10.4.09

libertine in domino

Thank you all so much for your comments on my pity party of a last post. You are all so lovely & I hope you have been enjoying early spring. I appreciate your comments so much. Don't ever change, you beauties.

Geoff bought me a chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream cone from an ice cream truck -- so that was nice.

Yesterday I was reminded of something I had seen in an old issue of Domino magainze (September 2007). I looked it up and was glad that I still had the issue around. This is from the home of one of the designers from Libertine. He has a chair in his hallway with a sign above it saying "Goodwill." I have been doing a bit of closet- and bookcase-purging lately, and it made me think about how having a dedicated Goodwill box at home is a good idea. I can be just as sentimental about things as other people, but I'm also a practical, realistic Capricorn and I know that I will just run out of places to put stuff if I don't purge regularly.

This particular spread was always one of my favourites! So colourful and lively. The feature also included Libertine's "Rules to Live By," and they are pretty great, and funny:

Invest in one good antique to anchor a room.
Always have an extra case of champagne on hand.
Read Remembrance of Things Past for inspiration—but only 13 pages a night, so you don't get burned out.
It's a given to have fresh flowers around; keeping them monochromatic is the easiest way to have major impact.
Check your mother's and father's closets. Way in the back, there's always a jewel—even old slippers.
Plan a trip to Paris, just for the flea markets.
A collection doesn't have to be accumulated over time. Sometimes it's fun to buy the whole thing at once.
Forget about purebred dogs; adopt a mutt.
A framed drawing of your pet by a friend can be more meaningful than the most expensive Matisse.
Make a collage on your refrigerator of museum stickers, invitations, funny notes, and every time you reach for something, you'll be reminded of how lucky you are.
Close your eyes for 30 seconds at least once during the day, to be quiet and grateful.
Buy your favorite books in hardback—that's one thing you'll never grow tired of.
Always have enough negative space in a room, so the eye has a chance to relax.
Don't throw away old clothes, furniture or knickknacks—drop them at Goodwill.
Monogram as much as you can! It shows you care.

8 comments:

  1. "I can be just as sentimental about things as other people, but I'm also a practical, realistic Capricorn and I know that I will just run out of places to put stuff if I don't purge regularly."

    hahahh yup. exactly.

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  2. those are some pretty great rules to live by! I think I will adopt some of them!

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  3. The post about the sweater you sent me is up! Thanks again so much!! :-)
    here

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  4. "A collection doesn't have to be accumulated over time. Sometimes it's fun to buy the whole thing at once."

    I like that one... and dream of Paris flea markets!

    Hope you are feeling a little better, so glad to have found your blog by the way :)

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  5. I would love to accumulate a collection all at once! What fun, and all good advice. :)

    Happy Easter, lovely lady!

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  6. Goodwill, yes, that's my favorite thing to do (fellow capricorn). i also like getting rid of things on my clothing blog (laws of general economy), being able to share what i have with those who will really appreciate it.

    i hope you are feeling better! the ice cream truck treat sounds lovely.

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  7. Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you liked Libertine's advice. They are very wise! I tried the Proust one for a while but got through my first 13 pages and, well, it's still in my nightstand!

    Erica, yes! Precisely. I actually love sharing & giving things away, especially if I know the recipient will enjoy it. I don't get that attached to things. They are just things.

    Oh and yes I'm feeling very good these days! It was a funny mood that came on with the unexpected bit of snow we had.

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  8. oh yes. a great list.

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