The Privilege of Growing Old

I am stuck!  Don’t know what the heck has happened to me, it’s been three months already and I can’t stand looking at the last post I did any longer! I officially hate it, so I left my bed in the middle of the night determined to fix the problem. Enough is enough. I have something to say and it’s been stuck in my throat and heart for a while… My friend Ellie is dying, she is dying really young…and Aging is a privilege, so if you are aging you are so darn lucky.

My friend Ellie is dying with ALS. I’ve never met her, but thousands of us consider her our best friend. She has this crazy beautiful blog called “Have Some Decorum” -you can find it here  – and thousands of adoring followers and friends…she is young and gorgeous, with a loving french husband and a pretty teenager daughter whom she adores and calls The Brat!  Ellie is a California girl living in Paris, she’s hilarious and irreverent, tender and tough, with a dirty mouth and a mischievous brain as quick and bright as a ray of light.  All her friends around the world, myself included, can’t accept the fact that we’re losing her and are praying for a miracle… and I would be all so grateful if you could add her to you prayers too.

To understand Ellie, you have to get to know her, it’s so worth it. I promise!  But you must go way back in her blog to really get her. Don’t make the mistake to judge, just let yourself experience a lesson in life and strength that is rare and remarkable. I found her  in 2014 through Janet from the blog The gardener’s Cottage  Janet had just discovered her and  begged us to pay her a visit, she was smitten and couldn’t stop reading…and then crying…  I started reading and I was hooked. I can only tell you to be prepared to laugh out loud and cry like a child…

I don’t have images of “Real People” growing old with grace, I’ve been told in this post  “Gray is Beautiful, or is it?” that the people in the pictures are rich, famous and photoshoped.  I agree, but those are the only pictures available and until I become a famous photographer and I can produce my own material, this will have to suffice, of course that’s never going to happen, I barely know how to use my camera in automatic and prefer my iphone!

What is true  and will continue to be true is that aging is a privilege not offered to all and that there is remarkable beauty, strength and character hidden in the lines that cover us all.

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Ellie and Gracie in California

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Ellie (Left in red and rhinestones?) and husband David. Don’t know who the lady in red in the middle is.

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So let’s never forget to give thanks for the privilege and beauty of growing old

 

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Thank you for listening…

 

The colorful life of Eddie Ross, Here comes the sunshine take 2

Eddie Ross… where to start?!  The talented East Coast editor of Home and Gardens Magazine brightens any space he enters with his sweet personality, down to earth demeanor, boyish smile and tremendous talent.  He can bring light and color in a masterful way to any room using things we own in combination with family treasures and some very affordable Salvation Army or Goodwill pieces.  His spaces are definitely unique, bright and so darned positive that they can chase the blues away out of any heart in the world.

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And now, with his new book, written in collaboration with his handsome partner Jaithan Kochar, he is on a mission to help us do just that on our own.

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I find myself looking at old images of his work and realizing it has a certain timeless quality to it!

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There was no chance in hell I wasn’t going to include next picture, a tablescape he did in collaboration with Bunny Williams for Christmas!  People at this point might be sick of Christmas Decor, but this is so fresh and creative that nobody could tired of it, even after the holidays.  What an honor to work with Ms. Williams, she is one of the best and most respected decorators in the world and a wonderful and down to earth person as well. I can only imagine how Eddie must have felt working with her, I would have cried. Yes, right there and then, burst into tears!  Not just because of how talented she is but because she is a very real and classy lady who is unaffected and unimpressed with all the fluffies (is that even a word, or I just invented one?!) and pretentious stuff that comes often with the lifestyle of famous and top interior designers.   I could spend hours and hours listening and talking to her, it must have been a rare and delicious treat!  Nothing more on Bunny because of course, I’m going to have a post on her, and even if I try very hard,  I won’t be able to begin to scratch the surface of her contribution to the world of design and her fabulous work. These posts are such a treat to me, to revisit the work of all those incredible people… Priceless.

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What a joyful table…. I can’t stop staring.  Tabletop fabric by Bunny Williams for Lee Jofa, the inspiration for the whole tablescape.

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Eddie used his own antique English salad plates with  Bunny’s Gold Star collection  and his French Opaline Goblets. I love those who are not afraid of change and experimentation, opening new ways in any field and widening our horizons!

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Notice how nicely combined the flatware is with Eddie’s own vintage silver and Bunny’s Paris Flea Market collection

How gorgeous those salt cellars and shakers are as well as that pepper mill?!  It is in the little details, I’m telling you… I always say the same thing! Well, not just me, everybody. 

