Couture Colors



Paris Couture

Some beautiful photos from Sunday’s Wall Street Journal…might be able to get a trial glimpse here

Beautiful photos taken backstage of Dior Couture show three years ago by French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, whose  “Dior Couture” (Rizzoli) is set to be out by early December here

Resurgence of ladylike looks from 50s and 60s in additional WSJ article here

French fashion

More (less newsprint grainy!) Dior Couture fashion show photos here


While I still love my neutrals, dark grays…I love the smoldering brights thrown into the mix….18th c pastels

Similar glowing intensity emerged from the shadows of 18th century French pastel portraits… in exhibit at the Met here. Slice of art above from Élisabeth Louise Vigeé Le Brun c 1784 from accompanying exhibit book Pastel Portraits Images of 18th century Europe (Baetjer, Shelley).
antique pigments

19th century French pigment powders….no tepid pastels…vintage style

A retro dress from Anthropologie…who has been casting vintage dreams for several years…pulled out from the back of my closet. Needs only a bouffant petticoat to add a bit of swish. The color reminds me of something dragged across the eyelids of my first Barbie doll. Paris Couture

Some gorgeous vintage finds were up for auction recently at Augusta Auctions….

Above dress….YSL for Dior Couture Spring 1959 here

More vintage Dior and others will be at Kerry Taylor auction Nov 29 here

chinoiserieA peak into one of the things keeping me busy: fussing over adding a bit of aged gray Chinoiserie in the master bath. A vintage roll of 18th century reproduction wallpaper I bought on Ebay that, without vinyl coating, allows me to mute with a matte gray wash. Earlier post here is probably the genesis for this latest project. Crazy time of the year…and still rummaging through old closets for a Goodwill run…getting ready for the holidays. Hope you enjoyed a sip of vintage with your coffee today…

Speaking of which…for those of you in Northern California…the Bella Notte outlet’s Fall sale is this week:

Holiday Sale Hours

Thursday 11/17, Friday 11/18,  

& Saturday 11/19 

10am – 5pm

 61-E Galli Drive, Novato, CA 94949 

Friday Folly


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After over twenty years in our house with now grown kids coming and going, I’ve dealt with the transition by trying to exact some new order to the home. But every time I try to giveaway, toss, or recycle…I find something that intrigues me or generates a new project.

antique wallpaper

My husband has always made fun of my “Boy with Finch” primitive reproduction that I bought at a San Francisco Galleria sale…so when I took it off the wall and propped it backwards behind some old cigar boxes I was covering, it just sort of triggered this sort of impromptu folly. I ordered my Napoleonic bicorne several years ago from Bell’occhio here. Don’t ask me why. I just had to have one. Bell’occhio is a fabulous San Francisco store filled with charming French bits and pieces.

18th c frame

Often antique paintings have pieces of ephemera stuck behind them. At a recent auction, I found the back of an 18th century French pastel portrait more intriguing than the front. I didn’t bid…because it seemed crazy to want it for the back. Love the pasted bits of old newsprint, discarded rough sketches pasted haphazardly on the back. Artful discards.

wallpaper boxes

Boxes for collecting small bits…just your basic cut and paste hobby with photocopies of 18th century wallpaper and textile photos. I have a short list of items that I’m keeping my eye out for, but besides that I’m just working my closets. Exercising restraint. Though this is the perfect Halloween weekend for these incredible Pumpkin Cookies here. Happy weekend folks!

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