Saturday, June 30, 2012

Window Shopping in Paris...

We know that Paris windows are exquisite, but what about taking a stroll through Paris during the turn of the century? Here are some lovely store windows by French photography Eugene Atget (1857-1927), via Retronaut


Avenue des Gobelins, 1925
Coiffeur, Bd. de Strasbourg, 1912
Au Port Salut - Cabaret Rue des Fosses St. Jacques (5e), 1903

Avenue des Gobelins, 1925

Avenue des GobelinsII, 1925

Boutique Jouets, 1910-1911

Boulevard de Strasbourg, 1926

Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Weekend from the City by the Bay!


image from here

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just in - Pretty in Pink!

I fell in love with these Murano caged pendant lamps when I saw them. The prettiest shade of pink. Wouldn't they look lovely clustered over a table or in your favorite room?

They date to the mid-1950s and are sold as a set of three. You can get more info and purchase here!

 images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Monday!

Have a great week ahead!

image credit: unknown

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Summer!!


image from here 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Inspiring Images...exteriors

One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is "beautiful buildings." I just swoon over architecture from centuries ago. Take a peek at some of my favorites images:

Guatelmala, Jessica Sprig
Portugal, Eudoro Porto
Barcelona, Arnin Schulz
Paris, Feathers and Frills

Barcelona, Moonlight2576
Paris, Haussmann
Ukraine, Design Like
Paris, Ian Parkes
Buenos Aires, Old Skool

Barcelona, Amim Schulz

To see more, check out my Pinterest board here...
Have a wonderful week ahead!

first image: Paris, Zagreusfm

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Birthday on This Day!

A year ago today was my mom's last birthday. She passed away the next morning. The last thing she talked about to the nurse was the birthday cake that her friends gave her. She just loved birthday cakes and parties.

So, in honor of my mom, Happy Birthday! I miss you so much! This cake's for you...

image from here

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Today is the day! Over 60 new arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique! Click here to go shopping...

Below are some of my favorite pieces...

I adore this Victorian painting of a gentleman smoking a cigarette. So unusual to see just his hands.

An English enamel 9 carat mourning that it says, "Regard. "

This was a rare find. A tablecloth and seven napkins from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

How pretty is the pink on these vintage Italian Murano lamps?

I bought this for myself and then decided to sell it. Such a rare and beautiful Victorian bracelet --the heart is genuine tortoise shell with silver overlay. The chain is Gutta Percha. Love.

This trophy stands over 15" tall! I love the engraving...Utah State Fair, Candy Company Display!! Wouldn't it be great for flowers?

I always gravitate toward ladies, whether in portraits or statues. I fell in love with this old bust.

Can you judge a book by it's cover? Yes! I love everything about this book; the font and of course, it's pink and black!

I'm always drawn to the Art Deco era and love this old blue topaz pendant...

I've seen a lot of hotel silver in my time, but never a punch ladle!

Oh so pretty, a large silverplate locket with an enamel rose.

This is the largest dresser tray I've ever seen --it's French, of course, and filled with mother of pearl shells. So pretty in person.

I can't get enough of aqua and turquoise. This extremely large Italian murano decanter is the prettiest shade of blue!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, June 11, 2012

Is that the lady who took our silver?


It's part of  Paris Hotel Boutique's new arrivals on their way to you!!

 Tons of new pieces will be available for purchase tomorrow  at 7:30 am PST/10:30 am EST.

I'll give you another 'shout out' tomorrow morning!

Until then, have a most wonderful week!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A Most Unique Find.

The Victorians were fascinated by the discoveries of explorers. They collected and catalogued everything, from rocks and butterflies to the tribes of India. This rare album is an example of the Victorian era at its finest. There is so much to tell about it.

This leather bound album dates to the mid to late 1800s and has 40 cabinet photos. The cover of the album just woos me. It has over three inches of real coral branch, an insect wing made out of celluloid, a raised turtle and brass fittings. This is such a rare cover -- I've never seen anything like it.

After researching the cabinet photos, there are some written notes of Archbishop Markarios, President of Cypress. This could possibly be his family. Wouldn't that be something?

This is currently available for purchase at our shop here.

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Too Pretty to Eat!

Gold feather lady finger

In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm obsessed with sweets. Actually my Pinterest board, "Sweet Treats" has the most pins.

pink velvet cake

I went ca-razy when I came across this amazing website, Connie Cupcakes, Toronto's latest confections shop. 

These artful creations forming everything from tulips to roses, are in fact, edible.

Come take a peak at my favorites...actually, I love them all!

Matisette; a Runway inspired cake
Cream Puff

Posh tiered cookie

Gold Flakey Disco Cupcakes

Jewel of the Sea

Cookies on a Stick {wow}

Crystaline chocolate cupcakes topped of with a white chocolate key painted gold. *sigh*

If  you want to see more of these gorgeous creations, visit Connie Cupcakes website here.

images via Connie Cupcakes