good morning dear friends! it’s a bright brand new sunday and i hope you’re enjoying a wonderful wekend. it’s a special day over here, after months of prep (one of the reasons i’ve been MIA), we’re having a tastemaker tag sale on one king’s lane! it starts at 11 am and the link is here: https://www.onekingslane.com/sales/23884
as you may know, i’ve been in a minimilst phase for the past year or so and have been scaling back in all aspects of my life. after having ’the paris apartment’ for (gasp)! 20 years this year, i’m finally ready to say i’ve tried pretty much everything i’ve wanted to do in my career and now want to refine it to doing the things i truly enjoy.
putting this sale together reminded me of my true passion and why i got into this business to begin with. i adore the past. yes i love my technology too but i’m as obsessed as ever about the way we were able to operate before we had the help of anything but pencil and wit.
as all of you antique and vintage lovers know, there’s an energy we get just from being around old objects. my frend ellen talks about ‘wabi sabi’ when referring to how so many of us feel about (supposedly) inanimate objects. i looked it up just now and got this from wikipedia: wabi sabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
as i’m getting ready for the girls to come over, i’m quietly going through the apartment and collecting the pieces i’ve been enjoying so much on my own nightstand and on the cocktail table and photographing them in the early sunlight. each one must have had a special energy to all come together and make up the collection we’re unvelilng today. i was just going through some of the items that are going up for sale and realizing that i’m going to miss some of them! i’ll give you a preview:
my obsession has always been all things boudoir and the relationships between people. this little book is in english and one i’ve been meaning to read since the day i got it. maybe i can read it in one sitting tonight!
i picked up this university book in paris and have leafed through it almost every day for a year. it never ceases to amaze me with what’s inside. drawings of interiors, jewelry, household accessories, everything that was de rigueur for a student to know about french design…
i adore the old calalogs from au bon marche, gallerie lafayette and au louvre! thank heavens someone knew to save them, what do we save today, and what’s worth saving?
i will truly miss some of these one of a kind pieces. candy is off at school this semester taking CAD and learning how to design furniture. i found these hand drawn pencil renderings in paris and had them framed. i have studies their intricacy and delicacy and will never get over the detail, creativity and lasting design they continue to have today!
i love the notes, the stamps, the numbering, the tiny basket of flowers on the back of the chair!
ooop! that’s the first knock on the door, i could go on and on but lisa is here to make some boxes so i’m off to play hostess and start the coffee. hope you enjoy the sale!!
hello dear friends, it’s been a while! i hope you’re enjoying your autumn. i’ve been running around and haven’t had ”the time” till right now to write about a wonderful trip i took to phoenix last weekend for a book signing.
i had no idea what to expect from the ladies of Sweet Salvage. just that kim, heather and stephanie were handling everything and we’d head straight to the warehouse in the morning. robert would pick me up and make sure i was delivered safe and sound. well, these gals (and robert, along with the rest of their crew) blew my mind with what they had going on behind the closed doors. before we even walked in there was a line around the block with shoppers who wait for this particular event. in fact, this sale is legend n these parts! and it was worth the wait. walking inside it was pure magic! i had never heard of their concept: it’s an ‘occassional sale” that pops up for just four days each month and focuses on a specific theme. this one (of course) was ‘french inspired’. the 12 vendors have full reign to interpret it and they took it to the limit. they’re each master artists of display and all have a flair for curating collections with both large industrial pieces as well as accents, down to every minute detail. the quality and quantity of french goodies made me feel like i was at the marche aux puces en Paris and boy was that a wonderful surprise! it was true soul food digging around for ephemera, souvenirs, art and furniture. turns out arizona is a rich pocket full of antiques. it’s bordered by four states and these guys know where to get the goods. the entire place was set up like a dream and torn apart by the afternoon by hungry buyers. they had this gorgeous room set up for me (above and below) and i couldn’t stop taking pics all day watching it go piece by piece. (i did get the statue in the first shot)! i can’t find my camera’s memory card but luckily the talented photographer, heather gill was there to capture it all. i hoped to blog about it in real time but haven’t seemed to master my time management yet. so i hope you enjoy the tour and although this one has closed, they’re already preparing a special holiday event in the next couple weeks. check their calendar to see what’s coming up on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet.Salvage
well, again i hope you had a good time even if was an armchair visit. if you get the chance to go to phoenix (i hope to get back soon myself), check out this fabulous group of loving, creative people. i want to thank everyone at sweet salvage for making the day so memorable and special. i just couldn’t resist shipping some souvenirs home and can’t wait to get the boxes! lots of love to all my friends at sweet salvage!
