Thursday, March 22, 2012

A new chapter

I know I posted only a couple of days ago about updating my blog design, but I have since decided to stop contributing to Making It My Style.

I started this blog to follow the progress of our home renovation, but a lot of the work has been done for now and we're not even living there for the next little while.  My blog has become a lot more about other things that inspire me, so I decided it was time for a change.

Also, we moved to Paris for a reason aside from wanting to see Europe.  I was bogged down with long hours at work, the home renovation and other things going on in my life and I was not looking after myself.  Our year in Paris (or however long it ends up being) is the start of a new chapter, a break from the day-to-day back home, a chance to reboot and restore my health, for Harry and I to spend more time together and to reassess what is important to us.

To embrace this new chapter I have also decided to give my blog a fresh start and I have set up a new blog, mode et maison, which will be my personal journal and inspiration board.  The French title (fashion and home) is a reminder that this is where it all started.  I have also added (probably very bad) French translations to help me improve my French language skills.

While a fresh start is a nice feeling, this old blog has a lot of my history in it and I feel it is also important to hold onto that, so I will retain this blog with a prominent link on my new blog.

To my regular readers, I thank you very much for your support and hope you will join me at mode et maison soon.

Melinda xx

P.S.  I have taken that new design I worked on across to the new blog with a couple of improvements.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Making changes

I'm learning new things in Photoshop and playing around with my blog design again.  Here is what I have come up with so far.

I designed the heart pattern for the background and the chalkboard header using my newly developed Photoshop skills.  What do you think of it so far?  Any suggestions?


We visited the gargoyles of Notre Dame today, watching over their beautiful city from high above its rooftops.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Black and white modern art

By now you'll know that I love all things black and white.  Today we visited Centre Pompidou, Paris' museum of modern art, and these black and white artworks in varying forms all caught my eye.

Above (from top to bottom):
1. Andy Warhol, Ten Lizes, 1963
2. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Last Light, 1993
3. Rémy Zaugg, Untitled, 1988
4. Harry Bertoia, Fauteuil Diamond Chair, 1952
5. Jean Pierre Raynaud, Container Zéro, 1988
6. An illustration from Annabelle magazine
7. Francois Morellet, 6 répartitions aléatoires de 4 carrés noirs et blanc d'après les chiffres pairs et impairs du nombre PI, 1958
8. Jésus Rafael Soto, Gran doble escritura, 1977
Have I ever mentioned how much I REALLY WANT a Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair?  While I'm dreaming, I'll have an original Andy Warhol too thanks.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Napoleon III apartments

After four days of exploring, we have finally been through every open exhibition hall in the Musée du Louvre.  I have over a thousand photos to sort through, so I may share more of the exhibits later, but for now here is a peek inside the lavish Napoleon III apartments.

The exhibit also featured some of the crown jewels of Empress Eugénie, the last Empress of France and the woman in the painting in the above photograph.  Her diamond and pearl tiara was probably my favourite piece of jewellery in the whole museum.