Friday, April 5, 2013

Francophile Friday: French Doors Give Us Paws

{French Doors Give Us Paws: ink & watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}

I'd lay money a secret society of frazzled home handymen in Paris {should I say 'handypersons' nowadays?  Where's my fainting couch, it's all so hard...} spread a rumour once upon a time that peeling paint merely adds a certain je ne sais quoi better left to its own crumbling devices in order to propagate a certain rakish charm ~ say, the architectural equivalent of a three-day growth.  {Hard to argue with that.}  The inspiration for today's illustration also makes a good case.  And with decorative railings like these, the walls could resemble filo pastry and all would be forgiven.  {Not to mention the excellent pawholds these beauties provide.}  But I vote we wander inside and check out the view from there.  Who knows, there might even be a ballroom!  I feel a wardrobe change in the air.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

15 comments:

  1. ooh yes ... definitely a wardrobe change is required ... these Parisian windows would surely be hiding something elegant and charming ... entree sil vous plait ...

    lovely work as usual .. have a great weekend Shell x

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  2. SO lovely! beautiful job Miss Sherree!

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  3. Shell, you string together the most delightful photographic images in your short tales, tying it all up with your illustration and post. I never skip a link here, I know I will be charmed.

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  4. Perhaps tall ceilings, and magic dust floating instead of dust motes, dk. Happy weekend to you, too. x

    Thanks, sweet Lily! Hugs to you and Priscilla.

    Petrea ~ I don't always know where each illustration will lead me, but charming is a good place to end up. Thank you.

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  5. Your flights of French fancy whisk me off to such a special place—and our Hugh is just the icing on the gateau! I could be quite happy living full-time in your wonderful world, ma belle . . .

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  6. I had to search for the paws in that one. Very cute.

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  7. A scalloped skirt by Dior. The craftsmanship involved is impressive. Fashion sometimes seems more like a collaborative effort. The designer, the perfect body to serve as armature and (unfairly) a room of lowly paid third world women slaving over the cloth and the stitches.

    btw: I ran the idea of putting French Doors past my "other" I haven't attempted it since

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  8. Some days, I think I'd be quite happy living there too, Alexa. :) It's always nice to dream...

    Margaret ~ I'm glad you found them. I had Ella pose for it especially ~ though she says I don't give her enough pocket money to cover such things.

    PA ~ the unfair part of the equation is too true. And not only for haute couture.

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  9. No one in Paris will want to fix their peeling paint if they see how amazingly romantic it looks in a Shell illustration! Such a beautiful image. The Dior is not quite my style, but I'm very happy you provided a link to our favorite rakish charmer.

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  10. Charming ilo -- Macie and I both love it. Windows are especially appealing (a-peeling?) And, of course, there's Hugh....

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  11. Katie ~ I don't have the height for that gown, but Ella sure would love playing in it!

    I'm happy to create any excuse for us to visit Hugh, Ms M. ;) And I'm glad you and Macie like the view.

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  12. You find beauty in everything. What a wonderful quality to have.

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  13. Cali ~ thank you. More than I can say.

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  14. I can't help thinking of "shabby chic," although the term doesn't do justice to those French doors and our resident kitty. She always adds a certain je ne sais quoi, doesn't she? And you are so right: I cannot argue with Hugh's three-day growth.

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  15. Hugh is a fine example of love made visible, Susan. :)

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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

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