Bonjour! Bonjour! Bonjour!
Ring the bells! It’s finally warm and sunny in Paris!
I am so happy!
I have a little bit of good news/fun news for everyone. Remember when I told you a few blogs back that I had a little “surprise” for all of you regarding my former antique shop, Circa? If you missed those blogs click HERE and HERE. Well, I do have a surprise!
I have been working on it for the past few weeks getting it all organized. Organized for what, you ask?
I am having a Circa Sale via the blog!!!!
I will be selling (over the next days) a total of 8 items from my former antique shop, Circa. 8 very special items.
The sale will start Thursday at 10 AM, Los Angeles time. I will notify everyone of the start of the sale via Instagram and then it will be live on the blog. Follow me on Instagram for the announcement: @ellieod
These are all very special pieces that I think you will all love. Why am I selling these pieces? A couple of reasons… First of all, unfortunately, my caregivers don’t work for free and I have to pay them. Secondly, the pieces are in Los Angeles and I live in France. They have been in storage for the past two years and I do not have any plans to bring them over to France so why not share them with all of you!!!
Starting Thursday, I will put one piece on the blog every two days (so it has time to marinate and you all have time to view it) with all of its details. Each piece will have the following:
Place of Origin
I thought it would also be a good idea to also show you (each day with each of the items) some inspiration. Even though these are antiques, they can find their place in any type of house or apartment … Parisian Apartment, Seaside Cottage, Spanish Villa, Modern Townhouse, Victorian House, Palm Springs Desert House, Traditional House, Tudor House, Provençal Mas House, English Country House, Brooklyn Brownstone, New York Upper East Side Hoity-Toity Apartment, Downtown West Village Townhouse, Texan French Inspired Manor House, Big ‘ol house in Missouri, Classic Pasadena House, Malibu Beach House, Hamptons Beach House, Aspen Chalet, Midcentury Modern House, or your little château in Normandy.
These pieces could also go other places… A restaurant, a retail space, a gallery, an office, your summerhouse, guesthouse, or winterhouse. My, oh my, so many choices!
For each piece, I have put together a Pinterest board so you can see how the pieces can work in different environments. You can follow me on Pinterest HERE. Oh my God, so fun.
Don’t forget, decorating is about the juxtaposition. Just because a piece is a 19th century French rococo style giltwood mirror doesn’t mean that it has to stay in that environment. It’s all about the way your eyes travels through a room and you don’t want the eye to get bored. Throw in a pop. Throw in something unusual.
And don’t forget about scale! Big pieces in a small room work.
And don’t forget about placement! You don’t have to hang a mirror, it can rest on the floor leaning against a wall. Super chic. You don’t have to keep that fancy chair in the living room… Put it in the bathroom! Garden pots don’t have to stay in the garden. Put that big garden urn on the entry table and fill it with seashells. Think outside of the box! That’s what makes a house interesting and unique.
I’m going to be honest with you and forewarn you… None of these pieces are inexpensive. These are not crappy bric-a-brac, tchotchke garage sale items. These are the real deal. These are your investment pieces. You can layer later with the cheap stuff, like I do. However, all of the pieces are extremely well priced. I cross-referenced all the prices with the foremost authority of antiques, 1stdibs.com. My prices are a fraction of their real value. What I’m trying to say is… You will be getting a great deal. Not cheap, but a great deal. There’s a difference.
All of these pieces are antiques, so with that, some of the pieces have a little bump or bruise. That’s the nature of an antique, sister. It’s called character. I have documented each flaw, if any. All of the pieces are in very good condition.
I sourced all of the pieces with my mother in France. We were very selective about our choices. We did our research and our homework and relied on our personal taste to decide. We consulted with dealers, negotiated the prices, curated the whole collection and shipped everything at our expense back to the United States. These are all very special pieces.
Please feel free to ask me any questions. You can ask me 400 questions if you want to, I am happy to help.
All of the pieces are in Los Angeles at my best friend’s house (Jenny). (For the record, Yolanda is my other best friend. They like to fight about it.) I will help coordinate the pickup between you and Jenny. You have to be really nice to her and tell her how pretty she is and give her a big hug for me. That’s the rule. :-)
You can organize your own transport if you would like but I usually use a company called Vintage Transport. They also ship long distance and are very reasonably priced. I have used them for years.
All of the pieces will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. If you like the piece, email me and it will be yours. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put the name of the piece in the subject line.
Please feel free to tell all of your friends, your family, your interior designer or anyone that you like about the sale. :-)
You will be able to make payments by the following:
Bank Deposit at Wells Fargo
So, get ready for Thursday!
*Something you don’t know? Even if none of the pieces that I am selling on Thursday work for you, I have good news.
For the past five years, I have sort of been out of it. ALS is fun like that. I had to put everything on hold… My job at 1stdibs.com , my interior design career, my interior design TV show that I was working on with my friend, Diandra, the antique shop I was planning on opening, everything… Including my future. I didn’t know that I had a future. Suddenly though, in January, I thought to myself, “You know what, Ellie? After five years, you are still here so you need to trust yourself and believe in yourself and think that you do have a future, for fucks sake.”
So, I have been quietly pondering my future. I have asked myself what makes me happy? I think it’s quite obvious that decorating/antiquing makes me happy. I decided that, through my blog, I will start (on a very small scale) my antique shop again. I want to start fresh so I’m going to call it something new… Not sure what the name will be yet.
I don’t know much but what I do know is that it’s going to be fun. I’m just going to put my ALS on the back burner because it’s totally boring me and I’m going to get back to “The Ellie Before.” That girl liked to work.
Don’t worry, I’m still going to work on healing my ALS. I’m still going to take all of my medicine, drink all of my green juices, eat fattening foods like beef bourguignon and my favorite meringue cakes, get plenty of rest, do my kinesiology, meditate and stay stress-free.
So, with this new little online shop, I’m going to sell “smalls.” Pieces that are not too expensive and are easy to ship yet will be full of charm and character. I will try to bring a bit of my style and my France to you.
So, stay tuned as I get this all up and running. Let me know what you think. In the meantime, get ready for Thursday for the big stuff!