Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Pin It Lawd, has it really been since August?

Major life changes going on –– exciting stuff, really! I can't share just yet, but hopefully one day soon. 

Merry Christmas, and if you're ever in a pinch (or if you're just lazy like me) and you want a quick, stylish gift wrapping idea, check out what I dreamed up for Christmas this year. Easypeasy! 


•Satin Ribbon
• White wrapping paper + chinese takeout boxes
• Wired miniature white pinecones

Pretty, memorable gifts don't need to cost a fortune a'tall! 


I did not put up a Christmas tree this year, but I made a new wreath {that counts, right?}


I've also been getting more requests to do florals and event design, which I DO love so much. 

Check out a recent event that I had the pleasure of whipping up. The occasion? My neighbors' birthday last month. We were on a tight turnaround time and in a halfway renovated kitchen, but pulled it off swimmingly!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!



Thursday, August 4, 2011

Raji Radhakrishnan • I Simply Can't Get Enough!!

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I fell in love with Raji's approach when, out of the blue, she sent me a sweet friend request through Facebook. At the time, I wasn't familiar with her work, but after catching a glimpse of her well-edited, sophisticated and unexpected interiors, I was just floored. So beautiful, so tailored.  

I'm a huge fan of restraint, and to me, Raji is a master at playing with the positive and negative space that separates a design from too much or not enough  and translates it into a result that is visually dynamic without being either or. Perfectly balanced, through and through. 

All photos courtesy of Raji's Facebook Fan Page or website

Notice the finish on the herringbone floors –– venturing away from the popular ebony or medium walnut tones, Raji used what appears to be something between cherry and mahogany. The results are beautiful! That chair!! 

The stark nature of Serge Mouille floor lamp creates such a clear communication with the brass table and mid-century armchair. I love the subtle tension between these three pieces. 

This is the room that gave me pause. So many traditional elements, yet the room feels relevant and current. LOVE the intaglio inset into the keystone on the fireplace. Just gorgeous!  

Her strategic use of color is so refreshing. Well balanced, fresh and never too much.  

Raji has also recently completed the 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse, so be certain click over to a few blogs that have covered the "Salon des Femmes" she designed! 




Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sounds Good To Me Music Series: Chris and Thomas

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Haunting. I love these guys. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

That 70s House • Part II of Our De-grannyfication Project

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While we weren't able to make headway on the kitch, we were able to spiff up the majority of the other public areas of the house. WHAT a difference –– we are still in disbelief over this radical change. 

Could it get ANY uglier or drab? Billiard lights are leaving the premises asap. For now, I will be replacing with simple track lighting. Oh, who am I kidding....we all know how temporary works –– it really means semi-permanent ;)

We will destroy you!

After 2.5 days of prep, 12 hours of painting, a black dog almost turned white and 3 pizzas eaten...........

The fan (gag) is being replaced with a chandy, and we still have to hang draperies.

Miss Cricket makes her internet appropriate that she's sitting atop HER sofa for the photo opp.

Obviously, we still have a long way to go –– but to us, any progress is major progress in this old house! 



***I should note this: a few friends brought it to my attention that the blogger comment box can be a bit fussy –– they want to leave comments, but usually get frustrated with the signing in, etc. In an attempt to try and make it easier for my facebook friends and blogger friends, I'm trying out both forms. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have this more streamlined and easier to read :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

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See a common theme? 

Stay tuned. 
Hint: We're going on a staycation over 4th of July.........


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thank You Grant K. Gibson!

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A couple of weeks ago, Grant K. Gibson posed the question: Mo Faux or NO FAUX. Flowers that is. 

In a sweet gesture from the gentleman himself, he asked that we comment away and one lucky commenter would win a nice bunch of the peonies that he used for his room in the San Francisco Decorator Showhouse. Well, wouldn't you know.....I won! And I swear, I have never won anything in my life that I didn't 'work for.' So I was thrilled to bits! 

Today, I received the lovely package with a smart little handwritten note done up on crisp letterpress stationery. So kind! 

Since I (embarrassingly) believe that those mo fauxers have a time and place (if done well!!!) The pretty  peonies found a new home in my dining room. 

