Saturday, January 09, 2010


Ro-kay, I know I'm not what you expected, but I guilted
Mommy into letting me guest bow-wow blog today,
since she has been really busy.
Je m'appelle Zoe.

I am three now and have been working,
napping at the shop since I was a pup.
I also sit in Mommy's lap whenever she reads
her favorite French magazines.
Those rumors about all of us pups being color blind,
not true. At least I'm not anyway.
I think I also have a bit of decorating scents.
I'll just show you some of my favorite things,
promise I won't take you under any tables.

I love France, even though I've never been,
Mommy tells me stories of how doggie-friendly
they are. Someday, maybe we will catch up.
Our shop is doggie-friendly though!
I helped Mommy with this vignette.
Us little folks like French antiques too,
so I suggested the mirror and demi-johns
on the floor.

I like the cream and natural color scheme too,
cuz... well cuz...

I thought I would look good with those colors.
Don't you think?
That is a drop cloth on the chair, so no need for
panic from you, well you know.

I like little decorator touches like pillows,
especially when they have King Charles on them.
He is the old style King Charles breed, one of my
ancestors. I'm a Cavalier King Charles.

I had to show you one of my favorites.
Chez Chien
I just can't bring myself to say the D-word.
French is much more romantic.

I sold that for Mommy to one of my friends,
Bark about a pampered pouch.
She cried for water in a campagne bucket!
I still prefer my cafe-au-lait bowl,
I hate to get my ears wet.

I had Mommy put this moss tree on top of
the French antique boulangerie table.
No, it's not what you think.
I'm a girl.
I also like the potpourri's up high.
Too strong near the nose, plus when I was
younger, I chewed some up.
I've outgrown that now.

I like benches too.
Mommy won't let me on this Louis XVI style walnut bench,
because of the caned seat.
I think it would be cute with a nice
down cushion on it.
Don't you?

J'adore chicken!
This is a terra cotta folkart piece.
Mommy thinks it was some type of ruff roof decoration
long ago.
I'm more fond of plate decoration.

I think these type chickens would be an
authentic French touch.
Still trying to convince her on that one.
Sometimes it is difficult to overcome
my animal instinct,
even though I have been peopleized.

This is one of our little people.
I love little people too!
A Stockman mannequin from the 1800's.
He has wooden boots that detach.
No, I did not chew on his leg.
I only lick legs!
Mommy bought him that way.

These are the only type of chien bones
I chew on.
My French chef friend made these for me and my friends.

Tomorrow we need to do a vignette
with this French antique sign.
It says candles & crowns.

We should tie it in with our candlesticks and crowns.

This blogging is hard work.
Also, I'm sensitive about my feets,
so no comments from Seussville please.

I have enjoyed bow-wow blogging for you today,
but time to go.
A girl needs her beauty rest.
Au-ruffvoir !!

please support your local humane society


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Now that is the perfect guest blogger, Shawn. I wish I was much closer so I could bring my Zeke there to shop and enjoy a bonjour bone in the store while I shop to my heart's content. There's nothing like a loving furry assistant now is there? I adore that chicken too, want to scoop her up and bring her home!

La Petite Gallery said...

I am in love with your dog.
The entire post is done so beautifully . That dog house is the living end. I have an old
cement chicken in my yard and the snow plow broke it. Love yours.

I have enjoyed the visit.
Thank you,

Lauliette said...

Tout est superbe!!
Le chien est trop mignon....
Bonne soirée

Lauliette said...

Tout est superbe .......
Le chien est trés beau!
Bonne soirée.

DustyLu said...

ALL I CAN SAY IS LOVE LOVE LOVE! all of it..thank you for all the wonderful eye candy and french inspiration..i love anything french..lulu

Jackie said...

How fun! J'adore Zoe!! She has great taste like her mommy!

Haverford House said...