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I believe this is from the book and makes me just so happy to look at it, you must order the book!  After so many years of whites, browns and grays -which I ADORE-  we really need help to bring color back into our lives and this book will do it. Imagine this: Bunny Williams did the foreword. It means the book is smashing beautiful and perfectly illustrated! Every review I read is calling it: The BEST.   You can order it here:   eddieross.com/modern-mix

This is my first time including links!!! hooray !  Go me!  I hope they work because they make me feel so professional and stuff….  I apologize for any infringements with the authors of anything. If I need to remove something I sadly…not gladly… would do so!  I know, but I’m not going to lie, I love everything here and don’t want to take anything away…

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What a marvelous and happy combination! I hear Pharrel singing!

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The colors and textures, the patterns and all the eclectic goodness going on here is such a treat, it has that collected through time look, that natural and effortless feel, so hard to obtain and it’s so unassuming that will make anybody want to stay forever…

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I believe this is their guest room. I’m surprised of how restrained this room is in regards to color… that means they either compromised or Eddie can do neutrals with an accent color beautifully as well.  Of course he can!  I wouldn’t be surprised though if we find this room changed very soon, I can see orange curtains or at least the natural grasses roman shade painted orange or something like that!

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I am not a fan of the tablecloth colors and pattern but I can still enjoy the whole thing, I think the brass candleholders are lovely, and I am in love with that mirror!

That shows everybody that even things we think we don’t like can look beautiful with the right combination of elements. Very english garden and Art Deco vibes at the same time! Eddie Ross can make anything work but it takes an immense amount of skills and talent to do it so perfectly, and of course great taste and instincts.  I’m a big fan!

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I love the cutlery, those beautiful white, crisp, embroidered linen napkins and fabulous plates!

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I believe this an old photo but still, it’s so “Eddie talented”

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I absolutely adore this palette and the setting! Are those olive trees?! 

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Handsome treasure Hunter!

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Eddie’s vintage brass cart turned into a bar “fabuloso”!!!

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and a reminder that next on the list is Spring!  How can one avoid to fall in love with color with such a display of happiness and effervescent spirit?  Thank you Eddie Ross for taking the stiffness out of the Interior Design butt!

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Eddie and his partner Jaithan Kochar.  I think Eddie looks so much like Derek Hough, from “Dancing with the Stars”  What do you think?!

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Derek Hough…. WOW! right?!

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Eddie Ross … they look like twins separated at birth!

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And last but not least: Eddie and the fabulous and very smart Susanna Salk from quintessenceblog.com

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What do you think?  Are you loving all the color coming back in our lives? How do you feel about brass? Too much too soon or are you young enough that you never got sick of it?

Have a great rest of the week!

 

 

Here comes the Sunshine! Jonathan Adler and Eddie Ross, part I

All of us who are living in the Northern Hemisphere are starting to feel the winter blues… Yes, inevitably, when the Holiday’s lights start to disappear, those moody blues begin to show up! … And what is one to do when confronted with the harsh reality of a long winter ahead of you without any prospects of skiing in St. Moritz?!

Dream!  All we have to do is dream of a world full of colour and light, full of energie and happy thoughts … and to help you do just that I am sharing these wonderful pictures of the work of two amazing designers, masters of colour and pattern, who are not afraid of mixing anything… and I mean:  Anything!

Don’t judge, just enjoy, go with the flow, let yourself float and be invigorated, I won’t say anything because I can’t, design has that effect on me, makes me really, REALLY, emotional and sometimes it is hard to do anything else but soak it all in and wonder why Eddie Ross and I are not best friends yet.  We should be, we have so much in common!  I know if he knew me he would adore me … Ok, back to reality, here we go!  -Today is Jonathan the one bringing the sunshine and tomorrow  Eddie will be the chosen one!

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Yes!   -Traditional elements mixed with modern furniture from the Jonathan Adler’s collection, totally inspired by  modern-mid century design and by the genius designers that created the best armchairs since the Klismos chair, all mixed together with my beloved dark, lacquered walls (well, these are not lacquered but they are paneled, so I love them so!) and those balloon things, so similar to Koons dogs. Jonathan is a gifted designer and an artist, he was a potter first before becoming an interior designer and now, apart from his furniture collection, he has a really cool accessory line made of brass, glass and lucite.


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Modern Pottery. Jonathan Adler malachite vases, what a bright bunch!

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We can’t deny how happy and fun this is and I love that they didn’t leave the ceiling unfinished … no idea what it is, could be tin, could be plaster, could be wood, I don’t know, but it sure is beautiful

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I’ll try to keep the comments to a minimum from this point on so I can share more pictures… (but please notice those gorgeous, colorful books inside the heart of the chimney, coolness!)

