Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I'm reflecting upon my thoughts.
Really, I'm not sleeping, fiddling
with my camera and viola!

I like to just sit in the middle of my store
sometimes when I need inspiration.
But, I can also get inspired sitting in the
Cave a Vins, (the wine cellar). ;)
I have Bon Bonne Verres on my mind.
I have discovered that watching wax candles
drip can be a great stress reliever too.

I'm in the middle of relooking the store and
I am working on a couple of exciting projects.

I am one of the designers in the
Louisville Visual Arts Association's
DinnerWorks this year.
DinnerWorks is a dazzling visual art extravaganza,
featuring five weeks of exquisite art, innovative
design, fine food and spirits.
Designers are paired with top artists from
around the country and I was lucky enough
to select Elaine Carhartt from
Venice, California.

So, I'm thinking about how to design a
space that will do Elaine's pottery
justice, while I rearrange this pair.

The space needs to be a bit theatrical, but at
the same time accommodate eight people for
the Black Tie Dinner Gala on the 24th.

This project calls for the artsy-fartsy mode.

Reminiscent of the one I had when I plastered one of the walls in the shop then started seeing all these faces outlined in the plaster. Yes, it was before the wine.

I have four days next week to get it together, so parts of the store will have to wait.

Maybe the zinc trim will sell just as easily there, as it would being crown molding.

I have four of these Provencial rush seat chairs I thought about using, but changed my mind. The pickled Louis XV chairs that were in my last post have gone to the upholster to be covered in cream colored denim. Yum, Yum! I can't wait to see them.

Can't wait to tell you my idea for the space and develop these pictures that are in my mind, but for now I should keep it secret. I will share with you the shop though.

Maybe just a little peak inside my mind!

Until next time, wishing you bags full of beautiful thoughts!

If you happen to be near Louisville and want to attend any of the special events during DinnerWorks, you can purchase your tickets here. It is held at the Water Tower on River Road.

Bisou mes ami's!


Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia said...

Hello Shawn,

I'm sure the Dinnerworks will be a huge success for you, I can just imagine how you will be styling your store with all your wonderful pieces. I wish I was nearby, I would love to visit.

I do look forward to seeing your creations.

xxxxx Coty

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Wow! Your shop is absolutely beautiful! I could sit there and get inspired!


Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Shawn!
What a wonderful opportunity for you! How exciting! I always love to see shots from your shop...makes me so wish I lived closer!
I'm anxious to see/hear what delicious ideas you concoct for this event!
Sweet dreams!

TheVintageHusband said...

Your store looks fantastic, Shawn, so I'm sure whatever you do for the dinner will be just as spectacular:D


Tea Time With Melody said...

Oh, I absolutely love your store! I saw a few things I'd like that I have absolutely no room for like that big mirrored armwa. You have beautiful things.

Ewa said...

I was going to write, that especially I love the stems with apples, but it would not be truth. I like every piece on every picture :) looking at them and imagining how they would look in my house :)

LiLi M. said...

I cannot wait to see what your beautiful thougths about the Dinnerworks will look like! I wouldn't have January blues if I were in your shop either. Good luck on preparations!

Love Your Homes said...

A most Beautiful store you've got, Shawn.
it's like being in France.....

I agree on the starting up a new project, all the planning and all that goes with it.

Today I will visit some of my regulars on my antique-hunting in the Stockholm area. I wish you were closer.


Anonymous said...

Cara Shawn,
I'm sure your scenography will be unparallel! Can't wait to open your magic box. Bacione, Ingrid

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi Shawn! Your store is an absolute dreamland to me!! Everything is just so gorgeous ~ thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog...I hope that your new year is off to a wonderful start! xxoo, Dawn

Candy said...

Just came over from Dawn's. Beau, fabuleux, absolument amour tout!
Blessings, Candy

Miss Kris said...

Hi Shawn~

Whenever you post pictures of your lovely shop I wish I were closer. Truly Magical! I can not wait to see your beautiful thoughts! I wonder what surprises await!

Jen r. said...

I am so coming to see you the next time I come to KY! Everything I see is amazing and wonderful!

Antiques and More said...

I just discovered your blog and I love the look and style. My favorite is the old world look. You have a special talent for making spaces look so comforting. Thanks so much for the inspiration, I will definitely visit often.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Beautiful, beautiful. What a wonderful eventive feast for the eyes.

Topsy Turvy said...

So pretty. Wish I could visit your shop - I'm sure I could get inspired there too.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Shawn!

Oh how I wish Michael Thurmond lived next door to me! His plan really gets you in the habit to eat small amts all through the day. No huge meals.

I just know that your extravaganza is going to be fabulous. You have such an incredible eye for design. I'm always in awe of how you put things together. If I could have a house of my dreams it would have all those wonderful old French design qualities that you have in your shop. I can't wait to see what you do for the Dinnerworks!

Big hugs, Sherry

KarenB said...

