the art of the heirloom

Bonjour and happy holidays! It’s officially deep December and I’m sure we’re all in the middle of holiday preparations of baking and wrapping (or we’ll be starting any minute now…)

Over here it’s been a busy few months getting everything back in order after a small hiatus. We’ve restructured with the help of great friends and family, and are back up after a lot of hard work. truth is it’s a lot more fun to work with people and letting that happen has been the ultimate blessing. the best part is that we’ve got a sweet collection from the paris on the website and for the moment, i get to enjoy these little gems in my home. i guess the major shift has been that our focus has shifted from just buying little do-dads to honing in on the real treasure hunting that can done at the Paris flea markets. Now i’m looking for pieces that are part of history. i was asked to write an article about it for a good friend and colleague, Mimi Bleu who lives in paris and has created an online magazine, Belle Inspiration which is a beautiful venue for all things authentically french. she let me share the full article below so i’ll stop writing and you’ll see what i mean…

well… there’s a lot more to say on the subject but that will have to be another article i suppose…

thank you again, mimi for letting me share this! if you’re interested in checking out the entire magazine or subscribing, take a look at her site, www.belleinspiration.com.

and now, maybe i’ll try my hand at baking some cookies! a tout alors!

 

December 16, 2018. flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Heirlooms, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 2 comments.

back to basics

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allo monday…evening that is.  it’s a day coming to a close and i decided to stop the presses and get here for a minute. between having my guy in town, starting a new project, working on TPA dailys and hosting neo’s birthday, every moment’s been filled to the brim. not that i minded…but suddenly it all stopped. now the place is quiet and well, i’m alone for the first time in a long while. it was a day of hard knocks, mostly business stuff which makes me realize i need to keep working on this paradigm shift. you know the saying about doing what you love and then it’s not work? that’s how i’ve always felt but somewhere along the way i thought i had to be something else with regard to my business. but i can’t follow a trend, not for one more minute and finally have the kick in the culottes i needed to be sure not to repeat the same mistakes anymore. sometimes you don’t have to make the change yourself, being in the zone does it for you. like yesterday, when i fed into my lust for beautiful french furniture at the flea market in miami beach and got this little chair. today it’s reminding me that i love  to blend home and at work by living around beautiful things i enjoy. i also love buying and selling, sometimes donating,  sometimes a trade. why i stopped is something to ponder, but for now this petite siège is helping me to get back to my roots and remember that it’s quality over quantity and tomorrow my mantra for the webmakeover will be edit edit edit! et alors, the sun is setting and it’s time for dinner, good nuit~

May 17, 2016. flea markets, Fleamarkets, Florida, Furniture, Life. 10 comments.

the timeless language of feminine fashion

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Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. – Edna Woolman Chase

bonjour toute le monde et bon weekend. how are you? i hope you’re doing well on this wintry february friday night. i want to apologize to those who were subscribed to the blog. i cut it off thinking that i was going to do a post a day and didn’t want to bombard anyone with that much info in the inbox. my idea has changed now though, i’m going to blog when inspired, not because of any self imposed ideal but because it makes me happy. that said, if you want to re-subscribe let me know in the comments and we’ll get you back up. in the meantime, i’ve been going through my possessions little by little, enjoying the process and taking time to study some of the wonderful treasures i’d forgotten about. on my last trip to the paris flea market (vanves to be exact), i fell in love with these old fashion plates. they date from the 1800s to the 1920s, and are fascinating capsules of a bygone era, a detailed glimpse into the lifestyles and tastes of women in the last century.

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each card is dated and fitted with every detail of a woman’s outfit from the feathers in her hat to the fabrics of her frock.

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the tiny flowers, beautiful silks and velvets were all taken into account when it came to fashion and the feminine mystique.

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some even have perfume labels attached, a possible suggestion that all 5 senses were addressed when dressing

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the little black lacy fabric in the upper left is one of my favorites and so is the vibrant and colorful ribbon above

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i guess i just fell in love with the spirit of these grand dames

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anyway i bought them to frame but then thought that it would be a shame to put them under glass when it’s so much more fascinating to touch and feel them, ponder their exquisite weaves and exquisite design. since i haven’t done them justice myself i think it would be best to pass them on to those who would appreciate them, so what better way than a giveaway?

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in the next few days we’ll draw from the names in the comments and mail them out next week. if there’s a certain one you like best, let me know.

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in the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!

February 20, 2016. Fashion, Fleamarkets, France, Giveaway, illustration, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Vanves Flea Market. 22 comments.

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