Thank you, Grant! I promise to water them daily and keep them smelling as nice as they have for the last 3 years ;) 



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sometimes I Just Like To Play

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All from my yard! Thank goodness for plants that grow themselves year after year, because this gangrene thumb couldn't even keep the fresh thyme {that I bought  in a planter!!} alive for more than three days. I quietly wept as it rapidly withered.......

The girly-girly fru-fru china was passed down to me from my great-aunt, rest her lovely soul. Isn't it sweet?  It inspires me want to make some Marie Antoinette-like confections and have an all out girly date replete with champagne and a shoe-fashion show.



Saturday, May 28, 2011

Picnics & Pastis • Summertime Is Here

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Most definitely my new summer libation. Pastis. Truly delicious if you are a fan of anise or absinthe + light, crisp, bubbly concoctions which dance on your tongue. Salut! 

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A a photo taken by Gwen for a little get together I like to call "Ladies who lunch but not a socialite in the bunch, lunch"

Fresh baked bread, olive tapenade, crisp linen, brie and apples, fried chicken, honeysuckle and pastis. The sights, scents and tastes of a South Louisiana summer –– and what a summer it's crafting itself to become! 

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! 



Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Best Momzie Any Girlie Could Wish For

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Because she's a champ with advice and only only gives it when asked • is the most delicate strong person I know • the most graceful lady I've ever encountered • the cutest and hippest momzie from here to the east coast •  has saved me from being a total butthead on multiple occasions •  put up with my hyperbolic antics • taught me a ton about being kind, generous and genuine • made me drink with my pinky up (even beer!) • has always been my champion • brought me to every festival she could • taught me to dance in an un-whitegirl way • made me work for what I wanted • and the best for last: kept telling me to date "that Ken boy" even when I would reply "No way, mom. We're just friends"

She does a bang-up job as a mother, y'all. I can only hope that one day I can be half the mom she has been to my sister and I. 

 Lady Momzie, my sister Lacey and I.  I'd better look that good at her age! 

Happy Mother's Day to everyone. I hope that your beebee's spoil you all day long! 



Thursday, May 5, 2011

So Thrilled To Be Featured On Nico Chic As a Style Gal!

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A few weeks ago, fellow blogger and friend, Nicole Leblanc, asked me to be in her monthly style feature on her hoot of a blog, Nico Chic. Nicole is a busy lady ––  having three munchkins, a thriving business (which happens to be my favorite live music spot, The Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse) a husband, a blog, an Etsy store and I'm sure she wears other hats, too. Somehow she manages to find time to stay sane.....I think her fantastic sense of humor helps with that just a teeny bit. 

She, Gwen Aucoin (we really can't get enough of each other, can we?) and I had a photo shoot full of laughs so boisterous that I almost had to re-apply my makeup. 

©Gwen Aucoin Photography

Visit Nicole's blog for the full interview! Be sure to poke around at her other posts as well––her take on the rollercoaster of motherhood is absolutely hilarious and is certain to put a smile on your face and a laugh in your tum. 


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

She's Electric! In The Studio With Lively {and lovely} New Orleans Artist, Anastasia Pelias

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Last weekend, I took off on a last minute road trip to New Orleans. It doesn't take much to get me to the city and when my galpal Gwen  said "New Orleans en bicyclette?" I couldn't say "YES" fast enough. 

Unbeknownst to myself, Anastasia or Gwen, was this strange trifecta of connectivity we all had in common and it aligned seamlessly last Saturday in Uptown, New Orleans. I met Anastasia at Gwen's birthday party, held at our favorite live music spot. We exchanged contact info and have had an email courtship for the past few months. Anastasia, not knowing Gwen, or even knowing that she attended Gwen's party, hired her to photograph her recent exhibit at Acadiana Center for the Arts. {A must see when you visit Lafayette!}

Follow that? I know. Small world. 

So it begins. We rode our bikes the two block distance from our place to Anastasia's studio, where we were met with nothing but southern (or Greek!) hospitality. 

