Monet’s House

If you’ve ever wondered what Impressionism looks like in the form of a house – a speculation that has probably never been a priority in your life – then you may have also wandered what Claude Monet’s house looks like. I mean, he’s practically the king of Impressionism as far as I’m concerned, and if his house doesn’t embody 19th century French painting, then I don’t know what does.

… these are the kinds of thoughts that go through my head on a regular basis…

I had been to Giverny twice, and on both occasions, photographs inside the house were strictly Forbidden, with a capital F. My friend Natalie and I would always try to be sneaky and take quick iPhone snaps, thinking we were so incognito; the photos pretty much always came out blurred and crappy. THANKFULLY – and this seriously made me so happy – they now allow you to take photos! Mais sans flash, bien sûr. I discovered this while my sister was visiting me last week, and we also discovered that the Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay allow photographs now too.  :O

So without further ado, take a peek inside Monet’s house:

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Office Inspiration

Now that my life here in France seems to finally be picking up speed, I find myself dreaming of creating my own personal office space, so I’ve compiled this small collection of office inspiration pictures, all found on Pinterest! Currently, we have not one, but two beds sitting next to one another in the downstairs section of the apartment – the second bed has served us well for the hosting of guests that has been ongoing for the past couple months, but I think it’s time to clear out some space for MOI!  I hope to find a new home for our second bed and slowly start assembling a little space for myself.

I especially love these images I’ve found on Pinterest.  I love that the dominant shade is white, with pops of metallic, wood, and/or bright color (except the completely monochromatic desk in the second picture!).  After a bit of research, I’ve discovered that Ikea not only sells full-on desks, but they also sell table legs and tops separately.  The desk in the image below is assembled from these Ikea parts, but they painted the legs copper, which makes it look amazing!!  What’s nice is this particular combo would only cost about 40 bucks or so – not bad for a desk, especially one that can be easily disassembled when it’s time to move.  I’d actually love to do the exact same thing, unless of course I find a beautiful desk on the side of the road… On Sundays people throw their big items on the street for disposal.  Yesterday, my friends who just moved into town scored a coffee table from the sidewalk!

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New & Improved Website!

Im very pleased to announce the “launch” of my new website! It caused a lot of confusion and frustration, as I did it all myself, with an ENORMOUS help from my husband Erik who is a programmer and knows how coding works (which I don’t). It’s not entirely perfect or completely professional, but I think we did a pretty damn good job! I think the biggest change is the addition of a “homepage” on which you can see a rotating slider of popular posts, find content based on category, see live feeds of my Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest profiles, as well as subscribe either through Bloglovin’ or email. I wanted to add a homepage in an attempt to add another dimension to my online presence, moving away from just a blog, to more of a website. This will open up more opportunities for me in the future, once I’m ready to branch out into other areas. Perhaps running a shop, creating a zine or travel guide, producing YouTube videos…

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Visual Diary: Brassai Exhibition, Éclair de Genie, and Fleux

I started my Monday off right with a trip into Paris. Being low on money, I needed an activity that required little to no spending, and the free Brassai photography exhibition, Pour L’Amour de Paris, was what I decided on. I was under the impression that I was being clever by coming on a Monday, that perhaps the line would be shorter, but I was sorely mistaken. I waited in the cold wind for about an hour and a half. -___- If I had a snack, more comfortable shoes, warmer clothes, and a friend to keep me company, it wouldn’t have been half bad, but by the time 45 minutes had passed, I was pretty irritable.

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