hello and happy labor day weekend! i’ve been resting as prescribed by our nation but couldn’t let another day go by once my mom said she missed my blog. truth is it’s been a couple weeks since moving in and i have done pitifully little decorating. the faucets and showerheads have been changed, towel bars installed, grout whitened and fluorescent lights in the kitchen and baths have been replaced. the outdoor table and chairs were a big deal when they arrived but other than that it’s just been a couple trips to home depot for orchids and damprid, nothing too creative. i wish i could be more of my mother’s daughter and whip up covers for the chairs but sadly i didn’t inherit her incomprable ability for whipping and whirling stuff up. not the official way, that is, but i have a method, however unrefined…
what i did get from my mom is her resolve, that never say die attitude. i’ve tried to blog over the past couple weeks but was convinced that whatever i was doing was not really worthy of mention. but the fact is that no matter how much i’m doing, the place is a work in progress. so i decided to share where it is now and not worry about waiting till there’s more than this for show and tell.
just like my last apartment, this one had the clackety shade blinds on all the windows. ellen insisted i take them down but once i did, suddenly it was like being in a real live terrarium. suddenly i had to step on it to put up something toute de suite. curtains were something i’d always pined for in the last place but somehow convinced myself that they had to be done professionally; measured, hemmed and hung on a track. well, i never did get curtains and didn’t want that to happen here. and now that my hand has been forced and my mind opened, i’d like to share how easy it was to put up a reasonalble fascimile of real curtains, maybe not of mom’s caliber but a set that was super quick, easy, effective and sew free. so without further ado, on to the world’s easiest DIY:
we rolled the ends and tucked them under and in so that the surged edge could either curl or unfurl at will.
the little hooks fit right into the clip that the slat blinds came out of.
i kind of like the deconstructivism of the surged edge
candy found the ideal weight and the girl at the counter showed us her secret for geting the perfect hem.
aside from nipping the end with a scissor and tearing it, she first blew on the part she’d snipped and then tore a perfect tear for a hem. the technique let us get really precise with the length and created a tiny curled edge that catches the breeze and lays just above the floor line.
bonus: little ribbon remnants were left for tiebacks.
forgive me for not knowing where each is from. i just searched google images for ‘deep seated sofas’.
maybe a sectional?
well, that will come another day. this one is drawing to a close so i’ll say good night after a great long weekend. hope you have a great short week!
hello and happy monday! is the summer in full swing for you? i love the middle of august, it feels like we still have lots of time for friends and barbecues and all the good things that summertime brings.
i don’t feel quite ready to blog about my place yet but mom and dad want to see it and if i wait for perfection the day may never come.
so i’ll show it little by little, flaws and all. there’s a lot to do but it will be a work in progress.
overall it’s been pretty hectic making the move to transfer the office and apartment all at once.
no matter how much stuff i got rid of it seemed to be an endless process.
now that i’m out of the old and into the new it was worth the work. the old grand dame is somewhere right between ghetto and glamour.
an actress lived here for many years before me and it has that faded glory kind of vibe. it’s totally old school with great accents like the diamonds on the doors, a tiny knocker, and jalousie windows with cranks.
it’s all i could do to clean and get the place in working order, i haven’t touched the office or even my clothes but just being here feels like home. my friends are coming by and they say it feels like home, like we’ve always been here. they brought flowers and have been helping to make it cozy.
not that it’s set up quite right but having the tv and internet working is making it feel like home. when will we have a wireless world?!
i’m taking down the blinds to put up curtains, changing little things like the faucets and sprucing up the grout.
it’s more of a restoration than a renovation but if i’m going to stay here awhile i’d like to make a place my own even if i do it myself. in fact i’m going to attempt one DIY project a week.
the kitchen is pretty much hopeless but at least the doors leading in have potential!
of course it’s been fun to hit home depot, i wanted to rescue all the topiaries they had!
for now it’s cleaning the windows, attempting the bathroom grout and see what i can accomplish today. i do have to get something on the windows right away. that should probably be my first DIY. i’ll let you know how it goes. till then have a great august monday!
