I tip-toed away and had a quiet little birthday this week. Not a momentous one, nothing ending in a “0″ or marking another decade. Just one of those that glide by with the swiftness of a bird’s wing, a gentle whoosh,silent … Continue reading
Perched on the edge of Lake Muskoka, Ontario,
A heavenly hammock swings between a pair of perfectly placed trees in the garden of our friend’s charming old cottage.
It just doesn’t get much better than this.
I’ll spare the Jim Croce song, but “If I could save time in a bottle…”
This would definitely be one of those times.
BTW, have you ever been to Lake Muskoka or the Lake Region of eastern Canada?
This is how beautiful it is. For miles and miles and miles. No filter, plain & simple.
Put it on your list.
But once again, I digress…
I told you I was still putting up a hammock post.
I could possibly have saved this for my “Indigo” post-which, in my timely fashion, should debut just before Christmas.
Cause I know when one hears the word “Christmas” one instantly thinks Indigo!
But for real, who doesn’t adore the promise of a cozy hammock with all the dreamy, romantic emotions they evoke?
A macramé cocoon twisting gently from the creaky ceiling of a sleeping porch, a mattress ticking pillow, Hudson Bay blanket thrown over the edge and a great book nestled within?
or perhaps it’s more
Robinson Crusoe meets Swiss Family Robinson with Johnny Depp lurking behind the nearest palm tree, whittling you a coconut vessel from which to sip your rum. Together.
Hey, It’s all good, Matey
At the other end of the spectrum…
This romantic vignette helped inspire my English Country Garden Tastemaker Tag Sale on “One King’s Lane” last week.
I also think it’s awfully fun to hang a hammock indoors, given the right setting, don’t you?
I’ve never done it, but never say never, though I think they’re especially great in a young person’s abode.
Lots of dash for little cash.
Besides,extricating one’s self from a hammock can take some
manuoevering manuveouring effort.
I love this photo, but I’m sure I’d have that basket weave deeply imprinted on my entire body for the rest of the day.
Ahh, once again, the ageing process…
it’s a beautiful thing.
Fancy bathing in a hammock big enough for two? check out Splinterworks.co.uk
Here’s one sporting my favourite combo of black & white, plus a handy thick rug placed strategically underneath for a two-martini roll out.
The pinnacle of Hammock Chic- the woven leather one by Hermes
I’ll take two, on either side of the fireplace thank you very much.
And a most charming turn on a nautical hammock, a vintage boat brought indoors.
Don’t you just love creative people?!
2013 A Space Hammock. For the ultimate threesome.
Or the perfect old school hammock swinging gently above the olive groves of Greece.
Pass the feta please.
Tropical, indoor, old school or space age
Let’s face it. Hammocks rock.
At the Nui Nui in Bora Bora
Paging Fletcher Christian…
Here’s to sweet languorous dreams of a life lived slowly…
But only 9 more months ’til next summer!
Australia-you’re not even allowed to say a thing right now!
Happy September All
All uncredited photos from Tumblr or pinterest
Happy Labour Day Weekend!
The weekend that officially licks the stamp, seals the deal, clicks the “send” button on Summer.
And me, with all these lovely, summery images & ideas still left to share…
And possibly one of the greatest summery songs by one of the greatest summery bands;
So you have to promise to listen, nice & loud as always, while you stroll leisurely through this post…
(there’ll be a test to make sure you were listening afterwards!)
Well. We’ll soon be kissing these scenarios good-bye, won’t we?
( 2 images from Tumblr )
and no longer running out to my garden to gather roses for the table
(OK, laying it on a bit thick here-hopefully we still have a couple of months left of roses in Santa Barbara)
I never got to finish the ultra impressive “SUMMER ICE” post I was working on.
(Martha, you can breathe a sigh of relief my friend-the above was my very best effort- they were supposed to be ice balls but the two halves wouldn’t stick together. It looked so easy in the Japanese video)
I wanted to say what a nifty idea this was-freezing aloe vera juice into ice cubes to soothe nasty sunburns.
Particularly great for using on your kid’s friends so they go home and say “Timmy’s mom makes aloe ice-cubes for sunburns!! “
and you just sound like the best frickin’ mom ever.
PS. I never made them.
