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My hope for some more time on my own backfired. I have been completely swamped with lots of different things, including a project that I am working on, and my health has not been as good as I would have wanted. From time to time I lack energy, and just feel off. Maybe it is because of the weather? For months it has been nothing but cold, snow, and even more snow. While I do love snow, I do not love shoveling snow three times every day.

But, there has been some things that atleast cheer one´s mind up a bit. The wallpaper that we ordered for our daughter arrived last week, although in the wrong colour palette. I made a call to the store, and thankfully the right one will arrive at the end of this week, which I am really thankful for. Usually it takes 2-3 weeks, so we were in luck.

The wallpaper is from Nina Campbell, and is called Perroquet. Molly is getting the first one in her room. I think it is very pretty, and doesn´t feel like the typical choice for a toddler. She loves flowers, so I hope she will like it as much as I do. The wallpaper is inspired by the floral  boutique Odorantes in Paris. It is one of Nina Campbell´s favourites. The second one really shows where she got the inspiration from. The boutique has dark grey walls that really makes the beautiful flowers stand out, along with some taxidermy.

This is what Odorantes looks like. Paumes has a book of floral boutiques and florists in Paris, and Odorantes is one of them. They have lots of other books (and stationary as well),  that are worth taking a look at.

Finally I have chosen a wallpaper for the guestroom. It is from Designers Guild, their Royal Collection.

Arundale Chantrey, in Wedgwood. The actual colour is somewhere inbetween those two images. It is a pale, soft blue colour. The inspiration was from a scene at the Petit Trianon, in Marie Antoinette.

Both rooms will have walnut parquet flooring, and I can´t wait until they are finished!

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This has become my favourite song from the “Wolfgang Amadeus” album. Everytime I am driving, I always put it on. Or in the kitchen while I am preparing dinner. Or any other time.

I have been listening to the “Lost In Translation” soundtrack a lot lately, and I really love the songs by Kevin Shields and Brian Reitzell. Perfect for creating a mood. I love the way I feel when I listen to them.

I found this on YouTube, “50 floors up” by Brian Reitzell and Roger J. Manning Jr. Apparently it was a bonus track on the Japanese version of the soundtrack.

And because I am in that mood:

Ever since I saw “Marie Antoinette”, the last song makes me think of the movie, and how I felt when it ended. It was a perfectly sad moment, beautiful and haunting all at once.

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I have a fondness for a certain type of films. Usually they have a melancholic veil over them, that haunts me and makes me get quite obsessed. Often there is a female character that somehow enthralls me, and that I identify myself with on a certain level.
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The Virgin suicides was a true obsession for me. There was a period when I could watch it every day. The feeling I got when I watched it, used to linger on, and somehow I needed it. I wanted every day to have that faded colouring, that 1970´s patina and the sun gleaming through leaf-covered branches while the soundtrack accompanied me. The girls felt like friends that I connected to, and the boys obsession with them was something I could identify with. Marie Antoinette on the other hand, was not love at first sight, not in the same way as The Viring suicides. I liked it, but the haunting didn´t come at once. When it came, it hit hard though. Marie Antoinette´s fate moved me, while Kirstens expressions told me everything I needed to know. My days were filled with New Order, peonies and pastel colours.

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I read the book, Låt den rätte komma in (Let the right one in) and really loved it, so when the movie came I had to see it. Afterwards, it haunted me for days. The atmosphere lingered, while my mind was filled with thoughts of vampires and memories of growing up in Sweden in the 1980´s. I almost wished that I was a vampire, just like the fantasies I had as  a child. Almost Famous is the odd one in the group. It isn´t really gloomy or melancholic, so it doesn´t fit into the the same category. It does have a nostalgic feel, like an old memory from one´s childhood, and so does The Virgin suicides. Although, Almost Famous is more like those memories you treasure, memories of happy times;  ice-cream, strawberries, swimming in the lake at summer, and staying up all night talking about boys. It gives the same warm feeling in the belly, and the same comfort. Since it is memories I never had, and things I never experienced, it makes me wish otherwise. For days after watching it, the 1970´s and rock & roll is all I care of. I dream of being in William´s situation, travelling with the band, living in hotel rooms all while the perfect soundtrack is playing in the background.

 

This is what I love about films, that you can experience a whole new world, and that is available to all. It awakens the imagination, and let´s one dream freely. I have always been a dreamer, ever since I was a child, and I still am. Maybe a bit too much, because reality can be somewhat disapointing, which is why I keep on dreaming. Ofcourse, when you´re almost 30 years old like I am, that can seem a bit strange to people. The world of daydreams and imagination is only for children, it seems. This quote from the film “Amélie” (Le fabuleux destin d´Amélie Poulain): ” Les temps sont durs pour les rêveurs” (These are hard times for dreamers), is quite accurate, and one of my favourite. A dreamer is often misunderstood, and often perceived in the wrong way. I used to care, but I don´t anymore. One´s thoughts are the only thing that is truelly private, so therefore, if dreaming is what makes someone happy, it´s no one elses business.

 

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