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good morning friends and happy friday. the photo above was so fascinating i had to post it. it’s the return of the mona lisa to the louvre after the nazi invasion of paris. once they were conquered she was free be the paris we take so for granted. our muse!
i hope you don’t mind a second day posting about my trip to paris with okl. they posted a lot of information on their blog about the trip yesterday after susan’s container sale went up. since they took the time to interview me about my favorite markets, i turned into a jpeg that can be read below. for me it’s a virtual scrapbook and this is the best place to keep it cause, hey, a blog is forever. (sort of)! hope you enjoy it!
day trips to paris markets
thanks for coming by and hope you got some info and maybe a bee in your bonnet to go to paris or anywhere soon, there’s nothing like traveling. i’ll be putting my trip together for late summer and fall soon and will keep you posted on the progress. maybe i’ll close up the apartment here since i have to move and just hit the road for a couple months. after all, times they are always a changin’ and you never know what’s next. till then, have a bon weekend!
good morning mes chere amis! it’s been a long winter and hard to believe that i was able to keep a secret for 6 months, but today can finally reveal a career highlight i’ve been sitting on! i didn’t want to spoil the fun of having takin one king’s lane founder, Susan Feldman on a wild shopping spree in paris in january for her container sale that’s happening right now! it was brutal weather and we trudged through slush with wet uggs and red noses but we beat down doors and got beautiful treasures for a sale i hope you’re going to really enjoy! take a look: Susan’s Container Sale
well, i better get back to reality. it was fun reliving our trip and i hope we can do it again soon, as it was a dream come true to be there together. as you know, i love to share my sources and passion for the markets and Susan really absorbed it. she had a vision. i hope you and i can shop together sometime too! i’ll be there in september, maybe we can plan a blogger’s meet up if you’re there? something to think about. for now it’s back to work to make it happen, more soon!
good morning and happy tuesday everyone.
it’s a crazy day from what’s on the news. i hope you’re safe and sound and for those who are facing difficult times due to mother nature, please know we are all praying for you.
it’s earth that inspired my color choice to explore today. she’s so full of shades and tones it’s hard to pinpoint something specific but i’m finally honing in on one in particular: aqua.
(38702878020678901) it is somewhere between turquoise and celadon and i had to try not to cross the lines. not sure how i did, you can be the judge!
(bohemianwornest) even though it’s a color found so much in nature, it can sometimes be a little extreme and almost gaudy
(38702878020676243) but then again, one shade down it’s neutral, like so many we’ve explored over the past few days.
(38702878020680243) i love to see it in subtle tones on furniture like the little sofa.
(38702878020678983) and it’s got a dreamy quality in glass
(38702878020678973) adds a pick me up to any vignette (here almost crossing the turquoise line, maybe it’s both)?
(38702878020678783) it’s great in a bath
(38702878020687776) or in a dose of glass tiles
(38702878020679943 i keep coming back to nature to see where the color wheel blends
(38702878020679979) i find it soothing and love to see it on walls
(dianeburn.com) again, a color that’s timeless whether it’s used in a cottage or a baroque chateau
(38702878020680065) aqua velvet
(38702878020678907) it’s a bold color but kind of fun to use in unusual ways. here someone got creative with an ombre
and a gorgeous concrete floor
(madebygirl) once you choose your palette
the sky’s the limit! hope you have a fabulous day and if you’re using aqua let us know where!
(97108935687193225) happy saturday everyone! it’s the start of a brand new weekend and i hope what will be a memorable one, whatever you’re up to. this morning i was about to post on yet another color, this time orange. instead i thought i’d hone in a little further with a hue thought i knew pretty well but didn’t use much: saffron. turns out that everything i thought i knew about it was totally wrong, starting with the shade itself.
(34545107587176802) it’s a color that straddles between orange and yellow and is as varied in it’s shades as in its uses, origins, history and properties. for being a mere color it sure has a lot going on!
(nationalgeographic.com-saffron-field) first of all, it starts out as a purple flower
(251005379202475341) millions of pounds of it come in to the us from afganistan, pakistan, iran and greece and ingested, it’s useful for everything from depression to weight loss.
(16747829834188199) funny how purple leads into the red then the orange then yellow
(curiousinkitchen) this is an image of early greek harvests
(122512052335782321) the technical color range is from orange to marigold
(248401735669024491) it’s apparently loved and used the world over
(275704808408777919) painting by Mark Rothko, Saffron, 1957, Oil on canvas
(248401735669024511) untitled, Rothko, 1968 and is an endless inspiration of study whether in art
(251005379202489575) on silk
(1.bp.blogspot.com) or in a powder form
(amazing-benefits-of-saffron) sprinkled on top of almost anything it adds color and spirit. it’s almost revered or sacred when used by chefs
(charmingspaces) it’s sort of magical
(kaufmann-mercantile.com) it’s used as a dye
above dyeing wool for carpets below
(97108935687122447) i think this is the color i originally associated with it. kind of what monks wear in tibet
it’s peaceful in the boudoir (although it could be the view)
(59320920061988641) and bold in a single shot
(97108935687122449) calming on a focal wall
it has that neutral property
(248401735669024483) and is as modern as ever
saffronandsilk and works in any decor
(97108935687122450) or room
(38702878020666930) a great accent for doors
(161285230376634138) or fabric
(495184921498566786) i couldn’t resist posting some of the delicious recipes that are made with it! here are roasted pears with saffron spice
(232357661996354326) saffron risotto & oven roasted vegetables
(100908847872073720) Rustic Pear Tart with Saffron pastry
ok well i officially have both a problem with ocd and a brand new obsession to go with it! hope you get a chance to check it out. if you use it let me know! have a beautiful day!
good morning! it was fun putting a blue story together yesterday and i wanted to challenge myself with a color today that i’d normally never use in decorating: hot pink.
