hi guys! it’s been way too long, i missed you! but i had to disconnect from the hyper-overdrive my bod and psyche were on. it’s been a crazy busy couple months. once again BiG things are in the works (more about that soon), but for the first time in a long while i feel at ease today. so what did i do? headed straight to pinterest of course!
it’s funny the path you end up following when you go there. at first i was looking for holiday pics, pretty and inspirational. mom and dad are back home making strudel and decorating so i know there will be plenty of holiday cheer when i head back up north. still i’d like to do a little something in my place. i’ve become way too lazy to do much so when i started coming across string lights, got to thinking about what a big statement just a little sparkle can deliver.
when i was younger i had them up year round. there was nothing like coming home and seeing them shine. it was sort of comforting.
and you have to love that the messier they are the better they look
and you look great posing with them in a twinkling mirror!
there’s an instant transformation that happens to a room when that little plug goes in the socket
it seems around this time every year lately there’s always talk about the war on the holidays. this one doesn’t want a tree in the town square, that one doesn’t want to know from kwanzaa or chanukah in public spaces…
string lights just remind us that there is a holiday season however we want to celebrate
that there’s magic in the air
and chances for a new beginning
best of all it doesn’t take much
even nature creates her own version!
so i think i’ll invest in a set or two today. will let you know where they end up!
oh, ps: we have another giveaway, and to those who won a couple weeks ago, i’ll be sending out your books and portraits this week, thank you for your patience!
we have two sets of a wonderful collection of walking tours called ‘Paris from the Heart’ by Jan Dolphin .
they’re paperback books with detailed explorations of paris. if you’d like to win one of the collections, just leave a comment and say so! we’ll draw the winners on sunday night. ok, well that’s about enough playtime, but boy did i need it! a tout a l’heure for now, have a great weekend!
hi guys, happy sunday! we’re bracing for a storm and i’m hoping the east coast will be spared without too much damage. there’s a definite calm which may be cliché but truly is the case. i’ve sequestered myself in this weekend to write and it seems like i’m doing everything but! i’ve been playing around at home with my camera and now that i have my place back and it’s no longer a warehouse.
before i left i’d been working on shooting the stuff for the okl sale. i hung it haphazardly just to get it on the wall and protected. what i didn’t realize is how much i’d love being around it all.
so many of the images speak to me and i wonder who they were
and imagine the way someone spent their day creating a little masterpiece
above is a watercolor of a leisurely afternoon in a chateau garden
these engravings made me think a little more about what probably caused the revolution
and the one below just calms me down
i guess there really is no rhyme or reason with art and what we gravitate toward. the only problem i have is the attachments i’m making to it all. some pieces you can look at forever cause you’re always finding something new. i didn’t know i’d fall so hard for these little chef d’oeuvres that so quickly have become part of my daily inspiration.
in any event, i’ll be a big girl and give them up when the time comes but for now i’ll enjoy my moment with them. in the meantime i actually can part with something! i came home to an adorable book that was sent for review and a giveaway.
it’s a charming look at an american girl’s stay with a french family and all the things she learned about their perspective on life.
it’s a great gift so if you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment and we’ll do the drawing this week.
and now, the sun has set. that means my deadline is that much closer and procrastination is no longer an option. (especially if i’m going to catch my housewives :)
so bon nuit, i’m sending prayers to everyone with hope of a mild hurricane!
hi guys, how’s your fourth going? it’s pretty dusky around here and i’m taking the sweet quiet time before fireworks to use my laptop for fun not work.
i just got these pics from my client in nice. i love their simplicity and that she’s letting things evolve.
she got flowers and more pieces arrived today.
this red chest was supposed to be fir printer and modem on the back wall but she switched it up, i like it.
this gray piece will probably move between the windows. the big mirror from the hall is now hung above the red chest. (it’s actually an armoire door i didn’t expect her to hang there but i dig it)!
the chars arrived!
and the full moon is the cherry on top. ok more soon, there’s the first firework pop… have a fun night!
