nothing i would rather do

good morning mes chers amis! it’s a gorgeous brisk day in nyc. i came in last night to spend the weekend with friends and family.


we’ve been in and out all morning getting the apartment cosy and stocked.


for the next little while i’m gonna just do what i wanna do which is chill and say hi.


(tulip fields in holland above and below)


i’m enjoying having a clean slate for a minute.


i spent some time between emails on pinterest and have been checking out the likes i’ve been saving 


you know how the likes are…no real home and rarely looked over. anyway here are a few non sequitur shots from today.

apparently i’m feeling color


anyway now it’s not morning anymore and it was when i started this so it’s time to get back to reality. and so, tomorrow. till then i bid you adieu. have a glorious day!

ps thought you’d enjoy this!


March 28, 2013. Tags: , , . Friends, New York, Photography. 13 comments.

the whole is more than the sum of its parts-aristotle

allo dear friends, how are you? i hope you’re into the fall weather and are getting your autumn on! we’re still running around and no matter where we turn paris is still ful of surprises. the day started with a rainy marche but it warmed up when we got to le square trousseau to meet friends/fellow bloggers, vicki, author of  french essence and haleigh, blogger extraordinaire from making magique. both of these girls know how to live and they record it all with the most gorgeous photography! if you’re ever in need of eye candy or to drift off into neverland, just click your heels on over to their blogs. we shared ideas, tips and just had a great leisurely long lunch which i doubt any of us get to do very often! below is a glimpse into haleigh’s world in paris:

and vicki’s in provence

of course we couldn’t leave without lusting after the desserts…

we thought the day couldn’t get any better when on the way home claudia and i took a shortcut. we came across one of the last men working in his studio on the dying art of handmade engravings. when our friend ellen was here she was telling me all about the copperplates, hammering them backward with tiny pins to create the detail we see in so many familiar works of art.

olaf was diligently working but stopped to chat. he happened to have one of my favorite plates, le souper fin (below) which he purchased from a workshop that had recently closed. if you look you’ll see it was all done in reverse. the detail is incomprehensible and so is the idea that this is how so many important events were recorded! it takes black tar, ink, acid and god knows what else to produce a perfect engraving and it’s all done on handmade paper.

souper fin, Jean-Michel Moreau. he did admit he’s one of that last to do this painstaking craft…

not sure what this one was about but his work was stunning. i couldn’t resist getting a couple to bring back!

the day is now coming to a close and we’re nestled snug in our pied a terre, happily fed and another unforgettable day under our belts, but also aware it’s quickly coming to an end.  when i get home lots of goodies will be waiting there.  in the meantime, it was nice to know we got a little press in the states today! miles redd recommended one of tpa’s mirrored pieces in an article for the home section!

thanks, miles!

someone here asked me if mirrored furniture was ‘over ‘and i had to think for a minute. it will never be over, it’s a style that’s been around way too long to become passé now!i found this shot from the market last week and it re-confirmed my opinion that mirror is and always will be tres chic. it’s been worked on furniture since the 2os with details we can’t even produce now. how they manipulated mirror is yet another mystery the french started!

ok well this was a bunch of non sequiturs but isn’t that what a journal/diary/blog is for, to remember the details of life big and small? well, it’s time for bed, officially midnight yet again. have a great night!

September 13, 2012. Blogroll, Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Costes, Engraving, flea markets, Fleamarkets, Friends, Miles Redd, New York, NY Times. 11 comments.

these walls can talk

(image: pauline de rothschild in her paris apartment bedroom, decorated in 18th century chinoiserie wallpaper)

hello mes amis! it’s 8pm and i’m about to have dinner and hope you’re winding down too, or at least refueling for the night shift if you’re anything like me  :)

i got some great news today and couldn’t help but spill it right away. for the architectural digest show in march, gracie studio is going to collaborate with tpa and showcase their handmade wallpaper on our walls! i’ve known mike gracie for years and have always wanted to do something special and now the stars have aligned! i  spent the last hour scouring the internet for images that feature their legendary wallpaper so we can sketch out the plan in detail tomorrow. there are so many options when it comes to this old school technique that i was first thinking  yellow and liz loved the tangerine. then mike suggested silvery metallic with cream and my heart melted!

below are some of their many designs:

gracie wallpaper in elle decor

tory burch’s entry via elle decor

traditional home

gracie studio is a new york institution. it’s been  a family owned business for generations that’s treasured and taken very seriously.  you can read about their colorful history and family passion here: and patricia gray did a great interview with mike here.

i just love the history! below are some of gracie’s metallics.  it’s amazing how many homes they’ve touched in a century. may be cliche but well, everything old is new again. it’s a timeless look and a real indulgence to live with such exquisite hand painted paper. it’s versatile too cause  you can use it on a large or small scale.  for instance, between windows, you can always frame a panel and take with you if you move.

here: Thad Hayes had Gracie repaint the original 1930’s wallpaper. via

everyone looks good in it, and it makes a great backdrop for a photo shoot!

maggie rizer

anna sui/w magazine

nylon magazine

gracie’s work is intense and infinite! i’m really looking forward to getting creative with mike and we’ll have a lot discuss tomorrow when we put it all together. i’ll keep you posted, but better yet, come to the show! ok, time to change gears and eat something yummy. more soon!

February 10, 2011. Decorating, Design, Gracie Studios Wallpaper, New York. 21 comments.

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