The Art of Travel

Designs through the ages. 

From 1854 to the present day, Louis Vuitton, his son and grandson, and now LVMH, have ensured the success of this iconic company who have based their  principals on French style and the importance that the beauty of an object be equal to its functionality and mobility.  The trunks above represent 4 generations of the LV style.  The LV monogram was created as a way to pay tribute to Louis Vuitton in 1896, four years after his death. 

I made a point to see the Louis Vuitton exhibit Volez Voguez Voy√°gez, meaning fly, sail, travel.  It does not disappoint!  It is the recreation of the exhibit I had read so much about at the Grand Palais in Paris.  The collection is vast, with many a rare piece.  The set design is spectacular thanks to Robert Carsen, who brings to life the feeling of being in a beautiful train car or being enveloped in rich, deep suede.  The exhibition is curated by Olivier Saillard.  The retrospective takes you on a beautiful journey through time.  Historic pieces combined with modern styles tell a complete story of the house of  Vuitton.

Wood was very important to the integrity of a trunk, and it all began with trunks.  The trunks had to be sturdy and light weight.  The contents must be protected from moisture.  Very dry wood, rubber linings, zinc and copper plates, and an oiled canvas exterior with their patented locking system ensured practicality as well as elegance.  A variety of woods was and is still used in the creation of each trunk.

 There are trunks for hats, trunks for shoes, trunks for linens, a writing trunk, a traveling bar trunk. You name it ~ there is a trunk for it, or there can be.  From their humble beginnings, there was a canvas clad vessel for almost anything!

Shoe Trunk

Linen trunk with ironing board

The advent of travel whether by plane, train, ship or automobile really allowed the company to flourish, manufacturing any, and I mean any, luggage necessary to carry accoutrements around the corner or around the world.  Special or custom orders still hold a special place in the Vuitton program.

Chauffeur's  Kit Case

The fold out bed trunk belonging to Gaston-Louis, the grandson, demonstrates almost anything is possible and portable.

Assorted Monogramed Trunks and Suitcases, 1 holds a bed.

The fashionable woman held a Morocco leather bag in her arms.  This was the prelude to the soft handbag . It often carried lotions, potions, gloves and a hankerchief.

Picnic Trunk

Tea Trunk

Traveling by rail was a more formal proposition.  The inclusion of clothing which came later helped give the exhibition a complete picture of the house of Louis Vuitton.

A Bottles Case

Cane and Shoe Shine Trunks. The monogramed suitcase was owned by Christian Dior

This clothing trunk was made for Paul Poiret.

Top Hat Case

Typewriter and Book Trunk

Each piece of luggage or trunk was made to exacting measurements depending on what it was to hold.

Make up and Hair Care Case

The company prided themselves on their customization program.  Celebrities, royalty and the very wealthy all had their trunks customized.  A file was created for everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Queen Noor.

Lauren Bacall owned

Elizabeth Taylor owned

Traveling with musical instruments?  No problem, there's a case for that.

If you haven't been to the exhibit it is worth the trip, but you had better hurry as it closes January 7th.  It can be an interactive experience if you download the app.  Included are filters for your camera and an audio.
And we know the trunks are still highly prized today but I doubt the Vuitton's imagined they would become hot in the home decor world.


                                                                                                  ~ Louis Vuitton Malletier

                      I think you would be proud of your legacy Mr. Vuitton

Holiday Gift List


I wanted to weigh in on some of my favorite gift giving (and getting) ideas this holiday season.  Some items may be a little more indulgent than others but
  the holidays are a time to be indulgent, right?  If not now, when?

Coffee table books are a great way to inspire, educate, and enthrall.  I think it also says "I get you" when you select a topic that you know the giftee will appreciate.


I went out on a limb with this one. I got Gucci on my mind, but why not ~ 


There seems to be a renewed interest in game playing.  I like a gift that gets shared. 

Moma backgammon set


Home fragrances can help change the mood.  It adds depth and character to a home much like a  fashion accessory in your wardrobe.

Cuteness overload for a party atmosphere.  These little colorful push up cake pops send me over the rainbow.   They're not just for kids, mom's love them too.


For the candles and fires and hearts of loved ones ~ light that fire


I am loving anything Irene Neuwirth right now.


I like Tom Ford's confidence and he does make a fabulous product.  If you have not tried his make up; do.


I did a blog post on these little confections here.  I love them!  Send your message whimsically and deliciously, in chocolate .

Maggie Louise Coinfections

Joe set out to design not just a product, but a ritual.  In collaboration with Neal Feay studio, this wine chiller inspired by wind patterns of cold fronts from around the globe keep your wine cold longer.  A winner!

Joe Doucet Wine Chillers

Come sweet slumber and let me dream of diamonds and rubies and emeralds. Brilliant.  Sharing the gift of good sleep reaps rewards far beyond the hectic holiday season.

Silk Sleep Mask

Bluetooth speakers should be heard not seen but if you must see them, why can't they seamlessly fit into your decor?

Bang and Olufsen

I have gifted these of late.  I love everything about these wine gems.  They keep wine cold without diluting your drink.  The crystals have energetic properties and they couldn't be prettier!

Anna New York Wine cooler cubes

You see where this list went (without me even realizing it), I touched on our senesces ~ a candle, some perfume, chilled wines, a good book, possibly a bath, soothing music, something sweet and a good night's sleep.

If loving these is wrong....I don't want to be right!


Design a New Story

Fashion is an outward expression of who we are, what we want to tell the world about ourselves.  Our home does the same thing.  A little more privately perhaps, but for those that we do welcome into our homes, we want them to get a little snapshot into our soul.

I went to a wedding once (a LONG time ago) and I wore a black hat with a feather in it.  I was in a mood.  I remember a girl came up to me and said, "I wanted to meet the girl wearing the feathered hat."  We became fast friends based on what I was projecting.

Who are we?  How do we feel about ourselves?  What do we value?  There are stories in our stuff.
I was talking to a woman recently who was having trouble letting go of her (adult) children's things.  The girls had long moved out, but their rooms remained as if they had just walked out the door for the day.  "What is keeping you from making changes?" I asked.  Knowing full well the answer, I waited for her to say it.  It took some time, but eventually she got there.

"Who would I be if I wasn't these girls' mom?"  She asked.  "You'd still be you and you'll always be their mom," I said.  Her identity was so wrapped up in her children and raising them, she didn't know what to do with her next chapter.  She didn't even realize there was a next chapter.  If she kept the rooms like shrines to that part of her life, she felt like she didn't have to face defining that next chapter.  What a disservice she was doing to herself!  Time for a change.  "Out with the old you, in with the new you!"  I shouted.

Here's an opportunity to rediscover what you love, how you want to live.  Who you want to be is based on nobody else's needs but your own.  HOLY SHIT!  That can be scary!  She is going to have to dig deep, rediscover a part of herself that she put on a shelf, clear these rooms out, then decorate them for her new life, the life she wants moving forward.  She can keep a few important mementos to create a lovely guest room, as the girls will return, but moving on is what it's all about.

designer Lynn Lawson

Are you holding onto anything that no longer serves you?  When you look around your home ask yourself ~ does this express who I am now?  Does this express who I want to be, where I am going in life, what I am striving for, what I want to project?  If the answer is no, dig deep and decorate accordingly.