New Obsession: Paris Hotel Boutique Online Store AND Blog… are you kidding me?

May 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

I really feel that I should have lived in a fancier era. I wear pearls to the gym and diamond stud earrings to bed. I have a vintage satin kimono that I like to prance around in with heels when I’m getting ready to go somewhere. And with some Ella and Louis wailing in the background during my bubble bath, I may as well be getting ready to go to Ritz Carlton for some Friday night dancing in my custom-tailored lemon taffeta dress.

 

me, in dream land.

me, in dream land.

 

I posed for this Dresden-style statue... obviously, the dress was made for me *giggle*

I posed for this Dresden-style statue... obviously, the dress was made for me *giggle*

 

 

 

So… clearly, I fell in love when I ran into the Paris Hotel Boutique & Blog. It sounds just like what it is. An online store that features “vintage one-of-a-kind pieces celebrating the glitz and glamour of a bygone era,” and the owner’s blog that takes out the pieces and “celebrates the glitz and glamour of a bygone era.” Now this, THIS is right up my alley. Give me glamorous, give me vintage, and by all means – give me glitz – I am a happy girl. I clicked through every piece on the website and thought, ooooh I have to post this one! and this one! and this one! and this one! and…

So let’s talk about the blog first and save the boutique for dessert. Because in dessert land, it is a big, honkin’ triple chocolate cake drizzled with fudge, liquor, and sin.

So the first post I saw on this blog is one that features the York Hotel‘s color scheme based on the movie Vertigo – absolutely beautiful, it employs the use of peaches and oranges (what I like to call sunset colors) against neutrals.

Via Paris Hotel Boutique

Via Paris Hotel Boutique

Via Paris Hotel Boutique

Via Paris Hotel Boutique

Via Paris Hotel Boutique

Via Paris Hotel Boutique

There is also a mouth-watering post about San Francisco sweet shop, Miette, and I just like the colors in the pictures… okay, and the food:

 

Miette

Miette

 

 

Anyway, it’s a lovely blog. You will really enjoy it, and I absolutely recommend adding it to your blogroll or favorites (I’m about to do the same).

 

*drumroll*

Let’s move on to the shop. Oh dear me.

1950s Opaline Chandelier - $1525

1950s Opaline Chandelier - $1525

Im devastated this sold... only $25! Waldorf Astoria Promotional Pillow

I'm devastated this sold... only $25! Waldorf Astoria Promotional Pillow

 

Digging this but its a bit pricey for me - Turn of the Century San Fran sign - $165

Digging this but it's a bit pricey for me - Turn of the Century San Fran sign - $165

 

I have this thing about old suitcases. 1930s Vintage Leather Suitcases - $140

I have this thing about old suitcases. Can't you just picture a bellhop carrying these into a beautiful hotel for a girl in a cute little 1930s outfit? 1930s Vintage Leather Suitcases - $140

 

Vintage Turquoise Plaster Pedestal - SOLD, sadly.

Vintage Turquoise Plaster Pedestal - SOLD, sadly.

Anyhow, the online boutique is essentially everything you want your crappy local antique store to be but isn’t. I’m going to check this one obsessively and mark my words, something from the boutique will be mine. When I can afford it.

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WELCOME TO ITTLE!

May 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

I changed the name of my blog today. No one liked daemon, and people called it demon, so it was changed to something happier and cuter. 

Name history – my sister calls me Bit, Little Bit, and Ittle. That’s as simple as it gets. I liked Ittle.

Friday Smiles

May 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

 

Forgive the rather bland layout right now – I got sick of the lime green and will definitely change it to something a bit more exciting when I get some time.

 

Here are some things that are making me smile in the past couple days –

 

A renewed focus on Polaroids, specifically this book, For the Love of Light, coming soon

A renewed focus on Polaroids, specifically this collection, For the Love of Light, coming soon

 

Adie Loves Polly blog - a five year old's Polaroid journey

Adie Loves Polly blog - a five year old's Polaroid journey

 

Polaroid Cameras from $15.00 on Amazon.com

Polaroid Cameras from $15.00 on Amazon.com

 

Tory Burch Jellies. I need these. $95. I like the corally pink color.

