Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Magnolia photo by House Beautiful
Thursday, March 25, 2010
If I was a purist, the rest of my home would be all tonal, shades of ivory. Like this home so perfectly executed by Canadian designer Julie Charbonneau, sometimes wish I could personally handle a monochromatic palette on a daily basis. To do so would mean excluding all my favorite colours and truthfully I would miss them and could never leave any of them behind. When I have done this look for clients I found I didn't want to leave their house upon project completion which is a big clue right there where my second personality resides (my husband would say I am selling myself short, there is at least 10 personalities going at any given time). It has a soothing countenance that I find elegant and orderly if that makes sense. My eye keeps going to the book collections, today all in ivory, last post showing a red collection in the Charlotte Moss townhouse den.
Alexander McQueen ~ Paris Fashion week Fall 2010.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This may be a tight corner but doesn't it have everything you need?
If you remember the photos from my Mediterranean cruise last fall, I photographed a newspaper rack from a cafe in Cannes that caught my husbands attention (click here). I would do this idea in a minute if I had any wall space left. Maybe I should make some adjustments, this would be so perfect for our weekend newspapers which I like to read at length and in-depth. Another idea would be to mix in some more interesting newspapers, perhaps from Paris, Rome or London. A few brass or pewter towel racks and there you have it, a civilized and interesting wall treatment.
So what colour is your view? It may not be a NY view but it may be something you should be considering when selecting a room's paint colours. You can be 99.9% sure that the tones seen in the copper patina and adjacent limestone building was what inspired Moss to use this soothing palette in the Master Bedroom.
The Charlotte Moss signature..............the most exquisite bed treatments.
All photos from Veranda
Monday, March 22, 2010
I am kind of taken with this Prada vinyl look for summer. Too bad my legs don't tan because I am sure that is what this shoe is intended for......to show off your leg tan (or your superior self-tanning application method) all the way to your toes.
I love wearing statement necklaces, I just don't like the weight around my neck and on my skin. By 7:00 pm I am looking to take it off and wring it around someone elses neck so I guess this means I am not a worthy fashionista. I think I just need to rethink the approach and go for something that I can wear over a shirt or blouse (is that an outdated word?) like this Prada number shown above and below.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Original artwork by Fifi Flowers
I haven't given myself one of those fashion inspired gift wrap challenges lately and since I am nursing a muscle injury from when we swerved and averted a car accident a few weekends ago I have to stay off the bike and am self-restricted to minor movement. I can stand and wrap, just can't seem to bend well so a wrapping challenge it is and this fashion photo had me more than intrigued. Nothing like a good dose of coral fur to distract me from the fact that my cycle challenge is interrupted so early in the game. Too bad, the weather is simply fabulous right now and I could have covered some ground by now. This is only a delay and not a quit kind of excuse before I even start. And I think I want that doggie in the window, I am having replacement dog fever really bad these days. I used to put a ribbon on my male puppy until my son said "no more Mom" and he was right, the poor boy dog looked ridiculous. The next dog will definitely be a female. She can watch me gift wrap with ribbons in her hair.
What a luscious coral colour to experiment with and turn my head towards a colour zone that I might not think of by myself. Fashion has a way of doing that for me. I notice combinations that served me well in my designer days and now gift wrapping. Looking for gift wrap cues in fashion and interior design isn't such a frivolous thing, inspiration comes by keeping your eyes and creativity open. I have these gorgeous bronze organza bows that I gussied up with a length of bronze taffeta so the ribbon bows would add volume to the rear of the organza bow. It doesn't really need it, I just like doing it.
I find myself reaching for these narrow, satin ribbons lately. For something so thin, it does seem to capture the eye which surprises me. I tend towards wide ribbon in much the same way I tend towards larger jewelry, nothing more than a personal preference. In the end I did slide a wider hand-dyed silk underneath so it just goes to show you how I can't shake my preferences as easily as I think.
Vogue photos from Vogue Archives/Other photos by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I was thinking about my friend today who is headed over to Paris this week. And I was thinking about my own upcoming trip in September. And then I was thinking..............is there any city more beautiful? I could look at this photograph all day and thought maybe you would enjoy a bit of gorgeous Paris too.
Then I got to thinking what I really, really liked about Paris. It's the walking, you can eat all you want and come home weighing less. What a clever French trick, no secret at all to how french women stay so svelte.! Next time I will cycle there too. For some reason I really want to cycle in Paris. And collect more business cards. Paris shops have the best business cards and I would like to frame a few together. Well, actually a whole pile of them.
Even when you have to wait in line......for macaroons or to visit the Louvre.
All photographs via Rita Crane ~ Flickr
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Towels are a practical item, we use them every day. When it comes to towels I am a practical kind of gal, I only buy white towels. Mostly because they are stored in a cabinet with glass doors and I like the uniformity in our ivory ensuite. But a few years ago when I was feeling under the weather I went out a bought myself a few sets in the most feminine and gorgeous shade of pale pink. I keep them in a section of my dressing room and whenever I use them they just lift my spirits. Buying a woman a set (bath towel/face towel/facecloth) of gorgeous towels in her favorite, happy colour will certainly lift her spirits in a most comfortable and practical way. If a monogram service is available, you could have a set monogrammed with uplifting words such as relax, restore, refresh or request her name be embroidered in script very small and discreetly in the top corner. Just for her.
Soap can also be a practical luxury. Though she may adore scented soap and it's gorgeous packaging, palliative nurses tell me that many patients are often highly-sensitive to fragrance at times during treatment. Unscented soaps such as Dove or Ivory can be practical but simply lovely when layered into a glass canister and tied with a beautiful ribbon. A gift even the most practical gal can use and appreciate.
You don't have to wrap every bar of soap with tissue and seals as you see above, but it could be a detail that elevates a simple soap collection to a luxurious level. An effort even the most practical would appreciate. This jar of wrapped soaps is a prototype from a company that didn't go forward with the product or I would give you the source. Instead I am giving you the presentation idea.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I think to re-style a box says a something positive about your gift giving effort. For those times and those special people who you know will appreciate your effort and creativity. Who actually look forward to your gift wrapped creations. It means you took some extra time, you actually put the presentation together and if anyone has trouble with you re-using a store logo box then I would say save your lovely box for another time. I think we tend to think of store boxes as disposable items, a free way for stores to push their brand, but you do know that you somehow paid for this box in the purchase price don't you? It is your box to use as storage, closet fashion decorating, and of course what I am suggesting here today. A no-cost, clever, creative way to make your gift givng more special, more thoughtful, and more fun for you and them.
All photos by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life
Friday, March 12, 2010
This dramatic Henri Bendel ~ New York box has been sitting on my wrap table for a few weeks and today I was in the mood to play around and see how many directions I could take the brown and white stripes. This is the first round using colour matched cards, next week you will see the second and third rounds using the same box but taken in a totally different style and colour direction.
There really is no need to gift wrap the box when it has a pattern this graphic and eye-catching. A simple ribbon and a great "card cut" , doesn't get much easier than that. I just use double- sided tape to affix the card over the store logo. You could also use a glue stick.
Another card cut image from the same box of blank notecards.
Welcome, welcome to new followers and readers this week.
And a big welcome to the ambitious ladies who are cycling along with me on my Cycle Challenge. I will introduce them to my sidebar on Sunday. Until then.......get going?
All photos by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life