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So fresh and clean, still mid-century but with a contemporary air and refinement

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How about that?!  I love the J.A. Topanga sofa and I am finally coming to terms with the Brigitte chair. (I kind of love it. I don’t know, I need to see it in person to really know)… – It was hard for me at the beginning, when all the modern craziness started, to accept this trend.  Having grown-up  during the 70’s I got sick of seeing a lot of this period’s furniture and decor and not in it’s best versions, nothing to do with the refinement of what we see now!  On the other hand, no pun intended, I adore the lucite giant hand.

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Even the giant Sputnik chandelier has found a place in my heart. I also love all the movement and flow coming from the undulating brass base of the Scalinatella table, the Bacharach swivel chair, the sputnik chandelier, with its rays darting into space in every direction possible and the chevron pattern in the area rug…. and what about those gorgeous blue balloons that look like they are ready to fly?!

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The brass bird bowls are so cute and would look amazing anywhere, from the mantel to the bookcase, on the coffee table or in a tablescape!

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Now, I draw the line at those mongolian lamb benches! I always hated them and founded them ridiculous… but now I am so afraid one day I might find myself liking them! who knows.

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The Caracas dining table paired with his Goldfinger dining chairs, absolutely stunning!  – Check his website for details!

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The fabulous Jonathan Adler preparing a photoshoot for the 2016 catalog! Most of the last pictures I found at Jonathan’s Instagram.   instagram.com/jonathanadler

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Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, designed by Jonathan Adler

Well, that is all for today, I think I will share Eddie Ross fabulous style tomorrow so he can have all the attention he deserves and because I am absolutely tired!  One picture of Eddie’s awesomeness to enjoy next. Thank you for visiting, almost 21,000 hits or visits to my 40 posts!!!! Thanks again, I have no idea how that compares to anything or what that means but to me it’s a gianormous amount of visits and I am more than grateful.

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The magnificent collaboration between the sweet and talented Eddie with the amazing Bunny Williams… I fell in love the moment I saw this!

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So, what do you think?  What do you feel about the Mid Century Modern revival we’ve been experiencing for a while? Do you like it or not?

 

M.T.

 

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I’m so grateful to be able to appreciate all the blessings we have; Sometimes I still catch myself bothered by minimal things that, under the light of the Paris tragedy , shouldn’t even face me, but I’m spoiled and impatient and need to be reminded how precious life is and how it all can change in a split second.

I’m so grateful for my family, they are my everything, it shouldn’t matter that we live in different places of the country and of the world, what matters is that we are alive and that we love each other and we have each other’s back.

I’m grateful for friends,  real ones, the ones that stay with you when you are down and cheer for you when you are up. They are rare and precious and we should treasure them for the blessing they are.

I’m grateful for the little moments and the little things, those that fill us with joy  and hope, making it all worth it; the moments we hold on to forever to remember anytime we want or need to. We only need to take the time to bring them back, pause for a while and accept them for what they are, presents from God, the opportunity to relive and experience the love again, perhaps not in the same way we would like to, but not less real for that so… We realize as we age, that we almost don’t know anything,  The more we live, the more we learn, the better we understand how little our grasp of the universe is, how minuscule our understanding of  the power of the brain… How limited our perception of the greatness  of the soul!

Today, after complaining for days about my computer’s wireless mouse freezing all the time, after being frustrated because even though I bought a new mouse I still can’t connect it to the computer because I can’t  sinc them!   Today I realized I still have an iPad and an  iPhone to THANK YOU for the more than 16,000 visits to my little blog…  More than 16,000  visits to my only 37 posts…. I’m humbled and grateful…. Even though for some bloggers that number might be small, it is not to me!  it means the world  to see people from all over the world in here, specially all the people from France these last days… I’m GRATEFUL for you all and I’m sending you my love.

I’m writing this on my phone and I’m not good at revising what I write, so forgive me for the mistakes, I just want you to know that I do feel you and I do appreciate you.

Finally and more importantly, I’m grateful for God, for His Love and teachings, for my faith, for always asking me to love and respect all, for asking me not to judge. For expecting me to help and serve others regardless. For asking me to be humble and for teaching me that joy is only found in love and compassion for all, for teaching me that there is no joy in a mean spirit who only looks up for its self and self gratification. For teaching us that we come from light and we come from love, that we are all one and that we need each other to connect with the source of it all. His love.  I’m grateful that my God never asked me to kill and hate others in order to be able to go to heaven and I’m grateful I was never taught otherwise.  Not everybody is that lucky.


 My Thanksgiving tablescape

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Spring

Spring has taken forever to arrive…. If I wait one more day, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me!  It’s been said that you create your own reality… so here we go!  Spring has sprung and I am happy beyond myself. Spread the Joy!

