About Camille Maurice
Freelance writer and journalist Shani Gilchrist uses Camille Maurice as a space to hash out the things that get her thinking and talking. On any given day a reader can find a unique design space, an inspiring meal, a mind-blowing work of art, funny family musings, or thoughts on a current event. The blog began in 2009 as a place that shared conversation, musings, and beautiful things. Many great creative minds have been profiled as Shani discovers what makes people unique in the way they structure their lifestyles. Through the popular “Creatives Cook” series, readers have been introduced to the personal aesthetic tastes and entertaining styles of the likes of New York Times bestselling author Jane Green, internationally renowned visual artist Jonathan Green and interior designer and tastemaker Tobi Fairley. Fans have discovered the workspaces of chefs, businesswomen, and artists. Shani has sounded off on everything from cultural clichés to design ideas to her humbling, sometimes clumsy journey through being a working mother. Camille Maurice falls into a category of its very own as a lifestyle blog, as it encompasses the many aspects that color a "whole life."
WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?
When Shani was in high school and college she focused her efforts on fiction. "Camille" was a character to whom she always returned. Camille was smart, bold, and brave. She was always ready to challenge the status quo with a pen in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other. She could subdue an unbroken horse faster than any trainer but could never manage to move out of her parents house, get a job, or enjoy herself on a date. The character was endearing in all of her triumphs and flaws, and Shani just can't fully get her out of her system.
Shani's partner in life and mischief is her husband, who is nicknamed "Mr. M" on the blog. Around the time that Shani started the blog, Mr. M lost his beloved grandfather, Maurice Frye. Mr. Frye was kind to all and had a soul that seemed to twinkle with a mixture of wisdom and mischief. He taught Shani how to play Rummy and piqued her interest in gardening. He was Mr. M's mentor and friend. With Mr. Frye weighing on her mind while thinking up a name for her new writing adventure, Shani wrote down "Camille Maurice", and the name rung to perfection.