Like the Bird
When things happen that are out of my control,
I try to keep control of my own thoughts.
I like to view those things from a bird's perspective.
They can always see more than we can because
they leave the nest and fly above it all.
They see the big picture, which is sometimes
not evident to us, at the moment.
It is always a much prettier view from up above.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Like the Bird
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Some things just have an aura of Romance.
France would be one of those things!
When I travel to France to buy antiques and brocante, I
try to capture her romance in the objects I bring back.
This is why I'll never ship back a container
I look for objects that are unique to France and the
French lifestyle. That can be in the colors or the
lines the pieces possess.
Finding those French signatures can take me to out of the way places.
I adore those places. Where else would I see camouflage
netting providing shade while bouncing the suns beautiful rays?
This artist captured her beauty don't you think?
There are some patina's you just cannot reproduce.
Some things even when they are quiet, speak of their past.
If you listen closely, you can hear the story.
They can come in all shapes and sizes
And be found in the most hidden places.
Even in the caves of Opera Houses.
I'm lucky to have so many contacts that many times,
I get 1st dibs.
I'm up at 5am to hit the markets early and have a
couple of French friends who know my style. We
each start in different corners and my cell is never
far from my ear.
I did get the Louis XV style petite commode.
A quick scour of the market and I'm off, to a remote
location. A backyard full of garden delights.
Are you familiar with Mathieu Mategot?
He was a wonderful French Designer whose pieces
aren't easy to find. Guess what I found?
A Ruffier bistro table. Can't pass on this one.
I'd say she captures France at her best!
An unexpected stop and I find this 18th century Dutch beauty.
BUT...I have to pass. She would have to retail for $12,000.
I am on a budget you know and those kind of prices
scare me a bit.
If you want her, let me know and I'll be glad to get her
next time around, (if she is still there).
Some bottle drying racks, French body buckets and these
wonderful copper cheese molds did get loaded in the
l'heure pour le déjeuner
Fast forward. The container has made her way
across the Atlantic. She is full of 19th century
stripped pine cupboards, original painted armoires
and Country French pieces.
Mirrored tables, scrolly iron pieces, weathered urns and
lots of white.
Feminine gold chevets and Louis XVI just follows
me wherever I go.
A French monastery case clock, delicately painted tables
that are early 20th century, a secretary that is to
die for and did you see the grey shutters?
Greys and whites, and canvas covered books
This is what a container unloading looks like.
Trust me, it will come to life.
The scent of lavender still lurks in this Herbist cabinet.
Can you picture this in an original kitchen?
I can, oh boy can I.
Are you starting to get the picture?
This is France!!!!
I came back with a bit more Swedish this time too.
These 19th century, weathered white columns have a
patina that you wouldn't believe!
Want to see it all ?
Join us this Saturday and Sunday at Atelier Home
in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, from 10- 6 pm.
Bisou mon ami's, hope to see you there !!
and don't forget to smell the roses!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
that originality, freshness, being
able to interpret things in a whole new light.
Michel Tcherevkoff glances at a photo of a leaf
he had taken, during a photo shoot for Prescriptives.
It happens to be lying upside down on the table.
In that moment he sees not a leaf, but a
shoe, and Voila, a fantasy world comes to life.
The book and limited edition signed prints are
Thursday, June 19, 2008
My favorite antique? That is like asking a mother
of eight which is her favorite child ! Can't do
just one.... unless I can say French!!!!!
Keri from Antique Therapy started a game,
blog about your favorite antique 's and I
wanted to play!
So here are 15 of my favorite things.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to come across
four French, tower clock faces. I find myself fascinated
by these historical keepers of time. If you would like
to read more about my thoughts on clocks, click here
And...talk about an unusual focal point in a room!
You can't find these jewels at your local Pottery Barn.
I also happen to have a weakness for antique garden
statuary and their weathered patina's.
Not to mention monogrammed linens, gilding,
and anything with French writing. Just imagine
how many violins harmonized in French Opera
House's with the aid of these cards.
Reminds me, if you have not read the Washington
Post article, Pearls Before Breakfast, an article
about Beauty and the violinist, Josh Bell, you really
Okay, you know that I love BIG, zinc, dogs, and
architectural items. So, comes as no surprise that
you would find over the top dog houses with zinc
molded roofs, gutters and trim or fabulous chateau
windows in my store. Right ???