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Keukenhof, the prettiest gardens!
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Naeem Khan Spring and Summer 2015
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Holland, wonder of the world !
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Spring in life
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Pierre Auguste Renoir
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The colors of Provençe
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Flower market
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Dazzling DC
Fresh and beautiful
A season for gardening!
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A piece of heaven on the roof
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Two of my favorite things
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Dreaming while awake with Flowers and Florence!
The new Spring of life!
The new Spring !  Yes… who would have thought only 30 years ago!
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delicious freshness!
Blooming Branches and chinoiserie vases
Blooming Branches and chinoiserie vases
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Ranunculus, aren’t they pretty?!
A swing bed in the garden..
A swing bed in the garden..
Prosciutto wrapped pears with spicy arugula leaves
Prosciutto wrapped pears with spicy arugula leaves
Romantique, vintage, depression glass
Romantique, vintage, depression glass
I can see it, I can feel it !
I can almost see it, almost touch it,  I can feel it !
Chilled avocado and cucumber soup
Chilled avocado and cucumber soup, served with a light and airy parmesan cheese chip
Washington DC Spring Cherry Blossoms
Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms
Pear, pancetta and feta salad with pomegranate dressing
Pear, pancetta and feta salad with pomegranate dressing
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Naeem Khan SS 2015
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Italian Feast, Carolyne Roehm
Italian Feast, Carolyne Roehm. I can definitely see myself doing this often!
Can this get any better?!
Can this get any better?!
Gingham Pink
Gingham Pink
I would totally  feel like a southerner bell here..
I would totally feel like a southern belle here..
Lemony cucumber cream cheese sandwiches
Lemony cucumber cream cheese sandwiches
Dreamy!
Dreamy pink canopy
Woman at the Garden, Renoir
Woman at the Garden, Renoir
Spring table
Spring table in the city
I'm feeling the blues!
I’m feeling the blues!
A little piece of heaven
A little piece of heaven
I can't wait for those tomatoes
I can’t wait for those tomatoes…. Tomato, Tomato? Potato, Potato?
Sunshine through the flowers
Sunshine through the flowers! Peonies, my favorite!
Mimosas
Mimosa Bar….
If life gives you lemons...
If life gives you lemons… Yep, that’s what I’m doing right now.
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There is something so special about Spring and children, both represent hope and new beginnings, always a fresh start….
Wheelbarrow of fun
Wheelbarrow of fun
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Pretty in orange
chinoiserie influences
Chinoiserie influences
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Bringing the outdoor inside always helps!
Gazpacho
Gazpacho
Bouquet
Bouquet bedazzle
blues
Blues from Provence
Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields
Too much beauty...
Such beauty…
Van Gogh
Van Gogh, I wanted so bad for him to be happy… he seems happy here..
Freckles
Fantastic Freckles,
Greens
Nature’s perfection
Spring,  Pierre Auguste Renoir
Spring, Pierre Auguste Renoir
Emilio Pucci, Spring 2015
Emilio Pucci, Spring 2015
Hyacinth and pink tulips inspiration
Hyacinth and pink tulips inspiration
Oh my gosh...
Oh my gosh… those colors ! Only in nature …
Blueberry beauty
Blueberry beauty
Smithsonian Gardens in DC
Smithsonian Gardens in DC
Spring
Spring mold… of course, I couldn’t just put a regular cake mold or pan here, right? It had to be a SPRING ONE!
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Orange pretty!
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Garden dinner
Patio rendez-vous ! Hound’s Tooth table cloth…
birch cones
Birch cones
table dream
Organic green table
Gorgeous
Gorgeous woman at her best!
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Family…. who else could sit at this table if not family, or friends who you consider a part of it?!  Freshly picked berries in grandma’s heirloom purple goblets…. long, neatly pressed linen napkins, bought together during a family vacation in Provençe… gorgeous flowers, warm and bright, still infused with Spring’s rays of sun…
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Lovely colors and textures awaken my taste buds!
In the city
Peaceful and fun in the city, after you create your own, little paradise…
More bars
How pretty is this bar created with an antique silver tray and an old wicker table?! The Pellegrino cans and  fragrant oranges give this vignette a Tuscan vibe!  (Yes, I can smell the oranges… we have more senses than we realize!)
Tea time... I wish we could bring it back!
Tea time… I wish we could bring it back!
The beach, the perfect place for everything...
The beach, the perfect place for everything…
orange glow
Orange glow…
place to set
A place to set…
night dream
Magical nights begin!
barn lemonade
Barn lemonade, tea and Mason jars
love
Love is in the air, have you seen those velvety peaches behind the flower centerpieces?!… and everything else?!
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Wedding confidential..Those candelabras are exquisite!   Can I have a glass of that p-l-e-a-s-e ?! It’s almost too pretty to drink.  Almost.
glorious
Glorious blooms in Holland
chocolate
Chocolate and Berries! match made in heaven
Spring brunch
La vie en rose…
Time to start to create my dream...
Time to start to create my dream… Enjoy your Spring !