Today I was reading an article about this beautiful mom and her family. Her and her beloved husband and their 6 children and 14 dogs were living in a small village located in the countryside of France.Perhaps you have heard of her, Mimi Thorisson
. A bi-racial of Chinese and French, she absorbed and turned both of her cultures into her own.
And I had read a famous novel by Lisa See, Shanghai Girls
. Both Mimi Thorisson’s story and the book inspired me. Perhaps it is my deep fascination and love for European culture and European Art Deco that draws me into their stories.
。Mimi Thorisson的故事和这本书有异曲同工之妙，她们都激励了我。或许是我对欧洲文化以及欧洲Art Deco风格的深深眷恋和迷情，让我被她们的故事魂牵梦萦。
My European sensation journey started out by my dear friend, Ms. Harma. Her house is beautifully decorated with the mixture of Art Deco. It has many antiques from France, Italy, Holland, and even China.
Every time I visit her house, I melt into this dream wonderland. I admire European’s innate artistic lifestyle and their lifestyle of enjoyment and pursuit of happiness and pleasure. This European mark has been permeating deeply into their bloods for centuries. Hammar can enjoy simply to use those wonderful and precious antique pieces everyday starting from the first sight of every morning till every sweet goodnight.
In her beautiful home, I saw two similar antique cabinets named “Bledermeier
”, which originated from Austria. These Bledermeier refers to the work of literature, music, and the visual arts and furniture in the period between the years of 1815 and 1848, the year of romance.
She explained at the early years, the lines and the pole of the cabinets will tell you the difference of when it was made. The ones made in the early years had curly pole where the ones made in the late years had the straight pole
In her living room, there were antique crystal chandeliers from Holland, along with an 18th century oil painting that hung above the couch. Both were fabulous company as I sat to read some magazines.
Harmar’s house is really full of precious antique pieces. There were beautiful French lamps that I loved. One in particular was called “Bouillotte
” It was named after a card game called “Bouillotte” which was so popular in the 18th century in France that they named the lamp and a card table after it. Because it is from the 18th century, originally, this was a candle stand. Today it has been modernized to turn it into a lamp , but the candle arms are still there. This lamp is often used in French/ European design and can be very expensive, especially original ones.
”的。据说它的名字来自法国18世纪颇为流行的一种纸牌游戏 “Bouillotte”，人们后来就以这种游戏来命名牌桌和上面摆放的灯具。18世纪当初是点蜡烛的，而今被演绎成一盏台灯，但依旧保留原来烛台的风貌。 这些灯经常被用于典型的法国和欧洲家居设计风格，而且非常昂贵，尤其是那些原始古董。
Above the lamp, there was an original paining by George Romney
. He was a very famous painter to paint the leading society figures. This painting was of Lady W. Russell
的真迹。George Romney擅长画作社会领导人物，像这幅画里画的就是W. Russell女士
The console under the lamp was a side table that French King Louis XVI had. It was inspired by the straight lines and right angles of the furniture and architecture of Romans and the Greeks.
How exciting to be surrounded by such amazing pieces and artwork. This was a great day of good company, art, and knowledge.