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Making Scents Of It . . .

Winter and the dearth of blooms.  Thank goodness for the low-maintenance paperwhite narcissus.  A few bulbs, some stones, a chic container and a little water and a few weeks later you’ll have that unmistakably wonderful scent wafting through your rooms.

 Photos by Joel Woodard

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The School of Flaunt Handbook

If you are not familiar with Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke, co-authors of “The School of Flaunt Handbook” and of their web site (www.schoolofflaunt.com), you should be.  Described as The Divas of Good Taste, Alexandra and Cate have dreamed up a tome in which they promise to navigate you safely through the snakepits and landmines of money, moda and manners.

With such interesting chapter titles as “Wardrobe – From Runway to Reality”, “Votre Maison – All Gated Communities Are Not Created Equal” and “Amour or Affair de Coeure – We Want to Light Your Fire!”, their Handbook is filled with tips and quizzes and a bevy of helpful hints to guide you safely into their “Flaunt Fabulous World.”  (Full disclosure:  I was very honored when the duo asked me to do the black and white illustrations for the Handbook.  Thanks so much Alexandra and Cate!)

So before you even think about accepting that next dinner party invitation or stepping foot into Bergdorf’s again, spend a few hours with Alexandra and Cate and The Handbook, available through amazon.com.  You’ll be glad you did and as the authors proudly state, “why go through life as ordinary, when it is just as easy to be extraordinary!”

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There Can Never Be Enough Red!

Red – the most dynamic member of the color spectrum.  There can never be enough of it in my opinion.  Here are some random images from my season and I hope you have had a wonderful one too.

 

 

 

 

 Photos, sketches, styling by Joel Woodard

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Illuminate Someone’s Path This Season . . .

Just something to think about. . . have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Photo by Joel Woodard

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Fly Away Home

Hundreds of starlings visit early every evening just before it gets dark.  Who knows whence they go?  Their cacophony is deafening as they speak to each other.  I loved their stark and graphic quality as they rested there, way up high in the trees and silhouetted against a gloomy, grey sky.  They perched there for a few minutes and then, in unison, they they fell silent and sped off.  The sound of their voices replaced by the rustle of wings.

 

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Wrap It Up!

Festive gift-wrapping needn’t cost a bundle.  I love the Rustic Chic simplicity of humble kraft paper and a glamorous satin ribbon (in this case, both from Walmart).  Blow the budget on the gift and top it off with a thoughtful, hand-written note on good stationery (from Cartier).   It’s what Rustic Chic is all about.

 

Photos by Joel Woodard

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The Rustic Chic Office

What components comprise the Rustic Chic office?  Well, in no particular order and by no means is this an exhaustive list:  old beadboard walls painted in flat-finish white, sisal carpet, interesting collections of things that inspire you, modern art, a papa bear wing chair with a flat weave rug “runner”, traditional pedestals, a painted trestle desk with a thick slab of glass, an idea board full of various flotsam and jetsam that you find interesting, a clanking radiator that keeps you company, tons of design books, burlap roman shades made for a dime, faux bois, baskets filled to overflowing with fabrics and . . . well, hopefully you get the idea.

 

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Tag It!

I had been wanting a tassel for the key of this painted chest for quite a while but just couldn’t find anything that was not trite.  But over the weekend, while in a small junk store, I came across this ogee-shaped, galvanized tag on a jute string.  I was instantly charmed by its unexpectedness and rather formal shape while being executed in such a humble material.  The $1.50 price also helped seal the deal.

 

Photos by Joel Woodard

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I Can’t Give You a Turkey Dinner. . .

. . . but maybe a few feathers will do.  Sorry for the silence as of late.  Will pick up the pace after the holiday.  Have a good one!

 Sketches by Joel Woodard

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Old Paint

This was such a quintessentially bucolic and autumnal scene.  Old Paint standing and looking over his fence and, like the rest of us, enjoying a beautifully crisp weekend day.

Photo by Joel Woodard

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