In France, every morning the shutters are opened. Every evening they are closed. Like clockwork, you can tell when the new day begins and when it is time to say goodnight to the world. Everyone goes through this ritual each day. Everyone. Everyday. Volets serve several practical purposes but they also are an effective communication system.
I am a caretaker of old things. I see to it that antique and vintage finds are passed from one individual to another, making a connection with each person along the way. I adore every moment of the search, the discovery, and the sharing of its history.
For my family, 2019 is a year of new beginnings. New schools. New home. New business. While all the changes can feel unsettling, I am focusing on the making of a new life . . . to create a new way of being in the world.
When one decides to make a major shift in one’s life path, the uncertainty can be unnerving. Moving to or from a remote island demands determination and wherewithal. Surprisingly, I found that the actual leaving was not as difficult as I thought. Our Hawaii coffee farm prepared us for our next adventure . . . living in France.
I love things that are utilitarian, beautiful but serve a purpose. I look for objects with patina, a history that you can see and feel. Not everything has to be old; but I like to see the maker's hand, so something artisan and handcrafted from natural materials that are simple in design.
I am inspired by my love of France. The importance of beauty and quality and history over price point and accumulation and replacement. For me, there is a balance between a refined, well-edited design, and the sensuousness of texture and warmth of comfort. French style is about livability first and foremost.