on the road again

6203241042_39307c2a11_b bonjour! coming to you today from the beautiful and now fully enjoyed and only semi explored jewel of a town, biarritz, france. this is a place i’d never been but fell madly in love with and could actually consider living in one day. magical, transformative, chic, serene, inspiring, healing, infinte in its own right and in all that surrounds it… elegance-3 it’s actually travel day and  i’m pressed for time and apologize for having to rush through yet another post. this one is a little image heavy because once again i got sucked into what what supposed to be a quick inspection of vintage photos of beach fashion in biarritz. well, opening that door led me to a magnificent (and time consuming) world of beauty with an introduction to photographers, artists and muses. fairchild-archive-biarritz-beach-suit-by-schiaparelli-february-1934 pleasurephotoroom-biarritz-beach-suit-by-schiaparelli i could talk about who’s who and what’s what but instead tried to add the links where i found the photos. they’re wonderful links and collections of  fashion,  lifestyle, creativity and the joie de vivre. they’re as interesting as some of the photos and i hope you click their links to enjoy an even deeper look into this chapter of the past. rppc-97

i’d been obsessed with an overview of the town since i heard we were coming. a history buff, i always wonder how it began, who put the first stake in the ground, how that could have happened with no real tools but pencil and paper, hard work and vision. 6202725575_821c9b56e9_b the deeper i dug today the more i learned about people, perseverance, beauty, photography and style and life. 400ddd953eacf88e2f187cff941a4c3b first of all, such a little can tell so much in a photograph

1276c361e84e03d618fc694954b2e441   4e6738b63a283afcde7cff637ab0fd15 37409155dad42a8bbb494dec15d7ee98 Chanel sports ensemble, ca. 1928 Design by Coco Chanel second of all, style is transcendent, whether city or beach, the following photos show how it’s done. i wish i could repack my bag and start over. i overpacked and have a new perspective on what i’ll bring traveling next time! tumblr_m6qxp0TgVk1qf6jy9o1_r1_500 seeberger+brothers+elegance+history+of+street+fashion   a302bbda7e3950d6081c288d899c60c7   5713210652_e512fe9bfd_o missmoss-the-seeberger-brothers 3e72408c953321ac1d76234bd937ce28 everyday-i-show.livejournal.com IMG_0817 retronaut.com 61eee14c289b3a4f76bb5654cf22180d

thirdly, there’s the master, Jacques Henri Lartigue – Casino de Biarritz 1918 i knew of him but have a new appreciaton for his attention to detail and simplicity.

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i was just eager to get them posted cause my egg timer is running out and so is the juice on my laptop. so from here i’ll just say i hope you enjoy this slice of life on the beach, my own camera was lost on the first day here so i really haven’t taken any photos. in a way i don’t mind cause these have really struck me. i’ll definitely look at shooting my own images in a new way once i get another real camera in my hands.

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Lili Damita – 1933 – Biarritz, France – Photo by the Seeberger Brothers beautifulsymmetry.wordpress.com/tag/seeberger-brothers   1934-deauville-seeberger-cape deauville-seeberger-bathrobes 1938-deauville-seeberger ritournelleblog.com-when-women-dressed-to-impress-on-the-beach-1930s Léon Gimpel - France (10) French Women, ca. 1920s (13) vintag.es-rare-and-stunning-color-portraits ARTS003629 c8ba701c6d27067ce85b762e99606416   aa0220601989179cd5a106bdc7261835 pinterest.com/haugaard012/jacques-henri-lartigue et alors, the time has come to go…our trip is on its last leg and we’re heading to london today. i hope to post from there but it’s been a whirwind and hard to sit down and fully focus on writing. i hope your summer is going well and that these photos were inspiring if you’re a photography buff. my wish is that  all of our photos with friends and family are ones to remember! bonne journée!

June 28, 2015. 1920's, 1930's, Art Deco, Artists, Biarritz, Côte d'Azur, France, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renee Perle, South of France, Travel. 12 comments.

seems like a dream

getting a call to decorate a client’s house in the south of france was truly a dream come true. it whizzing by undocumented (we had no internet and i only took a few pics),  makes it seem surreal. but having no technology (no tv either) was a great way for us to get to know each other and become completely immersed in the project, work hard and get it done.  this was ‘my‘ room and waking up to the mountains and mediterranean sea was sheer bliss!

but real it was! i finally had the energy to go thru the shots put a little recap together now that i’m back at home.

truth is started in the states with the prep (liz prepped me, my bff and personal stylist, putting together a grown up-Garanimals packing system that took getting dressed out of the equation so we could focus our 6 days fully on finding furniture). we studied websites, brocante listings and books like exploring the flea markets of france by sandy price. we put together an itinerary so we’d have two or 3 options of markets and/or regions to visit each day along the coast.

arriving at the apartment in the early afternoon was perfect. we took measurements and hit the road. the only thing in it was a table and chairs left by the previous owners that we decided to donate.

not having much time to sight see i just held my camera out the car window and snapped random shots. it’s only looking at them now that i really notice the details.

nice is a port city with an old and new quarter. but whatever the district, the underlying theme is vibrant color and creating an space to enjoy at the sea.

