Monday, February 18, 2008

parlez-vous français ?

Well I ventured 150 miles from home this past weekend,
but at times...felt I was on the other side of the pond.
I went to Nashville to visit with some friends and check
out the Antique & Garden Show.
Just want to share some inspiring photo's with you today.
Remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge.

This is the Italian Garden at the entrance of the show.
It definitely gave me Spring Fever! Even though I walked
away empty handed it was a nice show.
I tried to buy some Staffordshire Spill Vases with King Charles
Spaniels, but the dealer would not budge on her price.
Oh well, gives me a reason to continue my hunt.

And this would be the reason I collect Spaniels.
Zoe, our baby, in her stroller. She loves to travel.

This is a photo of The Iron Gate in Franklin.

The two photo's above are from à la Maison
Sheila Smith, the proprietress is a friend of mine.
She just opened her shop a few weeks ago.
She's French Style with a New Orleans Flair.
The store is located at 2108 8th Ave. South
or you can visit her online at

The following photo's are from The Iron Gate, located
at 338 Main Street in Franklin. This shop carries new
items for the most part with some French Antiques
scattered about, but the owner most definitely has a
sense of style.

Anyone that carries Zinc, automatically wins my
You can visit their website at
Then we have, Sérénité Maison.
Alex Cirimelli, the proprietress, is also a friend and
transplant from California. Her store is located at
4149 Old Hillsboro Road in Leipers Fork. She doesn't
have a website, but you can reach her at 615.599.2071

Alex's tagline reads....
"It Begins with Knowing what you Love and Trusting what you See.
It means Embracing the Natural, most Subtle Character
that History Casts on Life.
The Blush of French Crystal, the Feel of Homespun Linen,
The Hue of Time on Ironstone.
It is a Place of Peace that Welcomes you Home..."
Nicely put..
And just a few of my favorites from the Antique Show.
A 19th Century Zinc Bull's Head from Bloch's Antiques
in London. It can be yours for $5500.

If you are ever in Nashville, I would pay these gals a visit.
Guarantee you won't be dissapointed !
Viva la France !!!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

OMG, I am speechless, what a great shop. Can I have permission to use your photo's of this post and of your shop for a post that I want to include you in? Thanks, Theresa

Dona said...

I am totally bummed, what a wonderful and beautiful trip you had. Wished I could have been there, but your pics really make one feel as thou they were.

Lisa & Alfie at The Pickled Hutch said...

Hi Shawn,
So that is sweet little Zoe. I think Alfie has a crush! Looks like it was a fabulous show and I am sorry to have missed it. When I get back to Kentucky, I will definitely visit your friend's stores. However, yours is still first on my list.
Love Lisa & Alfie

Lisa & Alfie at The Pickled Hutch said...

Oops, just realized your friends are in Nashville.
Lisa & Alfie

Edgar and Edgar said...



Tracie said...

Okay Shawn,
I have to take an entire day and peruse your blog. It's so beautiful - each picture I could stare into forever.

That bird bath filled with shells and candles... I want one like that for my bain - oh wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Your baby's a cutie pie in that stroller!

Donna O. said...

Gor-gee-ous!!! Every photo is better than the next. And I would buy that bull head but unfortunately I need a matching set !! LOL!! (I do love it, though)
Thanks for the visual delights.

My lovely cottage said...

Dear shawn, you probably had a fantastic weekend. I really love the pictures of serenite maison, looks gorgeous! Thanks for leaving a message on my blog, these olive wreaths i made myself, i was bored and needed something in front of the window, haha. Today i took some pictures at my friends house who has a big brocante selling this friday and saturday, ill put them on my blog tomorrow so because you can't be there, at least can enjoy the pictures. Have a good day, Yvonne

Stokes Chic Antiques said...

Wow! I am going to have to go now that I have seen these photos! Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip. :) Also, the French dining room set that was in you prior post was exquisite. I want one! Dalia

Fete et Fleur said...

What wonderful eye candy!! I Love, Love, Love, your blog and your store.

Glad you found me so I could find you!


Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Ah yes every spaniel should have their own stroller, my cavie Genevieve will have one soon!
Beautiful and inspiring photos, thanks for sharing!
Alicia ~ time worn style

Devonia said...

Hi Shawn: Hmmm, I can see that my education is sadly lacking. I don't know how to identify zinc. I will research immediately but if you care to do a post for the poorly uninformed,ME- I'll soak it up like a sea sponge. Obviously, if you love it, I need to know more about this. :)

Mélanie said...

Wonderful shops ! antiques in garden favorite topic !!!

Cindy said...

Wow, your blog is so beautiful! So much eye candy! I'm going to add you to my list of favorites so I can come back often!

M&Co said...

Wow what a wonderful and inspiering post!! I wish I was there, with my pockets full of money ;-)

Sharon said...

What a wonderful visual treat~ I will put Nashville on my 'must visit' list.~Sharon@C'estChouette

erickia said...

haha~cool blog, ok...always stay cool

Lilla Blanka said...

WOW, what a beautiful blog you have..I have been sitting here for a long time looking...every post is fantastic...! Now I´m going to check out your store :)
Unfortunately only cyber-wise since I live in Europe (Sweden)...
Have a nice day!
Mia "Lilla Blanka of Sweden"

My Melange said...

Lovelym lovely photos!! So sorry I wasn't there :( I will check out their websites though....thanks for the links!!

Anonymous said...

Zoe is such a gorgeous Ruby! I have a tricolor, Gabby, and a blenheim, Bella. One of these days we'll pack up the car and come crash your shop....Great blog btw!

Victoria Lynn said...

Wow! You have an exquisite shop! I really enjoyed your blog about your trip to Nashville, especially since I am moving there in the next few months! I am excited to explore some of the shops you talked about and even hope to make the trip north to see your beautiful place. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful blog. Victoria Lynn