My New Prickly Passion Fruit

•December 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

My new passion fruit~ Marie Christophe’s new tangy, tropical take on the pineapple AND it’s wired for fun!

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Looking for Cinderella

•December 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Marie Christophe is putting Roger Vivier’s thirteen shops in step with the holiday season with her fabulous feathered high heels.

The fancy footwear, whose wirework is accented with Swarovski crystals and feathers, is just as chic as the glass slipper of fairy-tale fame.

MC VIVIER Christmas

Seeing Things in a New Light

•December 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Marie Christophe brings beauty to Baccarat with her luxurious lustre chandelier.

Talk about tricking the light fantastic!

 

 

A Woolen Thread That Goes Back to 1974

•December 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

When Marie Christophe showed me the sheep she created for J.L. Deniot’s garden, it reminded me of the flock sculptor Francois-Xavier Lalanne made for Yves Saint Laurent’s muse, Loulou de la Falaise.  They were pictured in a 1974 Vogue article. Marie’s little lamb is showing off its wire wool in the current Russian edition of Architectural Digest.

mouton Leucate JL Deniot

loulou

Gauguin Gorgeous

•November 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Adam & Viktoria call this pattern Still Life because it was inspired by  Gauguin’s red and yellow fruits, but you’ll want to move it around to every room in the house.

The colorways – night-moroccan green and night- burnt orange- come directly from his canvas.

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A Beautiful View

•November 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Inspired by architectural motifs and inlays, Bonita Ahuja of India has created a collection of curtains called “Etchings.”  Etchings’ textured-silk, cashmere and merino wool  panels  uses an inlay technique for creating patterns that look drawn or etched into the  wild textured silk fabric.  I love how the  inlay provides  a nice contrast with the smooth surface of the textile.
Several colorways..  shown in Berry  (my fav),  but I  like to mix and match them to the max!

balance berry

 

Beading a Nest

•November 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The little birdies in this cage sure have something to sing about: Their five-light high-wire home designed by Marie Christophe is featured in the November issue of Boutique Design Magazine.

The winged creatures will, no doubt, be tweeting about it to the rest of the flock.

in the dark

Boutique Design November MC birdcage

 

Conde Nast Living Loves My Marie!

•November 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Marie Christophe’s Pompeii Vase has been declared, by Conde Nast Living magazine, a Timeless Tuscany treasure.  The 2-foot-tall loving-cup-style wire sculpture, accented with gold, transparent, brown and red beads, is a star of the latest issue.

LisaFontanarosaCondeNastLivingEscapes

pompeii vase

A Shot of Color

•October 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Adam and Viktoria’s Tulipa throw pillows, in rich brown violet velvet, cast a colorful spell in the basement of this private house, providing additional heat to the warm winter white.

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adam viktoria seven

Happy Birthday Daddy

•October 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

My dad recently passed away.  Today seemed like the most appropriate day to honor his life and to post this tribute,  as today is his 79th birthday.

As I was sitting in my garden writing this tribute to my father, a large yellow butterfly suddenly appeared and was fluttering around me for about 10 minutes.  And that’s when I knew that mommy and daddy are united and their souls are lighting up the eternal sky.  It was all in the wings of the butterfly.

And those wings took me to a wonderful essay by Pico Iyer that is on the value of suffering.  It is one of the best pieces I have read in a long time.  He wrote: “We sometimes seem to forget or perhaps wish to forget that suffering is an inherited aspect of existence.”

That reminded me of something my friend, Kaveri Singh who painted the murals in the ancient temples of India once said to me.  “I realize that these moments that we have, when we are forced to be present due to circumstances, are sometimes the most meaningful.”

Death, like life, is an illusion. … the real loss would be if our loved ones did not live on in our hearts and minds.

The loss and sadness  which is deep and doesn’t have many words, is the hard part, but I was blessed to have such a special father and mother.

And he and my mother will live on in my mind and in the uplifting wings of the butterfly.

I think the only reason we’re here is to experience love and joy and know empathy.

I can still see the butterfly flying away.  How I wished it had stayed with me.  But I know it’s for the better good.

As Sarah Kaye wrote, “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away.”

because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away. sarah kay

Mommy and Daddy, I’ll keep sending you butterfly kisses. I love you both  always and forever.