Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Let's Have a Party!

When I saw this photo on Amy Atlas' blog, I flipped! I just had to find out where those whimsical tassels were from!

They're from Confetti System, the magical makers of party decor.

Last year I purchased some little favors from Urban Outfitters, but had no idea that they were from Confetti System.

"CONFETTISYSTEM transforms simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that create a point of focus, where memories are made and a spontaneous collaboration with the viewer is sparked. CONFETTISYSTEM’s creations occupy the space between the ephemeral and the permanent, evoking a sense of nostalgia and lighthearted fun."

I would love to buy some tissue pinatas...

or fancy blindfolds...

I just need an occasion to throw a party...

Can we have one now?? You're all invited!

images: Confetti System

Monday, August 29, 2011

Your Opinion, please...

Just received Restoration Hardware's Fall source book. Other than weighing a ton, what do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts...

New Haunts!

Side, Berkeley

This past weekend I took a ride to the East Bay for a most relaxing facial, but not before visiting a couple of new shops that I wanted to share with you.

First stop was to the charming shop, Side, in Berkeley. This young shop (opened about a year ago) is filled with everything from furniture and silverware, to mirrors and gift items. Owner Carolyn, who is simply a delight, is truly enthusiastic about vintage items and it shows with her array of lovely items for sale.

Carolyn rescues pieces of furniture she acquires and painstakingly restores and paints them to give them a refreshing new look. Many of these pieces are damaged and have seen better days, but with Carolyn's touch they come alive again.

Next stop...hold on to your seat!!!

The Little Shop of Hoarders, Oakland

Do you all know Terri at La Dolfina? Well, this past week Terri blogged about the opening of her new shop, The Little Shop of Hoarders in Oakland, California. I could hardly wait to see it!

Terri has partnered up with legendary antiques aficionado, Ron Morgan, and two others, offering a large space brimming with vintage curiosities.

It was fun to see Terri and meet her husband, as well as Ron and his partner. What a beautiful space they have created! You won't want to miss it if you're in the Bay Area.

Congrats Terri, Ron, & Carolyn on your lovely shops!

If you're looking for a fun day of antiquing, be sure and visit both of these shops!

2363 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA

Little Shop of Hoarders
6395 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

images courtesy of Side and Little Shop of Hoarders

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My, Times Have Changed...

Many Depression-era ads disapproved of women who were too thin. Can you imagine?

This old ad is from the August 1935 issue of Motion Picture courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Living In...

Looking for a fun read & visual? Floral designer Amy Merrick contributes a weekly column at design*sponge called, "Living In," where she dissects the styles of her favorite films. Her round up of products and clever commentary are quite entertaining. Here are a couple of my favorites, The Sound of Music, of course...

"Whatever your feelings about musicals now, it’s undeniable that every little girl has dreamed of living in The Sound of Music at one point or another. Most first viewings happen at such a young age that being 16 going on 17 seems an utter impossibility. It’s hard not to still dream about singing on mountaintops, dancing in gazebos or picnicking in fine Alps form."

"The curtain-made clothes get a lot of play, but how about the girls’ sweet sailor uniforms? The movie blends a charming mix of Fraulein Maria and Captain Von Trapp — a little free spirited and a little fancy, too. Whatever camp you fall into, there are a few simple things on which we all can agree: Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens win out every time."

Speaking of all-time favorite, The Godfather. Here's Amy's round-up and some of her commentary...

"The long alfresco dinner parties, bottles of wine, wildly handsome Al Pacino and crumbling Italian mansions all make me want to wimper with greedy wanting. But I’m about 90% sure that my obsession with the Corleone, Italy scenes stem from the mere presence of Apollonia, Michael Corleone’s albeit brief bride. Hello, girl crush of my life. I have spent many a tearful night begging god to turn me into a 17 year old, rural Italian bombshell, but no. Hence my constant hunt for a bit more godfather bits to add to my life. – amy m."

my dog Vito Corleone & I at the Godfather desk

And speaking of "living in" the Godfather, I just returned from visit Francis Ford Coppola's winery in Napa County. They have a Godfather museum with some of the artifacts from the film. Yours truly was thrilled to stand next to the actual desk used in the movie!

Be sure and check out Amy's column here and have a fabulous weekend!

all images from design*sponge

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Be Right Back...

Just slipped away for a bit of R & R. Will be back too soon...

Have yourself a wonderful week!

image from here

Monday, August 22, 2011

Remembering John Lee Hooker...

John Lee and I - February, 2000

Today would have been Blues legend, John Lee Hooker's 94th birthday. It's been 10 years since he passed away and I still think of him daily. Those precious sayings that one can never forget.

In the event that you didn't know, I used to work in retail banking when I met John in 1986. He was such a character and we became fast friends. Some years later I started working for him and became his personal assistant for 8 years. Yep, all of this before delving into the antiques world. I feel truly blessed to have had that experience.

