Friday, June 24, 2011

shop windows

In going through some travel photos from the past, I've noticed a trend... I photograph shop windows everywhere I go. I didn't even notice I was doing it.

I think there is something so inspirational about a shop window. It's sort of stirs that child-like yearning for something beautiful seen through the glass. It really does stir something magical in me.

The compositions also inspire me in the realms of entertaining, fashion, design.... really it's limitless where you can apply inspiration. Sometimes austere, shocking, colorful... I find beauty in them all.

Above are a collection of shop windows from trips to London, Paris and New York. I know you can tell which city is which. I love them all.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


I'm on the hunt for a Lucite coffee table and I ran across the one above on the CB2 web site. It's not exactly what I'm dreaming of, but for about $250 plus 10% for shipping, I might be able to make do.

And while there, I decided to search for "Lucite" and see what else cropped up and I found all kinds of great stuff! The console table, easel and tray are all also crave-worthy. In moderation, of course. My more traditionally-styled home could only handle one acrylic piece of furniture, but if you are searching for such a piece, CB2 might be worth a look.

Do you like the idea of integrating an acrylic table into a more traditional room? My den, the room where this coffee table would call home, is on the small side and so I like the idea of a transparent piece of furniture. I also fancy the idea of changing up what's underneath it... stacks and stacks of coffee table and design books, a beat up Louis Vuitton suitcase... my mind goes on forever. But what are your thoughts?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Elizabeth Street Gallery

Mr. EE and I recently took a little weekend get-away to NYC, sans kiddos. I try to get into the city at least once a year. I never cease to be struck by everything Manhattan has to offer.

To wit, I had heard about the Elizabeth Street Gallery downtown in Nolita and had to make time to go by and visit. And I'm so glad I did. I love running across those little unexpected gems in the city that make you rethink everything. And the Elizabeth Street Gallery is one of those gems. The items in the gallery are amazing, but the real find for me was the outside space. Everything, of course, is for sale, but the space feels like an amazingly curated private garden and as you know the idea of the urban garden is something that greatly intrigues me (see my recent posts on gardens in London and Paris).

The next time you are in Nolita, swing by and take a look for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Paris' green spaces

If you caught my blog yesterday, you saw my post on London's green spaces and gardens. On the same trip we also visited Paris. Everyone knows all about the absolutely beautiful public gardens in Paris, but sometimes you don't always notice the private spaces that are right in front of you.

I love how people bring green and flowering plants into urban spaces regardless of size... a window box, boxwoods flanking a door, whatever. It really speaks to the human urge to bring greenery into their lives in any small way.

What is your garden like?

Again, I'm sorry for the date and time stamp on all my photos. It made me sick when I got home and uploaded the pics and saw that there. It was a new camera and I had no idea.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

London's green spaces

Mr. EE and I are working in the yard today in the sweltering Tennessee sun. It reminds me of my fascination with garden spaces on our trip to London and Paris two years ago. Some large and grand, some small window boxes. Either way, I love the idea of an urban garden.


(Disregard the time/date stamp on the images. I've disabled that feature since, but didn't know it was on at the time.)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

your slip is showing

I've always loved lingerie. Well, my mother always called it "foundation wear". A child of the 70's and 80's, I grew up in a home where my mother would wear peignoir sets nightly. To this day, I've never seen her sleep in cotton or flannel. She owned all manner of slips and girdles. Countless drawers were dedicated to the storage and care of it all, all lined with floral scented paper and filled with sachets.

My first foray into "foundation wear" was probably in about third or fourth grade. Mother took me to the local D.H. Holmes department store in Jackson, Mississippi and told me I needed slips and camisoles for school and was told I had to wear them under my St. Andrews white-Peter-Pan-collar-shirt-and-blue-skirt uniform every day. And I toed the line for a while but by the time I entered seventh grade in 1984, my slips were long gone.

Now that I'm older, however, I find myself looking everywhere for beautiful slips but they are hard to come by. I want soft pink with black lace and coffee colored silk with cream lace. I want a silk and lace cami under a crisp white blouse.

In my search, I've run across Your Slip is Showing. The first three images above are from their line. It's a wonderful site and I'm planning on ordering one of them, but they are a little more "occasion" than I have in mind. It's not that I don't covet a slip trimmed in peacock feathers, but that's more of a slip that's truly meant to be seen. I'm thinking more of something that's not meant to be seen but is. A little naughty.

For that, I think my best options for now are vintage. Vintage Slips has peignoirs, full slips, half slips, tap pants... everything. The last four photos are one their site now. I think we tend to think of the 50's and 60's as this really buttoned down time, but not based on these images. The tap pants? Sweet and sexy... and how about the ice blue full slip? Va va va voom! They are sexy in that Mrs. Robinson kind of way, but I would really like to find a line of new slips that are both modern and retro at the same time. If you have a lead, shoot me a line.