Friday, December 5, 2008

True blue and truly impractical...

People coming to the flat for the first time are usually polite and say : "oh how lovely...how funny..did you do this wallpaper yourself?"

The truth is I'm quite proud of my homemade wallpaper. The kanji represent names of wagashi (Japanese cakes) and this all that's left of my 1-year Japanese apprenticeship.

Then the same people who said "how lovely , how funny" discover that my love of decorating ignores the elementary rules of practicality.


the lovely wallpaper has a life on its own and flies away when the windows are opened (in summer..of course, it stays still in winter). This is the room where I work and is also the living-room, dining-room and siesta room. The white cushions are now yellow.

I have a need to see books everywhere, on the bed, in the toilet, in the kitchen so I was quite happy when I found a way of also hanging some on the wall.

Now...how do you read these ? Monchéri tried and just claimed it was ridiculous and fastidious. Still I hanged to the idea and made things more complicated for the potential reader of these cute art books about Delacroix and Dufy by adding a couple of Morrocan poufs.


I like colours and a tiny tiny bit of clutter

Not very practical either are the two sofas (Morroccan sidali) because they don't have the right cushions so it's better to lie down on them than to be seated.

Imagine you come for tea and I tell you : "please lie down, you'll be much more comfortable!"

That would be funny.

About decorating and being funny, I once read this anecdote about Elsa Schiaparelli inviting for dinner her then rival Coco Chanel. Schiaparelli suddenly felt the urge to paint her chairs in black and of course the chairs were not dry when Chanel sat down for dinner.

This is exactly the kind of thing I'm capable of doing ...

Have a great week end !

37 comments:

Claire said...

impractical or not... this is unique and beautiful and it has a definite touch of you.

Ruth said...

You are quite incredible. I love these images of you and your life!

Linda Sue said...

What a little handful of heaven, your home! LOVE the paper and the books hanging- intriguing , esthetic and very clever. Your home is WONDERFUL. Thankyou so much for these shots- they are inspiring and dare me to step out of the wall paper box. Very beautiful and the picture of you is darling.

rochambeau said...

Your wall paper is BEAUTIFUL & CREATIVE Lala! Just stunning! You go girl. Your home is a happy one!

xox
Constance

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

J'adore, j'adore, j'adore..!!!!!
Sounds like me - only I had to calm down with the arrival of kids and a more conventional lifestyle when I joined the corporate world -luckily I'm independant now and can do what I want; which is exactly what I do..!
Interior déco is ALL about the personal touch - nothing worse than some standard déco. that everybody adopts because it's "à la mode"..!
Thanks for sharing..:)

Kathryn said...

What a lovely and brilliant idea! Have you considered becoming an interior designer?

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful, whimsical, delightful apartment you have.
Such an eye for design.

tangobaby said...

Adorable and so creative. And I would come and lie down for tea anytime. I much prefer lounging to sitting.

And I think your wallpaper is brilliant.

Nixa said...

I too "love these images of you and your life"! (She said it exactly as I would have.)

Scarlet said...

If you asked me to lie down on wet, black paint I might have a problem...on one of those beautiful comfy couches, it'd be a pleasure.

You are incredibly talented and creative. I love those books on the wall!

Couture Carrie said...

Love these spaces! Beautiful blue dress, too!

xoxox,
CC

A Cuban In London said...

Have a great weekend, you too. I love your wallpaper, by the way.

Greetings from London.

willow said...

I'll lie down right here and admire your lovely wallpaper. And may I have a cup of tea, please? Plain, no sugar, thanks. :^)

Edi Style said...

ditto to all! You are just too adorable!!!

Gabbi said...

I love your wallpaper :) very inspiring!

Geri said...

Love the wallpaper. Very creative. Have a nice weekend.

vicki archer said...

I am with you about the books - I have them everywhere too. Thank you for stopping by French Essence and entering my giveaway, xv.

Dave King said...

Very impressive, the home-made wallpaper, the post and what you reveal of yourself and your home. All-in-all, a fascinating post.

Vanessa said...

This is so original and so charming.

l'air du temps said...

your living space is quite lovely and dreamfilled. i adore the spaces and places and ideas you share.

and that photo of you in your turquoise dress, you know, by your home made wall paper... well my darling is simply precious.

continued joy and warmth i send your way!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

It's wonderful. I think we should all flaunt practicality in home design whenever the urge takes us.
And I love, love your dress in that photo!

Carla said...

Thanks for your lovely comment. I love your blog and I love your piece on the Martin Chambi gorgeous. How wonderful to live in a castle in Spain!! I visited Seville last year and loved it. Carla

Anairam said...

Oh Lala! I love your space! It is exactly the kind of thing I LOVE! The wallpaper is fantastic - and books hanging from the walls, the little corners - I can just imagine what a creative, quirky being you are!

kyh said...

I kinda like it, esp the artworks.

As for the Chinese characters, haha, even though I'm Chinese myself, those were too deep for me to fathom. :P

karina Manghi said...

Lala, your impractically chic decorating style is terrific, I love it, I would love go to your place for tea and lie down.

Mélanie said...

merci de partager ton interieur avec nous ! Ainsi nous avons l'impression de mieux te connaitre encore ...Au fait ..J'adore

Christina said...

So beautiful! I would lie down in a minute if I were there, and enjoy my tea, carefully of course. : )

I feel like I am visiting. Thank you for sharing, sweetie.

Stay warm. Love you!

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

I am a new visitor to your blog and I find you quite amusing! I would like to come back and visit more... nice to meet you! Keep warm. It's cold here in Texas now too....I don't like it much either. ~Cheryl

Niki said...

Wow your house is amazing! I just stumbled across your blog today and your life is just incredible! I'll be back to read more!!!

x

Diana said...

Reading your blog is like taking a little holiday!

Dwacon® said...

You should sell that wallpaper... I'd buy it.

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