The photo above was taken at my 40th birthday, where we celebrated with a private party at a good old night club with John performing. I even jumped up on stage, played tambourine and "boogied with The Hook!" A horrible tambourine player with no rhythm, but heck, I got to rock out with the band! And what an honor to have the great John Lee Hooker perform for my birthday~

I cherish the memories I have of this kind, gentle, and talented man. So, let me be one of the first to wish you my dear missed friend..

Happy Birthday John Lee!! (wish you were here for me to sing Blues style)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Weekend + Find the Photo!

Another pretty photo found on Pinterest. Does anyone know who to credit for it? First one gets a little prize. I love this game.

We have a winner!! Thanks to Kate on Facebook for finding the photo. Hats off to Cary Crusiau for the gorgeous photo found on Flickr here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I laughed myself silly when I stumbled upon this photo online. This lady smoking her cigarette in a plastic-lined room is just classic, don't you agree?

I remember my grandmother's large off-white plastic covered sofa. It was like sitting on a big sheet of Saran Wrap!

Did you have family or friends that covered their sofas or draperies in plastic? How about lamp shades? Because, God forbid, we wouldn't want to ruin them, would we?

photo: unknown

Passionately Pink!

I don't know about you, but I can never tire of pink. When I came across this vintage pink satin upholstered bed, I just had to have it.

The wooden bed frame is the original pale sage finish, with rose and gilt highlights and beautiful hand-painted roses and daisies at crest of headboard and foot board. It even has brass tacks *sigh*

Unfortunately, I have no space for it, so it's available to purchase at my boutique here.

Cheers to my favorite, pink!

images from here and here

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Summer is going by so quickly, isn't it? Actually, we're still waiting for it to arrive here in San Francisco, as maybe you've heard me whining recently about our wickedly cold summer months.

Paris Hotel Boutique is gearing up for the beautiful autumn season with an assortment of unique vintage items that you won't want to miss!

Some highlights include:

  • Vintage European Furniture

  • Rare Exposition Universelle, Paris Mirror

  • Antique French Menus

  • Unique Odd Fellows Banner

  • Large Vintage Saint Statue

  • Oodles of hotel silver and much, much more!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Monday + psst...

The goodies are coming...

I've been stranded at my computer for a week, typing my little self away to bring you a whole new collection of new arrivals tomorrow!

Be sure and check out Paris Hotel Boutique at 10:30 am EST tomorrow (the 16th) for all of our new finds!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

image: Asya Baranova

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sneak Peek...

I nearly tripped over myself when I spotted this antique souvenir mirror from the 1900 Exposition Universelle, Paris. It was calling my name and I had to have it!

The color of the crushed velvet is the most lovely faded mauve. The beveled mirror has the perfect amount of age...

The gold appliques such as the "1900" and the Eiffel Tower send me...

The question was... Do I keep it or sell it?

The will be available for purchase next week!!!

Wherever You're Going...

Whatever you're doing...

Cheers to a Happy Weekend!

images; 1.2.3.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fogged in...

...and nowhere to go. Another San Francisco summer...

image from here

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


When my Mom passed away I had the painful task of going through her things. This left me with inheriting the cherished lamp that my great-grandfather, Sam Berger, carved so many decades ago.

Samuel Berger emigrated to San Francisco in 1904 from Bucharest, Romania, where he learned his trade as a second generation wood carver. You may have remembered my other posts or seen my blog about him. He carved for California's most beautiful public and private buildings. His works can be found in many churches in San Francisco, as well as Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

This lamp was carved for my grandparents. It was my grandmother's prized possession. She would stare at the cherubs for hours. When people came over she would proudly show them her father's lamp. Well, Mom and Bannie (my grandma) died a year and a half apart, so the lamp suddenly became mine.

When it was delivered I cried like a baby. "Why is this here? It shouldn't be here." I couldn't walk into our living room for days. I was just about to call my cousin to give it to her and my husband said that I'd feel better with time.

Now I'm able to walk in the room again and admire this work of art. I'm just looking for the appropriate lamp shade to do it justice.

My lineage on my Mom's side has all passed away leaving me with special memories and some treasures. It doesn't feel right to have this lamp, but I'm proud to share it with you. In time, I'm sure I'll feel a bit more comfortable with it. Until then, I still get a little teary-eyed when I walk into the room.

All that remain are the solemn faces of the cherubs, and the echoes of voices from a bygone era...

Monday, August 08, 2011

Monday, Monday...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Unfortunately, I had to work, and right back at it this morning with my caffeine, ready to go.

Wishing you a great week ahead!

image: wish I you?

Sunday, August 07, 2011


Yesterday I spent some time perusing through thousands of old postcards at the San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair. It's amazing just how passionate collectors are about old ephemera.

I like to purchase special French or hotel-themed postcards as a token of thanks to my customers.

I remember the days of receiving and sending postcards and proudly displaying them on my bulletin board. It's already August and I've only received one card saying, "wish you were here." Although, I was thrilled to receive it, sending postcards is definitely becoming a lost art right there with letter writing.

While on vacation, do you still mail postcards?