Nov 6, 2016

~ in the shop


Shopping for the Holidays?  
Here are some of the new and most popular items in the shop!

Love these fun fish and deer heads, arranged on a wall, in a whimsical collection...

These darling cocktail napkins from Halo Home are the perfect gift ~ a set of four!

Need a special new set of glasses? These come in several colors...

This acrylic tray is a best seller ~ comes in two sizes...

 A new take on Trace Mayer's Museum "Bees"

How about a pair of these gorgeous hurricanes in cobalt or turquoise?

Brought home these charming pieces from a new vendor in France!


Need a little something for that special pet in your family?

LOVE these birds!



Several pieces of aptware and marbleware from France...

Newest lighting from Aerin...

 These pagodas have been a huge hit! They come in multiple colors and sizes...

How about a gorgeous set of green glasses from Italy for your Holiday table?

A small version for your shelves, or a life-size version for a serious statement piece...

These terre melee pieces are big sellers...


Love this darling elephant pillow ~ also comes in a blue version...

Can't believe it's already November! We are having beautiful, crisp, fall weather here in Omaha... 



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Oct 9, 2016

~ shelves shift


I just bought this pair of Italian fish at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show. They are from Nufangle Antiques in Kansas City. I can't quite decide if they are going to stay in this spot or not. I love the fish, but do they make the wall look washed out?  This fireplace is made of cement, and I painted it to resemble limestone. (Hopefully you all thought it was limestone!) I used to love the color, but now I think it looks yellow? I think it desperately needs dark grey. I've met with Andy Moore about re-painting the fireplace. We'll see how that goes. 

I noticed something else when I hung the fish.. I didn't like the darker colored books on the shelves. In fact, I didn't like some of the vignettes on the shelves at all. Another project began...

 I took out all the black books on the shelves...

And started moving things around...

So here are the shelves before the switch, with the dark-colored books still in place...

And here they are after the removal of the darker books, and a few things rearranged...

I don't mind the empty spaces!









Much lighter and happier! Not so serious...

I have other options for the space over the fireplace. I'm waiting for something to be framed, one option. I've always wanted a sunburst mirror, another option. As far as the painting of the fireplace, I'm on a waitlist. Always a process...


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Oct 6, 2016

~ avignon and paris


This is the last post from our trip to France...

Shortly after our arrival in Paris, we took a train to Avignon. Although our ultimate goal was to get to Apt, to visit my beloved aptware artisan, we enjoyed the day in Avignon before venturing out in our rental car.

 Hotel d'Europe was fabulous and charming...

Loved the courtyard!!



We walked and explored the area surrounding the hotel...




Avignon was charming. Apt was also wonderful, but no pics to share... 

Back to Paris!
We didn't have reservations for dinner when we arrived back in Paris, so we asked the concierge to help us. We requested something close by, within walking distance, casual but delicious food.

We walked right down the street, as instructed, and searched and searched for the restaurant, Cafe de L'Homme. We were standing in front of a museum confused and looking around. Finally we realized the restaurant was IN Musee de L'Homme.

The view of the Eiffel Tower has to be one of the best in the city.
Here are a few shots from their instagram:

 

I mean we were so close, it was hard to get the whole thing in the picture! 
The lights flash like a disco ball on the hour generating lots of excitement from the crowd...

I did get some beautiful photos of aptware in Paris. Most of what you see here is for sale in my shop!








Walking the streets of Paris... 
Look closely at the front of this building. So cool!



Um.. Look at the bottom of the rotisserie chickens! POTATOES! OMG! With the juice dripping on them?




On the rooftop of the Peninsula, there is a very special restaurant, L'Oiseau Blanc, with breathtaking views! Chef Sidney Redel reinterprets traditional French dishes in an aviation-themed interior.
We sat in this corner... Another great view of the Eiffel Tower!

  This was a very fancy shrimp appetizer...

Chicken Ravioli with Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms... TO DIE FOR.

This was a fish special.. I can't remember the details, but how about those little pearl onions with the flowers?
 Amazing...

Lamb from the Pays d'Oc region... 

The outside terrace of the restaurant...

Here's a better, professional photo from their website.

The aviation-theme celebrates Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli, who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927 from Le Bourget. L'Oiseau Blanc translates, The White Bird.

The perfect location for a special occasion or celebration!

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