11/24/11

Gratitude + Divorce | Our First Thanksgiving Apart; Together


During this time of giving thanks, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you for reading my blog. Quite a lot has happened recently and I feel like it's time to tell you a bit about that. My husband Eric and I got divorced back in March and as you can imagine, it was a difficult time. I spent the summer riding my bike, swimming in the ocean, hanging out with our dachshund, and trying to keep up with the demands of a social media/advertising business. It took everything I had to keep it going. I regret that My Dog-Eared Pages was a bit left in the dust of my summer sadness. But, you all kept visiting—over 125,000 visits just since March—and I thank you so much for that!

If there can be good news about a divorce, ours is that Eric and I are still great friends. In fact, he has moved back in for 6 weeks to help me out as I've just had foot surgery. I will be in a cast for 6 weeks—so needless to say—Eric is a gem to step-up and he deserves an abundance of my gratitude. There is nothing in the world that can prepare you for the emotional road a divorce takes you down. No matter what the circumstance—a divorce is the end of a dream—and, it's taken a while to discover who the new "us" is. We are still working on that. For Thanksgiving, we ordered 'take-out' from our local gourmet food store, so no grand table settings, or travel, or guests this year. I had fun this morning selecting items from 1st dibs [a sort of virtual table setting].
In an interview I read recently on The Style Saloniste, writer Diane Dorrans Saeks was talking with Bob Garcia [of the venerable Therien antiques galleries] about collecting today. Bob said something marvelous: "The focus is on the individual merits of each piece rather than the relationship of pieces to each other." Bob is always challenging old ways and looking in new directions—maybe that's what Eric and I are doing, too. And, it's certainly what I've attempted to do with my virtual Thanksgiving table setting from 1st dibs.




Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude. And, my deepest thanks to each of you for taking the time to read My Dog-Eared Pages. oxo

11/7/11

1960s Mexicottons

I just discovered these wonderful Mexicottons from máXimo design by Alexander Girard. As a textile designer, Girard is known particularly for the work he did for Herman Miller from 1952 to 1975. In the late 50's, Girard felt that the textile industry was lacking the zest of color he was looking for, so he designed these lively cottons that were woven at a 19th century textile mill in Morelia, Mexico. Today, máXimo is working with the same mill to re-issue these Mexicottons, which are hand-dyed and hand-woven exactly the way they were when Herman Miller first introduced the fabrics in 1961. These beautiful stripes are respectably priced at $65 per yard and $45.50 to the trade, with a 1-yard minimum. I'm planning to cover two chairs in the pink/red stripe, with stripes running horizontally.


blue/green


wide multi-stripe


red/blue


pink multi-stripe


blue/green multi-stripe


pink/red


tan/black

In 2000, máXimo partnered with the Girard family to bring Alexander Girard's extensive collection of work to the contemporary market by joining select companies like Flor, Maharam, Kate Spade, Herman Miller, Vitra and Chronicle Books. Products include accessories, home + office, pillows, fabrics and more.

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