In fact, there is a motorini in my future.
Oh yes, that is one pretentious post title. I like to trot out the French from time to time just to keep things fancy. Actually, the ‘flaneur’ part is from Edmund White’s literary confection of the same name concerned with nothing more that various walks though Paris. All pretense aside, it will transport you there. It is a wonderful read and you will save euros.
I should be working on my [rudimentary? rough-hewn? larval?] Italian sound-making ability right now as it is only six weeks and counting until our non-traditional Thanksgiving in Italy. I have tapes, grammar workbooks, phrase guides, flash cards (one must attack the enemy from all sides! …Assaltare!) What I do not have is motivation.
So in basically non-sequetorial spirit I present: Le Boulevard. It’s an art & antique mall that lives technically in New Orleans but is in fact so close to Metairie it might as well be there (it’s also close to my primary hair care provider).
Do you all remember Metairie? The place where New Orleanians are forced to go from time to time to get stuff? The place where the sole question on the driving exam is, “Can you honk the horn?” I believe this is the same driving test they take in Italy.
I’ll start with the GOOD:
An adorable coffee table made from reclaimed New Orleans shutters. A glass top keeps your wine glass from ruining the rug. A design by Janet Molero, ASID. Cute, no?
Here's the dining room version - I'm crazy about this.
This is a handsome (and well priced) writing desk from a seller who had numerous writing desks and obviously shares my dotty obsession with writing desks. I do not have a spot for it. Shoot.
A lovely pair of colorful lanterns - it's a shame they weren't wired for 'the new electric light.
This is one of a pair of (Italian!) lanterns which was electrified and I would've slapped them up all over the front of my house if I weren't going to (Italy!) next month. They are well priced, but still... well, let's just say there's room in the budget for haircuts and coffee right now and that's about it.
Nicely made gray linen chairs with an unexpected printed burlap on the back.
There was more GOOD, but I’m snarkily itching to get to the BAD!
A very rare specimen from the Lo Mein dynasty. It is fortunate that my iPhone has a terrible camera inside of it. This is more hideous than you can possibly believe and I cannot fathom an interior design problem where this chair is the solution.
Tortured Jesus with a decorative gilt base is on SALE! This is actually sitting on a buffet in a dining room vignette. I'll just have a salad, thanks.
Every room needs a focal point!
And of course, we have the UGLY. If you have an expensive LCD monitor you may not with to continue. No warranty or liability is implied…
That's quite an flower arranglement.
A creative tour de force of flammable fabrics and electricity. Hydra-like, this lighting Muppet could illuminate your own collection of snow-globes and props from the movie Aliens.