Out and About

jean-philippe demeyer

While I’ve been busy out and about, I’ve been bookmarking a few interesting tidbits to circle back around with to take a closer look. Let me share a few. Belgian antique dealer Jean-Philippe Demeyer’s 13th century estate, Rooigem, just outside of Bruges is a statement in bold and irreverent style.

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Functioning as a gallery, everything in this colorful contrast of color, geometry and styles is for sale.

jean-philippe demeyer

To see the entire house tour, you can visit Vogue Living here.

jean-philippe demeyer house

jean-philippe demeyerphotos by Kasia Gatkowska for Vogue Living

I have been looking longingly at the new iPad Pro with its amazing ability to draw with the new Apple Pencil among many other impressive features. Even the older models offer creative solutions for artists as exemplified by David Hockney’s “The Yosemite Suite” he made on an iPad during a visit to the national park. A new exhibit of these works is at the Pace Gallery.

David Hockney at Pace Gallery

David Hockney at Pace GalleryDavid Hockney at Pace Galleryphotos via T Magazine

For those of you traveling to the south of France this summer, Chanel will again be hosting a pop up in the beautiful private mansion La Mistralée through October 5th with a selection of ready-to-wear, accessories and jewelry and watches.

chanel pop up in Saint Tropez

You may remember my writing about the Chanel Métiers d’Art show in Salzburg a while back. Once a year, the couture house presents this special show to honor the fine craftsmanship of the ten artisanal houses in their Paraffection division.

chanel Paris in RomeThe Paris in Rome collection, presented last December at the Cinecittà studios in Rome, was recently shown in Beijing, spawning a revisit of the making of the collection.


2016 chanel metiers d'art collectionKarl Lagerfeld describes his process. “About a month and half before the collection I give the first sketches to the ateliers. The people with whom I work know exactly how to interpret my sketches. A design is never discordant with what I have asked for… but sometimes, when it comes to the fittings, I change my mind, I have new ideas, so we make changes and we start again. There is always a creative dynamic between the Studio and the expertise of the artisans and the Chanel ateliers who work on my collections. Gradually the silhouette evolves, the embroideries, the details, the finishes and the flowers take on a new dimension”

chanel metiers d'art collection 2016

Above, the Lemarié ateliers created marbleized feathers that were then sewn onto the silk organza of the top.  Below, leather leaves and flowers are assembled with squares of tweed and lace which are then sewn together and embellished with rhinestones. The embroidered lace is then sent back to the Chanel studio to be assembled. If you are interested in learning more, many of these artisanal houses were featured in the volume Haute Couture Ateliers.

chanel 2016 metiers d'art collection

And for those looking for more literary summer diversions, a new illustrated biography of Jane Austen might be just the thing.

Jane Austen illustrated biographyThe latest in the Library of Luminaries series, it tracks Austen’s life with charming drawings and annotated illustrations. For more about the story behind the stories, visit brainpickings here.

Jane austen illustrated biography

All writers get occasionally stuck in that rut where nothing is flowing as it should. Take a peek at Ben Watts’ clever Writer’s Block – A Supercut for some famous yet relatable outtakes highlighting the highs and lows of the writers’ world.

In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday and her 83rd anniversary of her love affair with corgis, Spoonflower, the world’s leading source of corgi-themed fabric, wallpaper and gift-wrap designs, created a fun tribute with 90 corgi-shaped pillows and one life-size body pillow of the Queen.

Spoonflower corgi pillows

Queen Elizabeth will be receiving two corgi pillows as a gift from Spoonflower for her last remaining corgis, Holly and Willow. The custom printing company hopes someday to present all 90 pillows at Buckingham Palace or at the very least, auction them off to benefit one of the Queen’s favorite charities.

Spoonflower pillowsSpoonflower Queen Elizabeth corgi pillows

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