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Basic French

French will forever be the magical language of love, a language admired by so many, flowing words from lips of stunning pencil-thin ladies in sweeping cashmere scarfs and big red hats.

Parlez-Vous Fran?ais? Me neither. I was far to busy passing notes to cute boys during French class to actually learn anything. O? sont les toilettes, where is the bathroom, is about the extent of my vocab. However, I do shop in French. Quite well, in fact. From fashion to furniture, perfume to paper products, I can talk about French shopping until your head has hit the table, smack into your foie gras.

There’s this shop I found that you’re going to simply love. Basic French. With a store in Red Hook NY, and an online marketplace, prepared to be charmed by exquisite gilles dewavrin candles, claire fontaine notebooks, la compagnie de provence linen water, and a lovely collection of housewares and linens. What I like is that the site is easy to navigate, and isn’t tightly packed with products which makes it a breeze to get in and get out rather quickly – great for those of us on the go!

Psst: The store owner and ex-New Yorker, Carol, even has a blog documenting her ‘other’ life in France. It’s a great journal, if you have time to read it, click here.

Fresh finds from Basic French, tr?s fantastique!

address books, teacups, and postcards.
napkins, prints and books. What fun you’ll have!

Since we’re speaking French here, let’s talk travel for a moment. If if you are
dying for a good read, I highly suggest Almost French, one of my favorite travel books about an outsiders guide to living in Paris, written by Aussie journalist Sarah Turnbull. While on assignment, Sarah falls head over heels with a fabulous French laywer, Fr?d?ric, and makes a dash to reside in the city of lights. Her memoir sheds unexpected light on the paradoxical quirks of French character, highlights how having a pooch is quite the status symbol, and is laugh out loud funny as she describes her head-on collisions with the French. Another great travel story in top ten position on my list is One Year off by David Cohen, a successful businessman from California who sells it all, packs up his wife and 3 young children, and takes a complete tour around the world for one year. It’s amazing, especially for times when your soul feels somewhat tortured by the mundane day-to-day. If you want to simply gain more of an education about French fashion, food, and the glam life, pick up a copy of The Essence of Style. For a fun coffee table book in a vintage postcard-style look of black and white, pick up a copy of An American in Paris (see top photo) with photos from celebrity photographer Veronique Vial or simply, Paris (I own this) as seen through the eyes of German photographer Heiko Lanio. So….has anyone been to France? Care to share? Comment! Comment!

(top photo from an american in paris taken by photographer veronique vial. all other photos from basic french.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 01, 2006

Link this!

Click and bookmark – great for flipping through design events held worldwide.

Posted in uncategorized on March 01, 2006

By Trico

Feel like having a little fun today…flip through the pages of the quirky-cute Japanese website called By Trico. Most of us can’t understand a word of it, but being such visual creatures, I’m sure you’ll really love the experience of browsing all the fun accessories that they carry!

(photo from by trico)

Posted in uncategorized on March 01, 2006

Boom Design

Boom, Boom, Boom, shake the room! Tick, tick, tick… Boom!

Here I go again, a bad case of party music on the brain. I hear one word, in this case ‘boom’, and my brain pulls songs from parties past. You see lately, dear friends, I’m absolutely dying to throw on a black dress, strappy heels, and hit a good parte’, are you with me? Winter in New England isn’t nearly as exciting as winter in, let’s say, Barcelona or South Beach. No comparison whatsoever. When it’s 20 degrees outside (brrrr), I’m dreaming of beachfront parties, mojitos, great tunes, and 85 degrees and rising (rrrrr).

Then again, if I were attending some swank soiree, I certainly wouldn’t be sitting here writing this, cuppa tea nearby, listening to good old Frank Sinatra tunes. Lucky for you. Actually, lucky for both of us. No matter how much I live for fun fiestas and palm trees, I have my design addiction to keep me warm. Hours of online research combined with endless emails is, in fact, fun and addictive. In fact, tonight I dug my way through the tunnels of the web and found Boom Design and simply *had* to sing their praises, not only do I love their bookcases, tables, and magazine storage racks, but their prices! Mama mia! Affordable and great design. Now, that’s within my reach, and I’m sure it’s within yours too. While the cool weather is nipping at my nose, my bank account is soon to be warm with spending activity. Cha-ching!

Loving this bookcase…This unit is stacked! 3 stacking units, to be exact (where’s your brain?)
$415 buys the metro multi.
cb cubes $300, set of 4. Also have a peek at these hive-like twist cubes for $289
lucite and chrome – now you can say you’re the hostess with the mostess! Mostess style, that is!
Tray table $190
metro end table $250 top it with a lamp and a dash of a few design books and you have completed the masterpiece that is *your* living room.
Lean Magazine Rack 5 shelf $150 also available with 3 for $90. The perfect solution to pounds of glossies spread throughout my space. Consolidate in style everyone!

(top photo, hive wall shelf $140 – your friends will be buzzing over this one!)

all images from boom design.

Posted in furniture on March 01, 2006


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