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.
Posts Tagged 'French'
Tags: black, fashion, French, Paris, style
Tags: French, furniture, London, Sweetpea & Willow
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.
Tags: bag, French, leather, market tote
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! =)
Tags: French, lighting, Louis di Calla, luxury
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.
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.
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.
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.
And not to forget the Shanghai Lamp with its hand-carved white or off-white alabaster base and graceful silhouette. Giacometti would be proud.
Tags: bag, beach, Coastal Living, design, French, market, Outer Banks
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.
Looking forward to filling up my own basket on the next OBX adventure. DC Design Coop hits the beach again!