6.24.2010

le petit hameau...




" Rousseau says, if we assume man has been corrupted by an artificial civilization,
what is the natural state? The state of the nature from which he has been removed?
Imagine, wandering up and down the forest, without industry, without speech,
and without home…" Marie Antoinette (the film)

I'm sure I've mentioned this before but one my absolute favourite movies is Marie Antoinette. Not just because it's absolutely gorgeous (that's a given), but because her life truly fascinates me. I find it so hard to believe how an entire kingdom could put their faith and dependency on a couple of teenagers and expect things to run smoothly. Of course, it was a whole different era, but still... it's no wonder all she wanted to do was party and get away from it all! Wouldn't you?

What I love best about the movie though are the scenes at her little country getaway tucked away in the gardens of Versailles. It's seriously breathtaking... such a gorgeous little place where flowers grow wild, farm animals roam free, and crops grow sweetly all in a row. It just seems like the perfect place to enjoy nature and be totally at peace with yourself... birds singing, laying in the grass, floating silently along the water in a little white rowboat... just meerly watching these scenes makes you feel all tranquil inside, I can only imagine what it's like to actually be there in person. One of these days though I will make it back to France and Versailles is at the top of my list. From what I hear you could spend a few days there, and there's nothing wrong with that!

In the meantime i'd settle for the chicest of country leisure – a picnic in the grass wearing a light cotton dress... something "natural" as Marie described it. With a gauzy white tent blowing in the breeze, candlelit chandeliers, elegant furniture and beautiful porcelain dishes, I can't picture a more beautiful setting! Along with the sun shining and fresh air to breathe in, it's practically heaven as far as i'm concerned... ahh to dream...

Collage: Settee & Armchair - via Terrain, Macarons via Hidden in France, White Pitcher - Williams Sonoma, Chandelier - The Paris Apt., Carafe - Pier One, Picnic Basket - Williams Sonoma, Cashmere Blanket - The Paris Apt., Dresses - Pacsun here & here, Teacup - Anthropologie, Candles - Google, Cup - Anthropologie, Plates - Anthropologie, Parasol - ModCloth, Pillow - Pottery Barn, Flateware - Pierre Deux, Champagne Coupe - Kendermar

21 comments:

VICKI ARCHER said...

How it would be such heaven to be picnicking at le petit hameau....xv

Eleni said...

very majestic monie indeed! I liked it when the director "accidentally" let her all star shoes show at some point in the movie! Have you noticed that?

The Design Dish said...

that sounds wonderful! The photos are just great!!
The Design DIsh

Sasha {Everything Fabulous} said...

pure bliss!! love it! I want and need those Anthropologie Queen plates!! And the settee from Terrain is just fabulous!!
Hope you have a fabulous day!!!

Stacey said...

Such a lovely post! Williams Sonoma and Anthropologie, here i come!:-)

escapade said...

This is beautiful Daniella!
xo

Holly J. said...

Absolutely in love with that parasol... So chic for the strong summer sun...

Holly J

www.anobsessionwithstyle.blogspot.com

Sarah Klassen said...

so so so pretty, Daniella!

Lovely ideas + I adore Marie Antoinette—the fashion, the setting, everything... must go to Versailles as well, as sadly, we didn't have time on our last trip. My friend said he spent the entire day there + didn't want to leave :)

xoxo

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I am smitten over the Fleur de Lis set at Anthro... waiting to see if some pieces (or all!) go one sale :)

Happy weekend!

k said...

Sophia Coppola's film is so so beautiful! It's like a fairy tale.

When I studied abroad in Paris, we would pack up a picnic and go to Versailles for the day. I highly recommend renting bikes and biking around the property- it's absolutely whimsical. I could only imagine having a summer evening party in the garden. You're right, I would have played and partied all day like Marie Antoinette!

Forgetmenot said...

ah! that's life! Marie Antoinette is one of my absolute favorites too (along Breakfast at tiffany's) :D

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

such a gorgeous film — and i LOVE the collage you did! that must have taken forever but it is so so gorgeous. have a fabulous weekend!

Her name was Lola said...

Goodness me, what a breathtaking collage! Hope you enjoy one fabulous weekend, darling.

Nicole R. said...

So... don't hate me... but I think I'm going back to Paris (and most likely Versailles for a 4th time!) in August. :)

Beebs said...

couldn't agree more! i, too, am totally fascinated. i visited the palace/gardens last september and it is by far my favorite place. gorgeous photos!

Dustjacket Attic said...

What a perfect collage.
xxx

Ty Tradelius said...

I was so excited to see this post, I tend to feel like I am the only one who could watch Marie Antoinette over and over again. I just love that movie so much- the clothes, the story and the music. I think Coppola did an amazing job and I like that she didn't try and make it overly historical. Just fun! Thanks for the photos, I'm always looking for good ones of the film but can never find any!

http://tied-witha-bow.blogspot.com/

Julie Simoës said...

Hello Daniella, i'm completely fan of your blog, and think this is my 1st comment.
thanks for sharing in this post so much beauty, with this combination of "beige et anis", linen and other precious.
love to read you, this is my daily dose of inspiration!
merci beaucoup, Julie

Jennifer said...

Love this post. Love Love this movie. Love Love Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I love 1700's dresses and rococo syle. This film shows them in all them spectacular elegance! Great movie and great actress!!

xoxo

bicocacolors said...

such a great post!!!
looooove this atmosphere!!!

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