Red & White Stripes Redux

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It’s that time again!

When I go to my “happy place” with the annual red & white stripes post.

And what better day than on the eve of celebrating America’s Independence?

I have so much to be thankful for living here and not, say, in Egypt right now.

Not that I’ve ever even been to Egypt, so it’s not like it was a close call or anything,

but still…

I’d love to go there someday. Prayers for the situation there to settle peacefully and soon.

and now let’s get back on a much lighter note,

Red & White stripes window shopping Marrakech

 I’ve always got an eye out for a good red & white stripe when I’m traveling.

I’m delighted by what the smallest dose of it can bring to a room.

On my recent trip to Morocco I spotted this lovely display in a great  shop in Marrakech.

They had wonderful linens, textiles, place mats etc. so I hope someone will leave a comment reminding me of its name.

*LATE ADDITION: The music I forgot to add last night! Great summer song

(must be turned up really loud)


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An All American classic porch vignette

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Ice cream filled watermelon rinds via Bakers Royale

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Glasses via Taigan.com

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How cheery is this kitchen wall painted like a dish towel?

If you’re in a bad mood in the morning in a room like this there’s pretty much no hope for you.

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I spotted these cute “vintage” serving boxes in an antique store in Carpinteria and bought the entire stash of them. Perfect for popcorn or hot dogs and chips by the pool.  I propped them on my cotton throw/tablecloth in the “new” conservatory (which has basically become my new office!) for this photo.

Ask me if I painted the vintage lamp hot pink for the conservatory yet.

No.

Surprised?!

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OMG Ines-copy me much??

ED0112_Provence_001-400-lgnand Ines de la Fressange’s home in Provence

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Costa Nova, Portugal

great bunk bedsLovely to make up the bed with crisp, cool rouge stripes in the summer.

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cotton sheets via West Elm

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 Stripes Then. Jean Shrimpton

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Stripes Now. Kate Moss in Dolce & Gabbana

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photo Cihan Alpgiray

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Adorbable striped ‘kini from Ete via Moda Operandi

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Or a one piece from Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

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le Bristol hôtel, ParisI shot this photo in the courtyard of hotel le Bristol in Paris last summer.

I highly recommend it for the perfect combination of luxury & friendly ambience. Not too stuffy for kids and wonderful restaurant, bar & room service.

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It’s amazing how well red & white stripes work in old world interiors as well as new.

They can feel totally Euro or quintessentially American. Take your pic.

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They’re the Switzerland of stripes.

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OK, so I know this is not red & white exactly but how could I not put these 5 photos together? I wouldn’t have been able to sleep otherwise.

It’s not easy being me.

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Matisse

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No stripes at all here in fact, but don’t you think this room was “inspired” by Matisse’s “Checkers”?!

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But back to  red & white stripes

Consider the turban.

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Conversely, the Converse

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How about Roasted Strawberry & Toasted Coconut popsicles from Joy The Baker

Snow cone machine, Williams & Sonoma

Or classic snow cones (snapped at Williams & Sonoma)

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And just in case you missed it the first time; my Red & White Stripes post from last July.

Timeless is timeless after all.

HAPPY 4th of JULY to All You Wonderful Yankees!

Be safe and joy-filled this holiday.

And thanks as always to the troops that afford us this day to celebrate.

xx SP

More Stripes for the die-hards;

“Red & White Stripes (II)

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Red & White Stripes (Part IV?)

It could even be part V

In any case, it’s that time again!

When I drag you all along on my capricious love affair with Red & White Stripes.

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Remember these from yesteryear?

Marc JacobsShe could be a little happier about carrying that bag, couldn’t she?

013fullscreenPerhaps the models weren’t too thrilled about their hair. Seriously. I could have done the hair for this show.

And don’t worry… your computer hasn’t developed dandruff. It’s snowing!!

I always forget about this cute WordPress feature and I’m charmed when it returns every December.

A happy little vignette

L1140587and even happier strawberry cakes at Fauchon in Paris this summer

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View from a cafe in Fecamp (1904) by T.F. Simon via Bloomsbury Life

Someone got their bold on

L1140351A beautiful example of turn of the century red & white wicker at the Marches aux Puces in Paris

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013

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L1140581I even found red & white striped macaroons in Paris.

Damn. You can find anything and everything in Paris.

You know what I love? The grandness of the pillars with the down-homeness of the red & white stripes & bamboo-a bold combo in its own way.

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02-paper-straw-wreath-mdn-65136761DIY Straw wreath instructions HERE via Woman’s Day Magazine

and lastly, take just a minute to watch this beautiful video

PS. Would it be overly precocious to add a red & white striped hot air balloon to my Christmas Wish List?

Up, up and away…

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Red & White Stripes (part III)

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HAPPY JULY EVERYONE!!

I hope your weekend was grand.

It has been stunning here in Santa Barbara but my heart goes out to those in many other States right now suffering from storms, early heat-waves and dreadful fires.  Having lived in Santa Barbara for so many years, we know all too well the devastation of fire in our foothills and flames licking at our little town’s doorstep, so I’m especially thinking of those in Colorado right now.

Bless all the firefighters who work so bravely to keep us safe.

