Do you remember the first Mother Goose rhyme you heard? If you are like me, probably not. It seems as if those were always there wafting in and out of the sunny safe breezes of childhood. “Little Boy Blue come blow your horn” or “Bah, Bah, Black Sheep”. The cadence of the melodies, the rhythm of the tale, the words learned through repetition all are inherent in many of our childhoods.
I am not a designer, but I do know what I like when I see it and I love finding “It” in unexpected places. While maybe a beach resort is not an unexpected place to discover good design , I certainly was not expecting to see it in every detail , both in the architecture and the interiors at Marquis Los Cabos in Mexico.
Long before W Road Collection opened, I tagged along with my designer sister, Barbara Dalton, to ADAC, High Point Market and AmericasMart Atlanta. This year was even more exciting as I found inspiration at every turn. The beautiful showrooms blended different styles, creating new inspiring designs. Here are some of my favorites.
Before arriving in Paris I thought I had an idea of what the Marche aux Puce de Saint-Ouen would be like- large, confusing and probably a bit overwhelming for a non- French speaking antiques buying novice. But I was not expecting how absolutely wonderful my first experience in the Puce would turn out to be with the assistance of Danielle, our indispensable Antiques Diva. We arranged our guided tour well in advance of our trip through Toma Haines at antiquedivas.com and it was well worth every euro we spent.
Prior to our trip Toma and Danielle spent time asking us questions so they understood what we were looking for and what we wanted from our visit to the Puce. They also provided much needed information regarding international shipping so we wouldn’t waste time dealing with that once we arrived.
I love chairs! Dining chairs, big comfy chairs, quaint side chairs, statement pieces, sets, pairs and singles- I love them all. I considered having a booth devoted to nothing but chairs. I still think it could be visually very interesting. A friend recently told me that I could not buy anymore chairs until I sold the ones I had. She has a point; however, I recently bought a few more that I just couldn't pass by.
Do you remember the very first storied piece you were given, rich with the history of the person who so generously gave it to you? Or would it be the first piece you actually found and bought for yourself that conjures memories of a certain time or place in your life?
For me the first piece was my Granddaddy’s old oak rocking chair that was left to me in his will. Actually, he had three or four rockers and instructed for me to choose one. As a teenager I knew immediately which one I wanted. It was the oak “squatty” fellow with the split down the middle of the seat being held together with a metal brace underneath.
A Long Sought After Clock
Nothing quite compares to inheriting a wonderful antique piece from a beloved family member and having an immediate connection to the history of the piece. But the thrill of finding a treasure on your own and making it a part of your own story can be just as rewarding. Sometimes you are on the hunt for that certain piece, many times searching for years before suddenly seeing it across the way and knowing you have finally found it. That was the case with the Danish Horologe I found in the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris after literally searching for the perfect Scandinavian tall clock for over 35 years. The shape, the patina, the size- everything about it was exactly what I had imagined. I knew I had to have that clock!
Paris. The City of Light. The City of Love. The Center of Style and Design. The place for excellent cuisine and wine, where dining is an art form and afternoon strolls delight the senses.
The moment you walk out into the streets of Paris you are struck by the beauty of the city itself. There is a fusion of design from the simplistic beauty in the center door knobs on old entryways weathered through hundreds of years of passage to the intricate ironwork on gates and bridges. Different styles and periods merge. The stately buildings of the Louvre and houses built centuries ago compliment the modern sleekness of Parisian shops along Rue Saint Honore. An antique shop rubbing shoulders with a minimalist furniture showroom with the latest designs is representative of the juxtaposition of the old and the new that, in part, is what makes Paris timeless.