Sunday, July 18, 2010

Busy at Work but Loving Every Second

I feel as though I've been gone for years, but in reality, it's been only a few weeks. I have been extremely busy this summer, staying home with the kids and opening the shop by appointment only. Still, I've been having a great time meeting a lot of you out there. Take my new wonderful friend, Jill, from Seattle. She emailed me months ago about a dresser for her daughter on my 1stdibs shop. Surprisingly, we hit it off as if we had been friends forever -- we both had kids around the same age, had the same tastes, our husbands were both from Michigan, and on and on. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was/is to have gotten to know her. While talking about certain pieces she wanted for her beautiful home in Seattle, she told me that her husband's birthday was coming up and she wanted to do something that she had seen a long time ago on a Swedish blog by Lotta Agaton, a Swedish interior stylist. Namely, she wanted to find a beautiful antique mirror and have written on it a poem or portion of a poem that was very special to the two of them. Here is her inspiration:

Of course, if you know anything about me, if you give me a mission, I'm all over it. I guess it's the lawyer in me. But this one was a beautiful mission and I was touched to be a part of it. So I searched for the perfect antique mirror -- one that was not too feminine but still regal enough to make a statement like the ones above.

We found this beautiful antique Louis XVI mirror that was a magnificent 6 ft tall and would be beautiful in her entry way. It still had it's original mercury gilding and beveled mirror. It was stunning!!! Next, I found a local New Orleans artist who hand-painted in dark grey a portion of the poem. The full poem she calligraphied on parchment paper and glued it to the back. We shipped it up to Seattle. I was so pleased to know that Jill's husband loved his gift and I loved the fact that I was a part of it.

Mirror at the artist's studio.

The details on the mirror were fantastic! At first we were afraid to write on it as it was such a magnificent antique but Eve, owner of Mystic Blue Signs is truly an artist and made it even more magnificent.

Next, came the beautiful pale french grey desk that a set designer picked up from my shop to use in an upcoming film Revenge of the Bridesmaids, filmed here in New Orleans. She fell in love with this little treasure and featured it as part of the Bride's parlor room. They used this one and a gorgeous gold leaf desk that is truly one of my favorite pieces for the set. As for the french painted chair covered in muslin which is next to the desk, she and her matching pair were shipped to Anchorage, Alaska, last weekend.

In the meantime, I've been busy repleneshing inventory. I've been so fortunate in having sources all over the world with whom I'm working on interesting projects. In the next few weeks, you will see beautiful hand-made Italian chandeliers (huge ones) with magnificent murano glass crystals listed on 1st dibs along with some stunning rather large sconces like the ones below.

Aren't these stunning?????

I've also been working on some custom pieces like this beautiful french server painted in a belgian cream that is now in Jill's dining room in Seattle...

And a dainty french bench, upholstered in a pale blue velvet and tufted...

And many other wonderful pieces...

I love that little french carved side table in the background. It has a faux marble, hand-painted top that is to die for!

These are but a few of the new inventory coming up on 1stdibs. The summer has been flying by, but I've never felt more invigorated and more alive in what I do in a long time.

For those of you out there who wonder what it would be to follow your bliss, don't wonder any longer. Just do it. It will be the scariest thing you'll ever do, especially if you have no cushion to jump into. But trust me, I am here to tell you that you will love every second of it.


  1. Wonderful pieces. Thanks for sharing

  2. Love the it! In fact, love everything you show here. Those sconces are so grand.

  3. Thank you Melanie for stopping in.

    Steph, I'm so glad you are still around. Sort of like a guardian angel of mine.

  4. Your boundless talent amazes yet again. I love the glimpses inside your shop. Beautiful work as always, Karina. My list keeps growing.


  5. I'm always so amazed every time that I read your blog and look at your shop and Yes you are so right there is nothing like following your Bliss I know I am and I'm enjoying every second of it.

  6. I love that french bench in velvet. Would be perfect in my bedroom.But I love your blog and I only just found it.I know I'll be a regular visitor! Fiona

  7. I have that image of the mirror with the poem saved in my files from quite a while back. I thought it was pure brilliance and am so pleased to see someone else agreed enough to do their own version!

    I have been away from blogland for so long, but I'm back now and I'm kicking it all off by passing along an award I received a while back. You are one of the worthy recipients, so I hope you'll stop by and pick up your award!

    Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

    Hope Ava

  8. I'm gasping for air everything is so beautiful! The mirror is utterly romantic.

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  10. I have been reading and re-reading this post and each and every time am amazed at the lovely items you are showing. The mirror may b my favorite idea I have ever seen. Thank you for all the beautiful images. MB


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