Sunday, June 29, 2008

Marie Antoinette Pillows


Like most, I love Marie Antoinette. I love the style she represents, her carefree attitude, her love of life....

 I love the romance she exudes....

While my own personal decor is more casual, or what I coin French Farmhouse style, I appreciate Hollywood Regency, Roaring 20's and other more elegant decor schemes. Vintageweave is all about worn wood, hemp fabrics, chipped white & gold and touches of French red, with a weaving in many Louis XV and XVI items throughout the entire decor.  These other styles derive from Lucite, velvets, chrome, feathers and leather. I appreciate and adore them all. I think my friend Claudia Strasser masters this style beautifully and I love her new homage to it. Find a feast for the eyes and a bounty of inspiration  HERE.



So yes, I love the sophisticated elegance associated with the Marie Antoinette era. Her mere image conjures up a fairytale lifestyle surrounded by unspeakable beauty and approachable opulence.

Further, I am gaga for period piece films so needless to say I've watched the movie, oh...some twenty-one times (it played in the background one slew of late evenings at the warehouse)....
.... I love the exhibit in Paris....
...........I love the jaw-dropping boudoir and attire....

(all photos above from Wikipedia)

Got it? No misunderstandings here?

Love, love, love it.

So that said,  I feel compelled to reveal: I am a bit over it. (And have been for some time.) There. I said it. I am alone I know.


I'm not over HER mind you, or the decor associated with her era, but I prefer just that, a decor environment that resembles her persona, not images of her face on decor items. Seeing her plastered on everything is just so everywhere. From key chains to coffee mugs to hats to umbrellas. I'm not a lover of fads, but I do like trends (I recently read: Brittney Spears is a fad. Madonna is a trend. This sums it up nicely I believe.). Maria Antoinette's style represents TIMELESSNESS, thus the liberty taken with her image is gagging me, from ABC Home to Target to Z Gallerie.

When I had an opportunity to purchase MA-related items in January for Vintageweave, I declined. Again in March, I declined. And then again in April and June. Declined, Declined.  All items presented to me by these amazing French artists used only the finest of French silks and English trims. Elegantly done and beautifully crafted. Still, I declined....and without hesitation.

Fast forward to my recent Paris trip.  As so often happens in life, the universe sits back and smiles. Smiles that knowing, worldly, some-day-you'll-mature-to-understand, smug smile. It sees that I am laughing and contradicting myself.
Seen in Paris.
Drooled over in Paris.
Bought in Paris.
Packed in Paris
Shipped from Paris:




I love the juxtaposition of the linen mimicking burlap with velvet and silk trims and fabrics.
Several are even going HOME WITH ME
How's that for the Universe whispering "ITOLDYOUSO".

14 comments:

Lisa Jay said...

You never stop cracking me up, Kathy! Your humor just kills me. I, too, really like these pillows! I hope they will be at the boutique when i"m there this wed.
Lisa Jay

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi Kathy, I appreciated your honesty and I understand the web is an open opportunity for any one to use my photo's and you know I normally don't care because you commented most out there will give you credit. But it's those that "pretend" these are their things or in my case my house pics and she never indicated it wasn't her's. You know like a thief!! I understand your frustration about your web pics, but it's not the end of the world! Hope you've had a great Sunday, T

Brandi (Savannah, GA) said...

I know what you mean. I went to a little girl's biday party and the them was Marie Antoinette. It was fabulous. Then the next weekend I went to a cocktail party and same thing. They had napkins, paperplates, and cupcakes with her face plastered on it and I was like "this is too kitchy for me now". My house is very much the M Antoinette style but it's not filled with her mug on everything.
But I'm loving the pillows.

Kathy said...

Hi T---
I am really so sorry to hear that someone used your photos as their own. That is frustrating! Esp if the photos were of your PERSONAL items they pretended were their own-that feels like an awful violation. At Vintageweave we've experienced some similar issues with other e-commerce stores lifting photos from ur website. In this world of the www, I guess it's a necessary evil that we have to stay on top of who is using our photography without permission (well in your case, photography, in my case, rushed-quick-get the-shot photos!).

Tres Belle said...

While I'm not a Marie Antoinette person, one of something as an accent is okay but I prefer to find diffrent pieces singularly, apart from any theme. It makes for a more individualized look.
I rather like the more relaxed french look i.e. hemp, linen, toile and bright colors.
Glad you made it home safely.

Kris

Meg/Garden Designs said...

I fall in the camp of liking MA stuff very much and ALSO liking the Vintageweave very much. Although my house is the latter: farmhouse style all the way. But I am interested in the burlap MA pillows you show!

High Desert Diva said...

Totally snickering at this post!

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

I love your humour..! Life's too short to take one's self seriously (wish more people knew this!)..:)

Anonymous said...

I'm not a regal or formal style at all. I like all the stuff i buy mainly from Vintageweave Int-like you describe of wood and hemp. I think the burlap one with words on it will go nicely. I'd like to reserve one please!
Deb Magerson

Cathy Cook said...

I bought my first house this last year and i modeled the entire style after Vintage Weave. I used to go in three times a week and now just once every 2 weeks (sometimes more!).I really like that you promote chippy wood painted COLOR and not an entire white look. I prefer the linen and hemp with dash of color here and there, just like at your store. THAT is my style-farmhouse french as you describe. I, too, am not a formal MA style. But I think the burlap or linen pillows shown are casual MA. I could pull it off. I like three of them so I will be in this week.

Molly G. said...

Girl you crack me up. I can hear you saying all this now. It is written just like you talk! I want some of these pillows 4 sure.
MG

vosgesparis said...

I am not really into her but I know I will some day .... the cusshions are great;)

TheParisApartment said...

You are too funny! I so know what you mean, her influence is so relevant even now! I love the pillows on the linen, that's SO vintageweave!

Fifi Flowers said...

Loved the Coppola Marie Antoinette Movie... fun pillow... love all the dresses!