Saturday, December 15, 2007

une peu d'inspiration

While sipping my Cafe au Lait this morning,

I got inspired to play with some photographs.
I have a tendency to buy antiques and brocante
that are within the same color family. I just
really like muted, chalky, dusty tones and anything
that has it's original paint. I like colors
that are weathered, reminiscent of the architecture
in Nice, or a lot of places in France for that matter.

These are all items from the store except for
the paper covered encyclopedias.
I just had to include them because I adore
old white paper bound books.

I fell in love with these when I saw them. They reside
in the home of Mr. Thomas Briggs, a noted Interior Designer
from New York. He covered them with parchment paper
then added the gold embossed labels. How clever is this?
I just had to share. I've got it on my New Years Decorating
projects list to cover all my ugly books in my office with
parchment paper.

And then there are les poires. When it comes to color
nobody does it better than Mother Nature. I love going
to the marché when in France. The colors always take
my breath away.

Anyway, just a few photographs of the colors
of France.
I had to include a photograph of Thomas Briggs
home from the New York Social Dairy.
I want my bookcase to look like this.
And.. look at the boiseries!! OOH LA LA.
My next post will be about Boiseries, as
they are #3 on my
French Fashion List for Antiques
Chow for now


My Melange said...

I love your blog, and couldn't agree more about your latest post. I love the mutted, shabby, chipped, worn, used looking things. And the more ornate, the better!!!

fabulous fifi said...

You have the BEST blog about French things and you REALLY get it! Nobody even comes close to you and your understanding of all things French. It's simply exquisite. Reading it even makes me homesick!
Thanks for making me deadream....

Antique Paperie said...

I absolutely LOVE your Blog!! Such Beautiful photos..... I found you through Fifi - I have enjoyed my visit here and will be back!! xo Sherri @ Antique Paperie

Cote de Texas said...

Oh gawd!!! I love those books. I want to do that!!!!! And the pear color photos. great post!

Mélanie said...

I love your mosaic, such a good choice ...wonderful post as always. Fifi is right.

euroantiquer said...

Merci Madames!
il est avec plaisir
that I share my love of all things French with you!

Tracie said...

Your blog is too beautiful for words. Makes me want to go back to Marseille and Pastis at the cafe. Fifi mentioned you on her blog, so glad I checked it out and will be back many times.

I will dream in french tonight ~ merci!

Adla said...

I love the palette... my favourite colours too. You have such a lovely blog..I shall definitely be back to visit!

Ta , Adla from

Alison Gibbs said...

Shawn I have come to your blog thanks to the fabulous Fifi. It is such a beautiful blog and I thank her for letting me know about you.

tongue in cheek said...

Thank yo ufor coming by my blog and inviting me to yours.
I love the style and color, and the details you notice.
I will visit again! You capture the French spirit with such a clever eye!

Bebe said...

Hi Shawn!
I love coming over here ~ it a great escape to see what lovely French photos and inspired articles you've posted! C'est merveilleux!!1

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!

Bebe :)

Dona said...

Ohh LA La I just love your blog it makes me smile and dream every time.

Topsy Turvy said...

What a great idea - using parchment paper! I have used translucent marker paper (which I suggested on my 'white out' post), but parchment might be less expensive.
Thanks for visiting my blog & for the link! I'm loving yours! (and your shop! Wish it was closer to Tampa) Lana