Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dainty Shabby French Neo-Classical Decor

Begin doing what you want to
do now.  We are not living in
eternity.  We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand –
and melting like a snowflake.

--Marie Beynon Ray

For the remainder of the month I'm going to reveal photos of the loveliest shoot done at my studio cottage.

I tried to get these images published in Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations book by way of telling Rachel over the phone they were my favorite of all.  In October 2010 young photographer Emma Mattsson and stylist/writer Petra Kjellstroem flew all the way from Stockholm to shoot homes in Manhattan and Upstate New York on speculation.  Lucky for us Skona Hem (Sweet Home) -- the top interior design magazine in Sweden -- bought the story for their November 2011 issue.

You may notice, gentle reader, I've watermarked the photo.  I don't like the distraction of watermarks, but Pinterest has altered the online playing field so much not only am I forced to do this but I'm creating an account there in an attempt to give credit to photographers, stylists, and print publications.

The photo above is a shot of my mantel with a lovely c. 1920 shabby white oval mirror with swags and ghosted glass for $299 at Sandi of A Cottage Muse's booth at The Wrentham Country Store in Massachusetts.  The candlesticks are yard sale finds I paid $2 - $12 for each.

Dainty pale pink paper roses stamped with French writing add a soft touch: try these from artist Angela Harris.  

Until next time, stay shabby!

Sharing with:

White Wednesday at Faded Charm

 Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner

Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home

Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage

Beverly's Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound

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Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This photo is so lovely, Sandy! I'm looking forward to the rest.

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Lovely photos and you can be very proud of the fact that they came all the way from Stockholm to shoot this.
Happy 7th birthday to your sweet Zuzu!
Love to you,


Cat & Cricket said...

Sandy~ beyond gorgeous....You are my pure inspiration!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Lovely photo. I have been wondering about Pinterest. I know it all is fun and inspiring but I have always wondered how legal it is to take these images? Sometimes when going on blogs I am not sure if they are showing me their home..or something they pinned. I prefer when people show their own photography..or when its not they make it very apparent that they pinned it.

Thanks for sharing--hope all is well!


Beautiful Sandy! I can't believe how in sync we bloggers are...I've never watermarked before until this morning and when I was on Pinterest and perusing Blogland today, I noticed SO many people doing the same thing. We must have all come to the same conclusion simultaneously. LOL! Either that, or I've been completely clueless all along.

Hope you are well!


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So gorgeous Sandy~ and congratulations!!! How exciting!! I am watermarking my photos as well. :) Thanks in advance for linking up and sharing at FNF :)

Hege Sletsjøe Morris said...

What a fantastic photo!
Love it all!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh how I love your sweet little oasis! I'm so happy you have such a haven in your life and that people realized how special it is. I Love yardsale and flea markent finds... they always turn out to be fabulous!

blessings & hugs, Sherry

Lana said...

Beautiful Sandy, I will need to find out more about that magazine. I love Swedish style. I know I see a lot of posts from pinterest on blogs or maybe its pins from blogs on pinterest. I to find most bloggers give credit to the photos, some just say they are from pinterest. It is always best to take your own photo, but if you use another always give the source and credit to the owner.

Di said...

Just beautiful...enough said! Di@cottage-wishes

Katherines Corner said...

It's beautiful my sweet friend. I have been making a point of putting my mark on my photos too. I'm slowly going through old posts and re-loading, it's taking a lot of time. I opened a pinterest account too. I have found some of my photos with no credit at all, UGH... I also found one of my photos for sale recently on a photo site. Very upsetting xo

Sandi said...

Beautiful photo Sandi! I love it!

Sandi said...

PS I do pinterest, but always try and give credit where credit is due. In theory it is great as it is supposed to always link back to the original site where the photo came from, but I suppose there are still people out there who just copy the photo and that is not right. :(

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

The problem with pinterest is that if a blogger posts an image on their blog with a source listed to it, it still links the image to the blog~which then you can eventually see where the credit is due. Your images are lovely and I can understand watermarking..I don't care for it either as it interupts the beauty of an image. Is it Zuzus bday? It is mine as well!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Always love coming to your blog... I do so hope you are doing well and the days are being kind to you....

kerrie of sea cottage said...

So beautiful Sandy. I don't like watermarks either but have put them on my photos for while now since they do get stolen so easily.

Susan said...

Beautiful photo - I agree, it would have looked perfect in Rachel's last book.
I appreciate that you put the watermark on there. I find it frustrating to see others' photos on blogs & Pinterest without an easy creditable path. I always yearn to know the true source & the true home.
Thank you for all your inspiration and integrity, Sandy. :)

Julie L. Light said...

Lovely, lovely! Bravo!

Posy and Co. said...

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can take away from the beauty of your images. I totally think using a watermark on your images is a wise idea. You deserve the creadit and recognition for your work. I'm just a beginner in the world of photography and have no worries about anyone wanting to 'borrow' or 'steal' my images. As I get better, however, I will indeed use a watermark on my original works. Whenever I post using images other than my own, I always attempt to give credit where credit is due. Although I love pinning, Pinterest makes authentication difficult. Have a lovely day sweet, kindred spirit. Much love, Lisa

Anna Lantligt på Svanängen said...

Lovely pictures!!! Greetings Anna!

Rhonda said...

I, too, watermark because of Pinterest, even though it links to your blog, I want credit!!

Absolutely gorgeous photo, Sandy!

Fanciful Designs said...

Sandy~ It's staged so perfectly with such grace.

So beautiful~


A Cottage Muse said...

This is one of my favorite photos, looking forward to what you have to share this month!
I am awaiting a copy of Rachel's book as I type!
Hope you are well!!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photo... wow! And i like your watermark too!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the photo, and your watermark.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Sandy,
I so enjoyed the R/H book where you and your cottage studio that inspires is featured.

Your beauty rises above all in white, poetry at your hands.

Thank you for all you inspire.
I have a little white French Theatre give away come enter :)

Anonymous said...

Stunning! Thanks for a lovely post. xoxo Lorelei

michele said...

this looks seriously fabulous. i was fortunate enough to interview rachel a few months ago when the new book was released.

found your post via frenchcountrycottage...come visit me anytime!


SvenskaBlomsterbloggar said...

Lovely pics! Emma & Petra are very talented! And I saw the pics in Sköna Hem ;) Pinterest ... well I love it, I hate it! Love Emelie

à la parisienne said...


These photos are so beautiful, and how wonderful is that to welcome photographers from Stockholm to your studio??? Congratulations on your story, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sweet comment on my blog regarding my recent feature. I appreciate that even in all of your success, you still encourage others.

Bon week-end,

Twinkle Terrior said...

Hi Sandy! Always so beautiful :) Happy weekend ox


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