Stylish Favorites 1.10.15

IMG_0904The New Year is off to a chilling start here in the Mid Atlantic; the air has been extremely crisp along with a bit of ice and snow after such a cloudy and rainy fall. The fireplace is in constant use, everyone is bundled in very soft sweaters and I love when the weather is in the single digits, which gives me the option of working from home and working in the kitchen cooking up delicious hot soups and stews or baking a savory pie to warm the hearth.
IMG_1776 FullSizeRender(10) image2And what could be more enjoyable than reviewing and researching photographs of Greek and Egyptian antiquities taken while at the British Museum during the last trip to London by our “Reporters!

When time allows there is nothing like snuggling up with a copy of Paris Vogue and nibbling on a few chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat and perusing the spring/summer fashions or just planning the Heath gardens with colors seen from the elegant fashion magazines…talk about inspiration at its finest!!!

IMG_0094And lastly, I always dream of a quiet beach vacation where all one does is sit and watch the tide come and go.


Objets d’ Art

IMG_3463{Purse made of coconut shells from Aruba}

When I studied art history the French term “objets d’ art” generally referred to “works of art” that were not traditional works of art such as sculptures, drawings or paintings. These items were typically small, highly decorative and usually three-dimensional.

While listening to the lecture my mind kept seeing other creative uses for such delicate enamels, jewel encrusted boxes or Persian rugs from art’s distance past. The question that kept entering my mind was could these works of art serve a dual purpose?

I decided to test the theory.  I fell in love with this purse made from coconut shells while on a recent trip to Aruba. The obvious intent was to utilize the small bag as a purse, but on second thought, it looked intriguing on my vanity as a decorative piece, especially in the sunlight.


The small coin purse I found has a beautiful color of gold within its orange shade and looks lovely on this gorgeous bench beside the vanity as a pillow.


The golden bracelet can be shaped into any design that can be imagined.  I have wrapped the design around a lamp as an ornate addition, but for now I prefer the bracelet to enhance the coconut designed purse. voila!

If you have any creative ideas for alternate uses of everyday items, please share your comments!