September 19, 2010

Nouvelle Vague

 Last year my friend Patrick Roullier sent me an email with this YOU Tube video, 'Dance with Me'
Intrigued, the song resonated with me but the video remained a mystery  .

France. But was it part of a movie? Staged? Who was the woman, the men? When did this take place, where are they now? Take notice of the decor; tile floor, railings, the men..........swoon

Finally deciding to research and having fun with it, I wanted to share my findings. I would be interested in your thoughts. Were you as intrigued? This beautiful young woman is Anna Karina

And this was a movie clip, 'Bande a part', by the famed French director Jean-Luc Godard, 1964.

Goddard influenced a trend with this film, called Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave. An era of breezy Nova Bosa styled music combined with "youthful frolic and irresponsibility". ( new? a trend?)

And Goddard's favorite was the beautiful Anna, starring in seven of his iconic films

Anna was the new femininity............
"sensual........smoked like a man.........wore fedora's and brandished pistol's.........defining free wheeling nouvelle vague......all while being intellectual"   glad he added the last bit

Anna is currently 80 years old. Here she is at 60.............. the blue eyes still glowing
This CD which includes 'Dance with me' was created in 2005. A touch of French chanteuse and a mix of Bossa Nova with both period songs and 1980's classic's.
This cover would make great wall art

Artist, Patrick Roullier who started me on this mystery and whom you may remember in this post continues to be in demand. In a few weeks he will begin work with one of my interior clients creating a 'Faux Bois' paneling effect in their foyer. Shortly he may be off to L.A. collaborating with a renown designer. Watch for the before and after's.
What is he up to lately? 

Here is an effect just completed for his client. The dark walnut surround is the actual floor, the "runner" is the work of Patrick. I cannot stop staring at this.

But here is his "piece de resistance"! What are you seeing, a square of crocodile leather?  NON!       

Without revealing the technique he just developed..... you are looking at his "sample board".                     NOTE: No animals were used in this creation.

An entire parsons table received this look, can you imagine the possibilities?!


 This Thursday, we hope you can join us! .
Have a great week!

September 13, 2010

You are cordially invited....................

 DESTINATION?   Chicago!      

Our Chicago shop, SG Grand is in preparation for welcoming those in the arts, those that create and excel in their craft. Don't you feel an affinity towards artisans? They work for their passions, and ultimately ours.

This month on the 23rd we are thrilled to introduce the following women and host a trunk show. It was difficult choosing one image to represent this talented group. We hope you can join us!


Thursday September 23rd 5pm until...........

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life-
     John Paul Rechter

Our "hood", the 'West End' is fast becoming known as the new "design district" in Chicago. Our collective growth extends to hosting our first major event. An Autumn street fest;
DESIGN HARVEST 2010      Celebrating the Home

Over 50 vendors, some of the city's best in modern, vintage and handmade furniture and home accessories. Oh, and live music................a fest for the senses!

Can you come?

September 7, 2010

Maybe tomorrow............

Today was the day...............all day I have tried, really tried to write a post and the words elude me.

My commitment, with the sweetest blogger, Charlotta Ward of 'Space Inspiration', was to launch today our dual effort in creating a memory blog for our beloved friend Marija Stephens. I find myself in the midst of a "griefburst".

So, may I ask a favor........and forgiveness Charlotta?

I would love to direct you to her beautiful  introduction and hope that you will join us in honoring the memory of our mutual friend.       please click here

with love,

September 4, 2010


Veggies that taste like a snack...........a snack you cannot put down

Like Potato chips but better tasting and a SUPER food, who knew? Who even thinks of Kale?

Who guessed Kale chips? Wait, stay with me! 

Not the ornamental kind but the variety found in the produce section or farmers markets

Ok, let's go, this is easy............Wash thoroughly. Cut off the tops, discard the lower stems. For a full baking sheet plan on approximately 3 heads

Separate the leaves from the stems, tear into bite size pieces.

Rinse well. Dry well.

Thoroughly coat with Olive Oil............... but lightly,  place on baking sheet and put in the oven at a preheated 450 degrees. Notice the leaves are mounded, no need for single layering.

Bake for 5 minutes, remove and stir to thoroughly mix. Return to oven for another 5-8 minutes until crispy but not browned. Sprinkle the kale with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and liberally with Kosher salt to taste. Stir well.

That is it...........I know it still does not look like a temptress. However the earthy flavor of the greens, crisped with a salty/sweet crunch is irrestible.

Better than popcorn, better than kettle corn and the best part, healthy........shhhhh don't tell them that part!

Ralph says it best!

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