Friday, July 30, 2010

Fabulous Friday

image; michelle belle for galmont - sketchy details at this stage, but she is vintage and she is our's!

OK friends, time to call it a day. It's been the hive of activity here at Galmont....lots and lots and lots of new posters to be photographed and put onto our website.
Just check out this little beauty! Is she not fabulous?!
And something else pretty wonderful, L'Homme said the Petit's names today - unprompted. Yes, so great - he is making his way home to us, I just know it!
Have a great weekend, see you next week. x

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dear Interior Gods and Goddesses...

image; via delikattisen
...I bloody love this! That womb-like chill zone with the odd pop of colour looking out to the brightness of the dining area. I can imagine, having eaten my fill at the dinner party and one wine too many (that's a given), I would lay on the couch and drift off to sleep under that glossy ceiling with the sounds of my friends chatting away whilst opening another bottle of wine...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Michelle Belle Tumbles 1

image; Gardez la France Propre by Raymond Savignac, 1982. 117 X 160cms.
Today is the first of our tumblr series written by Michelle Belle. And as we all have L'Homme on our minds, I thought it was fitting that we started with a post regarding him and one of our favourite French poster artists.

MB has really got into the tumbling life, posting every week day....puts this Femme to shame...

Anyway, enjoy!

On a recent trip to Paris, Le Boss spotted this poster and had to have it. A devout Savignac fan, it was one he had not yet had in the gallery. Sacre bleu! How could this happen? A purchase was obligatory. This humorous image embodies all that made Savignac the master of the French advertising poster from the late 1940s right up until his death in 2002. A clever image, abundant colour, minimal text and a uniquely kooky sense of humor all come together to produce a poster that is both distinctly French and instantly memorable.
Check out this terrific image above. The national symbol of France, le coq (chicken) is imploring the poor little porc (pig) to ‘Gardez La France Propre’, to keep France clean. Only Savignac could take an appeal from the National Agency of Waste Disposal to the French people to look after their country and inject it with such lightheartedness and humor.
So from the streets of France in 1982 to the walls of Galerie Montmartre in 2010, we have another wonderful Savignac poster in our collection. Bravo Le Boss, BRAVO!

Monday, July 26, 2010

My 200th Post x

Never a truer word said, Ms Hepburn....

I have saved this glorious quote from the internet at least four times. It obviously meant something every time I read it, so I clicked that save button forgetting I had done it previously; But today - l'Homme's first day of full rehab - it has more meaning than ever.

Thanks for being my bloggy buddies, I love this blogging life - here's to 200 more posts. x

image; apologies for not knowing or acknowledging the original source, if anyone knows, i would be extremely grateful

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Friday!

It is indeed a very happy day - l'Homme's off to rehab - another step towards his recovery. Everyone tells me it is a tough time, but I can't see it could be much tougher than being in an intensive care unit with your life hanging in the balance.
ST is one fighter, he has the heart of a lion, a steely will and so much resilience; quite frankly he could've written a book before this recent event, but that's another story for another day...
The support and love we have received both virtual and tangible this past month has been extraordinary, really incredible and we are so grateful; it has carried us straight into this newest chapter of our lives. Thank you!

So, Michelle Belle and I are celebrating, tweeting and tumbling and blogging our happiness.
Galmont is definitely open for business - Tuesday to Sunday. I am here four days a week now - Wednesday to Friday and Sundays; you'll know me, I'm the one that knows a fair bit about the posters and prettying up the place but has no clue how to do anything when it comes to the invoicing, the packing, the systems etc...I call on my helpful team for all those incidental matters!!!

Wishing you a great weekend, I'll see you next week for some regular cyber-love. x

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We'll Tumble For Ya!

image; michelle belle for galerie montmartre

It has been all systems go here at Galmont despite the personal and professional upheaval that occurred on June 22nd. Our doors have remained open and vintage poster lovers from far and wide have come. Yes, L'Homme (who incidentally is now on the short list for rehab, clearly making inroads!!) has much to be proud of, but something he should really be thrilled about is the way our gorgeous little assistant, Michelle Belle, has stepped up and grabbed hold of her opportunity to truly shine. She is gleaming with efficiency, knowledge and expertise.

We have been working at getting a new blog together, one that highlights a little less of what Femme de M likes and a little more Galerie Montmartre - Vintage Original Poster - based. So I thought we'd grab hold of that Gen Y enthusiasm and give Michelle Belle her own blogging guernsey and what a fine job she's doing. To remind you of how clever she is, I'll be re-posting a tumblr post every Wednesday here at Femme de M.

So if you are a lover of vintage poster art, Galerie Montmartre or a spy (we know you're out there!!), then time to jump on board the latest addition to the Galmont Cyber Funfest.

Yes indeed friends, we'll tumble for ya - galeriemontmartre(dot)tumblr(dot)com.
And check out the snippet below, Michelle Belle's loyalty knows no bounds, to the point where the very first week of setting up Galmont's brand new tumblr site, she devoted all five posts to L'Homme himself!

Co-owner, director and all round big cheese at Galerie Montmartre is Stephan Trbuhovich, aka Le Boss. He has the knowledge, the passion and the energy that has turned Galerie Montmartre into the superbly successful poster gallery it is today.....And whilst he does not have the singing voice, the dance moves or the funny jokes he might believe, what he does have is in spades is a tremendous ability to find exceptional posters. On a recent buying trip to France, I was lucky enough to see ‘the eye’ (as he sometimes refers to himself) in action. And you know what, this bloke, he knows his stuff. So, in honor of Le Boss, his personal favourites are the week one theme. These are the posters that got Le Boss all a flutter in France….

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Family Reunion

image; via seesaw...a blog that i love, love, love!
Today L'Homme will be reunited with his boys, our gorgeous Petits, 3 weeks after the incident that changed our lives.
As always, I ask that you spare us all a thought today. I am sure it will be a beautiful, emotional moment; one that I know will spur L'Homme to continue fighting to be home with us - strong in mind, body and spirit.
He is well worth the wait, by the way!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Please Think of Us - Pt.2

It was exactly two weeks today that I shared with you our family crisis. A situation that has rocked this little family to its core and quite frankly, I was as raw as any one human can be dealing with the news that their partner is not likely to make it when I wrote that post.

The last 17 days have been a blur of hospital waiting rooms, meetings with doctors, the terms 'brain spikes', 'trachiotomy', 'pneumonia', 'elevated temperatures', 'sedation' and 'blood pressure', agonising decisions, intensive care units, shock, grief and despair. Of loving embraces, care and support, soothing handholding, gentle conversations, willing and praying and digging deep, the terms 'strong and healthy', 'excellent vitals', 'stabilising' and 'a real fighter'.
And through it all Stephan T, my beloved l'Homme, has hung on for dear life; has somehow found the resilience to stay alive and get himself to the Special Care Unit to face the next chapter of this new battle. It has been mindblowing to everyone from medicos to family, friends and acquaintances. The truth is, ST was never expected to make it through the first 48 hours, the bleed to his brain was so immense.

Not only is he here, but he is about one month ahead of where any expert thought he would be. The man is unstoppable! It is a miracle happening in front of our very eyes. Of course, there is a long way to go, but right now, from where I sit I know everything will eventually be OK.

I want to thank you so much for your support, I knew sharing this with the blogworld was going to help me make sense of it all and get some much needed love from unexpected places. You haven't let me down.

many thanks - shelley t - femme de m