The tiny pillow above reads: "May you live long and eat many pickles, and marry the man who has the most nickles -- Guess who." Angele Parlange found this note in a very old family album and had the original handwriting copied exactly onto plain fabric. One day she is at Kinko's, the next Tory Burch.
Below, Parlange found a set of plaster cameos at a Sag Harbour tag sale and got the idea to have them set into a concrete slab -- dyed green -- that was later set atop a custom-made iron base to be used as her stain-proof coffee table.
All photography © William Waldron, Harper Collins, New York, 2006.
I've talked before about chic Southerner Angele Parlange, and her book, Creole Thrift. But I find myself returning to it when I need to smile. (Angele's humorous and tender stories alone are worth the purchase price.)
Parlange loathes decorating trends, although she is a fan of Madeline Weinrib and John Robshaw. For her, humour, conversation pieces and soul are immensely important in a home. I've taken inspiration from some of her ideas (others are a bit too whimsical for me.) Mainly, I relate to her many adventures in decorating. There's also in the book a vivid sense of Angele actually living and throwing cocktail parties in her apartment -- something that often doesn't come through in design books. If you're in a book store this weekend, thumb through a copy.