I picked an interesting time to work a garden book! Lucky me, that in the time that I am turning my attention to Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny is the month that Christie’s auction house sells a record-breaking $43 million canvas of his waterlilies (covered in my post called The Price of Pricelessness) AND it’s also the month that this Monet waterlily picture makes headlines:
The $32 million sale of this Claude Monet painting of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny has been voided by law enforcement in London and the United States because the work is stolen property — boosted from the New York townhouse of Imelda Marcos during the downfall of her husband’s corrupt dictatorship in the Philippines in 1986 and kept hidden for 26 years by the thief, Imelda’s maid, until she sold it a year ago. Read the full story here.
But let’s say you do not have tens of millions of dollars to spare for a Monet canvas, or you do not want to risk jail time to own a piece of Giverny. Did you know that you can buy a quilt kit called A Day in Giverny?
Or, if knitting is your craft of choice, you can buy yarn called Giverny:
You can buy a cushion called Giverny…
…to go on your Giverny couch…
…next to your Giverny console…
…or maybe you’d prefer the Giverny end tables?
…or install carpeting that also goes by the name Giverny:
You can deck the walls with this mirror called Giverny…
…and on either side, you can hang sconces that are — wait for it!– also called “Giverny”!
You’re in luck if you want to re-upholster your whole house with fabric designed under the name Giverny:
Or, if you want some ready-made stuff, you can buy Giverny bedsheets:
I, for one, would find dinner so much tastier if I could eat off of dishes that are labeled Giverny:
Good thing J. Crew gives me a way to wear Giverny:
But lets not forget the bling! There’s a Giverny ring…
…and a Giverny cuff …
…made by artist Ariel Arwen, whose clients bring her their unworn family heirlooms, in this case some beautiful “black” fresh-water pearls, so she can re-invent them into modern, must-have jewelry. I saved Ariel for next-to-last because she is one artist who has got it right when it comes to capturing the je ne sais quoi of Giverny, non?
But I saved the best Giverny for last…because it’s THIS:
A freaking shower door. Yes, it’s true. They call this shower door “Giverny”, obviously because the word “Giverny” can make people buy anything.
So far, dear readers, in spite of commercial temptation, my Giverny remains all about the garden:
But I’m all for jumping on the merchandising band wagon. Readers, I need a product that I can call Giverny, something that is not a chapter in a book because we all know that books are pathetic because people don’t want to buy books, they want to buy crap they can sit on, sleep in, look at themselves in, eat off of, flaunt, or wear. And except for the eating-off-of part, books don’t do any of those things.
So tell me: what should I design? Got an idea for a Vivian Swift Giverny product that will sell like a Taylor Swift CD?