Friday, July 30, 2010

Back to Reality

Just returned from a wonderful, but too short getaway in Southern California. It was so nice to see the sun and spend some "girl time" with my dear friend!

Four short days away and I forgot about our horrendous San Francisco weather. I ran out last night to get a bite to eat and couldn't help but take a little video to share a little bit of San Francisco summer with you...

On another note...

My "guess the photo" post last week was solved! Once again, the ever-so-brilliant Roseline from This is Glamorous identified this photo. It was actually part of a Photoshop contest (had me fooled) at Worth 1000. Credit: Oil Corner. Thanks Roseline...your prize is on its way!

The current issue of Vintage Magazine, Deuxieme issue has launched. For excerpts visit their website or pick up a copy at fine shops and museums, or subscribe. It's stunning!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm Off!

Happy Monday! I'm on my way to spend some girl time with my BFF, Janet. Can't wait to leave the fog & wind and soak in the sunny Southern California weather!

Wishing you all a great week ahead and be back next week!

photo credit: mirefugio20

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wanna Play Sleuth?

I've been goofing off again pinning some favorite online photos to Pinterest. I came across this magical image of a floating island from Tumblr. Once again, I can't find any image credits for it. This is becoming a running theme for me, now it's your turn to to take a stab at it.

I was thinking...I'm going out of town until the end of the week. Let's play a little game, shall we?

You help me find the photo credit for this image. First person to find it and leave a comment gets a prize/goody. Don't know what it will be, but it will be something fun. Maybe a vintage treasure!

Let's give credit where credit is due!

Happy Hunting!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Musée Gustave Moreau and the Mystery Staircase

Do you recall my recent post about giving photo credits on blogs? Well, something interesting happened which led me to find the origin of the image I was fiercely searching to credit.

My friend Renee saw the photo of the spiral staircase on my blog and excitedly gave me a call. That gorgeous staircase stood out in her memory. She recalled her favorite museum in Paris, the Musée Gustave Moreau, and that staircase in the museum was one she would never forget.

So thanks to Renee, I did a little searching and voila! She was right!

Gustav Moreau was a prolific 19th Century French symbolist painter, sometimes considered to be one of the precursors of surrealist painting. As a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts one of his notable students was Matisse, and long before his death in 1892 he had already decided that a museum of his own work should be created.

He extended and converted the house that had belonged to his parents, creating giant workshops and display rooms. Even with the immense size of the rooms, there was not enough space to show all the accumulated works; Moreau left 4,800 drawings and 450 watercolors, many of which are in storage.

Huge room with filled to the brim with Moreau's work...

The monumental staircase leads you up to yet another floor above...

private living areas...

"Gustave Moreau collected his very dear souvenirs, relating to his parents and to Alexandrine Dureux, his "best and only friend..." Nothing has changed in a century."

Musée Gustave Moreau
14 rue de La Rochefoucauld
F-75009, Paris, France

photography: Hotel Paris Rive Gauche

Oh, and by the way...the photographer credited for the spiral staircase image is...

beBO on Flickr! Thanks beBo for the inspiring photo!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Wishing you a wonderful relaxing weekend wherever you are!


photo: Cath Kidston Rose Maroc Gazebo, Living, Etc.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Prettiest Cupcakes

Are we tired of cupcakes yet? I'm certainly not as I love my sweets (If you haven't noticed by now.) Here are some edible "little works of art" I've stumbled upon...

hydrangea cupcakes : Glorious Treats

shell-decorated cupcakes at the shore: Project Weddings, photo: Karey Michelle

Wedgewood cupcakes: Anita Jamal

popcorn cupcakes: Cake Central

rose-shaped cupcakes: J-Lynne - flickr

more rose cupcakes: style me pretty

rose garden cupcakes: Kylie Lambert

{first photo: tumblr}

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So Embarrassed...

Okay, so I'm not a professional writer. I know that. When I signed up for "blogging," I knew that it was going to be challenging. Spelling correctly is a pet peeve of mine. In fact, I used to win the spelling bees in school.

So why hasn't my spell check been correcting me when I've been writing walla! as opposed to voila!? Hmpf. I just stumbled upon the correct spelling of voila and it freaked me out. Where did I come up with 'walla' and what the heck does 'walla' mean? Just looked it up and here is what the dictionary says;

wallah , walla
noun usually in combination
Informal a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing)
the book wallah

Guess that's not the word I was looking for to "call attention, to express satisfaction or approval, or to suggest an appearance as if by magic!"

So, I just learned something. 1) Sometimes spell check doesn't work and, 2) I'm not a writer.

image from here

Monday, July 19, 2010

Country Home is Back!

Today as I was waiting in the checkout line in the grocery store I noticed Country Home on the front row of the magazine stand. Could this be true?

The once defunct magazine has made a comeback with a quarterly magazine loaded with photos and no ads. How can that be? Well, I suppose it's the $12 price tag that I didn't notice until I got home. I just got so excited and plopped it on the register next to the chicken. Oh well, it was worth it. 160 pages chock-filled with photos and a thick paper cover.

Hurray for Country Home. Let's keep supporting those magazines. Even at $12. I'd hate for them to go away!

Addendum: I was just informed that it's a compilation of old issues. A little bummed out about that, but still happy to see it.

Next issue out in September...

photo credits: Country Home Magazine ~ late summer 2010 issue}

Latest Obsession: Victorian Style Computers

Happy Monday! Ready for another week of working typing? Well, let's just step back in time for a few...