.and, uh…no rush, but any chance of a new calendar soon?!

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Meanwhile,

we’ve kicked “June Gloom” to the side like a tired old boyfriend and we’re starting off this month starry eyed and hell bent on enjoying warm-weather pleasures.

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I’m dusting off the popsicle maker

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and, as always,

deriving plenty of elevated Summertime Serotonin levels from delving into my “Red & White Stripes” file.

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Other than black & white stripes, it has to be my most favouritist combination, especially from May through September.

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Love it in the bedroom

(I won’t bore you with the photo of my son’s room again!)

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on the beach

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In my Picassos

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In my dreams of the Riviera 

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and beautiful vintage photographs

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While beach attire and attitude has most definitely changed over the decades…

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The appeal of red & white stripes has not.

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From my garden today, taken with Instagram.

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tents + stripes= 2 things that make my heart happy

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The perfect beach tote available at The Loaded Trunk  ( $64)

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Peppermint twist cake (sorry to have lost the credit for this talented person)

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A bold statement to be sure.

More my speed

On the porch filled with magazines, or pool side filled with towels,

or wine. Whatev’s

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I had a red & white striped tablecloth but I seem to have lost it.

No doubt it will turn up in November.

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Red Velvet cheesecake.

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Red Velvet flavoured VODKA.  You heard me.

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Red & white stripes work pretty much everywhere

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The Exotic

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Romantic

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Cozy

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 Playful 

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Certifiable.

Just trying to imagine the ‘dialogue’ with the neighbours…

Perhaps a lawn would soften the blow??

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On the sea

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At the lake.

Me. Here. Now.

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It just works.

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Not sure if I’ll have time to post again this week or not..

so just in case I don’t,

Wishing all the Yanks a terrific 4th of July.

Be safe. Be Joyful

and let’s keep the red stripes on fabrics and not on your skin.

Sunscreen People!

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PS. Still “pulling” my coconut oil :)

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Red & White Stripes II

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Samburu Warriors dancing in Africa

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How about that Superbowl?!  And never have I seen so many great examples of the colour combination Turquoise and Teal, than directly after I posted it on the weekend.  Good Lord.  Expect a Turquoise & Teal part II in the future, with all the goodies that came my way.

It actually reminded me that the same thing happened when I posted about ‘Red & White Stripes’ back in July of last year.

So as the days linger ever so slightly longer

and we begin to tire a little of wintery hues

As red roses bloom romantically on the horizon (don’t forget- Valentine’s Day is this Monday!)

I offer up a collection of Red & White Stripes for 2011

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Via The Sip Shoppe (link & info below)


Houseboats of The Nile

Not that I’m even vaguely suggesting holiday plans including Egypt anytime soon, but I did find more Egyptian Houseboats to fall in looove with.

Where’s my Graham Greene novel and Gin Fizz??

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Happiness

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Coastal Living

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Slim Aarons?

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Korsi Wallpaper

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Sonia Rykiel knitwear, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, Hermes cuff.  But forget all that- I’ll just take the bra!

(second thought- actually you can throw the cuff in too)

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Lovely memories…Younger Son enjoying a “Ting” (probably his 6th of the day :) )

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Speaking of that bra…

Chair available at BBItalia

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Elle Decor

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World of Interiors

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Where are those credits…

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World of Interiors

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I love a good earthy red striped linen, don’t you?

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Photo David Tsay via House Beautiful

My son’s bedroom at the beach

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Would you buy blinds from this person??

The mean French lady I bought the vintage wooden blinds from in the Marches aux Puces, Paris  (ha- gotcha back Mean Lady!)

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Manolo Blahnik’s house

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I’m definitely making a stop at The Sip Shoppe the next time I’m in Napa Valley !

“This new retail sipping experience features Swanson’s sweet wines, salon selections and other special wines served in a unique tasting environment. Appointments are recommended and average Sip costs are $15-$25.”

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The balconies of a beautiful building…somewhere.  Please bare with me- I’ve locked myself out of my new laptop that contains a few of the credits for this post.

Anyone know what to do when you’ve forgotten the entry password to a Mac ?  Will this involve another shame-faced trip to the “Genius Bar”?  :(

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Via House Beautiful March 2011

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House Beautiful March 2011

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Buoy-thingy in Chicago (never let it be said I’m not always on the look-out for my blog :) )

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Yohji Yamamoto

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Florals & Stripes

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Jean Paul Gaultier 2011

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And for Dessert;

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“Chandigarh” dessert plate by Mottahedah

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via Sip Shoppe



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“Ultimate Berry Pie” from Trader Joe’s

I started and ended today with pie, as my husband  pointed out to me tonight.  I’m not proud of it, but there you go. I do believe it touches on 3 of the food groups.

I was going to save it for a “Friday Favourites” but, what the hell. Get one- they are soooo good. only $6.95 – you can’t bake a pie for that!

Medium-sized piece, 23 seconds in the microwave, followed by heavy whipping cream drizzled poured around the edges (but never on top).

PS. Coincidently , I had included The White Stripes music on last year’s ‘Red & White Stripes”.

The band broke up last week.  We’ll miss you White Stripes :(

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