Monday, November 09, 2009

Peitie Terrasse Moment

Strolling a twisted cobblestone alley, peering around
corners in search of heartfelt scenery, in Provence,
that is where this Francophile would rather be.

A place where the faded elegance of angels adorn
nature and call out to your soul.

To spend a morning at the marché soaking up the
bustle of vibrations.

Perhaps a Promenade à la rue to study the decorative
store facades.

and of course, experience the thrill of visiting
an antique shop and all that awaits you.

Photo via Art & Decoration

BUT, I am home in Louisville now, so I'll do my best to
re-create those French moments here.
I love to sit out on my petite terrasse at the shop,
(with my glass of wine, of course) contemplating
how to translate my memories via antiques
and accessories.

French white wooden slat garden chairs and marble top, iron base bistro table

I decided to use a grain sack to cover a vase of
dried artichokes.

Louis XIII style gateleg table, demi-john, burlap sel sack

This girl just can't have too many French antique
garden urns. Forget shoes, unless I can use them
to fill urns! This one is filled with Gianna Rose
Royal Jelly Bath Beads.

French antique garden urn and Gianna Rose

Hubby knows that my petite terrasse moments mean
more work for him. This project (underway), has him
knocking slats out of wine crates. He is always a good
sport though.

Vintage sage French doors, tole Chocolate advertising clock, boulangerie baskets,
Louis XV style cane dining chairs, marble top bistro table
He's getting really good at tying chairs from the ceiling.
Even though my shop is about 3,600 sq. ft., I have
so much that I have to utilize every nook and cranny.

Louis XVI cane bergeres, zinc letters, Country French gray painted cupboard,
vintage pine shutters, Louis XV gilt and tapestry bed, French daybed, mirrored
white iron side table
Almost time for another petite terrasse moment, so
I must run.
One more thing...
This weekend is the
Louisville Antique and Fine Living Show.
They have expanded it this year to include upscale

More information is available here.

If you're planning to come to Louisville, we would
love to have you stop by

We can share in a
petite terrasse moment !

Bisou and hope to see you!


Emom said...

Oooo would love to be there this weekend...have fun....smiles.

Inspired Comblogulations said...

I am so glad you are back and posting again. I have been a fan for what seems like years...even though my blog isn't classified French... I put you on my blog list when I started out back in May of 2009. I have been visiting you much longer.

Thank you so much for your comment today. I must say blogs with high end antiques and the amount of recognition you are blessed with don't visit me ... so I had to read and re-read your signature to make sure I wasn't hallucinating! LOL!
I lived in Nashville for a while, but I know Kentucky is so pretty... and I have never been to France to behold it's beauty. So I come here to get your prospective. Your picutes are beautiful.
Thanks for taking me with you on your journeys... and you may come and visit my gardens anytime.

Love Your Homes said...

I guess many projects become reality on your petite terrace, a moment I wouldn't mind sharing one day.

Have a great antique fair!

Trouvais said...

Bless you! You've been one of my favorite blogs for years...went through withdrawal this summer whilst you were on hiatus. So glad you're back. Great photos, merci. Trish

Inspired Comblogulations said...

Oh my...thank you again... people are coming my way from here... I couldn't figure out what was going on so I had to come back and investigate... you are kind and I am grateful.
If I ever come to Kentucky I will buy the French bed with needle work hanging from the ceiling. I have to say I have been coveting it for some time...if the economy picks up...or we win the lotto... I might buy it from Texas for my grand daughter.
I will sleep with a goofy smile on my face tonight. If you need a laugh come my way...I don't have much experience in France but life, I'm an old pro...
See what you did! An ear to ear grin. This is what makes bloggimg a blast...

Jen R. said...

OH! Everything looks soooo fabulous! SOme day I will get to come by and see your shop!

Visual Vamp said...

You know we have tremendous antique shops here in New Orleans with all manner of French things, but your shop makes me want to take a little trip Louisville just to visit your.
AlLovely and inspirational post as ever.
xo xo

Mélanie said...

Would love to be there to see what you did. I'm sure you recreate perfectly the french ambiance !! You are our ambassador in the states !

Olga Granda-Scott said...

I studied French in Chambery, so I LOVE your wooden slats over those doors! Many wonderful memories living in France.

Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia said...

Dearest Shawn,

Again a beautiful post of all the things I love.

I have left something just for you and one other on my blog today.

xx Coty

Chrissy said...

STUNNING!!!!Glad your back,missed your posts!! Chrissy

Anonymous said...

I am sooo glad you are back..your words and photos are absolutely beautiful!

Greet said...

I want you to know that I really love your blog!!!


Inspired Comblogulations said...

After looking at my earlier comments I realize it appears I can't spell... anywho, I posted you on my blog because of the reaction I am getting from yours.
Thank you again Shawn and don't be a stranger.
Ps. I would love to see your home in Kentucky!Getting to know you would be pretty neat.

Ticking and Toile said...

What fabulous pictures! I love the grey cupboard, the sage french doors, and the louis XVI cane bergeres.....I agree! who needs shoes when you can buy french antique garden urns! barefoot works....


Anonymous said...

Hello Country, found you on Inspired's blog after she visited me for Recipe swap. I am so glad to find someone in Louisville, I am just down the road in Bardstown. I am not an antique buyer, got every darn antique my grandmother and mother had and am tired of looking at them. I do love the French look but I am plain and simple. I know where to find you. I know a lot of folks who love your kind of inventory
including my daughter. Pop over for a visit if time permits. Do you interior designer Kaye, can't think of her name of course, she just did my daughter's new home.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

Each of your photographs certainly Call Out to My Soul! Bringing back memories of my last trip to Paris~ The sausages with bread and cheese, yes, red wine of course. thanks. I want those shutters that resemble the ones original to my house!

Anonymous said...

It is so good to see your posts again. You were one of the first blogs that I started following and have loved every one of your beautiful posts. I am heading to Provence in 2 weeks so your photos put me in the mood today!!!!! Thank you and welcome back!

Tea Time With Melody said...

What a lovely store. Wish I could get there for a visit!

Shannon said...

You blog is a constant reminder of why I love France and French country antiques so much. Please keep doing what you do.


lorhen82 said...

I'm with you on the urns...I love them! Great pics of all the great stuff you saw! ~Lori

Di Overton said...

If you go I will join you :)
Gorgeous post as always and well worth waiting for.

raj said...

Very nice thanks

Jerry said...

couldn't agree more with Helen Keller but it's in our nature to grief for past when we are living in present.feel sorry about those 200 dealers but they can sell their antiques in online auction if they failed to find any place

Fifi said...

Bonjour Shawn,
No doubt you are a true French girl at heart. I know one when I see one!

Inspired Comblogulations said...


Come and see my new post, it is an inspiration directly from you.
xxoo Lee
You changed my life.

Acai said...

Great blog!