Thursday, February 16, 2012

Laurence Amelie

I had been searching for the perfect painting for my daughter's room for about 6 months, it had to be pink and it had to be a ballerina. Armed with this criteria I scoured etsy, poured over art galleries online and picked through hundreds of Ebay searches. Nothing fit. Then, armed with a cup of coffee and strolling through Soho one Saturday morning I stumbled into one of my favorite shops, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. There in the window was the most beautiful, ethereal, tutu painting EVER. I couldn't believe it. It was everything I was looking for. Girly and light without being sugary and cartoon-ish. It was the grown-ups version of a ballerina painting, but somehow managed to capture my 4 year olds heart as well. I took it home and also snagged a wispy aqua and pale pink cherry blossom oil painting for above my nightstand as well. Since then I have googled her and found so many amazing florals and tutus. I love it all. She is featured quite regularly now in RASCC and has an online gallery as well. I think her work is so modern, but so feminine. Here are two images of her paintings in my apartment in New York.
This is one of her classic tutu paintings. I love the moodiness this has, it's one of my favorites of the tutus I have seen.
This piece sits above my nightstand, I love the colors and the wispy branches.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dining room updates

I have been working on my dining room for quite a while now, it is the last room that I have really devoted NO time to.  I needed to buckle down and find a couple stand out peices and accessories.  First trip a success!  La Belle Maison of Ann Arbor, my local go-to for interesting French Antiques, dishware and lighting had the most AMAZING french butcher block table from France, circa 1900.  It has this cool bulls head at the top, which is typical of butcher blocks of that era.  On one side is the actual wood block that has seen a lot of use and has the most amazing uneven top.  The other side is a slab of old Carrara Marble.  This peice is a little more "kitchen" than dining room, but I couldn't go home without it.  I also snagged four antique botanicals in a grass green to hang above it...I think they balance out the piece and make it a little less masculine.  They also brings out the green in the light above the table.  Enjoy!