Wouldn't it be fun to surf the web with one of these retro-fitted Victorian style computers by Old Time Computer? I'm mesmerized by them!

The ultra modern joins with medieval times to give your computer a Victorian look with these custom pieces. Take for instance an Apple iMac Oak Custom Cover. Just slip on your computer and you walla! A beautiful hand built wood desktop. And these custom-made keyboards that look like old typewriters. So steampunk.

I love the juxtaposition of the "old world" and today’s modern conveniences. So sleek to have one of these on your desk, don't you think?

You can view all of Old Time Computer designs here. They even have iPhone and iPad holders!

photo credits: Old Time Computer

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Inspiration: Beach Huts

I've been goofing off way too much on Pinterest and Flickr -- tagging & pinning lovely images that I come across. LOVE these photos of beach huts & cabanas. They're so festive and bright!

Wishing you all a fun-filled weekend!

{photo credits left to right} 1. Beach Hut Series 75, 2. Rust & Pink, 3. What a grey day, 4. Blocking The Beauty, 5. In perspective stripes, 6. Pink pavillion, 7. Mint green pavillion, 8. Beach Huts Series 26, 9. CARRIBEAN BEACH CABANAS, 10. yellow cabanas, miami beach, 11. Beach Hut Series 61, 12. b2379_7_8: Array of Colours, 13. Beach cabins, 14. Playa de San Lorenzo, Gijón, 15. Sparkling Morning, 16. Beach Hut Series 22

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The "Little Box" I Grew Up In...

photography; Thomas Hawk

Ahh... Daly City. The small suburb about 10 miles south of San Francisco. When I was 4, my parents bought our first house in the Westlake district of Daly City.

Malvina Reynolds' song "Little Boxes" was based on a drive she took through Daly City in 1962, and became a hit for folk singer Pete Seeger in 1964:

"Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same,
There's a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same."

photography; Adrian Hayes

Now these houses above are big two-story "boxes."

Here is the "little box" that I was raised in. I just took a drive by --the first time in decades. It's now mint green...

I actually think Westlake homes, designed by developer Henry Doelger, are "Mid-Century Modern cool." The only bad thing about growing up in Daly City was the climate. Foggy summers...just like San Francisco.

Leah Giberson

You may be asking, what prompted me to do this post? Her name is Leah Giberson. I met her last week at the Pinterest meet-up held in the shop, Rare Device in San Francisco. They had a gallery of Leah's work. I nearly flipped when I saw her renderings of Westlake homes!

Leah Giberson

Leah's work is inspired by "photographs of seemingly ordinary and mundane scenes, which she then paints directly upon them to reveal the visually poignant moments that exist all around us, but are usually overlooked."

Leah Giberson

This "Westlake Green" painting (above) began with a photograph she found on Flickr taken by Adrian Hayes in a series of photos he shot of Westlake homes. (I had the pleasure of meeting him too.) Notice the brilliant detail...the house looks real.

The is the original photograph by Adrian Hayes

Leah Giberson

Not only does Leah have series on homes, she works with varieties of subject matter including her airstream series (above.)

So... now my latest "must have" is a "Westlake" painting by Leah. Possibly commission her to paint the "ticky tacky" house I grew up in. Now wouldn't that be cute?

To view or purchase Leah's fabulous work, you can visit her website, blog, flickr series and etsy shop. Also included are her upcoming gallery exhibits. {Oh, and Leah sells prints of her paintings as well!}

And for more history on Westlake, visit this website!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Paris Apartment's "Keys to the Fleas!"

Looking for the inside scoop on the Paris Flea Markets? Who to use for shipping your treasures back home?

Today my dear friend Claudia at The Paris Apartment launched her fabulous "Keys to the Fleas" application which works with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

With this fun application Claudia shares her passion, extensive research and trade secrets with us from her years of shopping in Paris. So excited because I recently purchased an iPad and quickly downloaded this today.

Even if you're not planning a trip to Paris, this is so fun to browse! It’s got in-depth information on Paris markets and brocantes by location & date, along with métro stops, maps, and beautiful photos. It's even got the info on the best places to ship from.

To download "Keys to the Fleas" for a mere US $1.99, click here. OR, you can visit The Paris Apartment blog here, as Claudia will be giving away 10 apps to 10 lucky people!


& Bonjour!

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Happy Monday!

Our new arrivals have just been added to the shop. From antique butterfly wing jewelry to 19th century paintings of French seascapes, there are over 40 items being showcased today!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Heads Up!

Typing away like crazy... Finishing up my descriptions for tomorrow mornings' new arrivals...

Stay tuned...

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

photo: blueskyclouds; etsy

Friday, July 09, 2010


If I could escape the fog of San Francisco,

I'd take a long nap right in the middle of a warm beach...

Perhaps I'd hide out in a vintage caravan and have a fancy English breakfast...

or a pink Gypsy Caravan...

I'd invite all of you to a party delivered by Enjoy Cupcakes, and
have treats served to us out of their adorable restored vintage Shasta trailer...

Then we could pay a visit to Fresher Than Fresh Sno Cones in Kansas City for some yummy flavored snow cones such as watermelon basil, lime mint and ginger rose. All served out of their renovated 1957 Shasta trailer.

Ah... it's beginning to feel like Summer...

How about climbing up in a tree house?

Bedtime in the warm and comfy...

Happy Weekend Everyone!

photo credits in order;
Agent Bauer,