field of dreams

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good morning and happy monday. how are you doing? over here i’m still on the path of transformation and working on changing it up. as you know, it’s been a few months and i’ve tried everything from videos, to blogging to self assessment and philanthropy, focusing on figuring out a new direction. it’s finally paying off after the 6 month mark with your helpful friendship. you may ask how, so i’ll answer before you ask, that whether i heard directly from you or not, i know you’re there and that alone gave me the determination and strength not to throw in the towel when i was facing burnout at the 20+ year mark of the paris apartment’s anniversary. the new website will be launching soon and things are moving along quickly.

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first i want to thank all of you who commented on the post about the chairs. i also wanted to let you know that it’s official, i’ll be working with desirant in asheville, nc to design a line of furniture! we’ll be making the pieces right here in the good old US of A using local craftsmen, painters and upholsterers to create unique pieces. i’m thinking that it would be fun to do a couple of different styles and have each represent those of you who commented. that said, i’d love your opinion on the styles we’ll use for starters. what do you think of these frames and would they be useful in your home? if so, how so? looking forward to hearing your valued opinion!

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we’ll be using frames that are already available like the sofa above and these chaises,

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armchairs,

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benches,

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desk chairs,

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and honestly not sure about this one…do you think it’s just too much of a muchness?

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along with these we’ll be creating pieces from some antiques and renderings i’ve been saving for years. more to come on that so let me know if you’re looking for anything in particular. if you get a chance, i’d like to help them get the word out about their store, brand and general existence. these are the links to their social media. would LOVE it if you joined in. if you do let me know which you’re most into socially…thanks again for being here, love you!

pinterest.com/desirantonline

facebook.com/DesirantOnline

instagram.com/desirantonline

July 11, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Asheville, Desirant, Friends, Furniture. 23 comments.

ojects of desire

zach.alexander

bonjour guys, happy friday! where do the days go? well, i can say that for the first time in awhile i know exactly where i’ve been cause my camera was with me for most of it.  i was invited by my friends to check out their new store in asheville, nc, also known as the ‘paris of the south’. who knew? maybe it’s cause of places like the biltmore estate, below?

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anyway they wanted me to get the feel of it and maybe do some buying in the upcoming months as well as have a hand in working with the brand. both prospects are right up my alley so of course i had to take them up on a visit. even though i spent three days there getting to know the store, the staff and the stuff, checking out their photos on instagram made me appreciate them even more so i’m gonna use some of theirs (clock photo above by zach.alexander).

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as formal as ‘frenchy’ can be, it’s a contrast to this low-key, easy going town that welcomes you with ‘good vibes’ on the water tower coming in from the airport.

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as you can imagine i immediately felt at home and was welcomed by the wonderful gang who run the show. (photo above by Molly)

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my friends put me up at their beautiful hotel, the Windsor, which is flanked by their shop, DÉSIRANT. between the authentic antiques, art, sferra linens in the rooms and the amount of entertainment and eye candy in the store, i didn’t want to leave. (not to mention the world class restaurants…) in fact it’s a place i could go back to pretty easily since there’s just so much to explore.

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they have a great philosophy and everything in the store is special and has been chosen with care. what makes it even more unique is that they source their collection from paris of course, but also find artisans and designers who love what they do and understand the desirant style. many are local, but some are from miami, others from new jersey! the point is that this is a place where creativity is encouraged to thrive. it’s a kind modern french salon, like the ones we imagine, where artists and patrons came to gather, share ideas, discuss art, music and feast! oh yeah, there’s a coffee bar here too.

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in today’s world it’s hard to set yourself apart but when you understand what you want to provide it becomes easier. that’s one of the reasons desirant resonates with me i guess. the goals are simple: to live well. to collect what that you love,  design your life, and style your environment by surrounding yourself with things that are beautiful and have meaning.

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i must have spent an hour just in this section alone. from this shot it looks like you just could cruise through but i wanted to absorb every detail.

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can i take you on a tour? the shot above is where you get in through the hotel lobby

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these clocks are by a local artist who makes them out of spare parts and pieces she can repurpose. the second hands are playful fluttering feathers!

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other clock faces are mounted artfully under glass.

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and so are lots of other goodies…

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the cases are filled with eye candy, some of it again by local artisans

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like these necklaces and earrings by ‘my mother’s buttons’

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and these by another who brings old watches back to life. these artists are so creative!

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this curio was filled to the gills with one-of-a kind neckties and bowties made of feathers

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and these ties below are made of wood!

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these are repurposed chairs made by a local gal. each has a story to tell…

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like the peacock chair with real feathers on the back~

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i fell in love with these candy  and coffee tins, they’re another pretty old relic being given new life…

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and how about this sculpture?

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and the art, don’t get me started!

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of course there’s new stuff too, like fornasetti candles

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and one of a kind purses,

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robes and blankets you can’t stop touching

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and pillows you have to have

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candles, lotions and potions

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some of those are one-of a-kind too

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there are handmade chandeliers that look like jewels

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and jewels that are well, drool worthy

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and the clothes, the clothes!

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i ended up spending a lot of time working from the cafe.

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the barista makes a darn good latte and they open at the crack of dawn

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so i got myself a journal and hung out with the books

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i’m home now going through the photos. it reminds me how much i enjoyed being in a store. online is fun but there is something about the tactile element of a place like this. it’s a very special, almost lost art.

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the maison et objet is coming to miami again in may and we’ll meet again there. so i’ll keep you posted as things develop.  in the meantime, if you need a piece of paris, it’s nice to know that just a couple hours away in asheville, nc sits the paris of the south. if you’ve been there let us know what else earned it the title. if you can’t get there,  check out and follow desirant here, they’re keeping the tradition alive!

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ps: the winner of the boxes from the last post is lisa. congratulations and let me know your address at theparisapartment@gmail.com.

i just realized that this is a perfect opportunity for desirant to host a giveaway so i’ll ask them tomorrow what they’d like offer. if you follow on one of their social media platforms, let me know which and we’ll draw a names from there. have a great weekend!

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April 30, 2016. Asheville, Desirant, Shopping. 17 comments.