Belle Époque Paris Apartment

When it comes to design, the Art Nouveau era is my favorite. Art Nouveau is a style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe during the latter part of the Belle Époque era (1871 until the outbreak of World War I). Art Nouveau is usually characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms. And after seeing The Danish Girl, which features some incredible Art Nouveau locations, I'm on a kick.

Art Nouveau Doors

One of my very favorite moments in history for art and architecture is the Art Nouveau period - roughly 1890-1910.  It was most popular in Europe and can still be seen all over France, Austria, Spain and elsewhere.  My understanding is that it was a "back to nature" movement, where artists were interested in harmonizing their environments with the natural world around them.  (Obviously, I'm not an art historian...)  Mostly I'm drawn to the undulating lines, circular motifs and highly ornate decorative details.  Here are some beautiful examples of doors crafted in the Art Nouveau style. 








Sarah Saw Something

Happy Saturday everyone!  It's time for another installment of Sarah Saw Something, where I share little odds and ends that I found interesting around the blogosphere this week. Have a beautiful weekend and remember to check back here on Monday for the reveal of Walker's new big boy room!

I was gobsmacked by Jill's incredible living room makeover at Live.Like.You.  You really must go there now - right now - and see it.  Click HERE to see the whole she-bang.

I fell in love with this Thanksgiving themed magazine cover in the Art Nouveau style from 1894.  Found it at the ever-inspiring Art & Lair.

If you haven't already done so, sign up for the Third Annual Handmade Holiday Gift Swap over at Flights Of Whimsy.  I did it last year and it was really fun!   Brandi has extended the deadline for participation so that everyone has a chance to sign up.  Click HERE for more information.

My mama has a blog about her home in Eastern Oregon and her life as the wife of a locum tenen doctor.  She just posted a very cute and funny story complete with blow-by-blow photos of her recent "shopping" trip to find a bathroom sink for her bathroom remodel.  (And when I say remodel, I mean that she's turning an old canning porch into a bathroom.)  Here's a photo, but to get the whole effect, you really must click HERE to read her post.

And finally, this gorgeous dress is up for grabs in our Shabby Apple giveaway.  It ends tomorrow night, so click HERE to enter if you haven't already done so!


Peacock's Garden

I just spent the better half of my evening looking through the amazing images at Peacock's Garden.  This lovely blog is an incredible mix of peacock images, which lean toward the Art Nouveau period.  Hope you love it as much as I do!

P.S.  Don't forget about this week's giveaway from Formosa Designs! 
The contest ends on Friday, Nov. 5th 9pm EST!

More Art Nouveau?

As you know, I'm an Art Nouveau freak. Please indulge me and check out these beautiful motifs. These are mostly from Barcelona and were designed in the early 1900's.

Okay Sarah, we get it - you like old fashioned floral stuff. But how does translate to life in 2009? See below:

Art Nouveau Motifs

I love natural undulating designs from the Art Nouveau period. Here are some gorgeous wallpapers and motifs - some from the period and some inspired by the period. Aren't they dreamy? I wish I could afford to do this kind of filigree in my home. Someday!