The lovely objects of art that inspire me today are called, “Buds in Space” by artist Annie Cantin. Using blown glass, leather, fabric and metal, Cantin creates a modern, almost sci-fi, look at what I like to call futuristic gardening. The combination of fuchsia, orange and green in stunning white orbs really dazzle the eye. The works of Annie Cantin are on display at the Galerie Elena Lee in Montreal, Canada. You can view more from her collection here.
(image from Galerie Elena Lee)
We’re big fans of 76-year-old architect Frank Gehry (best known for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Bilbao) and delighted that he has a new collection at Tiffany + Co. Comprised of six series named after recurring motifs in his work: Equus, Axis, Fish, Torque, Fold and Orchid, Gehry delights us with objects of wearable art in black gold, cocholong stone, pernambuco wood and raw cut diamonds.
I doubt they are affordable, but it’s certainly exciting to see his talents applied to jewelry. Click here for a sneak preview…
The Frank Gehry collection is currently available in NY, LA, London and Tokyo. It is scheduled to be released to more stores and online this summer.
(image from Tiffany + Co)
C’est le printemps! Spring is here today with a huge blue sky and temps in the 60s. Whenever I think of Spring, I see Paris in bloom…the bells of a cathedral, voices filling the air, children playing in the parks. Strolling around enjoying a nutella crepe while window shopping. All the amazing kiosks filled with French fashion and home magazines! Oui!
Did you see anything that you liked? Here are my picks: The Tade guest soaps made with olive oil and damask rose essential oil are so unique, they appear as pieces of carved vintage metal, at least in the photo. What a memorable way to welcome your guests; place a few neatly on a stack of towels in the guest bedroom, top with a fresh cut tulip and a polkadot bow tied around the stem.
If you love pillows, and we all know you do, these sweet squares are a perfect pick me up for your summer patio. In delicate patterns of polkadot and greengate stipe. If it’s gardening you love, protect your manicure with something lovely, like these floral gloves. No reason to skip on looking cute in the garden!
One (of many) aspects of French culture that appeal to me is how the customer is treated in Paris. While I was there, store clerks willingly gift wrapped everything I purchased, lovely rolls of wrapping paper in joyful colors with coordinating ribbons proudly displayed behind the sales counter. How lovely. Imagine, gift wrapping a purchase instead of tossing it into a plastic bag aka the American way of saying thanks. I prefer the French style of showing customer appreciation, which is why I’m pleased that Basic French feels the same. They will gift wrap your order completely free of charge upon request. How sweet is that?
Thanks Carol for the tip!
(images from Basic French)
See husband in total confusion over why Holly would need a $90 Hable Construction tote box.
Honey, they’re for my magazines. You know, get them off the floor and into something pretty.
Why don’t you toss your magazines, Holly?
Why don’t you toss your music collection, sweetie?
Husband gets point. He didn’t realize attachment to decorating magazines ran so deep.
See Holly spend.
And spend I did. After speaking with the lovely Heidi last night at See Jane Work, I managed to drop $170 ($134 after Domino discount, see April issue page 168 for details) on Jane goods. I picked up some seriously sweet items for my home office, totally justified (can’t I write this stuff off?) which makes work so much more fun.
If you haven’t shopped at See Jane Work lately, you have to flip through their lovely website.
Don’t miss Jane and her Pulling It All Together feature, with great tips on organizing your life (scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips, like how to make cubicle life a little sweeter).
Here’s a recent decor8 post about See Jane Work if you’re looking for some simple solutions for organizing your work space.
(images from see jane work)