My oh my, I must order fabric, get my license renewed,
buy Kentucky bourbon for gifts, finish packing, do some
ironing, yada, yada, and I only have 24 hours left
before I depart for France. Yet, here I sit blogging!
Just another one of my addictions!
I hope to blog a bit while I am there, but if I
don't get the chance, see you when I return.
I am leaving you with some recently discovered
beautiful blogs out there that I wanted to share
They are must visits and I know you will enjoy
The first is June Parrish Cookson's blog
June is an amazing artist living in the Pacific West
and has an amazing since of style.
Next is Judy Banderia, a boutique owner in Australia.
She has some beautiful photo's on her blog
Lily-G and a boutique!
And then, we all love that Country Swedish look right?
Visit Mia at Lilla Blanka
She has a wonderful country style and
creates some wonderful vignettes, mostly
white of course.
Enjoy the blogs!!!
Oh, and don't forget about Donna's
Swashbuckler Soiree this Saturday!!
Hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful week!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
My oh my, I must order fabric, get my license renewed,
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I'm "a good tired". What a week it has been!
Finally, we have had some good weather in Louisville
so I've started planting flowers at the shop. Still a long
way to go, but it is a beginning.
I had to show you a picture of our wisteria! It just
exploded this week. It must have 50 blooms on it.
It is about 4 yrs. old and believe it or not, it's planted
in a wash basin!
I'm trying to train it to climb the zinc roof finial
I'm using a lot of impatiens and ferns due
to the shade. Sitting on the marble top bistro
is a putt-putt cup with a numbered flag and those
are art-deco era light covers from a French hotel.
They are great to use as bowls, but I haven't
filled them yet.
A fern in an old galvanized French floral
container that has Roses 5F stenciled on it.
Then of course, my shutter awnings supported
with old architectural corbels. You do know I
am a shutter fanatic.
The upstairs terrace. That's a work in progress.
Tim just finished painting, so once it is back together
I'll take photo's. Can't decide where to hang my sign???
We also had our "Simply French" cooking class last night.
A class of 20 was just the right size and the food
Chef Greg from Mirabelle Gourmet Catering
entertained us with his stories of France while
teaching us all about sauces
Thank goodness for my brother, Regan!
He owns 2Thomases Video Production,
so he worked for dinner last night.
He is a master at putting together creative
We are going to make Chef Greg a YouTube star.
Once the 60 second shots are completed, I'm
sure one will show up on my blog!
Who knows, maybe he will have his own
cooking show some day.
Meet Norma and
Tim. They are my left and right arm at the shop
Some photo's I did manage to get.
We literally clear out the front room. We lucked
out last night on the weather. The sidewalk
was full of iron beds and tables.
It was a great time and Chef Greg is beginning
to get a fan club
Thank you to those that participated!
You were great company!
And we look forward to the next time!
Now, I must go run errands and start packing.
France is waiting :)
Have a good weekend everyone!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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
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.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
It is a place, this country called France, that speaks to the depths of my soul and her beauty humbles one. I'll once again be grateful that I have this moment of time to share with mon ami's.
I'll rest dan le jardin and silently try to analyze the meaning of it all with those sweet melodies (the French language) echoing in the background. (especially after a glass or two of vin rouge)
I'll ask myself, who, what, and why have I been so blessed to share a bit of life with these people (the French) and been so openly received by this lady, France???
Lady France will act as my shepherd and gently guide me to experience her offerings. I look forward to the lessons of this journey. I am like clay in her hand, her sculpture not yet finished.
She will steer me down some new roads to discover parts of her, I do not yet know.
Déjeuner at my favorite Auberge, she will remind me, sharing in another person's passion is one of life's most beautiful gifts.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Okay, I'm guessing if you are reading my blog
you like this look ! Romantic don't you think?
French toile pillows with burlap
And you do know that European Antique Market
is all about the romance of French antiques
and a few new things that tie in perfectly!
Ticking stripe tablecloth with toile overlay
Park Hill Collections is one of our favorite newbies!
We love all those faded color palettes.
And we have a rather large order due in
any day now.
Antique inspired silver trophies and oval boxwood topiaries
If your a boutique owner we think you'll love them too!
So tell me my friends, are we speaking the
Care to have dinner with good company
surrounded by beautiful French Antiques ?
European Antique Market is hosting our 3rd
"Simply French" cooking class with my favorite
French Chef, Greg Guiot from
Mirabelle Gourmet Catering.
On the menu is :
Baby Green Salad with French Vinaigrette
Crispy Salmon Purses filled with Crabmeat Stuffing
Spring Asparagus Beurre Blanc
Vegetable Provencal Ratatouille and
Foundant au Chocolat
and of course there will be wine!
Seating is limited so reserve now!
Call us at 502-585-3111
Also visit one of my favorite bloggers
Donna at The Ribboned Crown !
A blog where fantasy and imagination reign.
She is hosting what promises to be
a Fabulous Fete, "A Swashbuckler Soiree"
Be sure to join the rest of us Swashbuckler-ettes !
Visit her blog and sign up today!
See you there??????
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I have another luscious Trade Secret for you!
Hopefully, you have been wanting to come to
Louisville to pay us a visit at
European Antique Market
And we would really love for you to come...
So, I am sweetening the pot a bit!
Another reason to visit Louisville, Ky.
that will make the trip worth it!
Blue Ocean Traders
Blue Ocean is a wholesaler that is located about 10
minutes from European Antique Market in a
warehouse. He imports from Eastern Europe,
Asia and Egypt.
And if you love the shabby, primitive, rustic, cottage style...