I also never told you about my trip to the city of Orange recently where the temperature reached a 100 degrees and as I stepped out my car I spotted this super cool old fashioned ice-dispensing machine. Instagram American Graffiti moment. IF I were old enough to even remember that movie, which, no way, I’m not. My husband told me about it.
Oh, I had so many summery images collected
Some, like maybe this one of Daria Werbowy, you could have lived without. But if I’m in testy mood, I’m dragging you with me.
We’re a team here-you’re in or you’re out, you know that.
I had a whole summer skin products thing I was working on…
but I’ll just say; for me, this was the best face sunscreen I found. Broad spectrum, very lightly tinted, thin consistency (though slightly oily, not a bad thing for me) and a whopping SPF 50 without feeling like you have a mask on. Also comes un-tinted.
Did I get a chance to write my post on “HAMMOCKS”?
Well, that post is still coming, maybe even tomorrow, so don’t try and stop me.
Bloody Labour Day.
And did you know that this past Friday, the 30th of August, was “National Marshmallow Roasting Day”?
Swear to God.
I even had a “Roasted Marshmallow Post” so here it is, somewhat condensed;
Roasting by the river’s edge in Idaho.
Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake (with Greek yoghurt!) HERE
Help me find these??
Some perfectly roasted giants mallows I posted on Instagram last month.
Aqua Creations’ Origami LED “Marshmallow” lamps are folded from a single sheet of paper.
The antique lantern in my covered porch in Sun Valley always reminds me of a toasted marshmallow.
Marshmallow outdoor furniture
and if you’re cramped for space, how cool, er hot, is this wall mounted barbeque from Sigma Focus?!
and when all else fails…
Top photo Kate Moss by Patrick Demarchelier
It feels, at least to me, like it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a “Colour” post.
In fact, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post
So what better combination to jump back in with than Black & White?!
Especially since I started compiling these, and scads of other images way back in the Spring, when the runways were absolutely choc-a-bloc with black & white stripes-particularly Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors & Balmain, to name just a few.
Alas, the summer has slipped by as quickly as those looks hit the shops and streets
and look who’s finally getting around to the “White & Black” post”?!
(I’ll be sharing that “Best Sunscreens” post any week now too!)
But seriously, the combo was positively inescapable this summer.
I snapped this Harvey Nichol’s window in London in June.
This cool arrangement, a particular favourite of mine, I shot at The Tintagel Hotel in Sri Lanka last year.
The round black vases sit on a large lacquer tray perched on a leather ottoman. So chic and unusual, and even more beautiful in person.
Just one of my all time favourite black & white bedrooms ehvver, that’s all.
I wish I knew where it was and who to give credit to.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (then protest that I did not already say that)
Black & white stripes work in every possible permutation
photo Jeff McNamara
or flat out modern
They worked for Matisse and his models
and with every shade in the colour spectrum (speaking of Matisse)
They’re the perfect touch of homespun textile in an industrial space
A cheeky, yet classic addition to an eclectic vignette
And don’t even get me started on how cool these stairs are.
Of course you’d have to install railings in America, by code, which would totally spoil the look-
but you could then remove them after inspection.
Woops-was that my outside voice again??
Speaking of being naughty, I pinched this great set of china for practically nothing at Target. I might have posted this Instagram photo once before, but it fits so well here, I couldn’t pass up the humble brag.
I think the ‘china’ looks great with the linens-
From the markets of Sri Lanka to Target in Ventura- a truly International table setting!
Seriously coveting these black & white pots but don’t know where to find them- I just know they’re made in Italy.
I also scooped up about a dozen of these mini metal beach pails at Target for like 99 cents. Filled with herbs and interspersed with votives, they’ll be fun down my long barn table. That’s the plan anyway. If I ever get around to throwing a dinner party again.
HOW DOES MARTHA DO IT??!!
(but that’s another post, right? I guess getting up at 5 AM helps)
How about striping just one wall for a great effect that’s easily removable if you tire of it-
which you probably won’t, but I always worry about that. Virgo.
Cute chair, no credit, help me out here Pinterest People.
*Ahh-and already “Linda” has written in with the credit here Thank you!
Super simple to paint your own floor, right?
Says she, with the lantern still on the floor of the garage…
My Instagram pic of the bikes outside the Mark Hotel in NY this summer.
