Today I fly off to Paris, then to Tangier and back to Paris and then it's the much dreaded (1st of August in France...) voyage to the Ardèche. Just my usual circuit, I know, but in the summer all this is always more compliqué.
The schedule: The same painfully short stays in Paris
(we absolutely need to get to Tangier ASAP this time: new exciting project- more news in due time).
The non-stop week in Tangier (re the above comment...)
Finally a somewhat relaxed stay in the south of France.
(somewhat, is the correct word, yes: there will be a lot of looking for, miraculously finding, inevitably buying/ordering and then hopefully convincing some dear available soul to deliver/install/position a lot of "stuff" like garden/pool furniture and lighting, flower pots and plants, bathroom fixtures etc. all of this in AUGUST in France, the month EVERYTHING grinds to a halt...)
Why not have planned all this beforehand and have it waiting for us upon our arrival? Excellent question! Short answer:
The last trip was too short to get everything organized as the actual work was the priority, plus: ordering anything online is great but it has its limits; I don't know about you, but to judge the color of a lounge chair on a computer is IMPOSSIBLE! they call it gray, it looks perfectly brown to me! best to wait and hope for the best.
By the way, I would not miss this trip for all the olives in Morocco, bien sur.
one last thing:
I will not be able to post in my usual way until the 22nd of August. Realistically, there will be so much to do and I am thinking that someof my time needs to be spent happily doing NO.THING!
Everywhere you look in NYC, someone is wearing a pretty white top this summer. Some are soft and flowing, some romantic and embroidered, others crisp and simple with a little "architecture" to them. What ever shape one chooses, white is always sure to look fresh and clean and striking.
I LOVE white in the summer and most of all white tops. They look great with anything: straight city pants, jeans or wide linen trousers, any style you like.
I never thought of adding a toboggan to my house. I don't know where it would have fit but I also do not see how I would have justified the expense and the effort for something sure to be used for 10 years, tops! They seem a lot of fun, yes, no doubt. And these look great BUT...
Serge Mouille was a well known French designer of the 50's, the contemporary of the likes of Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé, Isamu Noguchi, and Jean Luce. His playful design, called generically floor lamp or ceiling lamp etc., is one of the most iconic designs of the middle of the 20th century and is still produced today. Only 600 are manufactured every year.
The versatility of the fixture enables it to be installed almost on any surface of a room. Serge Mouille's beginnings as a metallurgist must surely have something to do with it.
It comes as a small table lamp, a wall fixture, a ceiling light and a floor lamp, with many "tantacles" (it is then called the spider) or simply as a one, two or three arm piece.
I especially love it in custom order white.
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I will need to seriously consider one, one of these days...well, dream about considering one.
This would definitely qualify as a place to have a nice long ahhhh moment, I believe; don't you agree? NY has been incredibly hot and muggy- no, dependably hot and muggy...- and all I could think of yesterday was a long dip in a pool and a nice spot to just re.lax!!!! Patience, patience..
I fell in love with these bright hand crocheted bags I found online. They are part of the Susu line of slouchy, easy, stunning bags made by the Wayúu Tayá Foundation.
(The foundation) "was founded by Wayúu model and actress, Patricia Velásquez. Since its creation, Wayúu Tayá has concentrated its efforts in assisting the Wayúu, an indigenous group of over 450,000 people, located in the Guajira Peninsula of northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela".
I immediately imagined them worn with simple T-shirt dresses and espadrilles (they are 2 must-haves this summer), adding a big punch of color to a maxi tank worn with wedges or a shorter striped number with matching flat espadrilles.