Summer Blues

Summer Blues

Our summer blues collection featuring Suzani Textiles and Astier de Villatte ceramics.

From Kim

The photo here is the interior courtyard of Casa de Pilatos.

I'd wanted to travel to Andalusia for years. Growing up in Santa Barbara, I was surrounded by “Spanish Revival” architecture and longed to see the source. The revival genre is inspired by the architecture of southern Spain with its ancient and interwoven Roman, European, Arab, Muslim, Jewish and Christian heritage. This spring I took a holiday with Santa Barbara Museum of Art titled “Southern & Central Spain: Moorish Palaces of Andalusia & Museums of Madrid” where we saw many of the long dreamt of wonders including the Alcazar, Alhambra and Mosque of Cordoba. The photo at tip top is an image taken at sunset in the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville. Our small group had the palace and garden to ourselves, it was an extraordinarily rare moment with the voice of a peacock contributing to the spell. In addition we saw other incredible palaces and places that one doesn’t hear about until you are on the ground and introduced. The photo here is the interior courtyard of Casa de Pilatos, and another beauty is Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

The Allure of Lace



Pictured here is a window at the inimatable Astier de Villatte on Rue Saint Honore in Paris.  The boutique is located in an 18th century building, in a shop once occupied by "Le Singe Violet" - The Purple Monkey - as Singerie was very chic and in vogue then. Today the stunning antique shelves are lined with gleaming white ceramics (also available here at MAISON K), whimsical gifts, and books including Astier de Villatte's newly published english version of My Paris Life, soon arriving at MAISON K. The everlasting bouquet here is made up of handmade paper flowers - a beautiful melange of colors and shapes which echo the exotic and higher than high hairdos of the 18th century.  Today the most amazing hair dresser is Julien d'Ys - he creates other worldly coiffure for exhibits and shows around the world.
July 30, 2016 by Kimberly Hayes