Wednesday, April 23, 2008

heures d'ouverture

The Opening Hours of my next French voyage.
I love these opening introductions to the antique
and brocante hunt that is about to unfold.
All my wonderful contacts in France starting
to send me photographs of their lovely treasures.

How can I possibly pass on this weathered old
store sign "Commerce de Vins"?
Yes, I will scour the antique markets and attend
several auctions, but I do have my regulars.


Not only do I want these wonderful aged plasters,
I'll take the wall too! Good thing there is no
weight limit on my container!


I'll also be in search of pieces for clients.
Louis XV walnut and oak sideboards and
buffets, original painted armoires, farm tables,
great store display pieces, pine cupboards,
bergeres, Louis XVI daybeds, gilt
trumeau mirrors, iron gates and
zinc roof finials to name a few.

And always those accessories that
scream "Country French".
White paper bound books, limed
architectural fragments, garden bistro
tables, statuary and iron garden urns.

I can't wait to get to the Brocante markets.
Those are the best places to find old textiles,
monogrammed linens, pottery pieces,
copper cookware, toleware, old menus and
ironstone, and I'm always scanning for
items with French writing on them.

Think I should put these fauteuils on the
container?

Little commodes, coronas and
chandeliers, oh my!
If you have been looking for that
special Country French Antique to
decorate your home, this is your chance!
If you would like to add an item to
the hunt, feel free to do so!
You can email me your request and
I will be more than happy to add it
to my list. The more detail you can
me, the better and don't worry, you
won't be obligated. If I think it would
be of interest to someone else, I'll
buy it anyway, (if the price is right).
I always go with a binder full and it
makes the hunt more exciting!
Send an email or call 502.585.3111
if you prefer.

4 comments:

Lisa Wilson (& Alfie!) at The Pickled Hutch said...

Shawn,
I am absolutely green with envy and wistful thoughts of your shopping adventure. You really do have an exquisite eye and I would love someday to go along just for the training and wisdom you could provide. Bon voyage and keep us posted with the treasures you find.
Lisa & Alfie

hopetreestudio said...

Oh hello loving your blog. Denise

lily-g said...

you are living my dream, finding these treasures would be so much fun, I would love to add you to my blog and i will visit yours often now that i have discovered it.

My lovely cottage said...

Have a wonderful trip! And hope you bring lots of treasures back with you.
take care. yvonne