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. 10 comments.

a moveable feast

good morning all, happy wednesday! it’s great to be back stateside and i’m readjusting to my little world. the time change woke me good and early to catch a sunrise and spend some time on the beach playing around and reconnecting with home.

fortunately lots of the stash was waiting when i arrived but my apartment looks like a warehouse of boxes and bubble that’s been transplanted from our paris apartment to miami. truth is the french post office was a great way to ship and i recommend it if you’re sending boxes back when you go. they just can’t be over 50 kilos (whatever that is, it’s a lot) or over 2 meters in size over all). you can get boxes and bubble at bhv in paris. anyway  the phone is already chirping and ringing and the inbox is downright mad but i wanted to say hello and thank you for being there throughout the trip. i didn’t get a chance to comment back  but it was so much fun to have you with me! needless to say i brought stuff for you so send out as tokens, and i have NOT forgotten about the last batch i was supposed to ship either!  it was just that things got crazy. so if you sent me your addy a couple months back and didn’t receive anything yet, you will!

till then it will be unpacking like crazy, i’m sure  the it will look like an episode of hoarders in here soon, but it’s my french feast

the phone is relentless so i have about 30 seconds and wanted to pass along something that has been a fascinating new change. i came home to a boyfriend who cut his long hair, dropped 17 pounds and went from eating a despicable diet to  fresh juicing. it’s not the kind we do at home, it would be impossible to have this array of ingredients and combinations, not to mention it’s cold pressed. (apparently the shiz)!  i fell right into the cult and in two days we’re having these delicious drinks whenever we’re hungry. it’s a thrill to see such a transformation and joie de vivre in him that i couldn’t help but jump on board. we can’t get enough of them, and when we do eat it’s no longer about heavy meals and desserts. so refreshing and an incredible shift for both of us! check out the menu on the link. they ship anywhere in the us.

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ok, well duty calls, have a beautiful day!

September 19, 2012. Health, Life, Miami, Paris Trip. 13 comments.

change is the only constant

good morning darling friends! i hope you had a fantastic holiday. it’s absolutely silent here so i have a rare and treasured moment to come by and say hello. as usual the days are moving at the speed of light and trying to keep up is a full time job. i finally have the next few to myself and am looking forward to spending time with my computer which has been severely neglected!

before hitting the inbox i wanted to share a little of what’s going on. it’s been house hunters around here trying to find a new place asap as the construction is amping up outside my window. yesterday we saw what’s probably my favorite so far (above). the view is heaven but the apartment is beyond a fixer upper. i got spoiled having everything brand spanking new.   i’ll have to be an on the fly renovation on the wayyyy down low, changing faucets, bath stuff, even kitchen countertops.  the hardest part’s been disconnecting from my current apartment.  maybe it’s jumping into the unknown vs the comfort of familiarity. this should be an adventure so i have to get into it but i’m watching myself resist!

but i do believe we get what we need, even messages. i found this on pinterest and it’s my mantra for the day. even though i’m not sure what it says, it so doesn’t matter since there’s plenty of clearing and closing to be done.  hope you have a great day break through anything holding you back!

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;  one life must die before we can enter another.
-Anatole France

May 31, 2012. Life, Miami. 14 comments.

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