18th century Italian School oil painting…just listed on Ebay by Magdalene of Pillows et Plus. She shows the painting both in and out of the accompanying 19th c frame…but I must admit, I love the look of dark unframed portraits against whitewashed walls. She will be listing the crystal chandelier you can see in the bed photo here as well.. as soon as she can have it wrestled down and photographed. Magdalene is making serious dents in her collections…looking forward and starting fresh. I’m inspired!
Marnie Poms is one of my earlier readers, one with whom I’ve exchanged many private emails over the years. She started Ciara Dolce Caramels here in 2005, inspired by her Italian grandmother. She’s just learning her way around Facebook here. Marnie sent me a link to some gorgeous antique Turkoman tribal jewelry she is selling on Ebay here…
More info on Turkoman, or Turkmen, jewelry at the MET here
If you have time, watch the short video of Marshal and Marilyn R. Wolf. It’s a wonderful perspective on collecting and sharing your passion.
Maison French Kissed here
Jermaine of French Kissed is one of my oldest blog buddies. When I stayed with her in Santa Barbara several years ago she showed me her closets full of the “props” she uses for her Real Estate staging business, upgrading already impressive homes with her fantastic styling. The woman knows how to shop….and opened her own shop on Etsy, Maison French Kissed, right before Thanksgiving last year. She’s a year older than me…had been an empty nester longer…with daughters settled in New York and Paris…but I am doing my best to follow in her footsteps!
Is it possible to have too much Bella Notte? Well…yes….So…I am thinking of doing a little Trouvais virtual garage sale soon. Trouvais has been all about finding and collecting since I started my blog in 2009. Bella Notte, Quartermaine, a few antique textiles…March is the perfect month to start a little Spring cleaning! It’s not always easy letting go…but we all need a little editing from time to time!
When my best friend from college visits…she walks through my home and says…”how about this….or this?” I usually say…no…and no. Maybe I’m softening with old age!