the balconies, windows and shutters were all so beautiful, vibrant and well used.

intertwined with the new was the old…and the ancient! it was inconceivable how many stones and bricks were stacked on top of the other for thousands of years by this group then that before finally becoming the cote d’azur as it’s known today.

looking thru the pics and zooming in showed some closeups of the lifestyle of the locals.

casual, minimal, very french, doing a lot with not a lot of space.

with italian influences everywhere (they were the last ones to have it before france).

our first stop was right in the heart of town, the puces de nice, a fantastic resource that’s open everyday.

i immediately started getting a feel for the region, it’s such different furniture than you’d want in paris.

in fact anything that was even a little gilded looked uber gaudy and overdone. it was all about simplicity, still keeping with french furniture styles and silhouettes.

we scoured this little market and its alleys and chose these chairs in the first hour. they set the tone and we knew  that if we both loved something it was probably right.

we found some linen and had the chairs dropped off at the dealer’s cousin’s upholstery shop down the rue. after the puces, we explored the nice proper which is just around the corner. nice is known for having 100 antique stores scattered throughout a maze of streets, in alleys, garages and along old aquaducts. we grabbed a local map and hit the roads one by one.

some were high end, others  were not too chi chi and we talked with dealers who led us to their warehouses and basements.

everyone was easy to work with and delivered the furniture either the same day or the next. we found a chic black lacquer chest that went perfectly in the master bedroom.

(at the shop)

(at the apartment)

last but not least, it was here we found a harvest table she could use as a work space and dining table.

after the delivery the next morning,  we hit the road toward antibes.

along the way we found an antiques collective that had great, affordable stuff indoors and out. one dealer had a lot of what we liked and we started to imagine it all coming together.

we were kind of sticking with neutrals but both really liked this red chest to hold the printer and act as a sort of tech headquarters.

we ended up with the above chinoiserie desk, the cocktail table, small chairs and little chest. (he threw in the little silver lamp on the left with the perfect linen shade).

the little chest was too small between the beds in the guest room so we created a nook outside the master and found an early bamboo mirror to go above it.

there were a couple brocantes going  in antibes that day and even though we got there late there was still plenty to be found.

we fell love with a vitrine for the kitchen painted in we affectionately call ‘grayish greenish blue’.

(back row)

we found a ton of dishes for just a few euros. we didn’t mind they weren’t washed and took them home, basket and all!

the dishwasher was broken and we washed them 3x by hand before they were clean.

(le cusine)

at the same market we these found two black wood folding chairs for the balcony (below) and a little marble top cafe table. from then on we ate every meal outside.

we also picked up the little wooden vanity peeking out behind the chairs for the guest room. everyone bent over backwards to find keys to fit the locks and even fitted them with little tassels for us.

we had picked up these chairs for the balcony in the early morning and found linen to make cushions. once they got to the house though, we ended up loving them in the bay window in what we lovingly called the party area.

even with everything the place still looked bare! luckily there’s a sofa, large vitrine and headboards on the way as well as the rug, artwork and more mirrors to reflect the sea. maybe one day i’ll see it all put together!

in the meantime, the next day was another brocante out by st. tropez in grimaud. it was a pretty market in the woods.

we found mirrors, (the standing hall mirror that was once an armoire door), pottery and linens.

the last day came way too quick. our final market was back in nice and we could finally put some finishing touches in place.

not sure how many days we shopped but by the last day we were ready for some details, knowing most of the big stuff was done. we picked up some books and this little statue and stated creating vignettes.

next time i’ll be sure to shoot it all, true beginning, middle and end. for now i hope you enjoyed this little jaunt and i’ll hopefully get more pics as this place develops!

for now i have sweet memories, made a dear friend and have a new place that i can obsess over! it got dark real quick over here so if i’m going to have anything left of this saturday night i best jet! have a great weekend darling friends!

July 1, 2012. Brocantes, Côte d'Azur, flea markets, France, Nice. 25 comments.

let’s get together


morning guys, happy wednesday.  i hope your week has been good so far.

the past couple days i’ve been putting the france trip together. there’s so much info it’s mind boggling. one country, one region, even one town can take a lifetime! since i’m going back in august i thought it would be fun to explore a bit more than i can do this month (it’s just a week), and thought maybe you’d like to go too if you’re free. i’m putting something together for somewhere between august 23 and sept 5th. more soon on that.

i took some of your great advice and will incorporate it into the itinerary. i’ll check out eze, beaulieu villefranche and st paul de-vence…anything else?

we’re meeting up with vicki monday, planning’s in the works with corey and melanie. ny friend kate married a frenchman and they live in nice. he happens to be an antiquing guru and she’s going to show us around the warehouses and haunts her hubby keeps under wraps. i also got in touch with another fantastic blogger who was at the roundup in paris about a year ago when we all met.

in the meantime i’m going through our shopping list. my client wants to keep it simple and live minimally here in her sweet retreat. below is the apartment:

and these were some of the images she sent for inspiration:

ok well it’s getting way late, not morning here anymore…have a great day!

June 6, 2012. Antique Shopping, Côte d'Azur, France, South of France. 28 comments.

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