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hi guys happy sunday! i hope you had a great weekend and are about to embark on a nice long night. we’ve been busy running around all week and today was a relaxing respite. i cracked my laptop lid for the first time in what seems like an eternity just now. instead of surfing around i’m stopping on the very first bit of beauty in my inbox. i can’t keep this photographer’s work a secret since her images of paris are so bright and cheerful and getting her newsletter is completely inspiring. hope you enjoy her work too! well, i’m off  to squeeze in a little more downtime, have a great night!

February 4, 2013. art, Paris, Photography. 9 comments.

museum quality

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brrrrrrr! it’s downright bone chilling cold in paris! today was our final day trudging though the slush and snow at the markets all weekend but i can definitely say our mission was accomplished!

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i was fully focused on shopping with the crew so didn’t get much but photo memories which is somehow ok, at least this way i’ll have them forever.. and as my guy always says, you can’t buy it all!

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going through the shots i couldn’t help but see that this trip i was attracted to art, paintings, sculpture and architectural artifacts…

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the markets are so rich and thick that it really feels like a living, breathing museum. it’s a place where you can find junk juxtaposed with truly fine art.

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and it’s not what a piece is worth but the joy it brings

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and who makes the decisions as to what’s valuable if not the beholder?

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the way the market vendors curate their booths is much more than you’d expect at a typical flea market and this year many sellers are really stepping up their game.

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all sorts of busts and statuary are displayed as if they’re uber important pieces in super simple vignettes.

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of course you can always find the funky, fun stuff

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and the french certainly have a sense of humor about their past!

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and one piece can really set a regal mood. you’d never know these were flea finds!

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i guess i do wish i could buy it all and surround myself in my own tiny museum

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but for now i’ll settle for just enjoying the pics and thinking about ways to incorporate more art in my world.

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as for the gang, we finished up our weekend with stephane who always brings the market to life and today he greeted us in the cold with champagne and oysters, using snow in an ice bucket and along a huge silver tray for the shells he shucked. we had a ball and everyone left happy and well overfed. i’ll clue you in when the time comes as to what we all did but for now it’s off to bed, a couple pounds heavier but i guess that’s what winter is for, n’est-ce pas? enjoy the rest of your weekend!

January 21, 2013. art, Fleamarkets, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping, Vanves Flea Market. 18 comments.

time is of the essence

hi gang! i am in and i’m out as heidi would say. i’m on reserve power and it’s midnight on the dot so it’s time to wrap it up toute de suite! just wanted to stop by and share one of the pieces i came across today. my sister in law found them in paris and gave me them to me to matte and frame for the upcoming event.

it’s one of a few original hand painted designs, this one for a wall. i love the details and the free hand of the artist, the way he make swirls and fleurs, i swoon! anyway hope you enjoy,  i’m down to less than 2 mins power so bon nuit!

January 26, 2012. Architectural Elements, art. 13 comments.

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