I need bags and bags of beautiful decorating inspiration/thoughts. I think Christmas dried me up. Thanks for always giving us beautiful inspiration, Shawn.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I'm loving the changes you're making. I'm sure the Dinnerworks will be a "huge" success.. can't wait to read all about that.. I'll give Miss Scooter a hug from you.
hugs ~lynne~

Deb said...


When I see the pics of your place, I too wish I lived closer. I could spend hours there.

Do you have many of the glass wine jugs that I saw in some of your pics, but not with the candle wax?

If so email me pics of them and prices.


Velvet and Linen said...

Your store looks absolutely stunning.
I love all of your old French shutters and architectural elements. What an incredible place to have a black tie dinner. I wish I was close enough to attend!



Nothing is better on the planet then your store & your pictures... Oh would I love to help you create & prepare for your party....Call me anytime.. xooxo Laura

Bethany said...

Oh I really adored this post. I see you in that mirror! :D
Oh I am sure you can get majorly inspired by sitting in your shop...I could sit there and dream away hours!!! (and yes wax watching IS relaxing, I agree!!!)
I'm sure whatever you dream up for your project will be awesome!
Love that plaster wall...Oh my, you are such a talent!

Visual Vamp said...

Love peeking into your mind!
The zinc'molding" would be beautiful hanging over a headboard!
Or under a piece of glass and used as a tabletop!
Good luck with your project.
Wish I was there to be an elf-helper for you!
xo xo

Jenni B said...

Everything looks so lovely! I'll have to take a trip to Louisville sometime.

Stop on over to my blog to enter a V-Day giveaway!

Jenni B

siren said...

Hello Shawn!
Thank you so mutch for the nice e-mail! I dont know why you cant comment on my blog, but I hope that it will be fixed so that you can do so later if you want to! :)

I must say the same to you, you`re blog is totally amazing! You have given me ideas for my Bon Bonne Verres, now I wont to use it in my house again...and if I do, and publish picture of it on my blog, of course I will link the idea back to you! I hope its ok...
Im looking forward to see more from you!
Have a lovely weekend!

Jackie said...

If I had your store- I'd never leave - I'd sit and look all day!! What an exciting project - I wish I lived close so I could attend!! Can't wait for pictures!

Kenza said...

Hello it's me Kenza, thank you for adding me on your friends list blogs!
Merci beaucoup, je vais faire de même et vous ajouter dans ma liste!
Bonne soirée, from France!

sandra/tx said...

Shawn, I wish you'd come to Austin and help me decorate for our gala. You'd really step things up for sure. :-)

I'm profiling you and your blog in this week's design profiles. I hope you don't mind if I use photos from your blog.

ness lockyer said...

HI Shawn,
Your store is stunning. I love that plaster moulding and the chairs are beautiful. I can't wait to see the Louis' when they are done. I would love to attend your function if I were closer.
Ness xx


I loved this post Shawn! And I look forward to seeing your inspiration as always.
Lisa & Alfie

marga said...

Love all of the items in your shop......the provencial rush seat chair looks great, i like it.
Have a nice weekend and i'm sure the dinnerworks will be a big succes!!!!

cityfarmer said...

I am sure I could find inspiration sitting in the middle of your store...

I am sure I could find alot of things in your store....some of those things would be needed for the makeover that just took place at home..pop on over if you can...I know you're one busy lady.

I added you to my blogroll with the tiny little thumbnails....hope that'sok

MARIA said...

Thank you for stopping by. I take your comment and beautiful thoughts and bag for rainy, cloudy days...No! for all days.

Lori said...

Your shop looks absolutely delicious! I could probably spend many hours there. My son is in St. Louis, MO attending Washington University and I do have several cousins in Louisville, but alas I live in the deep deep south. So close and yet so far.....
Beautiful pictures.

Fairwood Haven said...

Elaine Carhartt's Work is Fabulous-!
Especially the Sculpture - so very "Chinoiserie" in style-! It should look Great with your lovely French Antiques-! Looking forward to seeing how you put it all together-! (maybe some colorful fabrics here & there & Flowers for sure-!
Enjoy your Blog & Shop - very inspiring-!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Again, your images are marvelous. I love the soft whites and subtle French charm that the vintage urns and billowy fabrics evoke. I am trying to achieve that look and a darker, cozy feel from all things European in my little house. Visit me again at Castles Crowns and Cottages. Merci Madame! Anita

shicat said...

Some shop! I'd like to move in please:)

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Your shop is stunning. I did some grazing this morning, or was it last night?

Anyway, I want it all.

Millas hem said...

The pictures here look stunnig!
I´ve trouble finding the right words!


Anita said...

Hellow Shawn,

Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages. Your images are so heavenly and you display them well. I love visiting you!! Anita

Frenchee le Trip said...

So glad I found your blog! It's beautiful and I will look forward to following it from France.

Frenchee le Trip said...

So glad I found your blog! It's beautiful and I will look forward to following it from France.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Your store and blog have left me feeling so inspired! Everything ia gorgeous.