Oct 19, 2016

~ blue and tangerine


I love this blue and orange room from Mary McDonald!
Another one of those pins that inspire an entire post... 

And away we go...

A favorite new item in the shop!
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This can't get any prettier... Unless those flowers in the bowl were orange :)




New in the shop! LOVE!

Replace those white tulips with orange, and I'm in love!

Want more blue and orange?
Not my first rodeo... Check it: here and here

Carry over of blue and orange inspiration in the home :)



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Oct 15, 2016

~ bookshelves inspiration


After my personal shelving shift, I was inspired to share another post with ideas and inspiration for anyone interested in doing some rearranging. Thanks to Pinterest, this task is definitely doable.

This is probably one of the oldest images I have that still inspires me. Dan Carithers was definitely the most influential inspiration to me while building my house 16 years ago... I searched for a barometer like this one for years! Mine is hanging over a set of french windows in my living room. I always loved these bookshelves...


Someone suggested painting the back of my shelves green... I love that idea!







Love the light fixtures...







Again, the light fixtures!

This is probably the closest to what my shelves look like..

Always, always, attracted to color!

I wish I had paneling above my shelves. When I was building, I hadn't been exposed to enough to consider it... Mine look more like bookcases. At least I had the smarts to put lighting above, but I'd rather have the paneling as shown here...

Or shelves to the ceiling...




Lots of inspiration on Pinterest! Click here to see my entire collection of shelving pins..

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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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