Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
First let me say that my heart is heavy for the victims of the tragedy in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and whose lives will be forever changed. The stories of bravery, professionalism, and heroism confirm America’s spirit in the midst of horrific trials. I’m proud to be an American.
I must admit that blogging about décor seems so trivial in times such as this, but I know we must move forward and not be intimidated by evil forces that would try and keep us down.
Okay…let me dry my eyes…again. I’ve just been so overwhelmed and emotional over this (as so many of you are I’m sure)…and on the heels of Sandy Hook…I want to get mad, but I know I must focus on LOVE.
Let’s try again…
As I'm cleaning out my house, I'm also completely cleaning out my previous style. I'll admit it....several years ago I collected Victorian furniture. Don't get me wrong....I'm not disparaging it now...it's just that it has a VERY distinctive look that's hard to mix with other furnishings.
There's no mistaking this is Eastlake Victorian.
So I decided it had to go. I have sold it. Such a nice example of this period…solid walnut, marble, ebony handles, attention to detail, ahhhh…the quality and craftsmanship are evident.
The nightstand has been sold, too. It was not a matching set. I used to attend many antique auctions and acquired many such pieces at these events.
Authentic Victorian is one style that is soooo hard to blend with modern interiors unless you give them a fresh coat of paint. They just typically look out of place to me. And being that these are extremely fine examples, there's no way I was going to paint them.
They shouldn't be painted anyway to save the integrity of the period. I think such pieces actually have historical significance. We need them to study furniture history. So I have passed them along to someone who will appreciate them as I have in the past. Of course, these look best when placed in those grand dames we call Victorian homes that recall the grandeur of times past.
But it's time to move on....now what am I going to put in the guest bedroom? Yippee, something else to look for in France! (Shhhh….don’t tell my husband….I really had planned on replacing the Victorian pieces….timing is everything you know)
On another note, I snagged a great memo board at Hobby Lobby last week when I was in Lexington.
I am using it in my upstairs den office.
I don’t think it will pass for subtle Frenchiness or Eiffel incognito!
I like the whimsy and it reminds me of why I love Paris!
I finally updated “My Home Tour” tab under my blog header. If you get a chance you might want to take a look!
Friday, April 12, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I’ve finally got it. Spring fever that is! The temperature has been in the 80s all week and today’s high was 88 degrees!!! (I confess…I even laid out in the sun!)
The forsythia is blooming and I always look forward to cutting lots of branches to use around the house. The bright pop of yellow is so cheery and just says “spring” to me.
I loaded up some tall glass vases that I have and spread the forsythia “love” throughout the house.
In the master bedroom:
In the dining room:
In the sunroom:
As I was putting the branches in one of the vases, lots of petals fell off and I loved how they looked on the little bistro table.
I think it is such a gorgeous hue of yellow!
Here’s to embracing spring in all her glory!
Monday, April 8, 2013
Time for another book review. Claudia Strasser’s new book “Paris Flea Market Style” gets a two thumbs-up from me.
It was published in early March and I was so excited when my copy arrived. Claudia takes us on a virtual journey through the flea markets of Paris offering advice and tips along the way. It’s a much needed guide to help navigate the mind-boggling array of shopping possibilities. To say the photos are eye candy is an extreme understatement.
Through her photographs, she whisks us away to the City of Lights where the most fabulous antiques in the world can be found. Isn’t the hue of the blue fabric on the bergères divine?
So many layers of treasures to be had everywhere! Half the fun is the exploration. It could become a game of “I Spy”!
A daybed is definitely on my shopping list for my next trip to France.
If you have a chair fetish like moi, then shopping in France is a must!
Shall I look twice at these treasures? Will they come home with me?
Ahhh, a magnificent zinc oeil-de-boeuf (bull’s eye) window frame …..be still my heart! All it needs is a mirror for a grand statement.
I noticed a few of her photos contained vintage letters. See my recent post HERE.
All photos above are property of Claudia Strasser.
The photos below were taken by me as I made my way through the Paris Fleas.
Yes, I know. Take a deep breath.
The opening inside flap of the book reads, “If you love French interior design and bargain hunting, Paris is the place where your shopping daydreams come true.” So true, Claudia. So true.
Will your daydreams come true like mine did? Come with me to Paris and Normandy this September for a Blogger’s Brocanting Tour in France. Only ONE spot left!
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to buy the book “Paris Flea Market Style” and curl up with a cup of tea and your daydreams.