Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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.
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...
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.
Friday, July 2, 2010
First, this beautiful house by the sea, in the countryside of Uruguay, is a great example of Laura Ocampo's simple but stylish work.
"I wished to create a design in which the cool of the sea would be combined with the relaxed atmosphere of the countryside. It became a starting point for the creation of this interior," says Laura.
Walls are painted with a mix of white and blue colors. These two colors are perfectly combined, creating the effect of water, that wonderfully complements the atmosphere.
In addition to these fresh white and blue tones, she is also wonderful at combining modern, bold touches to otherwise dainty antiques. I just love these photos from some of her other work. You can find these and other inspirational photos at her website. And enjoy some background tango while you view them. Her website is wonderful!