I got the color wrong; not nude but ivory.
I got the line wrong: not lean and long, but tight on top with a generous skirt.

I did mention 
a train
a Tiara on half up-half down hair
a  bouquet out of the ordinary.
Of course that was the easy obvious part...

There is a reason I did not get THE call.
They wanted to make sure THE someone would get it PERFECTLY right.
The dress was perfection.
The whole ceremony was perfection.
Bravo Sarah Burton!
Bravo Kate Middleton!
Bravo England!

I'll just stick to interiors for the moment.

bon weekend.


DEUX MILLIARDS de spectateurs...
It will be a spectacular wedding in front of 2 BILLION people.
Here is wishing Kate Middleton and William Windsor just as spectacular a marriage... à deux .

au revoir.


THE dress

No, I don't anticipate anything like that.

Half the world, and there are triillions of us, is speculating about the DRESS. (The other half does not give a hoot- mostly "serious" human beings not shallow enough to waste time this way- but most women do care, wouldn't you say?). However a few among the half who does care would have you believe they are not all THAT interested, but don't you believe it.
I, for one, have been designing the dress in my mind and I have come to some kind of position based on photography, BBC and other TV commentary and my own personal take on this whole... EVENT.

The absolutely-nots:

Much too modern and un-wedding-like. She is young but this is too "out there".

The right style: waist draping and a figure hugging line, but too lingerie-like.

She is getting married in an abbey, not a monastery. 

The something-like-that, sort of:

Here, 2 comments: much too froufrou and much too loose, but a big color possibility

This is more what I envision: possible rosy/nude shade, flattering line on a thin figure, and the right amount of flare and neckline modesty

An intricately draped style à la Madame Grès might also be a choice as she seems to favor soft pleats and draping, but possibly more cover on the shoulders, this is a ROYAL wedding after all. 

She will have a long walk down the Cathedral, so there is sure to be an interesting train

or maybe just a long veil, maybe even of very fine heirloom lace

The accessories
I can it clearly now: a long thin line, a train and something stunning in the back, a shade like pale blush; and with that?

I see a small tiara, with hair left long but tied back; easy guess, I know.

and a pale bouquet, something out of the ordinary
Are you with me on this analysis?
We'll see...soon, I hear.

au revoir.



I must show my Coty loose powder box to you; its divine. The cotton flowers printed all over it are embossed which gives a unique 3D quality to the pattern. 
I mix its much too light powder with one from Maybelline (I love both textures a lot) which I deliberately buy a tad too dark. 
Why on earth do I do that? you are going to laugh. I like the carboard box from French brand Coty so much that I would rather do that than powder my face every morning out of a dark blue plastic box. Call me crazy. I'll do that until I run out and then I will surely put the right color Maybelline (I prefer it to any other brand I have bought so far and trust me, I have tried quite a few).
The whole exercise inspired me to look up the various loose powder boxes that have graced the vanities of many a chic lady in the 20th century.
I found quite a few and I am truly amazed at the beauty and artistry that went into those small rather fragile containers.

Klytia Institut de Beauté

Not sure; if anyone knows, please let me know.

D'Orsay's Milord; Very Haute Société

Various brands

Tokalon; for a white Pierrot look?

Houbigant; sweet and feminine

Jean La Salle; very 20's

This Roger Gallet box is near and dear to my heart as it held orphaned shirt buttons for years in our family from our grandmother to our mother; one of us children surely has it today. I am not sure who does. No one would want to throw away such a stunning box (embossed aluminum) embellished with such magnificent birds.
images lobrial-toquam, e.bay, site-annonce

au revoir.



Target; pronounced Tahrjay in some circles...

Mary Ann of the wonderful, fun, interesting blog Classic Casual Home, (A MUST-SEE, MUST-FOLLOW, MUST-READ-EVERYDAY blog) mentioned on Friday in her post-trip-to-Paris report, that she had been to Monoprix, the Target of France.
OK, first, she is totally right, it is exactly the way to describe it.
Second, she reminded me that I had not gone to Target since my daughter took me there to see the Liberty Of London line and I reported on our finds here almost a year ago. 
So I went with my sister the other day as she was looking for neutral pool towels for her house in Southern France.
But before we reached the bath area of the store, we wandered in my favorite department: the paper supplies and stationery section.

Paper bags
WOW! any color you might want in any size you might need! The beauty of simplicity.

Kraft paper and just a pretty ribbon

A black and white group

Spring time in a bag

Sweet animals for cute kids and vice versa

Note cards
Great graphics on inexpensive notecards

My favorite: the faux woodgrain notes made of recycled paper

The bath
We made our way, a slow way, to the bath wares area, and there also a number of items were beautifully styled and amazingly priced.

The brass and glass line

Wonderful soap pumps in clear and milk glass and nickel

The perfect bath/pool sheets
I knew Target always carries a stunning line of items for the home designed by one of my favorite creative minds: Thomas O'Brien the man behind Aero in Soho, NYC. He is a spectacular designer and he excels in bathrooms. No contest.
We were not disappointed. We bought a big pile of the EXACT towels we were imagining for the house: large, simple, neutral, chic and the color of stone, as stone abound over there. 
Can't wait to see them in situ...

A productive and very interesting foray into a surprising store.
You should go if you are ever near one. 

Editor's note: I received no compensation for this post.
au revoir.



no, not our garden, but a distant cousin twenty times removed...

We moved everything to the outside terrasse when we realized how beautiful the weather was and what a shame it would be to waste such a magnificent day by staying inside.
An hour after the end of our sun drenched lunch, a very short but very strong downpour decided to invite itself to the perfect day.
How was that for timing...

au revoir.



The spring flowers have sprung 

The planters are planted 

and the Easter Irises have bloomed to perfection.

joyeuses pâques.




The inspiration for the setting for Easter Sunday lunch came from the lovely Irises I received yesterday; yes, I thought, blue will be the color...for once. I immediately remembered the light blue Italian damask place mats and napkins I hardly ever use, and the pale blue plates I never seem to manage to incorporate in any of my "themes".

And then I spied the pale blue egg cups in the glass cabinet. Perfect!

Too much pale blue and the whole scheme started to resemble a baby shower so I added touches of color. 

A little red and yellow from the millefiore glasses

some red and green from the tulips

et voila!
A simple but happy table for a simple and most certainly happy lunch.

Let's not forget one of the important components:
The menu:
Oeufs Brouillés aux Oeufs de Saumon en Coquille 
(scrambled eggs in the shell; hence the egg cups)

A nice leg of lamb
and for dessert the appropriate egg...chicken... whichever comes first. 
Pas de Pâques sans chocolat...
Easter without chocolate? never.

joyeux weekend de Pâques.