Let’s forget about stripes for a moment.
In my next life I want to be able to carry off six wacking great bangles on each arm and act all blasé about it.
“Oh, these? these old things?? I wear them all the time…don’t even notice they’re there”
I’m also loving this poncho by Rag & Bone, which I would wear to death.
Keds by Kate Spade
Love the pic but I wish the shoes weren’t so pointy.
I SO coveted these sequined pants from Etro. I figured (justified) they were a timeless investment.
But were they in any of the shops?
loved the sandals and the toenail polish colour, which I bought but looked totally vile on me.
Is it Kate? So French, so cool. Even though I hate smoking.
Carolyn Murphy via Vogue
My favourite model, besides Christy Turlington, Daria Werbowy.
OK, so in my next life, I’m coming back as Daria with a whole armload of cuffs & bracelets.
I won’t say no to the jacket if that’s thrown in either.
Edie Campbell by Peter Lindbergh
This was one of the best editorial spreads of the summer-I’m still saving one of the other photos for an upcoming post.
But I think what we’re really learning here People is that we all need to get some black & white striped trousers.
Sooner than later.
and how about that face?!
BTW, Summer still isn’t over, especially for us here in Southern California
For those of you Down Under, it’s just about to start (lucky!!)
Kate Moss in Dolce & Gabbana. Photo Patrick Demarchelier
Hat by Monet, photo Herman Landshoff, Mademoiselle, 1959
In fact, Really timeless!
and if you’re still left with even a sliver of a doubt…
a glimpse of Anne Demeulemeester Spring/Summer 2014 Men’s collection.
White & Black Forever!
Last year’s “Black & White Redux” post HERE
Balloons & pencil photo via Pinterest
Happy Monday All!
I hope you enjoyed another lovely summer weekend,
and may I be so bold as to remind everyone that it IS in fact still summer?
So all you folks pinning Halloween ideas and Fall decor on Pinterest
just STOP THAT RIGHT NOW!!
It’s only the 19th of August-The “F” word is still many weeks away!
Let’s make the most of these precious last days of warm weather, shall we?
Get thee to the beach, lake, park, garden, the roof of your apartment building (talking to my Older Son :)) tout de suite.
As long time readers of Slim Paley well know, I’ll still be posting about my favourite time of year ’til I’m dragged away by the edge of my cover-up, clutching that last salt-rimmed Margarita to my heavily sun-screened/damaged bosom.
I shot the above photo in my garden, as well as the ones to follow,
for my first
Inspired by my recent trip to London, the excitement surrounding the arrival of Prince George, and yes, the last languid days of summer,
I chose a “Vintage English Garden Party” as my theme.
Who amongst us doesn’t enjoy at least the idea of a lovely English picnic (paging Merchant Ivory fans) complete with vintage silver, the “family china” and tinkling crystal glasses of Pimms brimming with fresh fruit?
And who, like me, simply can’t wait for the new season of “Downton Abbey” to begin?!
An Instagram of my garden
The windows of Fortnum & Mason in London were bursting with the delightful components of an English countryside picnic.
I love how I caught the double decker going by on Piccadilly (even if I do say so myself)
Just look at that gorgeous giant Melton Mowbray pie!
F & M will fill a picnic basket that will positively make your toes curl and they ship all over the world.
But back to me
Everything in these photos will be in my sale (except the white table cloth & hat)
There are lots of my vintage goodies to choose from as well many items curated from One Kings Lane’s “Vintage & Market Finds”
go ahead, have one.
Flowers in my friend’s English country garden
A collection of vintage Wedgwood Majolica
A lovely & bright vintage oil of garden roses with an antique desert plate, part of a set, in the foreground.
“Garden Wall” vase and old enamel coffee pot
A Hull vase
Note to Self; notch back on the Pimms…
My sale starts tomorrow, August 20th, 8:am PST
Please DO stop by and leave your calling card
PS. On a more somber note, thank you to the many readers who have been checking in concerning the ferocious fire in Idaho. We are grateful to be back home safe & sound in Santa Barbara, but our hearts and prayers are still with all the amazing firefighters in Sun Valley and Hailey who are battling SO bravely to protect our beautiful town. Please keep them in your thoughts & prayers too.