i love love love the play "a midsummer night's dream". the story, the scenery, the time of year, the author, etc... i think of twinkling stars, muted dusk,mossy trees, forest animals, the scent of lavender, glistening ponds, flowing dresses, and ethereal-ly long wavy hair.
being as today is the summer solstice i did a little googling on the matter and came across the 1935 film production of "a midsummer nights dream". apparently the director, max reinhardt, and i had (have?) the same little bug in our brains as the images i found were pretty much exactly how my swimming little head has always pictured it to be. much lovelier than the home video of the play that i saw in high school-although i still couldn't help but love the play. i just really thought i could style it a lot better. just saying.
i can stop fretting now though. apparently my version was done 76 years ago. ding dong.
oh, and mickey rooney was in it. and james cagney. i live under a rock.
we have recently received what are pretty much the cutest skirts ever. they are from bunny and pear and they are selling out quick
they are also the outfit of the whatever day it happens to be. "oh. the outfit of whatever day it happens to be" you may say. "i forgot all about that because you've done a really terrible job at keeping up with that."
i'm making up for it with this one. everyone should rock a look this awesome.
so during my attempts at clearing my 'scratch disc', whatever that is (see last post) i came across this little folder i made for myself titled 'inspiration'. it is filled with a slew of pictures i have come across through various forms of internet trolling.
most have to do with decorating and home-ifying my house. which is really perfect because i am about to embark on a complete overhaul. so these have reminded me to get off my arse and get to work.
dang only three more letters until i'd have gone through the whole alphabet.
f-m and possibly n are all from the home of the remarkable owner of geminola-a fantastic vintage shop i was turned on to by our jewelstress brehan todd.
(please note: these have been collected over a few years and i didn't think anything about remembering where they came from until the last year or so. so i realize i am committing the ultimate blogging sin by not being able to properly credit every photo. so please if you recognize something that is yours or someone's you know, please let me know. don't yell at me...i'm very sensitive.)
ever since i had my first little nudge towards fashion, sweet little doll type dresses have been my favorite. (clarification: victorian type-ish. not so much the triple ruffled pink satin type.) i would always see cute little toddlers in pleated, smocked dresses, with tights and patent leather shoes and wonder why on earth they got all the cute stuff.
my envy only increased when i had two little girls of my own and would find the perfect dress for me, about 14 sizes to small, in the infants section.
i don't particularly want to look like an infant. like, i would ditch the bonnets and such, but a sweet linen, cotton, or wool, mid thigh, nicely smocked dress with black tights and black mary janes? yes please.
i do currently have one from the shop that i love love love and wear perhaps a little too much:
but recently a friend of mine, who happens to be an incredible artist as well, told me about laura flook. she saw her on an episode of oddities and decided she was perfectly narcisse-y. which she is.
i would gladly trollop around in these fancy grown up versions of my favorite kind of dress. shirts too. i'll take them all.
labrador and empress would most definitely be my favorites...in case anyone wants to buy me a belated birthday present.
you must check out her very lemony snicket-ish webiste. i so wish i had the ability to do more than type on this thing because that is really one of the most wonderful web site designs i have come across. not that i would copy it. i'm just saying.
one day when i was googling some someone or other in my family an image of my mother came up next to an image of a lazy gilded bed that looked like it was still warm from its previous inhabitants. in the background were chipped statues, worn out paintings and crackly mirrors reflecting the crumpled linen sheets and velvety pillows piled on the bed.
this has nothing to do with my mother actually and the fact that google spewed out anything other than articles about president bush is indeed a miracle. but somehow it happened. i bypassed my sweet mother's picture (sorry mom, but i know what you look like) and clicked on the image of the bedroom that someone clearly ripped right from the pages of my dreams. (i dream in book form naturally).
now to tie in the president bush remark...my family name is bush. and what i stumbled upon that day was bush antiques.
bush antiques is a land of dreamy, old, poetically decayed furniture and art and oddities that is, not surprisingly, located in new orleans. old new orleans style has long been my absolute favorite style of decorating. more on that at another time.
the photo that originally caught my attention is long gone now and i'm sure some lucky soul is lounging around on that bed right now in their chantal thomass knickers, drinking wine and giggling with their lover. rolling around on wrinkled linen sheets. sigh. but i could find a place for the above two as well.
the owners suggest this gigantic french fireplace surround (holy cow!) be used as a built in bookcase. definitely a majestic way to house your beloved books or your kindle. (pah! never!)
i think that these moulin rouge-y valances would fit quite nicely in my bedroom. they would make a lovely frame through which i shall gaze while laying on my sultry old frenchie bed. with linen sheets. (i would really really like some linen sheets.) also, when i first saw this picture i thought that the ceiling was burgundy velvet. it's not, but now i must have a burgundy velvet ceiling with white walls and pink curtains.
so, that's the gist. i highly recommend visiting the website however as there are many, many vignettes of rooms that look like they may have once surrounded the lovely sarah bernhardt or the like.
i am so happy that this little eye feast fell onto my plate over 4 years ago. i still have never actually been to the real live store. when i finally make it to that beautiful old soulful city, it will be first on my list.
i check back every few months to see what they've added to their inventory or what kind of ideas i can snatch up and re-work in my house.
like these doors.
these doors are magical. they even have the ability to bring peace and unity to my home. i'm sure of it.
me: my dear and lovely child, you can't wear that to school. it isn't appropriate.
child: what are you, insane?!
me: please change your clothes.
child: are you serious? this is ridiculous. you're going to make me miss my bus!
me: please change your clothes.
child: you are crazy! (slams door in my face)
me: why i oughta... my goodness, are these doors ever lovely.
well, actually she has been there for over a year. so all of you noa noa fans have already been introduced to her work. noa noa offers so many wonderful designs and collections that i would imagine she stays quite busy.