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!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Flowers...fleurs & gatherings...

Flowers....fleurs & gatherings...May is always beautiful...a month that gives us gorgeous weather here on the west coast & an abundance of flowers...several small gatherings with friends & family and many weekend antique markets this month...Summer is flirting with us...our days are much longer with warm afternoons & truly brilliant sunsets...Several French shipments from our last buying trip arrived last week...unpacking is always a fun & exciting...Sharing with you...fleurs...French finds...gatherings at my home...a small glimpse of the last few week...Enjoy!



















Cheers...Until next time!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Entertaining...French




Entertaining...love entertaining French style..always love to use antiques when dining...entertaining family & friends...the French entertain simply & beautifully in the countryside...which is my fave when visiting France...we dined with a dear French friend...on our last buying trip...the food was delicious...the butter or beurre in France is like no other as is the local French cheese & wines...beautiful ambiance always in France with attention to detail in a very relaxed & charming way...Last week...back on the west coast, I entertained using one of my fave French antiques, a French faience Cow as the centerpiece...we had Mimi Thorisson's fabulous creme fraiche chicken with French crepes for dessert...Mimi's recipe is delicious...we had a wonderful evening...This is a busy time of year at Rue 27 Maison...many antique markets right now...several new shipments from France...working on several exciting (French) projects...A small glimpse into my last few weeks entertaining...French style!


















Cheers...Until next time 💙