tantalizing turquoise, teal blue and aqua

1) turquoise printed silk
2) 18th c. marbled paper
3) holland and sherry embroidered border
4) cameroon dance ceremony feathered mask
5) kingfisher lacquered background
6) Ediger and Bouticourt designed wallpaper

so long souvenir foto school

over the course of six weeks, i ventured out into the backyard (through snow, sleet, and rain) to photograph the branch of a tree we planted last year. i will admit, before i enrolled in miss b's souvenir foto school, i almost didn't because i never thought i'd be able to post every week, let alone go out in the cold, mittens and all, just to take pictures of a sleeping tree.

though not much changed…for the tree that is (amazing what happens in a life in 6 weeks), i shall never forget how much i enjoyed this process, the camaraderie that comes with being on flickr, and the chance to meet new people. 

thank you miss b.

tutus and flowery vines

clockwise from top left ~

Original textile design on paper from jean-michel hausmann
noddyboom on flickr

topiaries and tapis vert

clockwise from upper left ~

in this William Curtis Rolf photograph, we see andre le notre's use of topiaries and unbroken expanse of terraced lawns at sceaux. i could lie down on this blanket of green for hours.

quadrille's este linen/cotton in pistachio

beth dow photograph

designers guild emerald jacquard velvet

delicate like veneer

clockwise from the top~

a pair of canopied beds via house beautiful. these twin beds and the bird egg canvas are what started me off on a quest to find the other images assembled here. i think the fabrics are quadrille's trilby and fiorentina.

adam fuss (one of my favorite photographers) daguerreotype moth via artnet

rug over here

bird eggs via lovemissb

the flowing rococo pattern of this designers guild jacquard velvet fabric is a kindred spirit of the pattern of the dress in fuss's photogram to the left.

antique egg print via panteek
adam fuss photogram from the series My Ghost

colors i'm loving

1) warwick's burlesque damask velvet
2) french sofa at a. tyner antiques
3) Junya Watanabe for comme des garcons
4) bella notte linens
5) pierre frey gotham fabric
6) quadrille linen fabric
7) jocelyn warner flora blush wallpaper at the wallpaper collective

inspired by coco chanel

this past weekend, i discovered this wonderful photostream 
on flickr of fashion photos from 1920 through 1965. 

evelyn tripp. dovima. jean patchett. 
the photographers – john rawlings, horst, and louise dahl-wolfe. 
fashions by edith small, adrian, henri bendel, and dior. 

i went all the way through to the very last page. and it was worth it.

this portrait of coco inspired me to go searching for some exquisite beauties.

here is what i found ~

chanel gilt & gripoix ear clips at 1stdibs

a bracelet cum handbag embroidered by lesage – the haute-couture 
embroidery workshop that created beaded wonders for chanel 
and is now owned by the house of chanel.

christian lacroix necklace. with its cascading, brightly colored 
gemstones, it looks just like one she may have worn for this portrait.

calodema ribbei – THE jewel beetle

black and white diamond bracelet from bochic  

quilted patent leather from edelman leather inspired by a chanel handbag

the black satin ribbon in her hair is why i chose these anouska hempel 
lamps with their beribboned bases and coolie hat shades.

{gypsy} moth

clockwise from left:
18th century wallpaper design at surface view two 
moth by joseph scheer
an gyselinck at voila!
de gournay plum blossom via the president wears prada

springtime on my mind

clockwise from above left: 
1) markham roberts designed porch via house beautiful
2) caroline hyman via luminous lint
3) manual canovas wallpaper for cowtan and tout
4) moth by joseph scheer at ruby beets

first day of spring

it's the first day of spring and snowing. sigh. yesterday, it was in the 60s and so the robins are (like we) just trying to keep warm. 

what's the weather like where you are? i hope it's warm and sunny.

