Happy weekend everyone! i hope you pack a lot of fun into that extra hour we all get tomorrow! our OKL sale is up this morning and i’m shooting some of my faves one last time while i’ve got the chance. everything seems different once i know they may leave my life! these ladies have been hanging in my boudoir for the past few weeks. the strawberry blond reminds me me of my niece and her pretty red hair.
i’m leafing through the old magazines and ephemera again and am coming across such sweet images
have we changed so much?
one of the most fun articles is on observing ways people hold everthing from their hands to their smokes to their purses!
we’re looking at the engravings and paintings as they hang for one final day. this is one of my favorites. it’s a split screen image of a wall for a chateau. hard to believe people drew all these designs by hand.
they decorated every inch and nook and cranny to create alcoves and cover walls, ceilings and doors. as always i wonder, where did the ideas come from?
well i’ll ponder that later. for now we’re off to get some breakfast. have a beautiful day!
good morning guys and happy friday, i hope your day is already off to a good start. the time has come to start packing up so much of what i’ve taken for granted all these months. funny how you think you have all the time in the world to read books, shoot photos and live a life of leisure at least a little. oh to live the life of a bon vivant!
going through all the things for the sale tomorrow i’m in the middle of all the books that haven’t been read and the shots that haven’t been taken. in the dim morning light i’m doing my best to capture any little bit i can of the goodies around the house. modes and manners is one is a set of books (in english)! about the ways of the women of the past centuries. the books detail everything from the reverence they had for daily life from their stoves to their beds, the appreciation that was shown for the smallest convenience how ordinary washing or cleaning became a sacred (not necessarily religious) daily ritual.
this morning i opened a random page that discussed the various ways scarves were used. they said it was not just for warmth but was also meant to shape and drape the body. still so french! i wish i had the time to read it all!
another of my favorites that will be going is this little sketchbook i found in paris. it’s filled with an artist’s pencil sketches and watercolors of life on the streets in the 20s. his attention to detail with the flowing fabric and poses makes me wonder if all the romanticizing we do about the past really may have been reality.
even the simplest sketch of a woman waiting for a bus or train captured the era.
he was also drawing jewelry, maybe he was a designer or just a student of life…
i could go on an on about every little thing but it’s already getting late. before it comes off the wall i had to shoot my personal obsession which is the home of the original salon hostess, madame rambouillet. she was the first to rebel against social convention and create the salon bleu where moliere and other poets and artists would gather around her bed to paint, put on plays and discuss literature.
for the first time women had a place they could go to become more than property and they began re-inventing society in their image, creating one that rebeled against the filth and barbaric ways of the streets and provided a refuge where they could be be oh so proper and speak with grace and flair.
unfortunately they eventually became ridiculed by moliere and he wrote his famous ‘Precieuses Ridicules’ which is still a popular play today depicting the women as silly and trivial, saying that they took it too far and became a bit of a joke.
in any case it’s all flashing before me and i want to take it all in but it’s time i guess to send it all out into the world. i’m going to keep shooting between boxing and bagging and will share some more as i do. hope you have a great day and wonderful weekend. the party starts at 8am on OKL, hope you can come by!
good morning dear friends! i have to apologize for dropping off the face of the earth for the past few days (or was it weeks)? it’s been a long road but one that’s been fun and furiously fast paced. in fact the pace has caught up with us and the project we’ve been planning has finally taken shape and is about to launch this weekend!
my crew of companions who’ve helped get thru it are all staying for the next few days to embark on a giant slumber/packing party. claudia ii, candy and ellen are here to put the final touches and tweaks on it all. it’s been months in the making…and tada…our brand new OKL sale is launching this weekend! the busy work is done. the container arrived from paris, chairs have been restored and re-upholstered in silk satin, pictures are framed and matted and accessories have been painstakingly cleaned with toothbrushes and tarnx. now t’s almost time to say goodbye but it feels like everything just got here!
maybe i get too attached but i’m loving living with it at home. i feel like my apartment is a living, breathing manifistation of the work we’ve done. and now i’m holding onto it for dear life, trying to take it all in. i’m torn between being a collector and curator and want to relish each piece one last time before this day gets started and it gets packed and stashed for the sale. oh but it sounds like everyone is starting to stir so these are my last few moments of quiet perfection before the chaos starts.
i’m glad you came by and promise to keep you posted! we tried to make it vast and varied with something in every range for everyone so i hope you enjoy it! the sale will be from march 9-11 and starts bright and early on saturday morning.
by the by, the new book is heading into a second printing! there are still some first editions available amazon (if i promised you a book in the giveaway i’m still going to send it out) but otherwise there will be signed first editions on the sale.
ok, the girls are up and i smell coffee. more soon!
allo tout le monde! how’s your winter wonderland? i hope it’s warm and cozy in your world. i wish i could say this was me in the shot above but alas don’t think i’ll ever be that girl…but i just landed in paris and am about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.
i left miami today and snap, it’s midnight and i’m in gay paree! i vowed never to come again january but my most exciting flea market tour ever is about to go down. i don’t mean to play coy and am dying to drop the bomb on who i’ll be with but haven’t got the OK (hint hint) to post about it yet!
we’ll be traveling to the markets and also going to the outskirts of town with a friend/merchant who’s had a stall passed down for over 3 generations at clignancourt. it’s a place i’ve always wanted to check it out and now finally have a reason to go.
