Thursday, May 28, 2009

Souleiado....An Inspiration To French Country

While shopping online for Souleiado fabrics, I came across a very good article written by Roger Moss of Get French. For the complete story, click on the link below.

Capturing The Sun...

By: Roger Moss/GetFrench.Com

Hidden away in the narrow streets at the heart of Tarascon, on the banks of the Rhône between Arles and Avignon, is a world-renowned symbol of Provençal tradition. We celebrate the world of Souleiado.

There can be few decorative items so instantly recognisable and so powerfully evocative of the region in which they are produced as the printed cotton fabrics of Provence. Style, as they say, never goes out of fashion. And if you know what you're looking for among the countless products inspired by the genre, just one name stands out from all others: Souleiado.

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Souleiado Museum

Friday, May 22, 2009

Museu de les Arts Decoratives

Ciao Blogworld!
Sorry I've been MIA for so long...I never realized life with a toddler would absorb so much of what was yesterday's down time. I hope to pick up the pace this summer.

Meanwhile, I found some photos I took while visiting the Decorative Arts Museum in Barcelona (before baby). It was designed by Gaudí for one of his major patrons, Eusebi Güell.

This Italianate-style palace was officially opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1926. It now belongs to Barcelona's Town Hall and is a museum and is rented out for special social or business functions.

The beautifully landscaped formal gardens with the two museums take up one wing of the palace and are open to the public.

Those museums are called the Museu de les Arts Decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts) and Museu de Ceràmica (Ceramics Museum). They display a fine collection of period furniture, stained-glass, gold and silver, porcelain and antique clocks. You'll see some outstanding original ceramics by Miró and Picasso as well.

The photos captured inside the museum were taken before I was stopped by a docent alerting me to the forbidden photography policy.

Unfortunately, I cannot find my notes regarding what objects are in these photos.

However, I thought the few pieces I captured would help inspire anyone that has an interest in Decorative arts to make this a destination if they get the chance to visit Barcelona, Spain.

The palace is definitely worth visiting, however, it was sparsely furnished in comparison to other european palaces I have visited. And, its scale was small relative to other royal homes that have been turned into museums.

Nevertheless, if you are in Barcelona, it is worth the trip. I specifically remember the relief I felt in the shaded forested gardens on the hot summer day I visited. ThePalace sits high above the city and was a great escape.

Much of what I recall seeing resembled the Moorish influence on the Spanish colonial era.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A May Affair For A Beloved Mother

Happy Tablescape Thursday! For more colorful and creative table settings, please click on the image above to Between Naps On The Porch blog hosted by the lovely and talented Susan.

I created this table setting as a dedication to my beloved mother in celebration of Mother's Day.

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The tablecoths are fabrics that I purchased on sale at a nearby
bridal fabric shop. A beautiful pink satin with a floral embroidery pattern throughout. The topper was a pale pink tulle beaded with miniature pink pearls on the hem. Unfortunately, I was unable to truly capture the beauty of the trim with my camera outdoors.

The vintage etched stemware was a find at a nearby antiques store.

Pale yellow and pink ribbons placed together to bring more of the colors to the table. Crystal brooches from Michael's crafts store. The sky blue menu with silver medallion stamp tucked in the napkin pocket.

Vintage Minton china

Saint Francis Pattern by Barton & Reed

For evening drama(providing there are no mosquitoes) I purchased an empire chandelier which was originally hardwired and converted it to a plug- in to hang over a tablescape such as this which creates the perfect ambiance. I hope to create another outdoor tablescape for the evening before the weather gets cool. Stay tuned.

Colorred crystal stemware by Faberge

This is actually a placecard sitting on top of a napkin ring. I love the look of the napkin rings by Faberge with its rich enameled colors the brilliant crystals and pearls. I thought they would work perfectly with the tablescape so I was lucky enough to find placecards with a similar enamel color and finish that fit perfectly on top.

Sterling silver candelabras from my partner Dan's grandmother which were gifted to her on her wedding day.

I created the large floral arrangements with a variety of tulips,peonies and other(sorry, I forgot their names) flowers purchased from my local Costco.

The 2 smaller floral arrangements consists of a mix from(I think stalk or tube roses)Costco with Peruvian lilies and snap dragons from my garden.

Thank you very much for visiting my tablescape.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


If you're lucky enough to be in Vienna, Austria this coming Saturday May 16th, then you are in for a treat. The entire city of Vienna will be celebrating it's 17th annual Life Ball. A charity event for the AIDS foundation that has gained the reputation as Europe's largest most successful annual charity event. An international event that has brought celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world to contribute and support the fight against AIDS.

Proceeds from the Life Ball are divided evenly between AIDS Life, which sponsors the event and supports Austrian AIDS projects, and AMFAR, which distributes funds internationally to some of worst affected countries in the world. To date, Life Ball has raised more than $14 million to fight the epidemic, including over $2 million in 2008.

This year’s Life Ball features Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker, appearing on behalf of AMFAR, who will present the “Crystal of Hope” award to a pioneer in the field of HIV/AIDS. In addition, Oscar-nominated fashion designer Patricia Field will appear along with New York music sensation The Blonds and pop queen Katy Perry of “I Kissed a Girl” fame.

Each year, the Life Ball is staged as a baroque Viennese event featuring fashion shows, performers, and elaborately costumed guests.

Since 1993, world-famous celebrities and artists have lent their voices and support to Life Ball.

With their appearances and involvement, Sharon Stone, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Kim Cattrall, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum, Dennis Rodman, Naomi Campbell, and Randy Crawford have inspired courage by promoting the joyful aspects of life, and in doing so have stood up against HIV-based discrimination and prejudice.

Life Ball is organized by AIDS Life, an independent non-profit organization that raises much-needed support for people who are HIV positive or living with AIDS.

Last year's Life Ball 2008 featured prominent guests including Sharon Stone (in her capacity as chairwoman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research), Amanda Lepore (who performed the 2008 Life Ball song[2]), Kim Cattrall, Marcus Schenkenberg and Linda Evangelista.

Each year the fashion show highlights the work of a well-known designer, with professional models as well as celebrities on the catwalk. In the past, the latter group has included Til Schweiger, Kylie Minogue, Amanda Lear, Cyndi Lauper, and Dolly Buster.

This is one event not to be missed if you ever visit Vienna in mid-May. This is definitely on my list of 1000 places/events to visit before I die.