Friday, January 25, 2013



Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope everyone had a great week ...
I've been really busy this week creating the sketch
of an elaborate, chic Parisian scene for a custom illustration,
so I've been very, very busy!
But, more about that later!

Ready for another post in the new Inspired series?
You may have joined me for the very first one last Friday.
Inspired posts are simply posts featuring images
of something that inspires me and ends up in my illustrations.
You'll notice that many things that inspire me
are the details of luxury or elegance, often found in the city.
Last week's Inspired post featured the elegant awnings
that dress grand entrances or windows
of elegant hotels, restaurants or stores.

This week, I'm going to send us off into the weekend
dreaming of having our own doorman or butler!

Whenever I'm in the city,
I have always loved seeing doormen.
I just love their uniforms, the way they stand at attention
outside a beautiful hotel as I walk in for lunch or
how they stand there greeting those as they
enter a high-end store on Fifth
or maybe an elegant apartment building on Park Avenue.
I've taken many photos of doormen on my own
when I've had my camera along, always looking for
the perfect scene for a painting.

Butlers also fall into the same category of luxury for me.
You don't often see butlers unless you are lucky enough
to be staying in one of the hotels that has a butler on each floor,
but tuxedo-clad waiters
in restaurants with crisp white tablecloths
count as butlers to me, as well.

You may remember this little
pen and ink and watercolor illustration of mine
of a city girl leaving her apartment building ...
notice the awning and the doorman?
Told you! haha

Okay ...  we all deserve our own
doorman and butler ...
we can always dream, right?


Thanks for joining me for a little glimpse
into a little luxury this Friday ...
have a wonderfully inspired weekend, everyone!

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Catherine Robinson said...

I'm feeling inspired Sandy ;-)
A wonderful glimpse into luxury...boy, that coffee looks good as does the Veuve Clicquot...a doorman and a butler now that's what I call living in STYLE.
By the way I loved your idea of a virtual cup of tea...perfect ;-)
Have a great weekend...stay INSPIRED!

A Well Styled Life said...

How perfectly lovely. Luxury and elegance rolled into one uniform with white gloves. I love it.

As an aside, I used your fortune cookie gift tag this week. I used it for the gift of a hand knit hat I made for a lady beginning that long chemo process for breast cancer. I thought the fortune cookie theme was perfect for it. She adored it. I made her fortune be her cure. Thank you so much for the treat!
Have a beautiful weekend,

High Heeled Life said...

Oh mon ami ... to have a butler or a doorman would be divine! A girl can certainly dream (and oh I am ...).... great post and images to send us off to the week-end.

Oh to have one of the 1913 Chanel hat boxes ... fabulous!!! Wishing you a warm week-end. Xo C. (HHL)

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Wow! this post epitomizes luxury . If only........

Fashionista622 said...

Lovely post Sandy! I would love to recreate these scenes and have my butler bring me some champagne or coffee with some delish and tasty treats. Thanks for the glam trip on this chilly friday in NY.

Have a fabulous weekend. XOXO


Sam said...

Thanks for your lovely comment! Doormen always remind me of Gossip Girl and romantic movie thats set in the city...I've never seen one here sadly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nico Saich said...

Loving this post! Its good to focus on what inspires us instead of all the negative! I wish I had a butler to carry in my mass amounts of chanel boxes like that one image!


Anonymous said...

Fun post Sandy! A doorman or a butler is a key person for sure (see "Pretty Woman"!!!). Don't know why but your post reminds me of many movies I like. Other than Pretty Woman I thought about "Baby Boom". The exact atmosphere of your cute illustration. You are amazing!
Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)