 Born and raised in New Orleans, Anastasia lives, works and plays in the city to this day. In fact, the studio was at one time her father's law office, a space that they once shared together––she, the young artist with a closet sized workspace and he, the attorney, with a bustling business and run of the rest of the space. Anastasia told me of her father's great character, a man who served as a constant source of encouragement and fostered diligent commitment to her craft throughout her career. 
{How wonderful!}

Not long after our arrival,  Robin Atkinson, Anastasia's wonderful assistant and young curator, breezed through the door. Just five minutes before she sprinted over, she was leisurely soaking up some rays at the pool and thinking "Wow! We should get the studio professionally photographed. I should tell Anastasia about that." As soon as the words "Photographer will be here in five minutes" leapt out of Anastasia's mouth, Robin leapt into her poolside threads and made the timely appearance. 

{She's SO adorable!}

Anastasia is surrounded by not only the spritely Robin on a daily basis, but  these two cuties, too.

Anastasia's greatest extravagance is simply the scent of her favorite incense, which she burns in this beautiful vessel.

"I beg my relatives to send me rose incense from Greece and burn it in my studio every morning – it seems to work well with the smell of turpentine, which I also love!"

She primarily works with oils and oil sticks. While her body of work is mostly paintings, she does like to give herself "permission to explore {new mediums}." A notion that I find refreshing, not to mention, integral to the evolution of an artists work. 

  Anastasia on her process:
"I work on 2 or 3 canvases at the same time allowing the paintings to inform each other and me. I’ve been working on a body of work, “Washed,” where I build the surface of the painting with multiple washes of oil paint, turpentine and a special concoction that I mix up, creating a level of saturation and luminosity that can only happen through this layering process. So much of the paint ends up on the floor…"

She mentioned that of all the art housed in the studio, these two are by far the best and most valuable.
Created by her two daughters, Artemis and Athena when they were children, they are her most treasured. {sniffsniff!}

She glides so effortlessly throughout the studio that I knew instantly she must have had a ballet lesson in her past. 

My suspicions were confirmed! Of course she paints in what else but––ballet flats. She was indeed a student of ballet for many years. She told me that in many of her paintings, she will reference the 
eight-count in dance. The energy and rhythmic nature of her work certainly captures the essence of an allegro movement, don't you agree? 

I fell even more enamored with this woman after laying eyes on her musical selections.  These three albums have been in my perpetual rotation since my pre-teen years! 
(Mazzy Star is on the left if you are not familiar--get that album, sugars!)

Anastasia works in "big bursts of energy."  Her work, being quite visceral and emotion driven, is a daily proactive endeavor in which she has integrated within the space of the house. She gives herself time to reflect and become absorbed by what she sees on the canvas until she knows precisely how to calculate her next stroke. 

As much a fan of Anastasia's painterly pursuits as I am, there were other details throughout the studio that commanded my full and complete attention. I became entirely captivated by these wasp nests and small boxes that Anastasia created in what she called her 'red phase'

More from Anastasia's Automatics series. So chroma-rich it's intoxicating.

On fire! A detail shot of a painting in her Linked series. 

I asked Anastasia who or what has influenced her art in the greatest capacity. Her response was entirely moving and spoken with such conviction and confidence. 

 "My undergrad professor at Newcomb College, Hal Carney, was the single most significant influence on me as an artist. His intensity, his seriousness about art and what it means to be an artist resonates with me always. Also, my father’s dedication to his “life’s work,” his translation of the complete odes of Ancient Greek lyric poet, Pindar, and his unwavering commitment to his daily work practice inspires me every day! They both, in their own ways, understood me and supported me as an artist whose work is driven by strong emotion. That is powerful."

The idea of "life's work" is one that I'm not sure we think of too often these days, but the gravity of that one single statement beckons me to print it out in huge letters just to remind myself daily of how truly grounded a perspective those words create. 

"I am convinced that art is indispensable"
––Anastasia Pelias

Her website is fantastic so please look over her wonderful {and large} body of work. Quite impressive. 

If you would like to see her pieces in person {truly a sight to behold}, Anastasia is represented by Heriard Cimino Gallery on Julia Street in New Orleans which has a great inventory of contemporary art.  be sure to visit the website today and the gallery next time you visit. 

*And if you are in New Orleans during the summertime and want to see great art, White Linen Night is a really fantastic event. Check back on in the coming months for the date. 
***Anastasia just informed me that she is hosting an open studio event on May 22nd. I will post the details tomorrow! I am most definitely going to try my best to attend!