Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Friday - Snails Anyone?

image; escargots menetrel by rudd, c.1930; stephan t for galmont
There must be something in the wierd weather, because a week after Lexi posted this little story about Tiny, my own Petit one asked me if people eat the shells when they eat snails, as he held one big empty snail shell spectacularly close to his mouth...

Happy Friday folks - wishing you a lovely weekend.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Little Audrey....

image; vogue living, september/october 2009

.....goes a long way!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Place and Your's - Bedside

yes, they're my slippers underneath, always kept in the same place...I have winter ones and summer ones, both gifts from rellies who know how much I adore them, i'd wear them to galmont if i could.

it's imperative i have a neat and tidy bedside, waking up to a bedside mess puts me in a cranky mood. the tivoli clock radio was my gift to l'homme for an extra special birthday, which has sat on my side since petit-petit arrived.

a close up of my 'shelley' dish, part of a wider collection and my love for miscellaneous colourful vases - all ebay finds - continues, the rest of her little friends are on a sideboard in the same room
all images; shelley t

Ooo, this is a bit intimate, don't you think?! The latest theme for Pip's meme chosen by lovely Lexi over at Potty Mouth Mama. So here's mine, the usual mish-mash of books, lamp, clock radio and little dish full of change and lip balm. I looked for a side table for about seven years, the perfect wooden cube (I really wanted one on wheels) and it was Ikea that came through for only $40.00 - gotta love that!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Friday - Eiffel Tower is 120 years old!

image; via sfgirlbybay - alicia bock's enchanting paris
Congratulations, you beautiful thing, you're just getting better with age!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Galerie Montmartre's Community Bookshelf

galmont's community bookcase in action

setting up - ready.....

..... get set.....


the sign says 'please feel free to browse and take a book home - replace or swap it with a pre-loved book of your own when you can'.
I am soooooooo excited about this! As a result of reading this post by Holly over at the inspirational Decor 8, I knew that a community bookshelf would completely work at Galmont. Fitzroy is a diverse, energetic, inner-city hub think East Village if in NYC or Surry Hills if you know Sydney - a little bit grimey and proud of it! I knew that this idea would be simple to start up and add to our 3065 postcode at the same time. Thanks to the gorgeous Philip Graham for the shoerack/bookcase.

Within minutes of putting it all together, a young student came by elated that he didn't have to buy a literature text, Ibsen, was waiting just for him. Someone else asked L'Homme if he had read the Faulkner book, because she had heard it was a beauty. And we were greeted by the squeals of a very excited woman on Sunday who had finally found a text she had been looking for all her adult life! I could sit and watch people interacting with that bookcase all day.

Good one, Fitzroy, I knew you could do it!
I'm going to speak to a few more Fitzroy lovely creatives in the future to see if they want to jump on the Community Bookshelf wagon and make our little 'burb the book swapping capital of Australia!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

On the Shelf - My place and Your's

petit-petit's shelf with my some of my original enid blyton's and 'toot-toot' (owl softie)

this shelf is actually twice as long as what is shown, it came out of a hardware store, perfect for petit-petit's bits and pieces. Here's a close up of top shelves incl. artwork (i drew the bird pic as a 3yr old, my mum saved it and gave it to me as a gift); family photos (that's l'homme front left and me front right), the little dolls top left were also mine, the spools were found at a flea market and have graced many shelves!

close up of petit's shelf, we have the full collection of miffy books (a first bday gift) which were in fabulous condition until petit-petit came along and decided that book bindings were part of his diet; football cards still yet to be sorted; that's a container of shells under the bird finger puppets

we paid $20 for this shelf in nyc 26th st flea markets a gazillion years ago, the woman couldn't believe someone was actually buying it, we couldn't believe we'd found a cute shelf with l'homme's name emblazoned across the top! i think it's called a win-win. this shelf has lived all around the place, but has found it's final resting place in petit's room.

I think I am about to break a promise here. You see, I've been doing a bit of - in the words of styling guru, Megan Morton - 'house-whispering' lately. I decided that the shelves that were in the Garcon's rooms needed shifting around. A simple, but very affective decision, I must say, both the little guys have noticed and are loving it. Petit is able to curate his current obsessions (ie. his personal art work, shells and AFL (footy) cards - we do live in Melbourne after all, that damn game never seems to go away!!) and Petit-Petit can reach the things he loves the most (ie. wooden animals and books - neither seen in these photos).
So then Pip comes up with an idea that we all have some blogging fun by becoming part of the meme series 'My place and your's'. The first topic - 'On the Shelf' - which is where the broken promise bit comes in, cause I'm sure a few posts back I promised to never harp about Chez Trbuhovich again....please forgive me. I really should never say never!

PS. If you want to join in the fun, then go here.

PPS. Speaking of On the Shelf, Thursday's post is extremely fitting, cannot wait to share it!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kat Macleod Joy!

image; kat macleod via jacky winter

I went along to the first night of 'Slight Inclusions' tonight to get a glimpse of Kat Macleod's gorgeous illustrations. Ohhhhh, so much to enjoy!