(outdoor-spaces) but as they say, never say never! i’m falling in love with the creative ways people have been using now, in the past and in nature.
i guess it always seemed a little brash but once mother nature puts her stamp on it, it suddenly makes sense.
(249809110552789071) what really amazed me is the bold choices that were used on doors all over the world. paris here
california maybe?but then, if you have a front door, why not play with it every year…or even season? it’s about the quickest way to change the look and feel of a house.
as for the color itself, it fits in just about anywhere and can set a different tone in each room.
and just plain fun to play with
(68721859813) a fun DIY
(95983035779005199) on a pillow
i think you have to really love it to go this crazy but hey, it’s only paint!
at the minimum, just get that flash of freshness, nothing beats a beautiful bougainvillea! well i better get going, the crew is here, have a a perfectly pink day!
all photos can be found on pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/parisapartment/boards
good morning! it’s still pretty early but time is just flying by. maybe i should block pinterest till after work cause even a cursory glance turns into a photo fest!
so much comes in at hyperspeed and before you know it, you’re half an hour deep in the vortex.
with that i’m sharing some of my favorite shots and in an effort to hone it down and create a theme. today’s inspiration is simply: deep blue.
(fleurs) it’s a color i don’t use much and am starting to wonder why.
(le-bath) a little tile goes a long way in a bath
(kitchens) or a kitchen
(le-chateau) on a silk satin sofa or small leather chair or on a velvet daybed
(bars) on an accent wall behind a bar
somewhere between indoors and and out
(doors-and-windows) and a touch or outdoors is always cheery!
(pin/192740059025047144) even as solar roof tiles!
and a little goes such a long way.
well now i’m officially late but it was fun to slack off and surf this morning! hope you enjoyed it. have a beautiful blue day!
good morning and happy saturday! it’s still before 9am and nice and quiet out the window. waiting for my slumber party guests to dress i decided to surf a little for inspiration and came across a ton of pretty things as usual.
what stood out today was the sheer magnitude of simplicity.
we’re shooting vignettes, rooms and corners. Mostly realizing that it doesn’t take much to say a heck of a lot.
not withstanding great bones
a lone mirror sets a tone of casual but regal elegance
i love the complete opposites together from the mirror and the nightstand
to the luxe bed and the little bench at the foot.
well you get the picture. let’s hope we do. for now we’re off to set up our shots chanting our mantra for the day: KISS (keep it simple, sugar)! have a great weekend!
hi guys! what’s happening? it’s been a busy week so i apologize for always being behind schedule here. i was supposed to announce the giveaway winners days ago so first things first!…they’re elissa from the traveling pear and jasmine from jasmine kyle sings.. hope you enjoy the books, girls!
it’s been a long hard day and what better way to wind down then to look thru pinterest? i guess it’s a little obsession (am i the only one)? if there’s a minute to spare you know it will stir up something fun. today it got me thinking about decorating and the holidays. so many of us need just a quick fix to wake up a room and it doesn’t have to take much. so from a (shhh) lazy decorator, here are some of simple diy’s to freshen things up in an afternoon.
it’s easy to get trim and put it along the edge of a curtain. if you have 9 ft windows you’ll need about 7 yards. you can even use iron on tape to hold it.
color coding books and straightening out shelves is about as basic as it gets. and gratifying too!
there are old tiles at markets and salvage places. or just tape and paint the diagonal stripes.
go a little monochromatic
paint a wall
skirt a sink with double stick velcro and pins if you can’t sew
paint a frame around the shower or lines along the base of the room. all you need is tape and black paint.
minimize and use your best
put your stamp on it
tiered serving dishes are in every thrift store. so are the cups and saucers.
upcycle baby bottles
glue and sprinkle sequins to your shower curtain!
and outside…solar lights
or votives from the dollar store
set a pretty table
or add glitter to the shoes your were so over!
most of all keep it simple. this is supposed to be a time of joy so enjoy and spread it! i’ll try too! bonne nuit mes cheres amis!