Thursday, December 31, 2009


It was a thrill to see my "Orange Chair Silhouette on Aqua" print featured in the new Nancy Meyers film "It's Complicated". It appears in the INFAMOUS guest bathroom scene that took place at Lauren and Harley's cottage during the graduation party.

Last March I received a message from someone identifying themselves as a set designer for an "untitled" Nancy Meyers film that was in production. They wanted to purchase 2 prints from my Etsy shop that had been specifically requested by Nancy Meyers herself and have them overnighted in time for Nancy's final walk through on the set before filming. Honestly, at first, I thought someone was trying to scam me! Turns out, after emailing back and forth, it was the REAL deal and I sent the prints off to Universal Studios in Brooklyn and they forwarded me the legal release forms to sign, etc.

I have been a fan of Nancy's work for years and remember my borderline obsessive study of the interiors in "Father of the Bride" back in the 90's when I was still a teenager. The fact that she would request any of my work for one of her films was a real honor, to say the least. I was excited, but know from past experience how these things can go, so didn't really think my print(s) would make it into the actual final cut. After 9 months and having almost forgotten about it, I was contacted a week or so ago by a lifestyle editor friend in Washington DC who didn't know anything about me sending in my prints. She had seen the film and thought she recognized my work on the set. This email was followed by several others from various people and so I thought it was time I should see for myself. Sure enough, it did end up in the second half of the movie in the infamous bathroom scene involving, ahem, some reefers and a few people stuffed into a very small space (it appears directly behind Meryl Streep in the scene). This is one instance where giving someone the benefit of the doubt and cooperating certainly paid off in a big way! I want to thank Nancy and her production team for including my work as a tiny part of one of her signature "beyond fabulous" sets. You can buy the exact same print here.
I'd like to wish you a safe, joy-filled, prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Painting by Federico Fiori Barocci 1597 - Del Prado, Madrid

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
This time of year, I am reminded of all of the blessings in my life and, for me, the Greatest Gift that was ever given, Jesus. I'd also like to include my very best wishes for those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza or something else entirely. I am grateful for all of you readers who take the time to visit this blog throughout the year and leave your supportive comments.  I am taking a few days off to celebrate with my family and friends, but I look forward to seeing you in the New Year and wish you and yours all the best!!

Monday, December 21, 2009


I am loving this colorful houseboat on the Thames River that I saw a photo tour of here. It belongs to author Josie Curran and revolutionizes the concept of the dreary, damp, spider-laden houseboat. Lots of fun.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Thanks to Shannon for including me in his gracious  post recently.

Also talented stationer Amanda at Tart Paperie.

and Sarah at Flourish Design in Calgary.

So kind! If I am missing anyone who has posted on my work recently, please let me know. I cannot believe it's only a week until Christmas - it's been a whirlwind here wrapping up everything to get shipped to my wonderful clients and customers. Thanks to everyone for making this such a great year.
Have a terrific weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


How does this look for a cozy place to break from the Holiday busy-ness with a mid-morning cup of tea? I don't remember what publication I tore this out from (bad blogger form) but I LOVE IT~ I believe it's in a London townhouse, if memory serves me correctly.  I have fond memories of reading the "Paddington" series of books as a kid and especially loved the idea of Paddington taking his "elevenses"  or mid-morning tea and snack with antique dealer and friend Mr. Gruber. This looks like as good a place as any for elevenses, don't you think?

Monday, December 14, 2009


(image from Urban Outfitters)
My Grandfather was never without his Polaroid camera during the holidays. I cherish the distinctive white-bordered photos that I have from him that were taken in my childhood. For all of you who have been mourning the end of the Polaroid, here's a new option that's a pretty cool way to capture your favorite images. It's available here.

Friday, December 11, 2009


I'd like to say thank you this week for the following posts/mentions: The lovely and talented writer, Kwana, and her mention of my "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster.

The effervescent, lovely and always fun Supermom Christy at A 'Lil Welsh Rarebit

reknowned American-now-living in-Australia designer Diane Bergeron included my new "Merry Christmas" cards in her post on Holiday Greetings. 

Thanks to blogger Carol Harris of "Design's for You" for the feature post

and, once again, Beth Connelly of Chinoiserie Chic and her post on meeting famed designer Alessandra Branca at a Georgetown home that I was commissioned to paint earlier this year.
Thanks to everyone for the support! I apologize for the lighter posts lately as I am struggling to get promised commissions out to my clients before the Holidays. I hope you all have an excellent weekend.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


"Evening" by Liza Hirst - buy it or any of her other amazing pieces on her new site.
**UPDATE** Liza has generously offered all Annechovie readers a special discount! Just enter LIZA2009CH at checkout on her new site here.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Brand new release today, "Courtney's Chair II".  This gouache/ink painting was originally commissioned by reknowned Style Court blogger Courtney Barnes and is featured in her new blog banner designed by me. It's available now in my shop in an 8x10 giclee print (11x14 also available by special request - convo me for details).
Have a fabulous week!!

Friday, December 4, 2009


A great way to wrap up this busy week is to thank some of my internet friends for the blog-love. Thanks to the vivacious and gracious Valorie over at Visual Vamp for including me in her list of blogger-shopowners and holiday finds.

I'd also like to thank London-based blogger Marina of Iced Vovo's for her kind post as well!

And last, but certainly not least, the ever-stylish, double-blogging Beth of Chinoiserie Chic.
Thanks so much to all of you! You guys are the best! Thanks also to all you wonderful and loyal readers who keep me motivated - have a STUPENDOUS weekend!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I was delighted a couple of months ago when fellow blogger and talented artist Susan Schneider approached me about collaborating together on some projects for the Holidays. Susan is always turning out uniquely beautiful pieces from her quaint shop and workshop, Shandell's, in Millerton, NY. She has incorporated 5 of my chair designs into a beautiful tissue box cover and has also taken 2 of my chinoiserie vase images to use on matchboxes. These limited edition pieces are available now in her shop, both online and in Millerton, NY. Go here to check them out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I would like to extend a sincere and hearty thank-you to Jennifer Berno and all of the editors at Southern Living magazine for featuring my note cards in their "Editor's Picks" section of the December issue. I certainly appreciate the mention!
 (all photos courtesy of Southern Living)