Sales are held at:
648 N 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Phone: (602) 279-2996
allo all! it’s very late and my last post from paris this time around. it’s been a fantastic trip with lots of great memories and pretty things coming home. but for the first time, it’s a little different for me. as you know i adore the flea markets and all the stories they tell. lately though, i feel a little bittersweetness about it because the subtle ‘progressive’ changes in the city are becoming more apparent and i’m not sure they’re for the best.
ok maybe at times paris can be a bit of a gilded lily, and i can understand wanting to mix the old with the new. but paris is the worlds’ muse and we come for her beauty and inspiration.
le train-bleu, in paris’ gare de lyon
and as someone who loves interior and exterior architecture, i can’t for the life of me figure out why the french allow their beautiful city to be ravaged by renovators.
the changes are everywhere, from the windows coming down and satellite dishes going up
to small details like the books being pilfered for engraving and endpapers sold as scraps
glass fronts on traditional boulangeries and boucheries are tossed aside and the storefronts are cemented over
handpainted panels are removed and separated from the grand walls they once adorned
and apparently stained glass is considered passé
why someone would want to dismantle a marble fireplace and mirror is beyond me
and why would the city allow such destruction?
i mean, i’m not complaining, it gets circulated all over the world i suppose
but it just seems that in this day and age we should preserve what we have and take care of it as stewards
these apartments will be here long after us and what will be left?
where is the love?
and why is it being replaced with ‘sanitization’of the city’ as the french are calling it?
ok maybe i am complaining just a little. it’s happening throughout the city. these beautiful old tile frames in the metro are all coming down
and the old bouquinistes kisoks are being replaced with one of the prototypes below
maybe like joni mitchell sings, paris, is old and cold and settled in its ways. but isn’t that why we love her so? if the powers that be want to make changes, i humbly suggest adding a few more escalators in the metros, make it easier to catch a cab and run a design contest for a pretty something to cover the hanging clear plastic garbage bags on the streets. of course outlawing satellite dishes and making it a crime to dismantle apartments and store facades over 100 years old wouldn’t hurt either! but some say it’s progress. i say it’s heartbreaking. what do you think?
bonjour mes amis, ca va? we’re fully immersed in parisian life over here, for another week anyway. i’m trying to make it last and enjoy every minute (even if that’s a nap here and there)! paris is like a laduree candy shop with unexpected, delicious beauty around every corner. especially at the markets. we can walk for miles and still only skim the surface.
the fleas are full from the vendors’ summer finds and we’ve been getting up early to make the most of it.
i definitely have a thing for chairs and have been getting sofas, slippers, vanity stools and bergers…
sad for the ones that got away…
but n love with what’s coming back to the states! thought you might enjoy a preview.
and we know you can’t get it all. but we sure try! we’ve been to the maison objet (a little uninspired this year but i’ll post the pics from it. then again everything pales in comparison to the fleas for me!) instead of heading back we went to the markets with our client for the past few days. she’s been shopping for her store, shed home and tomorrow we’ll be packing her goodies up to ship.
the photo above is dave bloom’s of sophie atlan’s booth in clignancourt at vernaisson. we spent a couple days shooting together for the new book.
the detail in this country never ceases to amaze me
the closer you look the more you find
even a tiny powder puff is still as pretty as ever.
well tomorrow is our last day together, and i believe a good time was had by all.
thought you’d enjoy a shot of cindy’s room at caron de beaumarchais. amazing what you can do with 4 little walls!
we’re invited to a big party at clignancourt on friday eve and a concert tomorrow. we’re hoping to get to the show above if we can squeeze it in! well it’s minuit, so more soon, have a great night!
