What is the deal with our obsession with stacked vintage suitcases and steamer trunks? You see it all the time, but it never gets old, does it?
A friend recently told me about an idea she had seen on Designsponge this past spring, where they converted a vintage suitcase into a coffee table. (See it here.) She said she was going to give it a try!
As for me, I haven’t yet found my perfect vintage trunk, so I’ll keep looking….
Alors, à bientôt,
Even though none of the natives here are celebrating my favorite American holiday, I am in Thanksgiving mode. We’re having dinner with some friends (some American, some not) here in Paris this evening. We’ll try to stream the (American) footballs games while we eat our turkey and stuffing and drink our lovely French wine and maybe some champagne, too.
Come to think of it, every nation should have such a holiday – no gifts required, just food on the table and your family. One could argue that people in other countries spend more time on a daily basis sharing time with family and friends and appreciating what they have. I would agree with that statement. But even so, Thanksgiving is a pretty neat holiday and one thing the U.S. does right.
But really, the whole point of this day is to take time to consider all of the things that we’re thankful for, which I have spent the morning doing. A few specific things come to mind:
And there are a million other little things, too, that I won’t list here.
Hope you’re enjoying some laughter and good food with your friends and families ~
One thing that I absolutely love about Paris is all of the events that happen in the city – “pop-up” art shows, artisanal jewelry and clothing sales!!
First of all, I liked the simple but bold design of event promotion:
And there were interesting pieces inside,as well. Of course I didn’t dare take photos in the show, but here are works from the galleries exhibiting at this modern and contemporary art and design extravaganza:
Hope you’ve had a chance to see some great modern art lately!
Sorry I’ve been offline for a few weeks. I could admit that I’ve been lounging around in my gorgeous Parisian hotel particulier.
But that would be a lie. Actually, I’ve been spending 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week, at the Institut Catholique de Paris taking intensive French classes. But starting tomorrow, I’ll have only 6 hours per weeks of classes, and will be doing a great deal more blogging!
Hope you’ve had a good rentrée scolaire, or “back to school”, so to speak. (I mean, even when you’re working, this time of year still has that feeling, doesn’t it?)
As a jewelry obsessive, I am crushing on Van Cleef & Arpels’ most recent haute joaillerie collection, “Bais de Légende” (“Legendary Balls”), which was inspired by the most magnificent social affairs of the 20th century. Take a look:
With my penchant for bright colors, the pieces in Le Bal Oriental were my favorites, but I’d be happy to accept any of the jewels in this collection!
Alors, à bientôt,
For whatever reason, I’ve recently developed an obsession with globes. They’re my new must-have objet of home décor. I’ve been scouring flea markets and memorabilia shops for ‘vintage’ and antiques models here in Paris.
I found a rather small one on a dainty wooden pedestal and in great shape in a vintage shop in the Marais a few weeks ago. The shop owner was young and very friendly and spoke English, and told me that this particular globe had been made here in Paris between the two world wars. He also showed me the mark of the company that made it and I could tell by how the countries were labeled (Africa was still under colonial rule, for example) that it was the real deal. The problem: 180 euros. A bit less if I paid in cash. Even at 165 euros, that’s still US$234. I couldn’t do it. So I walked away empty-handed. But I’m still thinking about it. Maybe I’ll buy after all – if it’s still there.
Although I didn’t get the globe at the shop in the Marais, I did find one at a flea market in Ghent, Belgium for only 20 euros (about $28). It’s old, it sits on a perfect little wooden stand, it’s got sweet touches including intricate paint work and two axises with wonderful details. Check it out:
All of this yearning got me wondering, what else is out there in the world of vintage globes? So I checked out a few online sources.
On Istdibs.com, I found this exquisite circa 1830 (!!) American globe from Susan Silver antiques ($3900):
I also found this mid-20th century globe/clock/barometer/thermometer combo from Gray Morell ($1,050):
On ebay, I found this awesome piece – a vintage Italian ‘mini orrery tellurian’ tin globe set (shipping from Italy),very cool and only $280:
And although Cram’s Springfield globe is brand-new, it’s the perfect complement to any room with neutral décor ($509 on amazon.com):
Bon weekend and happy globetrotting!
As I was walking to my office the other day, I was stewing over difficulties of living in France that I had been having lately; annoyances like not being able to return a product to a store, needing 5 forms of proof of identity just to buy an internet key, paying US$5+ for a glass of Coke….little stuff that adds up over time. My bitterness was briefly squelched, however, as I passed this lovely little fountain:
Sigh. Nowhere is perfect.
Alors, à demain,
As a fashion enthusiast, I was eager to see the roundups from the recent F/W couture runway shows here in Paris. Almost without exception, I love the Chanel collections. Besides being elegant and beautifully done, Chanel often includes Byzantine references, of which I’m a HUGE FAN.
This season’s Chanel show was lovely, but I was very disappointed by the lack of jewelry. So I decided that I would accessorize the looks myself, using my personal jewelry collection. Here’s how I would wear it:
And my favorite look from the show:
Last night a Taiwanese friend of mine invited me to join her at the Ten Drum concert at the Luxembourg Gardens. It was a lovely night, temperate with a few shapely clouds in the sky. I wasn’t exactly sure what a Taiwanese drum concert would be like, but I thought, ‘why not?’ So we went. It was a rather short concert, maybe 30 minutes long, but with a great outpouring of passion from the performers. As with all music that I enjoy, I managed to almost completely tune out the performance and got lost in my own thoughts. But I think there’s a real value to that! So all in all, I very much enjoyed it.
And after the concert when I asked my friend if this was a typical Taiwanese form of music, she said, “no, I think of it as Japanese.” Hmmm…. Anyway, this group is good – they’re touring France before performing at the Avignon Festival, which runs from July 6-25.
Happy Friday + 4th of July weekend!