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.

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. -Claude Monet

allo! ca va? spring is whizzing by isn’t it? it’s hard to believe may is almost over and we’ll be in full summer mode in just a few days, for me that means planning a trip to france and this year i’ll be going to a many places that i’ve been before but others that i have to admit that i haven’t. i thought i’d start to jot down some of the spots on the to-do list and see how it will unfold. the first on the list is Normandy, specifically Giverny where Claude Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. there are so many gorgeous images out there it’s easy to see why he would devote his life to capturing these magnificent grounds it. i love this one above for its simplicity and sweetness: (Pink cosmos and golden sunflowers tower above Fifi, the calico cat who resides in Monet’s garden, as she strolls down a gravel path in the silver mist of dawn. Photograph by Elizabeth Murray c 1990. From a collection of postcards published by Pomegranate). people and pets have come and gone here but somehow this place has been perfectly preserved for all these years.

maybe it’s the voyeur in me but i love to visit homes of artists, writers and designers. the fact that the french keep these special places for us is truly one of the reasons i fell in love with france. 

if you want to learn more about it, this is a wonderful fondation that works tirelessly year round to keep the gardens and home in perfect condition.

you can actually take a virtual tour here: fondation-monet.com/visite-virtuelle. i’m sure seeing this magical place in person will be more incredible than i can imagine. apparently it was so exquisite that it was almost painful for Monet in a way that i’m sure only those who know the beauty of a garden or even a single flower can understand.

‘Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it’.

-Claude Monet

May 29, 2018. art, Artists, Day Trips, Flowers, France, Gardening, Monet. 10 comments.

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.

chambord.org/en

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.

chateau-de-chambord

ok back to work. have a great week!

 

 

 

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

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