Wednesday, March 30, 2016

All New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!!

Celebrate the beauty of Spring with Paris Hotel Boutique, where we've added many special new pieces just for you!

Some highlights include:
  • Large Selection of Estate Jewelry
  • Grand Antique French Wall Mirror
  • Vintage First Edition Books
  • Art Deco Siegel, Paris, 31" Hat Stand
  • Midcentury Listed Artist San Francisco Watercolor
  • French Modern Wall Sconces
  • Hotel Silver & much, much more!    

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Vintage Easter...Let's Look at the Easter Bonnet!

The history of the "Easter bonnet" actually goes back centuries. In the English tradition, the notion of getting new clothes on Easter to signify inner growth and renewal dates back to Shakespeare.

The tradition to wear a new hat at Easter was introduced to popular culture in the 1930's by the songwriter Irving Berlin, who wrote a song about the annual Easter parade in New York City.

Women, throughout the years have sported bonnets to wear to church services on Easter and in local parades. From elegant, to completely over-the-top!

Here is just a small sampling of Easter hats from years past...

Angie Dickenson

Ann Miller 1947

Audrey Hepburn

And...I just love this lady!

Happy Easter All!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Has Home Design Turned Mundane or is it Just Me?

Let me preface this post by stating that I don't wish to insult anyone's taste, as we all have our own style, thank heavens. Additionally, there are elements that appeal to me in many of these homes, and I'm gracious to the homeowners showcased in the following photos.

Having said that, I'm wondering what has happened to home design? I mean, I get it...modern, Scandinavian, minimalist, Ikea, less is more, but...

I'll go through some of the variations of themes that keep popping up...

Saarinian Tulip Tables.

Okay, these are a blast from the past and quite fun for midcentury decor, but it seems that they've dated themselves... a second time.

White Fluffy Rugs.

Okay, okay. I have a white shag rug. I like it. I love white. But...seems that almost every home I see in a magazine or online has a fuzzy rug in there somewhere.

Bare White Walls & Metal Lighting.

What has become of art? Sofas with gorgeous paintings over them? Or fun sculptural pieces? I'm seeing a theme of bare walls or groupings of little prints. Add metal task lamps everywhere from the living room to the bedroom...

Black Walls & Floors.

I actually like hardwood floors painted black, but not a fan of black walls. They make a room look smaller and seem kind of depressing to me. In this case, I prefer white.

Criss-Cross Rugs.

Really? Haven't we seen enough of these? At first they were fun, but now I turn to a page in a magazine or an Instagram photo, and there's a criss cross rug. I've had enough, thanks.

White, White & more White.

I love white. My entire home is painted white, including the exterior. But, when it all starts looking cold and bare with only black, it kind of bores me.

So there you have it. Certainly there is an abundance of all types of decor our there from traditional to modern, depending on what publication you're looking at. But, I yearn to continue to see those unique antique pieces thrown into the mix of "modern." To see people have their own unique style and not copycat what everyone else is doing. 

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Palm Springs House Untouched Since 1969! What??

Oh, my my...this Palm Springs house just went on the market. It was built in 1969 and has never been redecorated since! Brace yourself for the photos below...lots of bright colors!

What do you think?

For more images and info, visit Town & Country here...

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Happy National Women's Day