Friday, January 8, 2010

Making collages while it's cold outside...

Well when it's cold in Andalucia, it's not much fun to hang outside except if you love snow and skiing which unfortunately is not my case. So I stay warm at home, trying to finish decorating the house, a time-consuming task indeed. Below is the little sitting room on the landing in cream tones. We don't use it in winter and we pompously call it the "antesala" (antechamber). On one end, it leads to the patio and the workplace and the other end leads to the first floor where the main living space is. My decorating project at home is a bit time consuming because I love doing everything myself, like sewing covers by hand. The high chairs were prototypes designed by my dear friend Kaki. We used to be neighbors in Paris and these chairs are a gift from her. Of course with time, they aged a bit so I made these covers with a very soft blanket and stitched the sides with thick cream and brown wool. I still have to make covers for the arms but I'm taking it easy. The Morrocan bed is also covered with a cream white blanket waiting for a dark brown satin ribbon to be sewn around the edges. I'm also planning to make another collage to place next to my porteuse d'eau "carrying water woman".
I am so obsessed with the carrying water woman theme for a collage that I started two other ones to hang in the living room upstairs. I placed them on each side of a wide entrance. They do look simpatica !

Monchéri just came in with the mail and hourray my first book of the year has arrived ! It's about the very interesting life and destiny of famed New York galerist Leo Castelli, Leo Castelli et les siens by Annie Cohen-Solal....Will tell you more about it next monday !

Have a great week end and keep warm !!

17 comments:

David Engel said...

Everything looks great as usual. Charming as well.

Best,

David
http://www.globalaroundtown.blogspot.com

Linda Sue said...

So seren, so delicious! soothing colours and textures, lovely! Love the touch of fur! genius! Your woman carrying water - brilliant, Lala! So nice to come to your home, thank you!

studioJudith said...

You've carried the Carrying Water Woman theme beautifully, Lala!
It's all just stunning .. .
and full of inspiration
(as always here at your little
corner of bloglandia!)

Jjj

Relyn said...

I've told you before, but I do SO love your collages.

nuages said...

You have a beautiful inner {& outer} landscape.

Wishing you radiance for the New Year. x

Ily said...

No wonder you have so much inspiration and create such beauty...you're surrounded by it!

I adore the carrying water woman and her decorative bucket.

Dulce said...

Nice stuff you have here... neighbour!

Des said...

That sounds like a great book.

Anairam said...

Lala, I LOVE your antesala and the collages - it is SO my kind of colours! I like how you do things yourself - I tend to do that too, only problem is that some projects wait around for ever! For example: I've had a cushion inner on my one chair lying without a cover for almost a year now - I plan to make a cover out of old vintage doilies I've found at a car boot sale, but I haven't had time yet. Whenever I have visitors, they eye this cushion suspiciously, and I can see them wondering ...

DolceDreams said...

Lala your room looks fantastic! I must say i kind of envy your chill and therefore cosiness...we are having an extremely mild winter here, and it has been in the sixties lately. Which is nice, but I do love the cold, and the clothes to wear, the fires to make, cocoa to drink. Perhaps it will re-visit us!
Enjoy your week,
Nathalie

oiasantorini said...

Inspired way to start the new year lovely girl...
Hope it's an inspired year ;-)
M

Mélanie said...

J'adore ta maison !!
un vrai havre de paix

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Everything looks LOVELY!! Love what you did to the chairs and the water carrier is priceless!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Dear Lala -

Your new home looks so warm and inviting and sophisticated and just plain fabulous! And the collages are perfect. I keep scrolling back down to your table with the oranges and gold coins too - and have found myself thinking of that table occasionally. Stunning and beautiful...like you.

Catherine

maría cecilia said...

Lala, tu casa està quedando preciosa, me encantaron esas sillas y las fundas que les estàs haciendo y esa costura a mano es realmente genial, un toque rùstico en lana..mm mm!!!!
La mujer acarreando agua està buenìsima, siempre das un toque exòtico a tu decoraciòn!!! me encanta!!!!
Muchos cariños,
Maria Cecilia

Joyful said...

I love how you've upholstered the furniture. It really ties everything together so well!

Lynne said...

lala, your home is divine!

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