a fair to remember

happy monday! i’m just hitting the reset button and doing some research for the updated app. i want it to include markets and brocantes in and around paris as well as the outskirts, heck let’s face it, all over france.


i couldn’t help but stop to share this upcoming event. you know the story, one minute it’s humdrum work and with just one click and you’re in another world. click the link above to be transported for a minute and you’ll see what i mean. i won’t be in france in may but if you happen to be there may first, check out the fabulous goings on at CHÂTEAU-DE-CHAMBORD!

this looks like a show not to be missed…definitely a goal for next year! 450 dealers in this insane setting…click the link below for more eye candy.


ok back to work. have a great week!




April 24, 2017. Tags: , , . Antique Shopping, Antiques, Brocantes, France. 5 comments.

are you a purist or a radical?

Louis XVI chairs:

allo there! how’s your summer going? we’re in full swing and it’s a time of sunshine and creativity. i’ve been working on a few different projects and would like to get your opinion on some of the things i’ve been contemplating. many of us have a passion for repurposing and also doing things with a twist. i’ve always loved furniture and see it as a canvas and a good way to find creativity in everything from emotion to self expression. today i’d like your take on mixing it up a little with chairs in particular. are you more of a traditionalist or do you see them as an object of playfulness? below are some favorites i’ve been collecting on pinterest. you can find them all here, specifically in the likes and pins: i’m curious to see what you think; whether they’re just trendy or could become the new classics, and which are your faves. so i ask you, are you a radical?

Arm/Side Chair - Eclectic with pop...have 2 for your dining area...love the bright upholstery & painted backs!:

Needlepoint armchair. In.Sane. So gorgeous!:

mudcloth upholstery on gilt Louis:

interior design, home decor, furniture, seating, chairs, wood furniture, black, white, black and white, stripes, patterns, roy lichenstein, art:

Beach Arm Chair. Upholstering a chair coastal style: http://www.completely-coastal.com/2012/06/upholstering-chair-coastal-style.html:

love this...:

Patchwork chairs ♥:

digitally printed ultrasuede:


Carolyn Quartermain is a London-based designer and stylist! She designs beautiful fabrics made of silk and floaty chiffons in magical colors. I love how she mixes beautiful fabrics of vibrant pastels and gold combined with timeless antiques.:

stripes....accent chairs:

a purist,

Louis XVI chair:

Grey Chair ~ French:

LOVE everything about this.  I need that pillow.  The pillow is by Ralph Lauren.  Does anyone know the name of the bedding pattern?:

chair fabric:

antique chair:

Soothing and soft silver/grey fabric and aged patina. Love this chair.:

Love this old chair:

pink velvet french chair and a half!:

I found these at the Clignancourt market in Paris...still with the original fabric:

yellow and gold chairs:

Desk Chair (Fauteuil De Cabinet) /   Date:19th–20th century  Culture: French:


or somewhere in between?

beautiful french chair:

leopard chair:


Upholstered chair in Kimono-Bluemoon:


Purple velvet chair:

red striped chair:

Best chair EVER.:

~♥~♥~ French chair ~:

worn velvet:

June 30, 2016. Tags: , , . Antiques, Chairs, Furniture. 26 comments.

fleaing to france in phoenix


hello dear friends, it’s been a while! i hope you’re enjoying your autumn. i’ve been running around and haven’t had ”the time” till right now to write about a wonderful trip i took to phoenix last weekend for a book signing.


i had no idea what to expect from the ladies of Sweet Salvage. just that kim, heather and stephanie were handling everything and we’d head straight to the warehouse in the morning. robert would pick me up and make sure i was delivered safe and sound. well, these gals (and robert, along with the rest of their crew) blew my mind with what they had going on behind the closed doors. before we even walked in there was a line around the block with shoppers who wait for this particular event. in fact, this sale is legend n these parts! and it was worth the wait. walking inside it was pure magic! i had never heard of their concept: it’s an ‘occassional sale” that pops up for just four days each month and focuses on a specific theme. this one (of course) was ‘french inspired’. the 12 vendors have full reign to interpret it and they took it to the limit. they’re each master artists of display and all have a flair for curating collections with both large industrial pieces as well as accents, down to every minute detail. the quality and quantity of french goodies made me feel like i was at the marche aux puces en Paris and boy was that a wonderful surprise! it was true soul food digging around for ephemera, souvenirs, art and furniture. turns out arizona is a rich pocket full of antiques. it’s bordered by four states and these guys know where to get the goods. the entire place was set up like a dream and torn apart by the afternoon by hungry buyers. they had this gorgeous room set up for me (above and below) and i couldn’t stop taking pics all day watching it go piece by piece. (i did get the statue in the first shot)! i can’t find my camera’s memory card but luckily the talented photographer, heather gill was there to capture it all. i hoped to blog about it in real time but haven’t seemed to master my time management yet. so i hope you enjoy the tour and although this one has closed, they’re already preparing a special holiday event in the next couple weeks. check their calendar to see what’s coming up on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet.Salvage





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well, again i hope you had a good time even if was an armchair visit. if you get the chance to go to phoenix (i hope to get back soon myself), check out this fabulous group of loving, creative people. i want to thank everyone at sweet salvage for making the day so memorable and special. i just couldn’t resist shipping some souvenirs home and can’t wait to get the boxes! lots of love to all my friends at sweet salvage!

Sales are held at:

648 N 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Phone: (602) 279-2996
Email: info@sweetsalvage.net
Website: sweetsalvage.net

October 24, 2013. Antique Shopping, Antiques, Friends, Sweet Salvage. 15 comments.