Feeling Very Delftish

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Watching Downton Abbey makes me think of Port. Thinking of Port reminds me of my trip to Portugal a few months ago and how crazy delicious the port wine was.

But that’s another post, as well as a glimpse into my thought process, which no, doesn’t always lead to alcohol.

This post is about Delft. Or perhaps I should say “Delft-ish” inspiration, as I don’t want anyone busting me on these images not being genuine Dutch Delft, a connoisseur of which I’m definitely not.

I do like me a good delfty object though and I can certainly appreciate how the blue & white of Delft can really make a room sing.

Prada Delft tile handbag

Or a bag. Like this Prada one.

train station, PortugalDuring our say in Portugal we had the pleasure of visiting the lovely little town of Pinhao, where the rustic scenes of this gorgeous wine making region are represented on the walls of their quaint train station.

Delft certainly seems to be having A Moment, or am I the only one noticing?

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blue & whiteCheck the boots!

blue & white tile I’m totally in love with these Delft On Acid limited edition tiles by South African artist Ruan Hoffmann available thru Cletile.com

great traditional kitchenand you can’t beat a spot of delft for old world charm, here mixed with great panache with dark wood, rough plaster walls and the sleekness of modern components.

blue & white plate wallpaperDelft wallpaper via Studio Ditte

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DelftThe combo of Delft with peach tones=perfection

tumblr_mfhnaqUNBW1r2k6djo1_1280Carolina Hererra is channeling Delft for Spring 2013

Tadashi Shojiand Tadashi Shoji

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opening-mondrian-sohoThe Mondrian Soho, NYC is in on the moment.

blue & white table settingGlorious. Especially if your frenemies are opposite.

J.Crew pajamas dang, I’ve lost the credit for these cute jammies.

*OK- Here’s the link to the PJ’s J.Crew

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Chanel Skyline

nailing delft tones

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Screen Shot 2012-12-18 at 8.34.13 AMKarolina Kurokova steps out in Cavalli

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Norman Parkinsonphoto by Norman Parkinson

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Historical blue Portuguese sideboard by Heritage

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I don’t know that I could put this much effort into graffiti that can just be licked off, you?

I guess that’s why I’m not a cake icing graffiti artist and Shelley Miller is.

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29. carolina herrera bedroom patricia herrera jonathan beckerCarolina Herrera’s daughter in a sublime tableau of red & blue delftishness

Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 8.28.21 PMTory Burch Spring 2013

delft wall, PortugalMy girlfriend admiring the gorgeous tiles of the Pinhao train station. I just noticed how her scarf ties in with the wall border.

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tumblr_lsgyj1uArm1qcgtroo1_500Gaultier, of course

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The Blow away vase by Moooi

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OK, I’m off to yoga and then I might even treat myself to a spot of Port.

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Copper Light

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Ahhh…it’s here.

The stunning copper light of Autumn.

There’s nothing quite like it. I follow the glow as it filters through the house until slowly fading to black through the windows of my bedroom office ( where I’ve craftily cropped the chaos of my desktop out of the photo)

 As you can see, my climbing rose is still happily keeping me company, no more blooms, but plenty of foliage.

You’ve gotta love Southern California!

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A few more copper beauties for your viewing pleasure;

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Christo wrapped trees

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Coppery make-up at Chloe

Copper is such a great hue to really bring out the colour of your eyes. As a green-eyed girl it used to be a favourite, but try finding copper eyeshadow that doesn’t have a lot of metallic  (metallics are no longer my friends :( )

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Copper wood fired oven for pizza making at Medlock Ames in Sonoma via Remodelista

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I love the simplicity of this copper fireplace by Antonio Lupi

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Copper decadence by Anoushka Hempel

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Gaultier mixes metals in his Spring 2012 collection

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Honestly?  Your guess is as good as mine.  I had the photo in my “Copper file”

Insert caption here;________________

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Elie Saab Spring 2012

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Bottega Copper tumblers $99 for set of 4 from Napa Style (via Remodelista).

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Something about these bathtubs makes me want to put on cowboy boots, get all dusty and clomp up the staircase of a saloon to have them pulled off.

They make me feel very…Rooster Cogburn

I admit, not the best visual, but there it is.

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Lara Stone

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floor made of pennies

Love this copper penny floor- what a fun idea for a small room on a small budget

Just not sure about how one would go about keeping it clean.

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Phew- that’s enough budget talk…

Let’s visit Carolina Herrera :)

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All Carolina Herrera Fall 2011

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I have a small touch of copper in my kitchen sitting room.  

The patina changes with the weather, but never turns green in Santa Barbara.


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Look at that beautiful evening light, after the rain

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Copper bike via Van Heesch Design

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Copper paint by Behr

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Hand hammered copper sink by Frida

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“The 19 Series” Copper plates by Omer Arbel

Watch how the bowls are made here. Very cool.