It's not everyday you find a blogger who's a Ruby! I have a male Ruby named ~ Conan! I'll have to let Conan blog one day too - he's jealous now! Your little girl is too adorable, thanks for sharing! ~Marcy

Anonymous said...

Tell Mom to take you to Château de Vendeuvre in Normandy, France. They have a museum filled with beautiful historic, chez chien.

Southern Queen Bee said...

Thank you for being a guest blogger..enjoyed the tour of the shop.

Love Your Homes said...

Enchanté Zoe,
thanks for taking the time to guest blog today, I truly charmed and I must say your taste is impeccable.

Say hello to Mommy,

au-ruffvoir ma petite!

Anonymous said...

Your guest blogger is just beautiful. She has such a beautiful healthy coat. You can tell she is spoiled rotten. Yes her color goes with a lot of things you have. Hope the snow didn't slow things down for you. It is still hanging around down here.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour Zoe!

You have a natural talent for arranging and excellent taste!! Keep up the good work mon amie Zoe... you are an incredibly talented blogger.

Bisous, Sherry, Zoe & Gur (the doxies) and Misty (the old french poodle otherwise known as the grand dame)

Juju at Tales of said...

Gorgeous photos (as usual)!
I met a lovely French woman in downtown Louisville the other day and she told me the same thing...that they're very doggy friendly.
She quickly assured us and our dogs in and said, "Oh no darling. I'm French we love dogs. Come in come in. Bring your babies with you."

Barb said...

Hi Shawn,

Tommy, (my bassett child) read the post with me. He wanted Zoe to know that it was inspiring. He loved all the little touches that Zoe has done around the shop.

Tommy is thinking that maybe Zoe should do a monthly post. He knows how exhausting they can be however. Last year, Tommy did a little yard tour and was tired for days.

Big hugs,

Crystal said...

Oh my gosh! Zoe is so adorable, plus inspiring at the same time.
I think my puppy "Izzy" might enjoy one of those bonjour bones. While enjoy I enjoy strolling through your shop.
I had some chickens, they are great for fresh eggs. I need to figure out a better location on our farm, since the barn was tore down Winter winds here are pretty brutal, so some just a coop does not work well for me.

I really enjoyed catching up on your blog.

Blessings in 2010!

Melissa said...

Ahhh, what a darling little guest blogger! Cute post. I like the word "people-ized" you used! Super pictures too.

Greet said...

Zoë is just beautiful! I also have a Cavalier ( a tricolor) and his name is Ralph.
And what a wonderful pieces you showed here! Incredable!!!!

Lee said...

Very fun Yorkie, Winston Wiggins has some Zuess features too. I loved my visit.
Kisses to Zoe! She looked great in the vignette! Perfect!

Terry said...

I was out riding the blog range today and somehow I heard the most facinating bark and well here I am :)
I truly adore your Dog oops I meant blog .
Well hey I like them both .
Thank you for being such a gracious blog to visit .
I'll be back and often !
Happy Trails

lvroftiques said...

Awwww Shawn Zoe is zoedorable!!! And those feeties are just perfect! Love all the eye candy too! *winks* Vanna

Roberta said...

Love your petite maison Zoe!
Wonderful post. xo Roberta

Jacobs Baby Botanicals said...

Vive les chiens! Zoe est tres adorable!!

Jacobs Baby Botanicals said...

Vive les chiens! Zoe est tres adorable!!

Crystal said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I really enjoyed all your ideas and suggestions. Both for "Izzy" and my decor. I will definitely try them.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Valerie Jacobs said...

Vive les chiens!! Zoe est tres adorable!

joanny said...

Thanks for supporting the Humane Society , , ,

You have a unique artistic flair of using your photography to capture a pure whimsical imagination and creatively using your words to make each frame come alive. Whether you are choosing to use your own shop as the creative backdrop of the blog for the day or other equally beautiful photographic imagery, the balance between the two harmoniously complements the other. I especially love the post you did on Nov 21, 2009 "Each step elevates her soul" you gave a choice for the reader to continue walking up the stairs or stopping and ending the story right there setting the stage from the quote from Orson Welles. The beautiful patina of the staircase and the story totally captivated me.

