A Provencal Oasis

August 22, 2012

Setting up a new shop isn’t for the faint of heart and I am so thankful to be doing it with four other partners! During a loooong meeting yesterday afternoon, we all agreed that a weekend retreat to dig in and get the business side of things wrapped up would be the perfect plan. It may be an unrealistic dream but if it were to magically happen, I’m thinking we should all whisk ourselves away to this holiday home in the South of France…

All photos by Richard Powers for Snoop

 This tropical oasis in St Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France belongs to Irish fashion designer John Rocha and his wife Odette. The spare modern design is accented with flea market finds (albeit, Parisian flea market finds!) which keep it from feeling too stark. These combined with warm wood tones, bright accents and the lush landscape surrounding provide the perfect backdrop for a blissful holiday, wouldn’t you agree? Sometimes, when my head feels as full as it does these days, I can understand minimalist decor a little more and this home is definitely free of visual clutter…





All photos by Richard Powers for Snoop

Although my kids have been amazing despite being shuffled to and from the store (having Tracycakes a few doors down helps!) , we’ll be heading to the library and the skatepark today before I dig into any more planning for Spruce. I am so glad that we fit a lot more of the family “fun” stuff into the earlier days of summer! Any work-from-home mamas out there? How do you juggle having the kids at home while gettin’ ‘er done? Any and all tips welcome…have a wonderful Wednesday!





1 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 08.22.12 at 2:20 am }

OK, so that pool area is just divine! Keep at it with the store – it will be worth it, I’m sure!
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2 Birch + Bird { 08.22.12 at 10:00 pm }

I agree Will…wish I was sitting poolside right about now! And thanks so much…looking forward to sharing the store with all very soon :)

3 Yvonne Cornell { 08.22.12 at 1:19 pm }

I’m loving the new hand penned LILY signature! Working at home with children is a challenge, and some make it look so easy. I’ve always wondered how they do it because I have found children require much more focus. My answer: Divide and Conquer — one afternoon is all about them and the next morning is all about the work. Collapse by night fall :)

4 Birch + Bird { 08.22.12 at 10:05 pm }

Thanks Yvonne! I don’t think there’s ever the perfect balance but being a mom definitely comes first. And if they learn to be more self sufficient along the way, well, that will be a good thing to carry through with them into the real world one day :)

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