Saturday, January 03, 2009

pensée à la neige

January...where is the snow? Not here in
Louisville, perhaps in Sweden and the
French Alps.
Photo of French Boiserie Plaster from European Antique Market
French grays and blues, wintery whites, the
colors dreams are made of.

Grab your cashmere throw and voyage with me
to Scania, Sweden, the southern most province
on the Baltic Sea.

We'll visit the renovated home of
Barbo Grandelius (Antiquarian and Decoratrice)
and her husband Göran Peterson.

Furnished with Gustavian and French antiques.

Their love affair with antiques began when
Göran purchased a Rococo canape several
years ago at auction.

That led to moving from the heart of Sweden
to an area rich with antiquities. Now they
are living in their heart :)

Bitten by Vermoulu, the woodworm they were..
and his venom is contagious!
Who could possibly stop with just one piece?
Just ask my friend, Theresa Smith from
Time Worn Interiors

Then of course, you need a beautiful backdrop
that lets the pieces breathe. What is more
wonderful than plaster patinaed walls?

The transparency of antique glass just adds
to the ambiance.

The signature of practicality is always present in
European Country interiors.

Along with touches of formality in unexpected
Architectural fragments add so much
character to a space, don't you think?

Old plank floors to die for! If you want to see
more fabulous floors, check out Ness's before
and after shots of her home on her blog,

A little black always classes things up a bit.

I love this linen shade with the botanicals.
Barbo's photos via Casa magazine
I want 12 inch windowsills to display my
Staffordshire dogs!!!
Quite the place huh?
Well, if you like the color scheme and
French antiques we would be glad to
help you start your collection!
The following photos are from
We have a large selection of white porcelain and
pottery. All these pieces are antiques and date
from 19th to early 20th century.
Top left souperie/tureen is Sarreguemines faience.
Top right, daisy knob, no mark, stilt marks
visible on lid and bottom.
Middle left, no markings, pottery, unglazed bottom.
Middle right, Choisy-le-Roi porcelain.
Bottom right, oval fish platters
Bottom right, Limoges whiteware bowls.
We also have a large selection of vegetable
bowls (all whiteware).
Do you like French Iron Chandeliers?
A Louis XVI style, original painted armoire
from early 1900's perhaps, or a French country

Garden pieces, zinc, trumeaus and accessories
to help you achieve the look.

"Furnishings from European country villas,
history steeped estates, and pied-a-terres are
inspiration sources for the next wave of
high end seating and accent solutions".
Quoted from this months Design & Decor
Louis XV style buffet deux corp, (a buffet of
two bodies). Late 1800's. These pieces are
wonderful in any room of the house.
Toleware, clock faces, needlepoint tapestries,
and statuary are scattered about our store.
And no French maison is sans bust!
We have lots of bergeres (enclosed arms),
fauteuils (open arms), and
chaises (no arms), waiting for your
fabric choices and FYI, if you are in
need of a reasonable, excellent upholsterer,
we've got your man!
Didn't aim to get carried away here, but
Vermoulu bit me long ago.
How about you?
Bisou and have a great weekend!!


mimi said...

Love it all. I am also "bitten", but alas, have more expensive tastes than my pocketbook allows! Someday...until then, dreams must suffice.

LiLi M. said...

Whow what inspiration again! I'm thinking about revamping our 'salon'. I just have to scroll through your blog I suppose and I know exactly what to do, thanks!

Ewa said...

Snow is here since yesterday! not invited.
Happy New Year... be yourself and be happy.

Anonymous said...

So lovely. Loved the tour.

mimi charmante said...

the home is to die for~ such an inspiration, to be sure. thank you for this sweet start to 2009!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

It's so inspirational to come over to visit and see all these fabulous photos..It takes me awhile to have them all come up though. I'm always on the look out for architectural pieces, to me it really has an impact on your home. The french look has always been with me along with the shabby chic look as well. Thanks

Rene' said...

Words cannot describe the simplicity and beauty of those rooms. I can just hear the song, C'est Bon by Eartha Kitt. Thank you for sharing.

