Red gilt-decorated morocco over wooden board book-form box, lettered "Arte de Remoza" on spine, silver clasps and catches, hinged to reveal inner carved compartments containing 4 steel straight-razors with tortoise-shell handles, a tortoise-shell and silver-bound mirror, a tortoise-shell and silver comb, scissors, scent bottle and strop. Provenance: purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 7 April 1962. Sold at Christie's for $3150
|Ephemeral, Côté Bastide|
"If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Thoughtfully consider those useful items around your home- is there a beautiful alternative that could function just as well?
For the last few decades, consumerism so quickly expanded and our quest to mass produce was so blinding, it seems we just recently woke up and started questioning all the excess. We are finally starting to question the wisdom of all those disposable items lining our shelves and the excessive packaging that is such a part of our modern day existence.
|Note Fraiche/Fresh Note by Côté Bastide|
Not only is it a question of what is good for our planet, it is a question of what is good for our spirit. Whether we are aware of it consciously or not:
|Fleurs Blances/White Flowers by Côté Bastide|
I'm challenging myself in this matter, too. As I've written about previously, I do try to edit my possessions on a regular basis (see Breathing Room) and I try to eliminate as much commercial packaging as possible (see Thinking Outside the Box ) That said, there's always room for improvement and nothing can highlight this as well as living through a renovation...
|Argan, Côté Bastide (10)|
In February, we began a complete remodel of our kitchen with new flooring and radiant heat throughout which meant that the front half of our house somehow had to be re-located to the back half of our house while all that work is accomplished. Then, of course, in a few weeks time we will be completely flipping the contents of the house once again when they finish the front half and begin working on the back. (Suffice it to say, this shines a spotlight on any excess in your life as no other exercise can. gulp.)
Renovations aside- any organizing expert will tell you, don't attempt a major overhaul of your life all at once. It's too daunting. Instead, set a goal of assessing one area each day or a couple of days each week.
For instance, take a few minutes one day and look at the line-up of products in your shower. Is it a display of beautiful bottles and loofahs and sponges. . . "spa-like" and inviting? Or could it use some sprucing up? Could you get rid of some (or all) of the commercial packaging greeting you every day and instead transfer your shampoo, conditioner and other necessity items to jars and dispensers that make you feel pampered and inspired each time you see them?
|French Empire Bath Cabinet by Restoration Hardware|
|Ambre/Amber, Côté Bastide|
It may take stepping out of our usual mode of thinking about things, but once you set your mind to it, you will see many opportunities to enhance your environment that cost virtually nothing and will reward you every day.
images of antique grooming and travel kits
4&5-Truefitt and Hill
14-Rasor de Rêve
|linen & lavender|
|Pharmacy Wall Mount Cabinet, Restoration Hardware|