it was snowing earlier but once the jet lag hit i crashed and didn’t get to run around and shoot the beauty that is paris in the snow.
so instead of reinventing the wheel i searched for images of paris in winter and came across so many wonderful interpretations and moments captured over the years.
while i’m here, i’ll be shopping for my next OKL sale which is scheduled for the week of march 3rd. if you want me to look for something special let me know!
for now it’s off to bed. it will be nice to have the next few days at lorraine’s place with not too much on the agenda except enjoying the city for a change.
i’m hoping to get some flowers and take shots of her pretty little pied-à-terre that she has so beautifully maintained over the years. it’s like coming home and just knowing it’s here is such a dream. it’s right in the heart of the marais at the place des vosges.
she rents it out so if you come to paris and need just a little place to hang your hat, retreat or write, this is it. luckily not too many people want to come in january so this week it’s all mine!
the clock is about to strike midnight so i’m heading off to dreamland, have a beautiful night and sweet dreams to you my darling friends!
cake via pastrydesign
hi all! the okl sale is in full swing and for the first time in maybe, ever i don’t know what to do with myself! i guess sometimes you have to stop and just reflect. when i did just that the first thing that came to mind was to thank you all for the support you gave over the past few weeks. i’ beyond grateful to have friends like you, so many who influence me everyday whether you know it or not. you’re truly the icing on the cake of my day. funny when you start reflecting, you realize all the help you got and i can only hope to give some back too. most of all, mom and dad, i can’t thank you two enough for always standing behind me from the minute i can remember.
well i said let’s meet for coffee this morning but it’s already late afternoon and i hope you’re having a great day, let’s have dessert instead! this tufted cake looked too inviting to pass up and is calorie free!
hi guys, how’s your night going? it’s been beyond hectic around here for the past few days. the hours are flying by and morning turns to dusk before i know it. i’m mostly tying up details before the sale and trying to keep up with daily stuff. most of the stress is trying to shoot something decent in my downtime. i’m getting up tomorrow morning determined to catch something. and since i didn’t want to disappoint my ma, i took what i could get away with and posting it tonight.
we’ll see what happens in the morning light.
the sale starts at 11am.
not to whine about missing the stuff but i really do love these casanova books. just holding them feels really good. the leather is so smooth and such a deep blue. histoire de ma vie, tomes ix and xii. quel vie he led!
well, just got a call to go thru it all one more time. again. it’s hard to believe it’s finally here. so adieu for now, see you in the am for coffee~
here’s the link: it’s on countdown ;p
hi all, happy tuesday. i’m scrambling with last minute details before the sale. getting everything properly cataloged et al. the hardest part is realizing that it’s now or never that i shoot my little friends around the house. to me they’re not really inanimate objects but instead, pieces that hold intelligence and life and information that will live longer than an iphone.
the other day i realized how much i’ll miss the artwork so tried to capture some of it just now and will keep trying. but it’s not just the art, it’s the books, like this one i’ve had here for awhile. it’s a book of receipts from the Moncey Hotel in Paris in the early 1900s. in it are the receipts of each guests, the amount of firewood they used in their rooms, charges for room service and phone calls. and reprimands when they got boisterous!
it’s my last chance to keep anything but at the same time i want it to go out into the universe and enjoyed by someone as much as i have.
but the original oils i will miss
and it gave me good reason to frame and mat some of the ephemera i’ve been collecting
i’ve had these porcelain chorus girls for a long time and finally unpacked them. as soon as i did two of them sold the same night. one is really brazen and another looks like she’s about to learn the ropes. my favorite is the one who’s still here. the shy one holding her hands nervously behind the haughty one.
not to be redundant and use the same accessories but i’m trying to shoot what i can with what seems like only hours before this little world disappears!
for some reason as much as i decorate for others, just don’t do it for myself. the cobbler theory and all that. now that i have a home filled with all this familiar stuff, i like being around it. it’s hard to conceive it will be gone soon.
well i’m going to have to be a big gal and get used to it. the only thing left to do is shoot it and hone my photography skills. in the meantime i thought you’d enjoy a preview. now it’s back to work but in my free moments i’ll keep on shooting, trying to capture that certain something in everything. more soon, have a great day!
hi guys, how was your weekend? i hope you had a chance to kick back a little. i took an hour at the beach personally but mostly have been tethered to this laptop working furiously on my site. getting to the blog is second only to the beach as an indulgence. i’m signing with relief knowing this will be the last thing i do tonight. and maybe finish an old movie.
i can finally exhale and speak freely about about oh so secret project i’ve been working on, whew! it’s a ‘tastemaker tag sale’ held on march 22nd. i’m beyond excited to be working with one king’s lane. of course i wanted to do a container sale but we’ll have to see if we can manifest that once this one happens! getting it together has been bittersweet cause so much of what i’ve been collecting has come to the apartment and i lovw living with it. especially the art from paris. it’s all in the sale and i’m nostalgic knowing it’s truly one of a kind. art is just like that i guess when it speaks to you!
i had the top shot of jean harlow on my desktop all weekend and just realized that she’s the inspiration my bedroom at the moment.
anyway i wanted to capture everything while it’s here. the chandelier is jerry-wired to my ceiling fan, there are no curtains and it’s totally un-done.
i love waking up to this painting on the desk across from my bed.
well there’s sill a little night left so i’m going to dim the lights and call it a nuit.
and thanks for helping me with the photo you guys. your input made me stop second guessing everything. hope you have a sweet night and deep dreams!