Friday, September 25, 2020

 

September is always a beautiful month, it went by too quickly this year...I love fall, love to savor each month, Our days have warm afternoons, our nights are cooler, sweater weather in the evening, this year has definitely been a year to remember...Hopefully all will be behind us as we move into the holiday season & New Year...Here on the west coast our antique outdoor markets are busier then ever as is the outdoor local farmers markets...wonderful varieties of fall mums & pumpkins...Happy to be able to entertain in the last few weeks, its been wonderful, hope all is well in your lives, here's to wonderful days ahead!

Late Summer Lilacs...

Friday, June 12, 2020

Al fresco & Summer flowers...


Al fresco entertaining on the west coast is always a treat, the weather has been gorgeous & everything is in full bloom, warm afternoon & cool evenings are here until the end of the Summer...Since many markets are now open, lilacs, my fave, peonies & all those beautiful summer flowers are now in abundance...I have visited the flower market & local growers the last few weeks & came home with arms full of fabulous flowers...A glimpse into my flower market finds at my home...Enjoy!














Stay safe & well...Cheers!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Travel..Antiquing & entertaining...all my faves...the last two months have been wonderful & very busy...A buying trip to the South & a wonderful time with family & Mickey at WDW...Loved being in the south...Florida was beautiful with delicious seafood...wonderful antiques & the best part was our family time at Disney...I have many wonderful memories of my now grown children at the most magical place & this trip was truly exceptional...we had the VIP treatment with no lines...delicious cuisine...fabulous accommodations overlooking Cinderella's Castle...definitely a time to be treasured...Entertaining here on the west coast last week with a wine tasting for dear friends..a shipment arrived from my last buying trip to France...many wine related antiques which all went to wonderful clients...Shopped at the local flower market last week & found beautiful flowers...brought home a Lily of the Valley plant which I used on my table with white pansies & white ranunculus...With our gorgeous weather...flowers are in full bloom & butterflies are everywhere...many festivals & antique markets...Spring will be arriving soon...Sharing with 
you a glimpse into my last few weeks...











Until next time...Cheers!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Noël...


Christmas...that magical time of year...always anticipated...always fleeting & loved...This year is no exception...we celebrated Thanksgiving early...Spent the last few weeks of November & the first week of December in France...As usual France was full of Christmas spirit...Paris was full of holiday lights & decorations...the countryside was charming & inspiring with old world Christmas spirit...The Christmas & antique markets did not disappoint...I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time in France...which is always special...Christmas in France is truly magical...the food is always fabulous & everyone is in a celebratory mood...I found many French treasures at the many antique markets...the carved antique figural pediment, in the top foto..was originally from a cafe in Paris...now adorns my mantle...a very special find was an antique French Tian or Confit bowl, that was used to make Cassoulet in southern France...these are very collectible...I have had several over the years...this one is very special as it came from a home of a dear French friend...it had been passed down for generations...it is a butterscotch color...I was thrilled to find this rare one...it is the centerpiece of my Christmas dining table this year...will fill with fresh pears...We visited several Christmas markets in the countryside & all were filled with holiday items...homemade candies...hot mulled wine...Christmas gifts...Always a treat...was sad to leave France...sera de retour bientôt...happy to be home to celebrate Christmas with family & friends here on the west coast...where the Christmas spirit & decorations are everywhere...Sharing with you a small glimpse into the past few weeks...my time in France & my home ready for Pere Noël...










The Eiffel...


Notre Dame...Paris



Lille Christmas Market...



Historic Pezenas...France

Antiquing southern France...
Paris...





Au revoir...France





Merry Christmas...Joyeux Noel!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Autumn joys...




Autumn arrived a few weeks ago here on the west coast...beautiful golden trees...gorgeous sunsets...warm afternoons & cool nights...Everything is golden here now...we have a long fall season that lasts until the first of December...Many weekly markets...Antique...flower...Food & garden...Wine festivals at all our many wineries...Hot air balloons seem to be everywhere...a very fun..exciting time here...We had several family celebrations recently & entertaining with family & friends...Always antiquing for my special clients...a new European shipment next week & a late November buying trip & the European Christmas Markets...A small glimpse into my last few weeks...



Family celebrations...



Fall mums from local flower market...

Morning view of my garden & the mountains...


My French garden angel.....




Cheers...until next time! 🎃

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Table...


Hello...this Summer has gone very quickly...beautiful here right now...warm afternoons & cool evenings on the West Coast...its hard to believe September is only a few weeks away...lots of antiquing this last month...finished up several large projects...just received a large French shipment...I love to unpack & see all my finds...this shipment had many items for clients for the upcoming holidays...entertaining...vintage & antique objects for the table...decanters...French silver...antique stemware...serving trays...Astier de Villante pieces...baguette baskets...cheese & bread boards...French linens & much more...Sharing with you a glimpse of my last few weeks...💛

























Cheers!