opulent minimalism

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hi and happy friday (not to mention a happy start of may and spring that’s in full swing)!  i’ve sequestered myself for the past month just to unplug and focus on work with no distractions.

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i’ve wanted to have you over to my place and show you what’s been cooking for awhile now. but i’m a perfectionist and home is always a work in progress. add getting to know the new camera, exposures, ratios etc. and it’s a procrastinator’s dream. the final block was that it has had to be done in spare time when the light was right.

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but since it will never be perfect, i’ve given all that up and released it to the photographic higher powers. i hope one day to really master the art/science that is photography but these will have to do for now.

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i’ve been gearing up for my One King’s Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale and it never seemed ready to shoot even candid stills. well, it’s now or never cause the sale is tomorrow and it’s showtime! welcome to my little versailles/beach house. come on in!

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every room has four walls and i’ve indulged my love of all things frenchy and opulent on two of them with a museum wall, desk and small bar where each of the pieces can do double duty. the other two walls are about as plain as can be.

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living in miami has given me a new perspective on creating a world that incorporates both the sea and the feminine french furniture i adore.  the collection was inspired by the colors of the ocean, the pearlescent objects she gives us and the ways we transform them into everyday objects.

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i started to understand the baroque and rococo even more this month, watching the orchid unfurl, flexing almost like it was competing or playing with the ornate curls in the mirror behind it.

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trying to shoot on different days was only good in one way: it forced me to find great, inexpensive flowers! i found that whole foods, new market and publix all have great blooms for around $10. why not have them once a week?

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so with being the last day to enjoy everything before the sale launches tomorrow, i’m looking it all over for the last time.

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the curiosities, the sea grass, the corals, the luscious shapes and colors. the paintings of the sea, the pearl handle magnifying glass, the carvings on the rococo mirror, and the fibonacci spirals that i now see in everything!

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the collection may very well be one of my favorites because it’s full of abalone, sea shells, undulating shapes, strange and vibrant natural colors like turquoise, pink and sea green.

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the tiny changes in the air plants and getting to know each item was a real pleasure. everything had a personality and all worked together.

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it was living in a magical little world!

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but i guess it just means starting again. now all four walls will be blank once again, a brand new canvas. but i’m sure the theme will still be the same…we mermaids love our mother earth, sea, sky and sun so inspiration will never be far!

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i hope you have time to come by the OKL sale if you have a chance. i’ll post the link tomorrow. it goes live at 11am.

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in the meantime, it’s back to work, i hope you enjoyed the tour and the vignettes!

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here are a couple more…

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the peonies finally bloomed!

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how are you decorating this spring?

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more tomorrow! have a great weekend!

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ps: home depot has gardenia plants for $5! excuse my naked black buckets…see what i mean about nothing is quite ready? it’s my lesson of the day…let go!

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May 2, 2014. Dreams, Life, OKL, One King's Lane, Products, Projects, Summer. 15 comments.

the little things

hi all! grab a seat i now have more than just my handy and much loved wooden stools.  i finally got my chairs out of hock and home with me. i found these in paris over a year ago and have finally have them in my possession! they’ve been up and down the east coast but never got recovered till now. even though they were gnarly everyone loved the deep blue silk satin that was left from the original upholstery.

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i asked the upholsterer to keep all the insides and even the nail heads. finally committed to a color combo and i love having them as house guests for as long as they stay!

they’re making my beach house seem really frenchy which i didn’t plan on doing. oh well french works anywhere, n’est pas?

i’ll leave you with just a couple shots of the apartment cause everyone’s coming back into town tonight and we’re having a rendezvous toute de suite! so i best jet but wanted to wish you a good night!

ps:  i haven’t done much else but add a knob to the door, but i have to remember that  little details make the whole!

ok gotta, go more soon!

August 11, 2011. Decorating, Furniture, Miami, Products. 24 comments.

so ready for bed



The bed is a bundle of paradoxes:  we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret.  ~Charles Caleb Colton

hi guys, another full day at the show and it still seems like i just skimmed the surface. the last thing i want to do is go back tomorrow, especially with the flea markets on but i just didn’t get it all done. today i focused on finding the perfect bed for the AD show, something that will be a crown jewel in the booth. these were a couple of contenders.

this show weird, the more you see, the more there is to see. hall after hall, mega booths galore, no wonder my clients burn out and start to hate my guts after a few hours! i’m starting to crash myself but will carry on.

the books are always my favorite part of the show, maybe tomorrow after the twice-over i’ll get a chance to go through some of them. maybe even leave early and hit the fleas, that would be the perfect day. ok well, i’m definitely at my limit today. good night!

January 22, 2011. Design Show, Maison et Objet, Paris, Paris Trip, Products, Projects. 7 comments.

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