Posts Tagged 'French'

Simply Chic.

After my visit to Paris earlier this month, I am on a chic streak. Unfortunately, maternity wear does not exude a very simple and chic vibe. But if I was able to fit into size 2 tapered jeans (with cool ankle zips and encrusted pointy toe heels), I would embrace this very chic and simple look. I found French women wearing minimal jewelry and adornment, and embracing their inner beauty as their sense of style. Sometimes, less is more.

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Photo: La Dolce Vita Blog

Shabby Chic All Grown Up.

Looking through a website on installing water features in outdoor gardens, I was distracted by a banner ad for fine reproduction French furniture (and I typically never ever click on side bar ads!). Sweetpea & Willow of London offers an online retail store (plus international shipping from the UK) for quality, reproduction classic French furniture at unbelievably low prices. Now, I’m not a shabby chic kind of gal. I prefer more clean, comfortable and eclectic spaces, however, I find the designs showcased at this online store somehow deceptively familiar, pretty, a bit more grown up, and shall we say tres magnifique! Here I go on my France kick again. Whether gorgeous or too garish, I have bookmarked this site for future reference and possibly some minor shopping. Here’s what I would put into my shopping cart today.

The French Petite Bookcase is stunning! and is available in a slew of finishes. $3,400

The French Petite Bookcase is stunning! and is available in a slew of finishes. $3,400

The perfect Henley Strip Chair is pretty mix of modern and old classic with a burst of color., $550

The perfect Henley Strip Chair is pretty mix of modern and old classic with a burst of color., $550

This Classical White Carved Round Dining Table dresses up any meal. $635

This Classical White Carved Round Dining Table dresses up any meal. $635

I'm sure sweet slumber happens nightly on this distressed antique white Classical White Marianne Rattan Bed, $1,264

I'm sure sweet slumber happens nightly on this distressed antique white Classical White Marianne Rattan Bed, $1,264

The faded appearance of this velvet and linen Union Jack Rectangular Cushion calls in the troops!, $55

The faded appearance of this velvet and linen Union Jack Rectangular Cushion gives this accent pillow an airy brilliance!, $55

The Cherry Bombe Chest/4 Door Cupboard is ideal for dining room storage and is not limited to the lipstick red shown here. 22 other colorways are available! $4,982

The Cherry Bombe Chest/4 Door Cupboard is ideal for dining room storage and is not limited to the lipstick red shown here. 22 other colorways are also available! $4,982

This set of Nickel Fire Tools is striking in design with a circular handle at tops that allows each tool to be stored beautifully! $507

This set of Nickel Fire Tools is striking in design with a circular handle at tops that allows each tool to be stored beautifully! $507

To Market to Market to Buy a…

A trip to the South of France, Monaco and hopefully a hop over to see my friends Matt and Julie in Tiblisi is in the works. I had visited France once before and found I needed a bigger and more chic travel tote. This French market bag from Maison de Kristine is a no brainer as a tote for the local farmers market and even as a travel hand bag to stash any souvenirs, sunglasses, camera, and Pashmina scarf. I could also put it to good use at the Washington Design Center when carrying samples and swatches. I’m ordering it tomorrow. Gotta feed my hand bag addiction! =)

Louis Lights Up the French.

Ah, I want to be in Paris. Sitting on the bridge overlooking the river Seine. And basking in the night light of the sparkling Eiffel Tower. But I can’t. For now, my wallet requires me to look at pretty French possessions… online. So here goes one of my new yearns. And the name is Louis di Calla. Paying homage to such greats as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Michel Frank, the decorative light fixtures take on a French Art Deco persona with classic proportions.

The Sirens is a hand-finished bronze double sconce in your choice of finish (nickel shown here) with optional shade. A classic choice.

The Sirens Wall Sconce

The Sirens Wall Sconce

Candleholders cast in solid bronze with inlaid bodies of bone covered in your choice of color stingray skin (aka shagreen). Frosted blown glass shades tope it all off. Exquisite.

French Stingray Single Light

French Stingray Single Light

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The Double Cylindar is jaw-dropping. Solid bronze back plate is hand-finished and comes in three finishes. The shade is carved from natural alabaster. Mi amour.

The Double Cylinder

The Double Cylinder

My favorite is the French Stingray in a double light. Its shape is so intriguing and fluid. In a hallway, it would be art, in a library it would be another texture. So grand and elegant at the same time.

The French Stingray Double LIght

The French Stingray Double LIght

And not to forget the Shanghai Lamp with its hand-carved white or off-white alabaster base and graceful silhouette. Giacometti would be proud.

The Shanghai Table Lamp

The Shanghai Table Lamp

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To Market to Market.

I just got back from a lovely week with friends and significant dogs in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I’ve got a golden tan, fantastic memories, a full digital camera card, and token tee shirt from famous Grays Family Store. While shopping around the beach shops on a cloudy day, I also came across an inexpensive classic French tote on sale for just $25! Perfect for a towel, iPod, sunscreen or veggies from the local market. However, I forgot to pick one up. Always on search for wonderful things, the recent issue of  Coastal Living Magazine mentions the company The French Basketeer’s line of cute and well made versions.

Original Classic French Tote called Aix.

Original Classic French Tote called Aix.

Woven exotic pattern raffia with black leather

Woven exotic pattern raffia with black leather

Natural palm with double leather strap

Natural palm with double leather strap

Pale rose geometric design with draw string closure

Pale rose geometric design with draw string closure

Looking forward to filling up my own basket on the next OBX adventure. DC Design Coop hits the beach again!


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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