Bonjour mes chères amies and happy labor day. i hope you’re having what’s left of a great weekend. here in france the day is coming to a close but i wanted to stop by and share ours before a new day dawns and the weekend fades away.
claudia and i decided to take roadtrip to one of the biggest flea marktets in france. sadly no, this is not our car, but trucks like this are de rigueur for vendors who descended on the little ville de lille this weekend.
we’ve talked about going for years but there was always something else to do. so we finally hit the road for what was a legendary experience.
it’s known as a braderie, and it’s been going on since the 12th century on the first weekend of september. ten thousand people gather for what can be described as no less than a fleamarket and mussel fest. it’s a gentle takeover of every single street, nook and cranny and is lined with vendors whose treasures continue to astound and amaze me.
we got there a day early since we heard that setup started early and the crowds weren’t there yet.
but it didn’t take long and by sunrise it was on overdrive.
the sheer magnitude was almost incomprehensible. hard to believe it could be so organized in hundreds of tiny streets and parks. but then if you’re doing it for a few hundred years it’s probably child’s play!
of course there was something for everyone and i had to keep focused for what to shop for.
i’m a sucker for all things boudoir so bikes and sleighs were out unfortunately. but sometimes it’s just as much fun to have the pics as the real thing since, as my guy says, you can’t buy it all!
we had rolling carts and bubble and when they were full, we were way done. we think we walked 10 hours both days!
it was worth it, cause tonight we’re going through our stash and it’s a little like christmas.
as i started putting up pics tonight i realized that for me the fleas really tell a story. and they tell a different one to each of us. it was crazy what some people were carrying out! for me it’s about that girl. the one who lived a life i romanticize for it’s beauty and detail. i love to imagine the things she had and did, from an era that seems like a mysterious and glamorous dream.
i wonder about what she wore (or didn’t)!
the pretty powder boxes that every chic femme fatale had.
her dressing table and what the bottles held. was her life so different from ours?
the way she traveled
and where she went
how she decorated
and what she read
whose call she waited for
the letters she wrote
and who she loved
and what made her happy?
and how did she end up in my hand?
well that’s enough dreaming for tonight. it’s such a gift that the people of france preserve so much living history. i’ll never get over the markets and every single time i go it’s both fresh and old. can’t wait to do it again tomorrow, we’re shopping the dealer day at clignancourt. et alors, ic’est midnuit. have a bon nuit and sweet dreams!
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! how’s everything? i hope things are going well and your summer is offf to a great start. i feel like it’s been forever since i’ve been here. it was a whirlwind week going to nice and just getting back. my client and i shopped the flea markets to decorate her pretty little apartment overlooking the med. we had almost a week and had no internet. kind of a mind blower but then again maybe it was good cause we really focused without distractions. still i missed checking in and wanted you to see it all!
so much happened with lots to share but tonight i just wanted to let you know i hadn’t fallen off earth. i got home to working technology today and saw this post by vicki archer who met us for lunch at the flea market at cours saleya. there’s a lot going on in that region and i’ll be writing what i learned about the markets from cap ferrat to st. tropez. till then enjoy one of vicki’s gorgeous shots from the market. she captured what i couldn’t and i’m so happy the day was preserved. we were together when she took this, marveling over whose it was, the craftsmanship, the ritual of daily life!
well i do believe i’m be having a bit o jet lag so here’s to calling it a nuit. sweet dreams!
hey guys, happy thursday. what do you have planned for the weekend? i hope a whole lotta nada or major productivity, whichever you prefer! i’m about to have a full house so it will be hard to get back here much. these last couple hours of solitude are going way too quick! i had to come by, regroup and keep track of what’s happening.
it’s been a whirlwind putting the trip itinerary together. there are so many connections between all these incredible women that have happened in one split second. i want to remember the path as it’s wonderful circle of friends and i had no idea it existed.
over the past couple years i’ve met up with some of my blog buds and have always wanted to meet with others. sharon, for example. we briefly met at the bloggers’ cocktail party in paris but didn’t get to chat much. but we kept in touch a bit and i always loved her site. turns out she’a the local brocante expert and also knows melanie. check out her site, her life and photos are pure soul food!
is this even real? she gives brocante tours so keep her as a reference if you’re in the provence area. and that’s not all.
turns out my girl erica from haven in paris has been antiquing with her in normandy and they had a ball:
mimi of belle inspiration (another blog bud turned hard core friend)! mimi has been giving my flea market tours when i’m not in paris and is my soldier on the ground.
ok well that’s officially full circle and would be enough but i’m sure it’s going to get even thicker!
this image was taken by dash who is in the region now. well, it’s getting late and i officially better jet. have a great rest of your night!