Friday, June 25, 2010

Please Think of Us - Family Crisis

My sweet friends,

This is a very difficult post to write. The morning I posted about recharging my batteries and looking forward to the rest of the year; I found my beloved l'Homme collapsed in our hallway. He has had a massive bleed to his brain and is in intensive care in a critical condition. This is a freak of nature thing. And it has been horrendous. I am so sorry you have to hear this way.
I have incredible support, the Petits are absolutely fine.
I have been posting updates on my facebook page, if you would like to befriend me to watch our progress as a family, you are very welcome.
Michelle Belle has decided she will continue running Galerie Montmartre, however, we will be closed on Sundays along with the Mondays. She feels it is her way to contribute and she is so very capable.
I need you to send us positive thoughts, as shiny and positive as you can. l'Homme has a will of steel, he is still with us and that is a good thing.
Thank you for reading, thank you for your love. I know this will be a very large shock to you. This is an enormous shock to everyone who knows our family, you don't expect a beautiful, strong, healthy man to have such a thing happen. L'Homme has had the best two months of his life, and I feel so happy knowing that his days leading to this tragic event were the happiest, most exciting of his life.
I will not be posting for a little while, but have every intention of being back in blogland in the future.

With much love and hope...

Shelley T - Femme de M


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Let's hear it for...

image; dd hosiery by gadoud, c. 1950 - michelle belle for galerie montmartre

....well, when I said I would see you on Tuesday, I didn't exactly say which Tuesday it would be!

I did something pretty indulgent last week.

I ran away from home, on my own and stayed away for two whole nights. I didn't speak to another person for a total of 24hours before dabbling in a tiny bit of retail therapy in beautiful Melbourne (oh sweet city of mine, how I adore you!). I also took myself to a gorgeous and renowned French bistro for lunch - Steak au Poivre and Chocolate Souffle washed down with a glass of Shiraz. Seriously indulgent. And it worked! As every hour went by I could feel myself thinking clearly again, the creative juices began flowing, my enthusiasm for everything returned full throttle. And now, here I am, on the second shortest day of the year (yes, I got to hear a little of what was happening in the Southern Hemisphere too!!) ready for a fabulous second half of the year.

So, let's hear it for running away from home and recharging those batteries!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Let the Madness Begin!

image; Bienvenue au Monde, Quarez, 1998; stephan t for galerie montmartre
The World Cup that is. I realise it is neither 1998 or being played in France, but I love this poster. I am a little bit interested in the World Cup, we're not a huge soccer (football) playing nation but we know what we're doing when it comes to fielding talented good sorts - check out our Captain for a start!
Worth mentioning is our assortment of vintage and retro World Cup posters at Galmont, they make fantastic gifts for the football mad people in your lives - check out our website under the Sports and Entertainment category.
And a teensy bit of gossip....if you are watching the action from the U.K, the follow up show (some sort of comedy panel thing?) is hosted by my Cousin. No joke. Not a word of a lie. I don't usually talk about what he is up to, but JC seems to be everywhere right now and he has created some hilarious British TV moments recently. So proud of him.
Off to enjoy a long weekend, including disappearing for 48hours all on my lonesome...have not done any such thing since the Petits were born, but think it is high time!! What are your plans?
See you Tuesday.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

'Do You Love Colour....

....but Hate the Commitment?'

Today Houzz ran an article called 'Colour Without Commitment' where they showed a number of ideas as to how you could put colour into your home without committing to a whole room. Of course, what better way is there to do that than with a vintage poster? I'm sure you were thinking the same thing!!

If you need a bit of oomph without committing to a whole room painted in a particular colour pallette, there is no better way than a big, brassy, brash, bold vintage poster. (Yes, the converted is preaching!) I realise there is the financial commitment, but when you figure that your gem not only brings you colourful joy but will at the very least hold it's value it is a win-win all round in my opinion.

I chose a selection of beauties to tempt you...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Happy Home Indeed!

image; belinda g for the happy home blog
I can't believe it has taken me this long to show you the mini hallway makeover Belinda Graham created on her blog The Happy Home. This Mother, Wife, writer, journalist and all around fun girl somehow manages to find time to blog about her home projects - of which this is one. (Actually, I am always asking her how she finds time to do the actual home projects!)
And not only am I showing you because she uses one of my very favourite combinations - black and white stripes - but on her little gallery wall (close your eyes, Rockin Raina!!!) she has included a vintage mini poster; the gorgeous point of purchase sale piece for Parapluie Revel by Leonetto Cappiello from 1922....truly vintage....which she found through Galmont.
I love the way she has simply pegged it onto her wall.
Good job, B!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dear Exterior Gods and Goddesses...

....when I get get my beach-house, I would like to welcome my guests from this deck...

...and scrub their backs in this shower!

Yours with an open mind...

Femme de M x
images; bolig magazine

Monday, June 7, 2010

L'Homme is Home!

image; chosen to represent my joy at having l'homme back!
Aurore by Cappiello, c.1930; stephan t for galmont

And he arrived back with vintage posters galore and so many wonderful stories and the odd gift for the Petit's and moi from wonderful Paris.
Due to the jetlag, our schedules have been completely different, meaning that L'Homme has been working at Galmont from 4:00am, coming home to be with the Petits during the mad breakfast rush and then going back to the retail space....crashing on the couch before 7:00pm. I'm sure we'll have a conversation within the next few days (!) - then I can pass on every bit of information to you, dear readers. Can't wait to share some French goodness with you all.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun on Friday

image; the sartorialist

I think Galmont have just found their newest employee, will have a word with L'Homme when he gets back from France.....I've needed a personal assistant for quite sometime now....

Have a great weekend, friends. Thanks for dropping by, always so good to have your company.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

So Welcome Winter!

-image; via sfgirlbybay

Melbourne Winters never get this cold, but I love this image. When I think of Winter I think of reading, chocolate, red wine, soup, hats, boots, dinner parties and conversation. So bring on the colder weather, this Femme is ready!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Farewell Autumn 2010

image; via design sponge

We said goodbye to Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere yesterday; I love this season so much, I thought I'd show one more Fall image to prolong it's beauty just one day longer!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear Interior Gods and Goddesses...

image; via houzz

...not having a shot at anyone, but this coffee table would look far more at home in Chez Trbuhovich. Mmm hmmm, just saying.

Yours always,

Femme de M