line vautrin – the poetess of metal

not only do i love the work of line vautrin, i also admire her 
unrelenting pursuit of her art. a lack of commercial connections 
and formal training didn't stop her. she took risks, and everything 
she learned was by creating, making mistakes, and discovering new 
materials. as she declared in an interview, she managed the best 
she could. she had no intention of being stopped by how to do something.

imagine if she had.

she gave her bracelets and necklaces names like "if all the guys in the world", 
the "trapeze artists" and "the weakest link."

she also created decorative items for interiors like lamp bases, screens, 
doorknobs, boxes and mirrors.

she had a playful sense of humor as evidenced by the proverbs and lines 
of poems she added to the lids of boxes and cigarette cases. imprinted on 
many of her unique and beautiful boxes are passages of poems and sayings 
like this gilded bronze box inspired by a guillaume apollinaire poem.

these beautiful mirrors show the use of bronze and talosel – a material 
she patented. it is an acronym based on the syllables of 
aceTAte de celluLOSe ELaboré.

sheets of talosel

no matter what was happening around her (and life was difficult), 
her work was what gave her the most joy. 

does the work you do bring you happiness? i hope so.

a photo of line taken in 1995 by jean-grançois gaté

{image credits: 1stdibs, christie's, line vautrin}

favorites {ingres}

la grande odalisque by ingres

instead of noticing the distorted proportions of her figure as so many others have, what i notice are the sensual fabrics, the texture and colors, the fur she's lying on, the silk curtains, the peacock feather fan and hookah, the pattern and passementerie of her turban, and the jewel in her hair.


i love the original, but i also appreciate how contemporary artists have interpreted this exotic beauty, like the brilliant 
photographer rodney smith.


going back in time to the unfinished painting of madame recamier (more on her later) by jacques-louis david, we see what may have inspired ingres to paint his odalisque.

portrait of madame récamier by jacques-louis david

the reason this painting went unfinished is because david learned she had commissioned one of his pupils – gerard – to also paint her.

madame récamier by francois gerard

what especially draws me to these two paintings is the furniture. this type of sofa or day bed or whatever you want to call it is one she liked to recline on, and was ultimately named after her, hence the recamier we know today.

 another ingres i love…

the valpinçon bather

and daniel gastaud's homage combining feathers (yes these are feathers. click on the link.) and a photograph on plexiglass.

what i find so interesting is how different artists interpret the same subject. don't you?

my picks for trays

i have a thing for trays, and not because i like things looking tidy. well now that i think about it, that's precisely the reason why…not that things are even remotely tidy around here. however, i also think trays are like a platform begging for you to display your decorative objects, even if this be keys and bills. here are some favorites.

rablab's crystal & 24k gold and sterling silver trays

this lacquer and mirrored tray

oly's mia tray

the corset tray that i've mentioned before

trays made using real sheets of handspun linen coated in hard resin

sienna tray at bungalow 5

 19th Century Asian Wooden Trays at antony todd on 1stdibs

something to remind me of chicago

 and since  i can't seem to get enough of decoupage, i'm head over heels with all the trays found here.

a seedling forest

we planted the seeds for this year's flower garden last week. the first thing i do now when i get up in the morning is to check in on them. the zinnias, morning glory and cosmos have already germinated, and some have their second pair of leaves. this time, we're using a heating mat, which has made all the difference. there are some rudbeckia that, according to the package, may take 1 to 3 months to germinate, but i think i see tiny leaves already.

thanks for stopping by!

havana through the lens of robert polidori

page after page of robert polidori's photography book titled havana 
is filled with elegantly decaying architecture, peeling stucco 
and crumbling building facades. 

these rooms are interesting to me for their sherbert colors and 
the carpet-like effect of the tile, which reminds me of another 
book havana tile designs that contains examples of tile produced 
in havana during the early 20th century.

but i digress…

his work has a visceral appeal, for i feel as if i'm there now in this room. 
i can hear the breeze coming through the open shuttered doors, and feel 
the sun-warmed floor beneath my bare feet.

{image credits: robert polidori: havana and havana tile designs}

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