hi guys! i have only a milisec before my computer dies and/or claudia forces me back to work. we have lots to prep for tomorrow but i wanted to do a quick post. claudia helped me arrange the shelves and liz had the idea to hang the chandi by a dowel between the bookcases.
i’ve been wanting to do this wall and especially the nooks for so long but just couldn’t motivate. sometimes it takes friends as we all know! i took a couple vignettes but have a lot more to fit into this day so gotta run.
more soon, have a great day!
good morning! hope you had a great weekend! it’s crack of dawn and we were supposed to shoot at 8am but wires crossed and it looks we may have a day of reprieve. today i’m tackling loose ends and not taking on any more projects big or small till this is DoNe! it’s been a hub of activity at chez moi and liz and claudia II have been fluttering around like fairy godmothers fixing, fastening and fluffing stuff ready and keep me calm.
and it feels like we’re finally getting there. the wall, the shelves and the upholstery! when the light comes up i’ll take some after shots and post this afternoon. till then, breakfast is all that’s in front of me!
have a great week!
hi guys! how is your week going? i guess for most of us we’re happy that tomorrow is friday~
i’m rushing out as usual but started this project yesterday and thought if i don’t post now that it just won’t happen since every minute from now till monday is booked solid. i’m shooting for my event on monday and tuesday, and one of the shots will be my home or office. the office has definitely taken a backseat and since my bff claudia is here we decided to use the wallpapers from paris to give it a quick facelift.
the plan was to use a single pattern across the wall but when there wasn’t quite enough we went another route and decided to make the whole wall an inspiration board by using a mix of papers.
normally i wouldn’t post a ‘during’ but since we’re crunched for time bit the bullet and i’m just posting as is for today. tomorrow we’ll put some of the finishing touches on.
for now it’s in disarray but tomorrow we’ll get some flowers, work on the shelves and basically zhush it up! till then i’m off cause now i’m late as usual! bonne nuit!
hi gang, hope you’re having a great week! we’ve been busy over here working on the website and trying to get things photographed and listed. today’s pics are two little peacock colored vases i got last month in paris. they are about as big as large eggs and incredibly delicate.
liz is having me shoot more mood shots instead of just dry images for the site so here are a couple. she was having a blue moment and i went with it. it’s a lot more fun to play when you have a friend to shoot with.
in other news, we have our winners from the drawing the other day! would the following two darlings send your email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org asap?
judy from petitcreeklavender.com
and mari of way good day
if you didn’t win that once, guess what? glitteratti is giving us these two more books to play with! they’re sending them over for review and i’m giving them away! if you’d like a chance to win just say so!
Coco Chanel by Douglas Kirkland
Stealing Magnolia’s Tales From a New Orleans Courtyard
whew! tgif guys, hope you are gearing up for a fantastic weekend. liz and i have been working hard over at chez moi, catching up, shooting and organizing. in fact she’s due in about a minute so i have to jet but wanted to say hi and although there are a million pics on my phone and camera, links to exchange, books to review and giveaways to attend to and orders to ship, i just wanted to leave you with an image that was so simple but so striking it reminded me that it doesn’t have to be so complicated this time of year. one strand of green can feel really festive. anyway that’s my two cents. happy decorating!
good morning guys! how’s your week shaping up? hope you had a great holiday. it’s back home for me after lots of traveling and good to feel refreshed. i’ve finished unpacking the stuff from paris and just hung another painting from the market. it’s the other little corner that needs TLC but as i always say, it’s a work in progress, not a one shot overhaul.
my sister in law jean took fabulous pics at the fleas and put them on picassa. the one below is from her set. she really captured the essence of the day, i love so many of the vendors and candids she got. if you get a chance, take a look here:
as you can see this one made it from the street to my wall. thought it would be fun to show where some of this stuff ends up. it’s mine for for awhile! well, there’s lots to do so i better jet. have a great wednesday!
hi gang! i’m in and i’m out (said with heidi klum’s accent). we’re just about to watch a movie so this is just a quick hello to wish you a good night and great week. i’ll leave you with one of a thousand photos i fell for today. sweet dreams, bonne nuit~
Oh! PS we have a winner in the giveaway! alex drew #18 so congrats to linda bauer!