Vintagebella ~ Andrea said...

I love it all!Everything is just so pretty!

brocobelle said...

Just found your blog and it is glorious, so inspirational, will definitely be reading during 2009. Bonne annee.

Velvet and Linen said...

Wow Shawn.
What a gorgeous house. And all of those Swedish antiques! Love!!!
Your store is looking lovely.
I could live there. Do you think you would notice my clothes hanging in that magnificent armoire?


Lilla Blanka said...


Gorgeous and absolutely marvellous inspiration again, as always! I just adore your blog!


Anonymous said...


Opening your blog is like opening a top-quality interior magazine. Can't wait till your next post, and the next, and the next... Simply enchanting Gustavian "documentary" from Scane. I did enjoy! Buon Anno e Bacione, Ingrid

Ada och Emil said...

Your blogg is like a dream, all this goergeus photos and inspirations...
Oh, and here Finland we have snow :)


Millas hem said...

Lovely pictures!
Hugs Camilla

time-worn interiors said...

Boy, I'm just getting started! I can't decide what I want next! I do love my chairs, thanks Shawn!

Mélanie said...

Happy New year ! We may have snow tonight , here in Provence ( France ) It is unbelievable and It is also freeeeezing

My Shabby Roses said...

Wow, I am loving your blog. I love all the beautiful pictures, what eye candy!

Love Your Homes said...

Shawnie, I love your post. I think I will move back to France one day. Maybe we'll meet there.


Di Overton said...

What a journey, enjoyed every single moment. You reminded me of architectural fragments that I have and keep wandering around my new space trying to find the best place for them. I think I have to much choice now. Am I never satisfied? :)

Mélanie said...

Snow is here in Marseilles , it was unbelievable ...thank you for the tour in your beautiful magasin ...

Mélanie said...

I forgot
********** HAPPY NEW YEAR *********
*********Bonne ANNEE , full of wonderful things

alice said...

Your blog is so beautiful! I feel like I am on a virtual trip to France whenever I stop by. Thanks for sharing such gorgeous images and commentary!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What an incredible post.. there are so many things screaming my name..this is so full of inspiration..I'm off to work on a few vignettes. Have a super w/k. hugs ~lynne~


Ahhh your shop & blog is the best place on the planet to shop & see incredible pictures... xoxoxolaura

Kenza said...

Hello! My english is not very good, so:
J'aime vraiment votre blog, j'y ai fait une très belle balade!
Merci de partager de si jolies choses, alors je reviendrai vous voir...
Très amicalement, Kenza

Margo said...

What are those little signs just above the "Garden pieces" caption.
What are they made of, what was their purpose, what do they say, and cost please? I'm in Texas, and I'll need shipping as well.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi, Your photos are fabulous!! I so much love the French stuff. The look and feel are totally different from USA decorating styles. I just got back from a shopping trip to England and France. I found some stuff in England, but the things I got were in the French style. On the friday after the Newark show, we went to the Paris flea markets. I found the st. ouen markets unbelievable, but the bargains were to be found elsewhere. Vanves and the side trips south yielded lower prices.
Happy antiquing! Felicia

Blue Muse said...

I always sigh with happiness as I go through your blog, and your store is gorgeous. I'll take one of each thing featured, please.
xo Isa

pinkstilettos said...

Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog and introducing me to yours! It is just lovely. I really like it. You have so much inspiration. I am going to add you to my bloglist. Daisy~

Gollum said...

This was a feast--I got all weak and trembly when I saw the Ironstone. And yes--I do I do love old chandeliers.

Home Interior said...

I just discovered your delightful blog and found it extremely astonishing. Each and every piece is excellent.

breathing in the dreaming world said...

I just found your blog, because you showed up on mine as a follower. You've posted such beautiful images, very dream like and brings me to another world. I may be in touch soon; I'm interested in finding out more about a few pieces for a project.

Anonymous said...

nice article upon antiques.

Vanilla Lavender said...

I'm amazed by all these beauties on this blog! Love them!