when worlds collide

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good morning! it’s been a pretty busy few days around here with the maison et objet in town for the first time in miami beach. it was like having paris descend on our shores and throw a design party!IMG_0343a

of course i was thrilled that we were hosting the world renowned home show and went as both journalist and buyer, not sure what would be so much different from the show in paris…

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it was much smaller and more managable than the one in france which is about 10 times the size, but there was still a lot to process as far as the sheer amount of innovation, crossover and creativity.

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there were companies from all over the world including ‘natural curisosites’ from la, and their name sort of summed up the show for me.

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making my way through the aisles, booths, lectures and halls, it seemed that was the running theme.

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i noticed a lot of organic and modern trends being able to mix seamlessly, giving the show a fresh modern feel while still keeping its traditional roots.

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the baroque and rococo curls and swirls were co-mingling alongside natural booths,  just as in the 1700s era when designers admired and brought in shells, ornament and spirals and created what’s now classic french louis xv design. it was a time when doors were thrown open and interiors and exteriors began to merge.

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at the show there were green walls with fibonacci spirals

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planter sacks for balconies

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and the magnificent traditional importers, ‘authentic provence’, who are bringing it to us right here in west palm beach

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we were invited to factories in the south of france where pots like these have been made for centuries

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and discovered companies who are salvaging and restoring old french floors that are being discarded in paris and bringing them back to life right here in miami.

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i loved seeing the beach and le mer come together

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nature playfully mixed with convention

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vibrant colors from turkey and istanbul brought up images of the south of france

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cashmere, cottons, textures…

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metals like these below were vibrant and organic, showing how a juxtaposition between modern and organic can happen seamlessly

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when shaped into free organic fleurs

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sea shapes and impressions were cast in porcelain as lights and vases

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paper was manipulated as lights and objects of beauty

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mixes of stone, feathers, metallics and pearls were everywhere

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allowing design to flourish with nature as back splashes, additions to chandeliers, and on furniture.

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i guess i’m a bit of a tech nerd at heart but the final frontier was the beautiful modern devices that truly sync our worlds…

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as i was leaving i couldn’t resist shooting this twist on a classic…i think the design and ingenuity speaks for itself. hope you enjoyed le show!

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May 15, 2015. Decorating, Design, Florida, France, Maison et Objet, Miami. 4 comments.

girls i love

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bonjour, toute la monde, ça va? hope you’re having a good weekend. it’s been chilly here so it was a good reason to play online this afternoon. after the last couple posts looking on back on how some of our favorite icons lived, i thought it was time to check in on how the girls of our time are living. each of the following ladies has opened her home shared the most intimate spaces, from her dressing room, bath, salon and of course, boudior. i won’t go into the accolades of who’s who but rather let the shots speak for themeselves. one thing the girls all have in common is their passion for creating a refuge to live, love, create and play. they’re my muses for today and a bunch who’ve inspired me to step it up. hope you enjoy a look into their pretty worlds:

Daria Werbowys

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Linda Rodin

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Erin Featherston

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Lauren Conrad

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Alison Rubke

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Jessica Stam

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and that’s a wrap on the  eye candy inspiration although i do admit it could go on and on but as scarlett o’hara says tomorrow is another day…at any rate i think it’s time to freshen up my own chateau. think i’ll start with some fresh flowers at the farmer’s market tomorrow. but for now, bonne nuit!

February 8, 2015. Decorating, Design, Designers, Feminine Apartments. 8 comments.

it’s a woman’s world

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bon soir cheres amis! what are you up to? it’s a change for me to be blogging at this hour (minuit)! but i have a bit on my desktop including books and magazines to review, blog about and GiVeAwaY so what better time than the present?

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the first is a magazine that comes out every so often and is devoured fresh off the press. it’s the ‘where women create’ spin-off from the books.  the issue they sent me is the one below. it is so rich and full of inspiration and creativity. i could’t show more than one or two spaces because there is just so much eye candy but i’ll start with my favorite cause it reminds me of my first store and the joy that it was to really let loose in a space.

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meet Jill Garber
Le Nouveaurose
www.lenouveaurose.com

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i just love her over flowing, unabashed collections of linens, furniture and tiny details.

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you can feel her whimsy and i see how she couldn’t help but create in this space.  she has a sweet mix of both traditional and vintage decor. it looks like a playground!

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kind of the antithesis  to jill is becki. funny, but in a way you could say the exact same things about both of them; the collections, the mix, the sweetness. the inspirational workspace.

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Becki Crosby
Whippy Cake
www.whippycake.com

well it’s a little later than i promised to do this but we’re giving away the latest issue. if you’re interested, leave a comment and i’ll send it out choosing a random number on monday.

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in the meantime i hope we all get a chance to tweak our own creative spaces. maye this weekend?

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till then, have a great night and enjoy this midnight hour! bonne nuit!

January 3, 2014. Design, Giveaway. 66 comments.

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