variety of les coiffeuses
this one packed right up and rolled out!
furniture, doors, hutches
accessories, electronics, phones, vintage clothes
…and the books
i think i fell hardest for the books. these were all piled up and dirty but so pretty together. they’re all from the 1800s and seemed to have been a collection for a very long time. turns out two of them are a set, with hand painted hot pink covers, what’s left of them. but the insides are perfectly preserved. some are stamped and inked. all are magnificent!
i had to tie them with a satin ribbon right away.
liz finally made me put them away
anyway it’s so the little things isn’t it? well i better get going. i could go on and on obviously! but for your notes, if you go to the region (by the by i’m heading back in august and september so if anyone is over and wants to rendezvous, let me know)! if you do go my advice would be to hit the first magazine shop and look at the brocante and antique magazines like aladin. check the local paper for brocantes, vide greniers and special markets.
and for those who aren’t going away, i hope you don’t feel like you can’t find anything here in the states. i was out last week and found this oil painting from vienna in a collective (among many other things)! there’s incredible stuff all over in the u.s., in every town, so don’t give up on yours and vow to find that one fab thing. hit your local consignment, thrift, collectives and antique stores even if you think they’re really grungy or way chi chi. ok better get back to it, have a great night!
hi guys, happy 236th birthday to our beloved land! hope your day is off to a great start. i know we all love to travel but living in a free county that governs itself ‘by the people and for the people’, well that just can’t be beat. thanks to all who have fought to protect our freedom. cheers to all who believe this is a free country and bravo to those who go and get the life they what they want from it.
hope you get to grill, nap or play your way today!
for those who lost so much last week, we’re thinking of you. colorado.gov
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundations on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to Them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
getting a call to decorate a client’s house in the south of france was truly a dream come true. it whizzing by undocumented (we had no internet and i only took a few pics), makes it seem surreal. but having no technology (no tv either) was a great way for us to get to know each other and become completely immersed in the project, work hard and get it done. this was ‘my‘ room and waking up to the mountains and mediterranean sea was sheer bliss!
but real it was! i finally had the energy to go thru the shots put a little recap together now that i’m back at home.
truth is started in the states with the prep (liz prepped me, my bff and personal stylist, putting together a grown up-Garanimals packing system that took getting dressed out of the equation so we could focus our 6 days fully on finding furniture). we studied websites, brocante listings and books like exploring the flea markets of france by sandy price. we put together an itinerary so we’d have two or 3 options of markets and/or regions to visit each day along the coast.
arriving at the apartment in the early afternoon was perfect. we took measurements and hit the road. the only thing in it was a table and chairs left by the previous owners that we decided to donate.
not having much time to sight see i just held my camera out the car window and snapped random shots. it’s only looking at them now that i really notice the details.
nice is a port city with an old and new quarter. but whatever the district, the underlying theme is vibrant color and creating an space to enjoy at the sea.
the balconies, windows and shutters were all so beautiful, vibrant and well used.
intertwined with the new was the old…and the ancient! it was inconceivable how many stones and bricks were stacked on top of the other for thousands of years by this group then that before finally becoming the cote d’azur as it’s known today.
looking thru the pics and zooming in showed some closeups of the lifestyle of the locals.
casual, minimal, very french, doing a lot with not a lot of space.
with italian influences everywhere (they were the last ones to have it before france).
our first stop was right in the heart of town, the puces de nice, a fantastic resource that’s open everyday.
i immediately started getting a feel for the region, it’s such different furniture than you’d want in paris.
in fact anything that was even a little gilded looked uber gaudy and overdone. it was all about simplicity, still keeping with french furniture styles and silhouettes.
we scoured this little market and its alleys and chose these chairs in the first hour. they set the tone and we knew that if we both loved something it was probably right.
we found some linen and had the chairs dropped off at the dealer’s cousin’s upholstery shop down the rue. after the puces, we explored the nice proper which is just around the corner. nice is known for having 100 antique stores scattered throughout a maze of streets, in alleys, garages and along old aquaducts. we grabbed a local map and hit the roads one by one.
some were high end, others were not too chi chi and we talked with dealers who led us to their warehouses and basements.
everyone was easy to work with and delivered the furniture either the same day or the next. we found a chic black lacquer chest that went perfectly in the master bedroom.
(at the shop)
(at the apartment)
last but not least, it was here we found a harvest table she could use as a work space and dining table.
along the way we found an antiques collective that had great, affordable stuff indoors and out. one dealer had a lot of what we liked and we started to imagine it all coming together.
we were kind of sticking with neutrals but both really liked this red chest to hold the printer and act as a sort of tech headquarters.
we ended up with the above chinoiserie desk, the cocktail table, small chairs and little chest. (he threw in the little silver lamp on the left with the perfect linen shade).
the little chest was too small between the beds in the guest room so we created a nook outside the master and found an early bamboo mirror to go above it.
there were a couple brocantes going in antibes that day and even though we got there late there was still plenty to be found.
we fell love with a vitrine for the kitchen painted in we affectionately call ‘grayish greenish blue’.
we found a ton of dishes for just a few euros. we didn’t mind they weren’t washed and took them home, basket and all!
the dishwasher was broken and we washed them 3x by hand before they were clean.
at the same market we these found two black wood folding chairs for the balcony (below) and a little marble top cafe table. from then on we ate every meal outside.
we also picked up the little wooden vanity peeking out behind the chairs for the guest room. everyone bent over backwards to find keys to fit the locks and even fitted them with little tassels for us.
we had picked up these chairs for the balcony in the early morning and found linen to make cushions. once they got to the house though, we ended up loving them in the bay window in what we lovingly called the party area.
even with everything the place still looked bare! luckily there’s a sofa, large vitrine and headboards on the way as well as the rug, artwork and more mirrors to reflect the sea. maybe one day i’ll see it all put together!
in the meantime, the next day was another brocante out by st. tropez in grimaud. it was a pretty market in the woods.
we found mirrors, (the standing hall mirror that was once an armoire door), pottery and linens.
the last day came way too quick. our final market was back in nice and we could finally put some finishing touches in place.
not sure how many days we shopped but by the last day we were ready for some details, knowing most of the big stuff was done. we picked up some books and this little statue and stated creating vignettes.
next time i’ll be sure to shoot it all, true beginning, middle and end. for now i hope you enjoyed this little jaunt and i’ll hopefully get more pics as this place develops!
for now i have sweet memories, made a dear friend and have a new place that i can obsess over! it got dark real quick over here so if i’m going to have anything left of this saturday night i best jet! have a great weekend darling friends!