Home Office Tour
Today I have a before and after video for you showing the evolution of our home office. When we moved into our new home, we decided to turn the loft space into a home office. We hired California Closets to create the built-in office and I am very pleased with the results. The wood color we chose was "Adriatic Mist", which is a taupe-grey and fits nicely with our decor.
Check out this week's video which shows you the before and after and a few of my favorite things in our office (including my mystery collection and some of the international Madame Chic copies). If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur
Lessons from Madame Chic is going into its 7th printing and At Home With Madame Chic is going into its 3rd printing from Simon & Schuster. Thank you readers!
Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic is now available in the United Kingdom.
If you are looking for a signed copy of any of the three Madame Chic books, Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA has limited inventory. Be sure to give them a call at 310-318-0900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
The Decorista lists Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic as one of her favorites things as well as includes it in her must-read library.
Jess from Used York City shares her very favorite tip from Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.
Italiagal writes a wonderful, in-depth review of Polish Your Home with Madame Chic.
Christine from The Refined Side is unabashedly inspired by the Madame Chic books. Here's her latest review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.
ShimiChic has created a lovely YouTube video review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. ShimiChic has a wonderful channel. Be sure to check it out and subscribe and tell her I said "hello"!
Comments of the Week
Radiant Christina writes:
Excellent advice. Loved the book - I devoured it this weekend as soon as it came in the mail :). I am surrounded by coworkers daily with ZERO poise so at work is where I find keeping my composure most difficult. I found the book to be a good reminder of what I need to do to polish my poise, even in situations where poise is no where to be found :)
Yes, maintaining composure around people who are not behaving in a poised way is very difficult because you feel tempted to lower your standards. Well done for keeping your standards high.
Jennifer, your books have helped me a lot. I started my journey to a simpler life style and I fully embrace it. But I think this new book is what I really needed in terms of the quality life with my children, especially I easily lose my cool with them.
Practicing poise with our children is possibly one of the best exercises we can do in this regard. We are with them so much and they love to push boundaries, giving us many opportunities to practice our poise. We won't always keep our composure but in the end, our behavior will hopefully influence them in positive ways.
Today I have a really unique artistic recommendation for you: Sunlight on the River by Scott Gutterman (which comes out tomorrow, November 10th). Mr. Gutterman is the deputy director at the Neue Galerie in New York City. He has comprised a masterful collection of paintings about poems and poems about paintings. I really love this book and think it would make a great present for anyone you know who appreciates the arts.
The world's great poets interpret the world's great art in this exquisite book that investigates the connection between art and words, deepening our understanding of both. The poet and the artist share a special kind of vision--an ability to see and penetrate the very essence of their subjects. This volume features poems by writers who turned to paintings for their inspiration, as well as paintings by artists who based their works on poems. Stretching across centuries and styles,
this collection includes Rossetti's haunting sonnet based on
Botticelli's Primavera; Wallace Stevens's "The Man with the Blue
Guitar," a masterful meditation on an iconic painting by Picasso;
William Carlos Williams's joyous interpretations of scenes by
Breughel; and Adrienne Rich lending a compassionate voice
to the subject of Edwin Romanzo Elmer's The Mourning Chair.
These and other pairings appear as elegant texts facing full
page, glowing illustrations of the paintings. An introduction
to some of the greatest poets and painters in history, this
remarkable book makes a perfect gift, offering compelling
insights into the worlds of art and literature, and the relationship
between the two.
See you next week for a long-overdue skin care video. Have a great week!
Sunlight on the River was sent to me to review by Prestel publishers. All opinions are my own
This week's video and post is not sponsored by California Closets.
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