the spaces we create

A trip to Sword & the Rose got me thinking about spaces, and a rambling walk down to Samovar opened my eyes a little more. I’ve always felt that any happymaking work in my life would need to involve the creation of space; art installations that remove the viewer from the present moment into tiny worlds, shops & window displays that you want to take home with you or stay in forever, bringing folks to the natural beauty of Vermont to just let everything go in the gold & green of the woods.

Sword & the Rose transports me every time I walk into it, I walk out feeling more magical, brighter, lighter, more in love with the world. Where do you feel this way? Why don’t we create these spaces everywhere?



If I ever finish my tiny cabin in Vermont, the next project will be a gypsy wagon for guests. I like the idea of open sides, with canvas roll down shades or screens, for summer. Magical!

1. Roulotte #1, 2. Gypsy Caravan, 3. Langweer, voorjaar 2006, 4. Ayuthuya, 5. Gypsy wagon, 6. Caravan…, 7. Romany Camp, 8. caravan art, 9. Gypsy Wagon.jpg, 10. Jeanne Bayol, 11. Jeanne Bayol, 12. dsc00247, 13. DSC06717.JPG, 14. Roulotte #2, 15. roulotte-marese-nuit, 16. gypsy wagon

black orchids & vanilla tears

I’ve been wearing Dior’s Hypnotic Poison for about 5 years now. It’s How I Smell, when I am not smelling like a ripe little dirtball.

I recently ran out, and while wandering Bloomingdale’s trying to keep my mind off the election until more results were in, asked them for something a little more modern to replace it. I ended up with Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, which is described as:

• Sensuous top notes of Black Truffle and Ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Black Currant.
• Dramatic middle notes of dark, tempting Florals and rich Fruit Accords. The heart is deepened with the intoxicating Lotus Wood.
• Decadent base notes of Patchouli, Incense and Vetiver. Vanilla Tears add a fluid creaminess to warm Balsam and smooth Sandalwood.

I’ll say.

Comparing Hypnotic Poison~
Bitter almond, caraway, jasmine sambac, moss, jacaranda wood, vanilla musk.

I feel like I’m cheating on Hypnotic Poison, or giving up a little of my identity by changing my signature scent. I feel a little absurd even thinking about it.