a few favorite things

well a few hours in the right big white tube and you are suddenly en paris. the show is enormous, spectacular, innovative and inspiring. my first stops were to see old friends.  i adore the geniuses at koziel.fr who blur the line between real and trompe l’oeil.

others were getting in to the action this year, these had a bit of an edge: trompe l’oeil doors, some with grafiti via gdcreation.com

beautiful things were of course around every corner like these handmade comforters in silk satin from holland.

and my camera died at christopher guy but i’ll be back tomorrow, it was stunning.

anyway it’s not late but i went straight to the show from the plane. i think i was the first one in so i’m beyond tired. more a demain, bonne nuit from the streets!

January 21, 2011. Design Show, France, Maison et Objet, Paris. 24 comments.

setting the stage for new hollywood glamour

above images via munna

hi all, happy sunday! i hope you had a wonderful weekend. it’s a great time of year when there’s not a lot of pressure and there’s time to just chill. still,  i’ve had nagging thoughts about the upcoming maison objet show in paris next week. it’s the event to hit to get inspired and check out great design from all over europe. somehow i just can’t justify it since i haven’t even cracked open the bags of vendors, pricelists and business cards from the show in september. till tonite, that is!

images below from christopher guy

i’m starting with a couple of my favorite designs (ok more than a couple) that remind me of the 20s and 20s. sleek and moderne with a bit of whimsy, dorothy draper meets jean harlow to create the ultimate cocktail. i find that era of  furniture delicious… maybe i’m just obsessed!

most of these pieces seem to have walked right off a movie set, i love films like dinner at eight, swing time, top hat and so many others that had such gorgeous backdrops. there’s more to see every time you watch them!

anyway i guess these were my interpretations of it tonight. it was fun to go through the designs and start to update my site by adding to the collection.

obviously there’s an infinite world of design out there but i stick with my little niche in the boudoir. i love the smaller furniture and the intimacy of it.

well this is the tip of a giant glacier. maybe you love furniture and playing dress up with your boudoir as much as i do, so i’ll keep on digging through the piles of papers.

i can’t help but feel our grandma’s really knew how to live. they had such great muses and icons to look to for their inspiration though, how could they go wrong? i guess the least we can do is pamper ourselves and create a little niche of our own. a place to  feel pretty and special, set your own stage and be the glamour girls we truly are!

frames via tpa

well i better run, it’s almost midnight. have a great night and suite dreams!

January 17, 2011. Design Show, Designers, Furniture, Maison et Objet, Paris. 21 comments.

being there now


hi guys! i hope you’re doing well on these balmy summer nights. a lot’s been going on but mostly i’m trying to just unwind from all the shows, traveling and moving around. for the first time in longer than i can remember, i don’t have to go anywhere, do anything, plan a trip for at least 90 days. seeing that much open space in my future is making me think about how to spend the time.

anyway, it’s been a couple days and the ol’ florida home design and remodeling show has come and gone, but i did promise a post so i’m sticking to my word. as you may know, it was the exact days as the maison objet so i just took a deep breath and went in, determined to appreciate where i was instead of wasn’t. i guess i had low expectations, but was surprised that it was both informative and had a little bit of flavor here and there.



this booth was probably the only of its kind, a furniture company with some pretty pieces. i fell in love with this big white lacquer table.




i think what surprised me most was that i was drawn to the stands that had solutions for greening a home. this guy was so passionate about green roofs that it was contagious.



and i had no idea that concrete was such a pollutant and that there are solutions.


there were quite a few really pretty accent pieces


and every show represents its townspeople’s needs


i died for this slab!



and was inspired by the enormous amount of work some of the vendors shared.




it wasn’t huge but i did get my fill.




and discovered some great resources like the company above.


best and most ironic of all, they were giving away florida design magazine. today i happened to flip through it and saw this image from the maison objet. i guess i didn’t miss much. yeah right!

but that was a valuable lesson learned. buy tickets early to all events you know you want to do (holidays, shows, etc). that way you have no excuse but to go. i just bought my ticket home for christmas and next is the show in january. hope to see you there!

ps i was about to get back to work but just heard from trish and had to share a little of her blog, it’s the inspiration i was craving!






September 11, 2009. Design, Design Show. 20 comments.

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