A 19th-century mannequin found at the Antiquities Brocante at Bastille, Paris. As he's currently adorned with my husband's ties and a candybox beret, we refer to him as "Tie-boy." He lives in the hallway, next to a cheery yellow bookcase containing design books and magazines.
Thank you all for your kind, sympathetic comments on Tuesday. I'm at a stage of my book where as Norman Mailer says, one must dig deep within to write the truth. This process of excavating memories can prove painful - hence my melancholy and every trivial, yet annoying little thing adding to my stress level.
You might be amused to learn that Bernard Delanoe, the mayor of Paris, launched a "charm offensive" this week to combat the image of the French capital as rude. A survey by the Global Market Institute ranked Paris as the most visited city in the world, but also one of the rudest. In terms of hospitality, Paris was ranked 52nd out of 60 cities represented.
Paris residents are being asked to "take the time to give information to visitors" and "make use of foreign language skills to reply to them in their language." In return, tourists are being asked to try French products, "respect the city and use public transport."
Meanwhile, two plumbers spent four hours today removing the old hot water tank and installing a new one! Finally, a dry carpet in the hallway. The next step is to write the building owner to provide paperwork needed to file an insurance claim. The carpet needs replacing and damage to the wall repaired. And of course, a separate letter to the building owner is required, concerning our upstairs neighbour's leak that's damaging our bathroom ceiling. It's always something!
On a brighter note, remember the fabulous Vanessa Valencia's Strange Beautiful Lady and her rather eventful trip to Paris? Now the artist's filmmaker brother Adam - who has quite a few talents of his own - has composed a wonderful, haunting melody, inspired by the Lady. Listen to it here.
The Strange Beautiful Lady has danced around the room to Adam's music until she's dizzy. She's a bit giddy and flustered, but very honoured to have such a gorgeous tune dedicated to her and her new owner. What a fantastic surprise!
Summer fun - a Cath Kidston notebook for scribbling ideas and inspiration while gadding about in comfy turquoise sneakers!
Soothing Italian botantical soaps from Liberty of London. Even the packaging is charming.
An American 19th-century industrial bobbin threader, found in France by Julie Isore at Agape. Someday it will be in my daughter Jordana's atelier, along with other quirky antique sewing paraphanelia we've found here.