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Jean Paul Gaultier SS 2012

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A penny for your thoughts

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A Page From My New York Diary

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A beautiful botanical extravaganza in a Bergdorf’s window  (Carolina Herrera)

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Don’t you just LOVE New York?!  There is just so much to do and see in this city it’s crazeee.  One week is really not enough! wa wa…  I hope I can come back soon.  We’ve  had such a great time and I will always remember getting up early and watching the Royal wedding from my hotel here.

As always, the shop windows were fabulous…

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The film/book “Water For Elephants” was the theme for some of Bergdorf’s windows

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Such pretty detail- love the contrast of the sequins and floral against the circus straw.

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As I mentioned in my last post

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Cherry blossoms were everywhere…

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Even growing in…

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In fact,

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Extending out of the confines of window spaces appeared to be the theme along 5th Ave this week!

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A particularly fun window filled with vintage sewing machines at “All Saints”, an outpost of the London store.

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Spring’s bounty was abundant in all the hotels & restaurants

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The Plaza Hotel

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President Obama decided to be in the same area of town as me. Coincidence??

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We even managed to get out of the city one night and enjoyed

 an AMAZING dining experience at

Blue Hill at Stone Barns  in Pocantico Hills (Westchester,NY)

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Straight from the farm to the table, everything served at Blue Hill is either grown or raised or produced there.  The photo above is of fresh baby vegetables presented in such a charming way. Who knew a simple leaf could taste that delicious?!

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Crazy fresh salad is presented on individual triangular slabs of granite.

My favourite thing, besides the insanely delicious seafood soup?

A smoked Kale cocktail.  You heard me.

I’m sorry I couldn’t take more photos, but a girl’s gotta be discreet (sometimes :) )

Blue Hill at Stone Farms is about a 50-60 minute drive from Manhattan. Jackets required.

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And speaking of cocktails…

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 I finally went to the Pegu Club

Delicious cocktails there too!

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If your plans are taking you to NYC in the near future, I strongly recommend this little book;

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It’s hip, fun to read & accurate

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The view up 6th ave. from the hotel bath window

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I was struck by the dark, shrouded silhouette of this building against the night skies of the Village.

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And lastly,

Talk about being in a place that you’ll never forget when something momentous happens-

I’m now in Washington, DC and the streets are filled with people yelling and running towards the White House with the news of Osama Bin Laden!

This certainly will be a trip I’ll never forget.

Well done America

What a week!!

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Fire in The Sky

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Photo via LK’s Grab Bag

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I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend?!

Judging from the amount of responses to my last post, apparently I wasn’t the only one in the mood for a good old venting.  Well done All!

Don’t we feel better now? So many of your comments really made me laugh, so I thank YOU for that :)

Meanwhile, back in Paradise on the shores of Lake Tahoe,

my dear friend and fellow blogger LK’s Grab Bag has sent me weep worthy sunset photos she’s snapped from her porch this past week.

So, Inspired by her fiery skies…

I’m sharing just a few images to get you started on a  beautiful beginning to your week ;

Aurelie Biderman

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Aquilano. Romondi Fall 2011

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Tartan Around With Plaid

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Louis Vuitton Winter

 Happy New Year Everyone!  I’m back from Cold Mountain.  Expecting my frozen feet to warm up again any day now.  I actually invested in an electric foot warmer, which just arrived today,  but I’ll save that for Friday Favourites if it works well.  For some reason (possibly that I haven’t made any yet) I’m not ready to talk about New Year’s Resolutions, new starts or becoming a better human in 2011 yet.  I don’t want to suggest that my New Year began inauspiciously but when I removed the fur slippers I’d been wearing in Sun Valley all day, there was a mouse turd stuck to my foot.

I think I read somewhere that’s a Scottish sign for Good Luck.

How’s that for a smooth segue into a post about Tartan?!

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Sunlight streams in over vintage wool blankets, Sun Valley

British Homes & Gardens

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A corner of our mudroom, Sun Valley

Photo Roland Bello

Vivienne Westwood rug

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Vintage chaise, Ralph Lauren olive green corduroy & plaid blanket, Sun Valley

Dior Winter

Dior Winter

A gift from the Highlands 

 

MAC

MAC Winter/Holiday collection

Commes des Garcons on the runway…

and…uh…camping glamping  (sometimes I worry I don’t make enough of an effort :()

Lynn Yaeger – She always makes the effort

This is one of my most favourite pieces in my closet- a layered tartan kilt by Jean Paul Gaultier.  Had it forever and a day.

Ruffled tartan wallpaper by Vivienne Westwood

Karlie Kloss wearing Celine jacket, Carolina Herrera dress

Carolina Herrera

Ralph Lauren

another great Scottish import.

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I warned you I’d recycle my Sun Valley dining room table in the Plaid Post

Holiday window at Bergdorfs via Habitually Chic

Ralph Lauren eyewear

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Just trying to compile a comprehensive post

Tulle skirt Ann-Sofie Back, Jeremy Scott boots

Commes des Garcons

 Maybe I just need to make a little more effort avec mes chapeaux

My Holden Caufield hat

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I hope your first week of the New Year  got off to a great start!

PS. Go see The King’s Speech if you haven’t already.

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