Your shop shows that same enlivened sense of creativity creating a unique blend of carefully chosen furniture and other objects to make each part of an arrangement roughly equal in visual weight. Each vignette you created in your shop seems to magically come alive — from furniture to accessories to wall color —all combine to create a pleasing whole of which you have so artfully mastered.
the dowsers daughter

Anonymous said...

Carissima Zoe,

You're a prof blogger, amore, and with an eye for good taste! Have your Mommy take you on her next trip to France. The French will be on their knees. Hope to see you guest-blog again. Can't wait... Bacione e buon lavoro, Ingrid in Umbria. Topolino e Minnie salutano

vicki archer said...

So cute Shawn....xv

Jade Creative said...

I ruv this post alot.
Happy day!

mysiga heestrand said...

I have also an Cavalier King Charles. They äre wonderful.
Kram Marita i Heestrand

Mélanie said...

I adore this post !!! Your chien is so cute !! Everything is gorgeous

Jann said...

Tell your mom the store is so beautiful, so are you! I bet you are very helpful when the customers come in~do come back with another wonderful post soon.

Annie@A View On Design said...

OMG, that is truly hillarious! I think I'll get my KC cav to guest blog mine too! so funny!!! (mine's a tri-colour!) he's my best mate too!


I had a very good moment..thanks !

Martha said...

What a cute puppy! Those Cavs have a lot of personality!

jamesxvi said...

Hi Shawn, I love this post! I have also tagged you for the Kreativ Blogger award on my most recent post.


Kellie Collis said...

We have two cavaliers and they are my life!!! x

Amy said...

So cute!!! I have a bkack and tan cavalier!! Great dogs!!!

Di Overton said...

I was scared of dogs until I read this :)

Agnes and Co. - All Things Home said...


Color and Style said...

Your dog is too cute. A wonderful guest blogger, with so much to say and very charming.

vosges paris said...

I think I like him ;) a nice way to show the shop ;) I really like the sign!
I have one my self found in the Pyrennees in the south of France by my sister and it is the same street name as where I live ,in French ;)
have a good weekend

La Petite Gallery said...

La Petite is back ,,
Just had to see your wares,
You have some splendid pieces.

Your dog looks like a dog I used to have. He is so adorable.


Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

She is so cute! How funny! Love the beautiful first time here.

Chic Provence, A Way of Life said...

tres mignon! bone-jour is one for the classics!!


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Your gorgeous dog called me today and says he wants to come and live at my house. Visiting via La Dolfina and I really like it here.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

Bonjour Zoe,

you are quite lovely and as talented as your mommy is. I can see it runs in the family. The pictures you selected are beautiful. I love the dog house and wanted it for my chein, Krumpet.

thanks for sharing ,

Aimee said...

I LOVE this post! You have shown such inspiring and beautiful pictures. I want so many things... And the puppy is too adorable!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Your little blogger is just beautiful. I just found your blog and I love it, your picture are wonderful.

Heidi said...

I have 2 Cavaliers, I feel an immediate bond to people who have Cavaliers too, it's like we share a secret that the rest of the world is missing out on! Beautiful shop.

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Anonymous said...

My little cavalier king charles spaniel Genevieve very much enjoyed this blog post. She wonders why all other blog posts she has seen are so boring to her... thats a spaniel for you!

Visual Vamp said...

Love Zoe! I have a Cav too.
Delightful and inventive post!
Do a book!
xo xo

J Renee Designs said...

What a beautiful blog! We love your blog and your store!

Merci pour votre magasin comme c'est un tel souffle d'air frais ici dans Louisville!

Anonymous said...

É tudo tão lindo!!
Seu cãozinho uma graça.

Raajsree said...

I love your blog!
with all the french Antiques..