Tory Burch Jellies. I need these. $95. I like the corally pink color.

 

Peonies. Theyre pretty.

Peonies. They're pretty.

 

The Bright Side Project Blog - awesome giveaways to make your day happier. Go for it.

The Bright Side Project Blog - awesome giveaways to make your day happier. Go for it.

 

Swagbucks - a search engine that you get free stuff just for using it.

Swagbucks - a search engine that you get free stuff just for using it.

Google Maps Screenshot of my new apartment in Carbondale, IL

Google Maps Screenshot of my new apartment in Carbondale, IL

 

A long drive ahead for singin' and thinkin'

A long drive ahead for singin' and thinkin'

 

Rumi poetry

Rumi poetry

That’s about all for now. More tonight probably. I wish you all the best of Fridays (hopefully payday for many of you!)… 10-4, over and out, or whatever it is that you’re supposed to say.

 

PSsst – Exciting news – my friend Addie Brown, Visuals Leader at Anthropologie in Greensboro, NC, has agreed to do an interview for the blog… get ready!

The return of the beanbag.

May 28, 2009 § 2 Comments

I never thought I’d be considering this. But anyone who stalks design sites or blogs has seen them – the modern beanbag, which is essentially furniture. Kids’ furniture. For grownups.

Remember this guy? The classic pleather beanbag.

The old versus the new

In my new place, I’ve had a few ideas that I definitely want to employ – the first one being versatile, inexpensive furniture, the second being that I want to devote very little space to a television area. I don’t like that 95% (this is a very rough guess) of homes these days base their living room furniture around their TV. So in other words, I want comfortable, movable furniture that can face whatever direction I choose instead of having a couch that I park on a wall opposite the television and make the poor thing stare at it 24 hours a day (yes, I humanized the couch there, forgive me). The other really, really important thing is that whatever seating I choose be sleepable. When you move across the country, you want a place for folks to sleep.

So yesterday I was walking around downtown Greensboro, NC and dashed into one of my favorite stores in town, Area Modern Home. And there, staring back at me, was a big, orange, FatBoy. No, no – not your typical NC resident (overweight and sunburned) — FatBoy is a modern beanbag that can basically be squished anyway you want it, and even laid flat to act as a bed. I asked the owner what he thought of it, and he proceeded to lay down on it and show me how huge it is. He has several at home, he says, and loves them.

The big attraction here for me is that a) it’s affordable and b) I can get it in my car on Monday if I want to have any sort of furniture when I get to Illinois.

So then I got to thinking about it, and, as well-trained by my father’s mantra, “Gather data,” (which I swear could be a recording that he pushes the play button on any time I need difficult decisions made), I ventured home and did just that. In the process, I came up with some questions. There are other brands, too – who knew? – that are more and less expensive. Which one do I get? Do they look ok? Do I need a huge one? Do I like the flat kind or the more “bean-like” style?

Here are the contenders:

The FatBoy Original

The FatBoy Original

The Sumoloung Omni

The Sumoloung Omni in white

LoveSacs PillowSac

LoveSac's PillowSac

So… let’s talk about these for a second.

In terms of cost – Sumo seems to be the winner at $149 and free shipping. However, I have read that the Sumo requires refills every six months, which makes the FatBoy appealing in terms of quality at $229. The LoveSac’s PillowSac is even more expensive at $299, but has some great options with it, specifically, the Rocker, and I think I need this no matter which one I get.

Rocker Frame
Rocker with PillowSac

In general, I think I like the white FatBoy the best, but LoveSac may be getting my business later for that Rocker. I have two super-thick couch cushions that I am covering with precious fabric that I think for now may be the perfect base for the white FatBoy, and just use the thing as a very versatile couch. Sumolounge still has a chance, I just need to know why it’s better.

Thoughts and opinions welcome.

Something smells inspirational…

May 27, 2009 § Leave a comment

When I lived in New York, I decided that my hair was pretty much my most important accessory. Why? Well, when you’re walking around in the city with a nose-to-toes winter coat, cute hair may as well be the ONLY accessory. So, I explored salons. I started at Nick Arrojo’s (of What Not to Wear), then to Michael Angelo’s Wonderland, then to Midoma. But let’s talk about Wonderland. 

