Lilies are the type of flowers one either really likes, or the scent of the blooms turns them into a ‘thumbs down’ for others. We adore the lily fragrance, often searching out a single stem when we are traveling to make our hotel room smell nice. The Market had bucket after bucket the other day so I picked up a bunch. I really wanted to use these really thick vintage bottles that are some of our very favorite. Often I will run them down the center of the table so the blooms dance about. But for these, clustering them together alongside the brass candlesticks seemed like a fun idea. Sort of like a bouquet, while still seeing the stems, which I always like. It also allows for the lily to shine solo as well as in the group. The minute we open the front door after coming home from work, the lovely lily scent greets us. Mixed with the natural warmth of August, it is intoxicating.
Just arrived at the shops, IN MONTMARTRE Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art by Sue Roe, which I can hardly wait to begin reading. Paris in 1900, oh my. How I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during that incredible time in history to hear the innovative conversations and witness the creation of such groundbreaking artwork. This book puts you there, smack dab in the thick of it all. An account of the social network of artists at a time in Paris that will long be remembered for its significance in the art world. Actually, not just the art world, but the world.
Being a retailer, the Saturday before Christmas is when I really start to see certain folks begin to get a little stressed out while shopping. My post today really is just a reminder to all of us, myself included, to take a deep breath, and enjoy. The Holidays can be such a joyous time, but they can also be stressful. Tons to do–shopping, wrapping, spending money, entertaining, family, more family, shopping again, more wrapping again–you get the picture. Bottom line, we all just need to have fun with it. My hope for all of us is a week-end filled with enjoyed tasks, while fully enjoying the season that it upon us.
Sending my very best. Always.