Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Audrey Tauton - A Favorite French Muse

I remember when I stood in line to see a quirky little French film called "Amelie". I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm mad about French films and the poster with this impish little face caught my attention. I took a small notebook and pencil into the film and sketched this face because I was so taken with it's charm. That face was the face of Audrey Tautou. It was the hair and the eyes. It was a perfect little film for Audrey and one of my favorite films of all time.

When I was in Paris in October, I still came across the movie posters of "Amelie" and took this picture for fun. It has become one of the movies associated with Paris.
Have you ever seen the Chanel No 5 Perfume ad with Audrey? It's like a small movie.  I would imagine this was a natural followup to her portrayal of Coco in the movie, "Coco Avant Chanel."

See Angelique here.
And here.
And here.

This young girl was the result of my sitting in the movie theatre that day with my paper and pencil sketching Audrey Tautou in "Amelie." I called her Angelique and featured her in a series of ladies called "French Kiss." Angelique was always the most popular of the three ladies I created and she still is a favorite no matter whether I put her face on a pillow, or an eyeglass case, or a tote.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Using Saris For Your Home Decor Projects

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Over the years of garage sale and flea market searching,
I have a small collection of beautiful Indian saris.
I love the vibrancy of the colors and textures and
in my white home decor, a sari gives me
a wonderful hit of color.

Last week, I used my bright yellow and pink flowered
sari as a tablecloth on my dining table.
I incorporated dollar store pastel tea light holders,
my vintage pink flowered French china and a
vase of pretty yellow roses.
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On the napkins, I placed old vintage Christmas gift tags
that had a pretty red rose to pick up the roses in
the china.  I used them as table place cards.
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Last summer I attended the Indian Festival in Toronto
and what a wonderful sight it was to see the gorgeous Indian women 
in their beautiful saris. 
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The tables at the Festival were covered in lovely saris and clothing
with more colorful jewelry to add even more bling to the dress.
Many of the saris have beautiful gold threaded designs running
through them with jewels which would be beautiful
in a home as decor accents.
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I love using my saris as drapes.
I use the clip curtain rings so that I have no sewing
and can use the saris in other places when I
want a change.  
Sometimes I just love a sari thrown over the
bottom of a bed like a throw for 
a little color and texture.
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Or as we see them in the above picture
as a canopy for your bed.
Notice the sari covered cushions...
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Nothing more beautiful to me than 
red and pink saris in a bedroom.
I would feel like an Indian princess.
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Just a lovely stack of Indian saris
would be lovely in any setting.
I wish I had this group of blue and lavender saris.
A couple of my saris have been ripped
either from a previous owner or my own mistakes
but they would be perfect candidates for cutting them
up into quilt sized pieces to make cushions.
Or, as a long pillow like the one above.

Have you ever used a sari as part of your own decor?
Most large cities have Indian neighborhoods where you can
find stores carrying thousands of gorgeous saris.  
Toronto has two Little India neighborhoods and it is so much
fun to go shopping in the area for wonderful buys
and then have a delicious lunch at an Indian restaurant.

Affordable Splendor Shop

Here's a lovely vintage brooch 
I have for sale in my 
Affordable Splendor Etsy Shop.
This would be just the right piece
to showcase with your Indian sari decor.
See it here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In The Spring ... My Furniture Moves

 There is something about the change of seasons
that affects my home decor psyche.
Curtains come down, the rugs get rolled up,
dark pillows get put away,
and the furniture takes a trip across the room
into a new setting.

Last week, I decided to tackle my studio.
In the smaller room nook, I placed my
daybed just so I could look out the 
window as I read my magazines.
Across from the bed, I moved my
painting table so the mess wouldn't
be seen when you entered the room.
I even cleaned up my desk
 I hung my fun small paintings on the wall
in the smaller alcove so that they would
inspire me to paint.  I found my old painted
lady pillow with a boa around the edges to
decorate the daybed.
Lots of eyes on me.
When guests stop by to chat or see the
painted ladies, I have two old
garden chairs that offer just the right comfort spot
to sit and wile away the afternoon.
The west sun pours into my studio in the Spring
but when the old lilac tree outside my window gets
it's leaves and flowers, I not only get some
protection from the sun but also a beautiful fragrance.
This is my working desk where I write my blog and
pay bills and peruse the internet.
The lady pillows are watching over me so I don't
waste too much time on mahjong.

Visit my Etsy Shop here and here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Zara Home ... Beachy Colorful Look For Spring

 I am a HUGE fan of Zara Clothing stores.
Most of my shoes and favorite funky clothing comes from 
this fabulous retailer.
But now, we also have Zara Home.
And because Zara is right on trend for Spring with
the colorful beachy decor, I thought I would
share their latest Look Book look.
 The pillows and dishes remind me of the 1940's.
The material looks like it has picked up the style
of the old birch cloth patterns that I use
to fight over at garage sales and flea markets.
 The yellow dishware look like they may have come from Majorca.
I had four lovely dishes similar to the small yellow bowls
in the picture above but gave them to my son.
When I visited him this week at his home,
he was using them as his cat bowls.

 Parrots are the birds of the season.
At least these pottery ones don't live for over 50 years.
Have a few minutes today?
Stop by the Zara website and have some fun
dreaming about your summer decor additions.
See it here.

Priscilla Mae Etsy Shop

Iris is a new painted lady in my Etsy shop.
She is not at the beach but
her colors fit the season.
Visit Iris here.