Hello, friends! It’s been far too long since I brought you a collection of photographs from Paris so here is the first installment of recent images to inspire your dreams and memories of Paris.
And some news! My second online shop, Paris Plus, has been renamed Parisian Moments to more properly reflect its focus on our Paris collections. A new website dedicated to our Paris adventures is coming soon but in the meantime we’ve stocked the shop with many new works from our recent trips to the City of Light. Also now available in both shops is a line of gallery wrapped canvases which you can see here and here. We’re very excited to release them, and for the month of October, we’re offering a 20% discount with this code: CANVAS20. We’d love to hear what you think about the revamped shop and hear any suggestions you have.
And, as always, I so appreciate you visiting. Wishing you a joyful week ahead.
Hello, friends! In late spring we visited one of THE most magical locations I’ve ever experienced: the windmills of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands. Imagine a perfect day of billowing clouds, soft Dutch light and the enchanting structures that are the symbol of Holland. Such a classic scene, right out of a painting. I thought it would be fun to pair images from that never-to-be-forgotten day with a few of charming windflowers, one of my favorite late summer blooms.
While traveling, I shot quite a lot of video footage which I look forward to sharing with you in the months to come. Here is the first and I hope it gives you a taste of what a day at Kinderdijk is like:
p.s. just for fun, here is one more video that I took in the Dutch countryside. Whenever I am getting to stressed about things, this lightens the mood. :)
Hello, friends! At the end of May, as part of my extensive travels this spring, I spent an entire day at Versailles – without actually setting foot inside the main Chateau at all. Rather, my time was occupied in wandering the vast grounds and gardens, a treat I’d not experienced on my previous visit. Arriving when the gardens opened at 8:00 am, I ducked into the side entrance and luxuriously had the Orangerie and adjacent areas to myself for some time before the masses of visitors descended upon the property.
Although I am an English garden girl at heart, I adore French gardens for their symmetry, exquisite attention to detail and the stimulating juxtaposition of planned formality with lush exuberance. The designs and their orderliness are very calming in their predictability but still delight with unexpected vistas that fit harmoniously into the whole. To me, they seem a fitting metaphor for living – establishing an organized framework that supports the random, beautiful experiences, creativity and possibilities within one’s lifetime.
Beautiful details abound through the huge gardens.
The sheer size of the park enables one to experience reflective, private moments, even at the height of the season.
A column of the Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon
Strict, formal structures and secret, hidden beds of abundant blooms (I trespassed behind a closed gate for this one) highlight the contrasting styles that make up the garden areas, both public and private.
I have many, many more images from Versailles to share but today wanted to focus on the peaceful and tranquil spots I discovered amongst the grandeur of this magnificent location. As always, you were in my thoughts as I explored and attempted to capture the magic I found. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a most marvelous week ahead!