I really enjoy the 'simplicity' of the mediums used - pencil, collage and watercolours, it is so joyous. Almost like sophisticated child-play, and I mean that with the deepest respect, it just makes me smile so much! In fact, I noticed smiles on the those who were there; stepping in closer to take in the hint of sequins or pleating of paper or examining the expression on the lovely women's faces. The place was packed and I walked away with a sassy little piece just for me - my feminine addition to testosterone filled Chez Trbuhovich - simply called 'Undress'. Will reveal all when I bring her home in November. So joyful!

Slight Inclusions by Kat Macleod - October 16th to November 15th
Lamington Drive, 89 George St. Fitzroy, 3065

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In a word...

image; stephan t for galmont
I noticed that Pip and Lexi are playing, and I hate missing out on the fun, so I've decided to join them in this one word challenge - ie. a challenge for a chatter-box like me, anyway;

1. Where is your mobile phone? front

2. Your hair? up

3. Your mother? gorgeous

4. Your father? witty

5. Your favourite food? chocolate

6. Your dream last night? strange

7. Your favourite drink? champagne

8. Your dream/goal? french

9. What room are you in? living

10. Your hobby? interiors

11. Your fear? stagnating

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? loved

13. Where were you last night? home

14. Something that you aren’t? quiet

15. Muffins? nah

16. Wish list item? decking

17. Where did you grow up? suburbia

18. Last thing you did? mothered

19. What are you wearing? comfort

20. Your TV? old

21. Your pet? dogs

22. Friends? always

23. Your life? charmed

24. Your mood? content

25. Missing someone? nanna

26. Vehicle? works

27. Something you’re not wearing? fur

28. Your favorite store? galmont!

29. Your favorite color? grey

30. When was the last time you laughed? minute

31. Last time you cried? daily

32. Your best friend? l'homme

33. One place that I go to over and over? laundry

34. One person who emails me regularly? cousin

35. Favorite place to eat? marios
*that was fun! if you choose to play too, please let me know, as i would love to read your words. x

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday's Mail

images; shelley t for galmont - how cool is the typography on the dubonnet advertisement? how pretty are the tea towels, although have just noticed the political incorrectness of one of them - no doubt a sign of the times they were printed in? how cute are the stamps?

I love a mail delivery, especially when it is from France and especially when it is this pretty! I mean, even the stamps are gorgeous - so gorgeous, in fact that I grabbed the nearest camera and took some pics for you lovely people.
I cannot wait to do my dishes with these glorious little tea towels. Really!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Friday - Advertising for Beginners

image; lagrive vins fins, guy georget, c195; taken by michelle for galmont
We got this spunky new poster in Galmont last week, on first appearances it might look like a cute image of a bird carrying some wine. And it is. But the other thing we've learnt is that this bird is actually a thrush. This particular bird comes in many varieties in France, which is exactly why Georget chose to use it to represent that Lagrive have many types of wines. Unless you are a budding ornithologist or a wine buff, I have a feeling you wouldn't have known that!!
Lesson over - school's out - happy weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Let's hear it for...

all images; issues 7, 5 & 17 covers courtesy of dumbofeather
After a delightful day with Ms. G and then attempting to draft an important document back at Galmont, I returned to Chez Trbuhovich a little low on energy. However, that quickly changed when I noticed the latest issue of Dumbofeather waiting on the doorstep in all it's recycled glory!

I love a story, particularly in relation to lovely creatives; I'm interested in what makes people tick, where they come from, where they're going, what's important to them, the development of their area of interest - with Dumbofeather, I meet five people who give me a good yarn. It may be an artist, a midwife, a charity worker, an entrepreneur, a teacher; I don't care, I just love their stories!

I am grateful to Kate James for switching me onto this publication, after reading my first copy cover to cover, I immediately back-ordered the 15 odd 'mooks' (is it a magazine? is it a book?) I had missed. I try to read a story every couple of days, as I find it's like a little battery charger for the soul. So, dear ones, it is time for me to immerse myself in Issue Twenty-one - Ahhhh!

PS. Of course, The Design Files has interviewed Kate Bezar, Dumbofeather's founder, check it out here.
PPS. Have just noticed that Deb's blog (for Real Living) has also posted about Kate Bezar here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weekend Weblog Wanderings (5) - The Sartorialist

garance dore
images; the sartorialist

...righto, that's it, I'm off to get myself some brogues this season...check out more style here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Books Galore!

personal library; coffee table books galore with vintage posters as the topic du jour

....and more....

books and vintage posters, enought to make this girl swoon!

We love books at Galmont, we have an extensive personal library and lots of goodies for the people who come to our retail space. I thought I'd take a few photos of the books we have hanging around after being inspired by the work of Victoria Reichelt on the Inside Out blog this week - check it out here.

(....and the community bookshelf is nearly ready....stay tuned!)