Are you intrigued?
Let me explain. It’s not often when one can have immediate gratification and yet postpone the ultimate gratification. You’re probably thinking: That makes no sense.
But it does. You can order (or bid) on absolutely lovely objects, rare and personal and exceptionally desirable.
Let’s start with Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Box, it is filled to its chic brim (even the box itself, imagined by her and tied with a grosgrain ribbon, is designed to be used for keepsakes) with absolutely gorgeous French objets curated with Sharon’s unerring eye for the charming and the beautiful.
As you know, I’ve lived in France for some 30 years and have a house filled with all things French and yet, I would love to add the contents of her box to my life. You also probably know her blog, My French Country Home, and knowing her blog is like knowing Sharon. She has that rare talent wherein everything she touches has a magical quality of a calm and an understated sumptuousness that makes one wish it could be possible to step into her world.
And, now we can with her boxes.
We met for our annual holiday lunch in Paris a few days ago and she gave me a peek at the contents of her first box — she is proposing four seasonally themed boxes (you’ll see all the details here) — the first to be delivered in February, that’s the delayed gratification part. However, you can order now if you would like to give one (or four) to yourself or someone near and dear, as a Christmas present. Just contact Sharon and she will send you a pretty voucher to gift wrap the promise of much joy to come.
When I was in Detroit for Thanksgiving, my friend Judy and I had cocktails with Michelle Faison whom I have come to know through my blog. Michelle is stunning and utterly beguiling. She is also an extremely talented artist. For some time I have wanted to introduce her to you. At the same time I thought you would like to see some of her work and perhaps consider a commission as a gift — prolonged gratification again.
I plan on asking her to do a portrait of Charlotte and another of Ella. The first for My-Reason-For-Living-In-France (MRFLIF) and the second for Ella’s parents. (If you’re just joining me, Charlotte is our dog who worships MRFLIF and Ella is my three-year-old granddaughter.) These presents will be IOUs from me because I’ve waited too long to get on Michelle’s calendar.
Michelle’s email address: Michelle@thebloomsmith.com.
Finally, Barneby’s, the Swedish auction house that definitely provides immediate and future gratification. In a perfect world I would order two or three bracelets, if only . . .
In my real world, I think My-Reason-For-Living-In-France really, really wants to give me the diamond creoles.