A Bijou Christmas Story – Scene One…and a Guest Post

A Bijou Christmas Story – Scene One…and a Guest Post

In the rush to get everything done {the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, the wrapping etc.} I thought we could all do with a little escape.
Here’s Scene One of a Bijou Christmas Story.
To begin, meet Balthazar.
A man of intrigue.

Balthazar is currently married to Guinevere.
Mrs. B is a also a force to be reckoned with.
She has a fabulous shoe collection that is the envy of all of her friends and enemies alike.

 The two are currently living in LA but are planning on moving to New York.
Here’s a few pictures of the Brownstone they just bought.

{ Valerie Pasquiou Interiors photos by Simon Chaput}
The couple will be moving in to their newly renovated home in the New Year.
At the moment, they’re still staying at Balthazar’s LA home.
Here it is.
{Valerie Pasquiou}
Guinevere won’t really miss LA but will miss this amazing bathroom.
Although they plan on spending the first night of 2011 in New York, Guinevere is hoping to spend some time with her sister Elspeth over the holidays.
Elspeth currently lives in Paris.
She’s a world class photographer.

Elspeth took this fabulous photo last year for a Christmas fashion campaign.
It’s pretty brilliant.

The two sisters are a most fabulous pair.

Along with the dashing Balthazar, they always get invited to the best parties around the world.
These are some of their besties at last years soiree in New York.
Before they can even think about parties and New Year’s Eve, the stylish trio must first finish their last minute Christmas shopping.
They all like to live by this motto.

So far, Balthazar has bought this amazing piece for his lovely Guinevere.

Guinevere is a fashion designer so she loves art that is fashion inspired.
Dallas Shaw is one of her favourites.
Balthazar also hopes to add to his ladies shoe collection.
This year, he’s buying these beauties for her…
but in this colour.
He thinks they look like the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz…only better because they’re pink.
And as for Balthazar, Guinevere has decided to surprise him with a trip to Paris.
She thinks there’s nothing like the city of lights at Christmas.
She also thinks spending the holidays with her sister would be most delightful.
Guinevere’s already imagining coffee and brioche at her favourite wintery spot.

She’s hoping that she and Balthazar can spend a few nights in her favourite Parisian hotel.
Hotel Le Meurice is her favourite spot to relax when visiting the Gay Paree.
It’s just so decadent.
Guinevere’s also planning on staying a few nights with Elspeth.
Her sister has a gorgeous apartment and has done a stunning job decorating it for the holidays.
E is the more nostalgic of the two and loves decking the halls.

{pictures via Simply Seductive, Brown Eyed BellePlum Siena, Photosmashing, Urban Barn,
 Viva La Fashion, Tumblr, Dress Design Decor}
And as for what happens next, you’ll have to stay tuned for Scene Two.
Coming soon!
And while you are waiting, be sure to head over to Amanda’s fabulous blog,
{RE}cycled consign and design
I’m posting my favourite holiday tradition today as part of her amazing series the 12 Traditions of Christmas.
Make sure you stay a while and read through everyone’s posts.
Plenty of holiday cheer.
And while you are there, have a browse through Amanda’s lovely blog.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll find.
And with that very long post, I bid you farewell for now.
Until next time then!


  • Nichole @ Parlour
    Posted at 08:17h, 22 December Reply


    Where do you come up with this stuff? Love it!


  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 08:45h, 22 December Reply

    Alright, I’m so into these stories. I’m thinking maybe I should attempt one myself. LOVE.

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    Posted at 08:46h, 22 December Reply

    I love this Christine! You should be a writer!

  • Margaret
    Posted at 08:53h, 22 December Reply

    Oh my gosh. What a fun story. Great job!
    I absolutely love the stair in the brownstone. So beautiful and refined.

    Take a look at Accessorie Please ,please. πŸ™‚

  • Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms
    Posted at 09:25h, 22 December Reply

    Fantastic! I’d love to lose myself inside that story today πŸ™‚

    Posted at 09:42h, 22 December Reply

    Such a lovely escape! And yes, you’re so right. I was definitely needing one πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Amanda
    Posted at 10:00h, 22 December Reply

    I Love your stories! What a great idea, you never disappoint πŸ™‚ Kisses.

  • Julie (brown eyed belle)
    Posted at 10:05h, 22 December Reply

    I was just completely swept away with this gorgeous story! Can’t wait for part deux!! I’m heading over right now to read your guest post, my love!!


  • Kelly @ JAX does design
    Posted at 10:09h, 22 December Reply

    Fun post filled with great eye candy! πŸ™‚ Love the NYC brownstone, especially the exposed brick wall and those great red doors across the back!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 10:11h, 22 December Reply

    you’re so creative! πŸ™‚ isn’t that empty apartment fabulous? I remember seeing it when while I was sourcing images for my exposed brick post — have a great day!

  • Melissa Allam
    Posted at 10:47h, 22 December Reply

    Love your glamorous Christmas story and the pink shoes of course. Pretty dreamy. Wish I was caught up in a glamour life like that sometimes.

  • Sara Mueller
    Posted at 10:49h, 22 December Reply

    Beautiful images! Love the story and looking forward to scene 2.

  • Danielle Oakey Interiors
    Posted at 11:01h, 22 December Reply

    i think i am dreaming of living in that brownstone!

  • The Glam Lamb
    Posted at 11:51h, 22 December Reply

    not going to lie… this made me a lil jealous! LOL. jk. i want that brownstown. stat.

  • Leigha
    Posted at 12:03h, 22 December Reply

    Mmmmm…great piece of real estate. I’m coveting and drooling (and swooning!).


  • christine, just bella
    Posted at 13:01h, 22 December Reply


  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 13:13h, 22 December Reply

    I love this story!!! And now I’ve got Brownstones and Louboutin’s on the brain! So beautiful. Hugs to you Christine,
    Nancy xo

  • Captivated by image
    Posted at 13:21h, 22 December Reply

    I really like this story post! So much fun. Great visualisation of your imagination. Looking forward to the next story!:)

  • TLC_Designs
    Posted at 13:41h, 22 December Reply

    This was fun to read…reminds me of those picture books from Italy circa the 1950’s. Very cool!

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

  • Brandi
    Posted at 14:16h, 22 December Reply

    What a picture perfect couple! I hope they do amazing things with that brownstone!

  • Marianne - Style For Living
    Posted at 14:25h, 22 December Reply

    Christine, I love this story!!! What a dream!

  • Wallpaper
    Posted at 17:01h, 22 December Reply

    great story and images can’t wait for part 2!!

  • Vintage is for Lovers
    Posted at 18:08h, 22 December Reply

    The best picture story book I have read in a long time. Currently, mine are geared towards 2 year old boys. So nice to for Mommy to have one to read too. You rock! xo Samantha

  • mydesignchic
    Posted at 22:41h, 22 December Reply

    What a fun post!! The bathroom…divine!!

  • Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely
    Posted at 22:58h, 22 December Reply

    Thank you for the lovely escape! I would love to live in that NY brownstone! Staying tuned for part 2 πŸ™‚

  • The Zhush
    Posted at 08:15h, 23 December Reply

    These 3 have quite the lovely life, styled and curated by YOU no less! happy holidays to you and yours!

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