Monday, March 30, 2015


ANOTHER POST ON THOMAS MESSEL

I HAVE POSTED ON THOMAS MESSEL BEFORE, BUT WHEN A TALENT IS AMAZING, TWO POSTS BARELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF THE ARTISAN.

FIRST OF ALL, THOMAS MESSEL IS THE UNBELIEVABLY TALENTED NEPHEW OF THE GREAT OLIVER MESSEL, IN FACT, HE WROTE THE BOOK ON HIS UNCLE. IT IS A WONDERFUL DESIGN TEXT WHICH I ALWAYS CARRY IN MY BOUTIQUE.






BUT THOMAS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT: IF YOU WANTED FABULOUS FORMAL DINING ROOM CHAIRS, YOU COULD HAVE CHAIRS SUCH AS THESE WHICH HE DESIGNED FOR THE DORCHESTER HOTEL IN LONDON.



Oliver Messel Dorchester Chairs


OR YOU MIGHT WANT SIMPLE PINE CHAIRS FOR YOUR KITCHEN (ALTHOUGH, REALLY, NOTHING THOMAS DOES IS SIMPLE—LOOK AT THE FINE TURNINGS ON THE LEGS AND BACK SPLATS).


Oliver Messel Kitchen Chairs


OR YOU MIGHT BE DOING A DINING ROOM THAT NEEDS TO BE FLEXIBLE....THEN A METAMORPHIC TABLE WOULD BE THE KEY.














I HAD THOMAS MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF BLACK LACQUER WITH CHINOISERIE ETAGERES FOR A CLIENT’S COLLECTION OF ENGLISH PORCELAIN.






AND I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THOMAS’ SEA SHELL CHANDELIERES HE MADE FOR ONE OF MY JOBS.









AS WELL AS THE BEAUTIFUL, SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT SCONCES HE MADE FOR A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE WE WERE DOING ON THE OCEAN.







YOU CAN’T IMAGINE HOW THRILLED I AM THAT THOMAS MESSEL, HIMSELF, IS WRITING THE FORWARD FOR THE BOOK THAT BRIAN COLEMAN AND ERIC KVALSVIK ARE DOING ON MY FIRM.  IT WILL BE OUT IN LATE SUMMER, EARLY FALL, AND I HOPE YOU WILL WANT IT FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.  I’LL BE GLAD TO SIGN THEM FOR YOU.

OH, THOMAS.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WRITING THE FORWARD.  ACTUALLY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JUST BEING YOU.

XOXOXOX  LETA

Sunday, March 22, 2015

  HIPPITY HOPPITY, EASTER'S ON ITS WAY

Get out your bonnets and white gloves, another Easter will be here before you know it. Since we love Easter so much at the Boutique, every corner of the shop has a bunny, lamb or Easter egg  waiting to go home with you.



                                                 

Of course, we have the cutest (and most delicious) chocolates for the Easter Bunny to leave at your house. There are milk chocolate eggs that open up to reveal little white, milk and dark chocolate carrots and chicks.




Little pastel foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies wait patiently in a basket while adorable bunnies from Maison Bouche are nestled in adorable printed boxes.  My personal favorites are the chocolate peas and carrots, picked in Farmer McGregor's garden, of course, that are sold singly and also in little farm-stand baskets. These make great table decorations !


            

                               
Don't forget your Surprise balls, in pastel colors, naturally.....or for a change, a Surprise cone or carrot.






In addition to Surprise Balls and chocolates, we've  collected all you need to build your own Easter baskets....the basket itself, Easter grass in assorted colors, stuffed bunnies and lambs, little books, paper Bunny dolls, and German nodders, and just in case you run out of time, we've put together some Easter baskets for you complete with a stuffed bunny, a surprise ball, and a few little toys. We will leave it to you to add the yummy edible items.











We've also made up two special giant German Easter Eggs (one for a boy baby and one for a girl baby) filled with a Porthault bunny, a bib and Santa Maria Novella baby shampoo and baby lotion for your favorite little lambie-kin.




Don't forget to pick up some striped Spring paper napkins and mini cones for your table. This year, we even found such cute bunny cards that can be enclosures or place cards.






For that oh so elegant Easter repast, please pick up these vintage Marghab appliqu├ęd and embroidered placemats and napkins. The workmanship is so incredibly beautiful that you must see them up close to even believe how perfect they are !




Take a moment from your busy day and "Spring" on over (I know I'm corny) to get a little
Easter inspiration. You'll be glad you did.

XOXOXO
LETA