Friday, April 15, 2011

Francophile Friday: Cushy Kitties, Louis Style

ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm] ACQUIRE PRINTS
Our next council kerbside pickup is only a couple of months away ~ so I'm honing my extrasensory perception and having the sparkplugs changed on my Louis Radar.  If anything resembling this chaise and side table is lurking by the side of the road in a 15 km radius, it will be mine.  These pampered Parisian kittens, on the other hand, have already landed on their paws and secured some gilty pleasures of their very own.  Shall we name them?  I'll start pouring the champagne fountain while you're thinking aloud.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

31 comments:

  1. Oh my Shell! now you've got me thinking - those exquiste little Parisian kittens need names with class and style - perhaps Elodie and Bovary!!
    Your painting is divine!

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  2. Adorable! Thanks for that beautiful drawing : )
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. how about 'merci' and 'beacoup'?? those kitties look very french to moi :-)

    incidentally, if you live in an area where people toss out lounges like that, then I need to be living in YOUR neighbourhood!!!

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  4. You should live here, where the sanitation dept. picks up "big" things once a week and the curb in some NYC neighborhoods is a veritable treasure trove. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you find something truly Louis! As for les petits chatons adorables, Hugh and Colin (pronounced with a French accent, bien sur)? Fifi and ChouChou? Champagne and Macaron?

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  5. Thank you, Dianne ~ and those are very elegant choices.

    AnnaLivia ~ happy weekend to you, too!

    dkshopgirl ~ I always knew you had lovely manners. {And I'll need something of a miracle to find anything like this, but one never knows one's luck...}

    I have to curb my kerb envy, Alexa! As for your delightful names, zis ees a difficult decision...

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  6. Such a delightful scene! Your details are amazing, especially in the woodwork and pillows. I love the soft colors and the comfy looking chaise too. After a long week I can see collapsing in this spot, watching out for the kitties of course. I second Alexa's choice of Champagne and Macarons for their names!

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  7. Gorgous illo Shell! To me, the sweet kitten on the left looks like a Florrie and the sweet kitten on the right looks a Eugène. :)

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  8. Delightful piece; brings a smile :-)
    I like Champagne and Macarons for the kitties' names, too!

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  9. Thanks, Katie ~ you can't see it from here, but there's a lovely ottoman on which to rest your tootsies as well...

    Favourite Vintage Finds ~ oh, such sweet names! What a coincidence ~ I was just reading about a store named after someone named Florrie.

    Always glad to give you a smile, Ms M. Seems Champagne and Macaron are in the top running so far.

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  10. "Gilty pleasures!" Shell, you are so clever. I like all the names. Perhaps we just need more kittens.

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  11. Champagne and mac got my vote!

    I wasn't expecting another post so soon. Such a delightful surprise. The colors and detail are sublime!

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  12. The kittens are Zut! and Alors! and it's difficult to reconcile a kerbside collection with your charming otherworld.

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  13. Now, there's another fine idea, Petrea!

    Thanks, dear Cali. And easier on the nerves than my jumping out from behind the chaise yelling, "Surprise!!!"

    Mise ~ the reality of the kerbside pickup here will be far removed from this fairytale, I suspect...

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  14. Such a lovely, serene scene. Nothing makes kitties happier than being pampered on Parisian pillows. Are they perhaps named Tulip and Louis?

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Shell!

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  15. This is fabulous! Love it coziness! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

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  16. Susan ~ my kitty is now demanding more pompoms and braiding...

    Thanks, Kellie ~ right back at you.

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  17. Oh be still my heart.....you're back my dear Shell!!! Now you and I both know that ONE petite chat is mon Meeps! She is still the sweetest chat noir there ever was.
    Hugs,
    V

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  18. Aww, V ~ thank you! I'm thinking your Meeps is napping up on the cushion. My Ella is just a tad {cough} weightier, so she's the one peeking over the top. As Petrea said, we really do need more kittens in this illo...

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  19. Oh Ella, a well-placed pillow can cover a multitude of sins.

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  20. Ella likes the way you think, Hiker.

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  21. beautiful, delicate drawings , congratulations
    greetings from brussels

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  22. Love this one, of course, ma chere! My daughter Holly has two kitties named Zut-alors (Zut) and Angelina (Beena)... Meeps is adorable and loves me, bien-sûr! I like Alexa's names as well... Let there be kitties everywhere!

    Oh, I saw a white one on a leash in Paris with one blue eye and one green one!

    Bises,
    G

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  23. Hi, This is Belgium ~ welcome. And thank you.

    Genie ~ you're so lucky, meeting Meeps in person. As for the kitty ~ a leash? Sacre bleu!

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  24. How is it possible that I have only just found your blog!?
    I love...everything. Shame we are in rented accommodation until we find a new house to love, all my pretties are packed away and I daren't buy new ones until they have the perfect spot!

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  25. Hi Kathryn ~ so lovely to meet you! I hope you are able to unpack some of your pretties very soon. Thank you for saying Hello.

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  26. Grand Purl Baa ~ un peu ~ a little, but malheureusement, I fear it's rustier than the Maheno.

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  27. Just found your blog - love your art work and illustrations. This is my favourite - total blue addict and if I found one of those chaise's sitting on the side of the road with the council pick up here in Brisbane you would hear me scream my head off with excitement as I piled it into my bus. Naomi x

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  28. Bonjour Shell,

    My friend Naomi has just sent me a lovely email insisting that I would love to visit your space and am I'm so glad she did.

    It's truly lovely to meet you and I know I'll be able to while away hours exploring this truly delightful place of light, art and gorgeousness that you've created.

    As for christening these clever kittens, Velvet & Damask would be my selection.

    xx Felicity

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  29. Hi, Naomi and Felicity ~ welcome!

    Naomi ~ thank you ~ and I promise, if you happen upon a chaise like this on the kerbside, I will be happy for you!

    Felicity ~ how lovely of Naomi ~ I'm so glad to meet you both. Velvet & Damask are very classy names!

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x