I'm not going to fret over my hair
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm not going to fret over my hair
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you long to create a Country French Ambiance
in your home there is one piece of furniture that can
make your decorating job much easier. An Antique
French Farm Table, aka, trestle table, harvest table,
and Refectory table.
Some of our fondest memories will be created
during the Holiday Season as we gather around
the table and partake of the feast. Ever wonder
why most of life's most special moments take
place while we are eating? Must be our
The one thing I absolutely adore about the
Country French Lifestyle is that it revolves
around the table. And.. more times than not
it happens to be a Refectory table. The Refectory
table came about in the 16th Century, so named
due to it's use in Monasteries, where the eating
room was known as a Refectory.
Most in Europe were made from hard woods
such as Walnut and Oak. These woods would
Most are made from separate planks that have been
joined together, resting atop chanfreiné (beveled)
legs. The art of joining happens to be one of the
highest art forms of cabinet makers. Many farm
tables also have what is called a breadboard top
This is when the end planks go a different direction which
adds stability to the joined boards.
Many have the typical H stretcher (the French call it the
stretcher for the chat) (cat).
It is also very common to find a deep drawer in either
or both ends of the table. So the story goes, these
were used to store the monks monogrammed napkins
after each meal. Laundry was only done once a week
so it was necessary for them to re-use their napkins.
These deep drawers would necessitate deep friezes
(aprons) which can be a draw back. Hence the use of
benches at the table.
If you are considering a Farm table don't be discouraged
by the height. If you prefer to cross your legs at the table,
it is relatively simple to have your table's legs built up
by a good woodworker. I have an excellent person in
Louisville and he charges $200-$300.
They also have many uses with a little imagination!
They make beautiful bathroom vanities topped with
ironstone vessel sinks and straw baskets underneath.
Islands and work tables in the kitchen.
Desks for your home office.
Saw the legs down and you have a beautiful coffee
However you choose to use it, a French Farm Table is
a good investment and patina is something you
If you are looking for a 19th century farm table, I
carry a wide variety at my shop,
European Antique Market.
I have French, Spanish and Zinc topped. All are in
the $3,000-$3,800 price range.
Whatever table you may be gathering
around this Holiday season with friends
and family, I wish for you Wonderful Moments
Bon Appetit !
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Looking to Celebrate Nature's Bounty?
The third Thursday in November which is tomorrow,
November 15th, is Beaujolais Nouveau Day!
You know the French love any excuse for a fete AND
since I am somewhat Frenchified, I'll be raising
my glass too.
Millions of cases of this young wine from the
Beaujolais region of France is making it's way
across the globe today via plane, train, boat,
elephants, camels and backpacks.
It has become a worldwide race to see who
can be the first to serve the new harvest, but
by French law it can be released no sooner
than the third Thursday of November.
For the rest of you, Louisvillians included, you
Friday, November 09, 2007
Tis the Season........
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I am a little behind on posting...but with good reason.
I just returned from a short one-week jaunt to France.
It was planned spur of the moment. October 30th
happened to be one of my good friends 50tho birthday,
so I decided to surprise her. I ended up staying for a
week and doing a little Christmas shopping.
Needless to say we had a Great time!
No worries about filling and packing a container.
BUT, no way I can go to France and not partake of my
Here is just one of the items that contributed to my valise
weighing in a 35 kilo's on the return trip.
Secrets d'interieurs by Gilles Trillard and
Michèle Lalande. A wonderful book and beautiful
photography. Consider me a Trillard fan!
These are a few photos from the book
The art of setting, compiling, or combining disparate objects is a difficult art. Yet it has become the chic new decorating style in France, and is now spreading throughout the world. After the success of The New Eighteenth-Century Style, journalist Michèle Lalande and photographer Gilles Trillard team up once again to showcase the most successful combinations of treasured heirlooms and contemporary design.