Michael Angelo (the owner) has a whimsical style all his own. Also an artist, photographer, and designer, Michael’s art is, to say the least, expressive – from mermaid barbie dolls hanging from the ceiling to shiny banana wallpaper, there are giggles in every crevice, somehow amounting to a stylish-if-overwhelming salon. The wallpaper is actually scratch n sniff, and is Michael Angelo’s own design. Amazing.

 

Salon

Salon

 

 

Wonderland sign

Wonderland sign

 

Cosmetics Corner

Cosmetics Corner

 

It should be mentioned that this is SCRATCH N SNIFF wallpaper!

It should be mentioned that this is SCRATCH N SNIFF wallpaper!

I’m loving how happy all this stuff is. My new apartment (moving Monday!) is going to be light, airy, colorful, and happy, and I cannot wait. I also can’t wait to post pictures. Feeling good about the move!

Back with a vengeance!

May 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

Pretty positive that being without internet for a week except on my iPhone has been, to say the least, difficult. I’m a self-proclaimed internet addict and make no bones about admitting it, but now I am staying at mom and dad’s for a week where it is much like being in a hotel, with coffee made in the morning and having a clean bathroom. It’s the little things.

Some little updates for you – the wedding was beautiful, and we had a grand time – some pictures are below for your viewing pleasure. We haven’t gotten any of our official photos yet, so these are all as taken by my best friend Steve.

Post-ceremony, as taken by my friend Steve through our kitchen window. L to R - dad, mom, me, Liz, Grant

Post-ceremony, as taken by my friend Steve through our kitchen window. L to R - dad, mom, me, Liz, Grant

The wedding party

The wedding party

My favorite - lifelong family friends, the Stephens and the Royals

My favorite - lifelong family friends, the Stephens and the Royals

So, yes, we had a lovely time.

Now that the wedding is over, I am of course focusing on moving across the country next week, and my to do list is… long. But I had a great deal of fun with my mom over the weekend scouring salvage warehouses! The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC is pretty much the most wonderful place on earth, and there, I got some lovely items that I will post photos of when I get them into my apartment – among them, giant plastic letters (A, R, T … yay!), two Whole Foods poster, one for South American wine and one for a pig pickin’ (to remind me of home, mom says), some amazing fabric, and 2 Burts Bees glass bottles. The most expensive items were the letters for $5.00 each. Also, we ran into Anthropologie yesterday and bought some of their cute, cute colorful napkins for $3.75 each which we intend to make pillows out of. So far, I haven’t spent more than $5.00 on ANYTHING… and don’t intend to *.* Til I get a couch. And hopefully, that will not be expensive! Anyone have any supercheap sofa ideas?

Well, I (unfortunately) must get a move on. More to come…

Blabs

May 14, 2009 § 2 Comments

Ye ol’ blog is going away for a few days – I’m moving, and my sister is getting married on Saturday! Congrats to Liz and Grant. Below are some precious pictures of them (+me) as wee babes, unknowing as to what the glorious future holds… which I think is a lovely reminder that no matter what is going on our lives today, we are unaware as to what blessings lay before us. 

 

me, left, Liz, right

me, left, Liz, right

Grant

Grant

 

 

A great quote I found on the Krishna Das website last night (which you should check out for the music and some great spiritual insight… Krishna Das is a now-famous guru of Yogic chanting, and it is quite beautiful):

 

Place your burden
at the feet of the Lord of the Universe
who accomplishes everything.
Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,
in the Transcendental Absolute.
God knows the past, present and future.
He will determine the future for you
and accomplish the work.
What is to be done will be done
at the proper time. Don’t worry.
Abide in the heart and surrender your acts
to the divine.

– Ramana Maharshi

 

On that note, and back to design, I leave you with some lovely news – Amy Butler bedding is coming out in July… very exciting indeed, and let’s hope it’s affordable. Some of my favorites, courtesy of decor8 (all images link to original decor8 post):

 

Courtesy decor8

Courtesy decor8

 

courtesy decor8

courtesy decor8

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