Sunday, November 26, 2017

As November fades ....


The last days of November are bittersweet for me...sad that Thanksgiving is over...yet anticipating the wonderful Christmas season that is upon us...Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends is one of my fave celebrations...I love everything about Thanksgiving...the food...everything pumpkin...golden leaves outside...cool crisp weather..most of all sharing this special time with loved ones...memories revisited & new ones made...much to be grateful for this year....I used persimmons this year everywhere...my Grandmother loved them...I felt like she was here with us...I made her delicious cornbread dressing...several turkeys..a traditional roasted turkey & a smoked one...Southern bourbon ham with all the sides...many desserts...my Dad's favorite chocolate pie...pumpkin pie & white layer cake with French buttercream...now to start decorating the tree...Sharing with you a glimpse of my Thanksgiving week 💛














Wine & cheese after black Friday shopping...

Cheers....until next time 💛

Friday, November 10, 2017

Antiquing France & England...



Visting Europe in Fall is always a treat...antiquing England & France is my favorite way to shop for found objects...markets in the fall are always a perfect place to find those hard to find...one of a kind...antiques...and the weather is gorgeous...golden trees...crisp cool days...I have made many dear friends in the last twenty years who I look forward to visiting with...special merchants who always are warm...friendly & have beautiful objects...furniture...art...I love shopping Les Puces in Paris...many shoppes...all inspiring...my fave markets are always in the French and English countryside...weekly village markets & the larger country brocantes...looking forward to unpacking all the boxes in the next few days...Sharing with you the last few weeks of antiquing in Europe & a walk around the most magical city..Paris 💛


Les Puces...Paris



French treasures...



Early morning light at Les Puces...




A fave shop in Paris...



My fave croque monsieur...


Paris...

Les Puces...
Paris...


La tour Eiffel...always beautiful 


Strolling neighborhoods of Paris...

Antique Market in Newark - Nottingham, UK


Love a full English breakfast!


Newark - Nottingham...



Afternoon tea...Newark Antique Market


Until next time...Cheers!

Friday, September 22, 2017

September Days...

Autumn finally arrives...September...the gateway to October...one of my fave quotes from Anne of Green Gables..."I'm so glad I live in a world that has Octobers" October is a beautiful month...trees show off their colors...the air is crisp...football & festivals are everywhere...then gorgeous November...Fall here on the west coast is truly beautiful with a golden glow...warm afternoons...clear cool nights...I wish I could put this time of year in slow motion...Fall seems to go by too quickly for me...I savor each day and then there's December...a joyous month...that will arrive soon...but now back to beautiful September...this month I sourced French antiques for a couple of my fave clients and Rue 27 Maison...shopped for mums & pumpkins and added an Autumn feeling to my home...prepared Mimi Thorisson delicious recipe for roasted chicken with  creme fraiche...baked with fresh pears...plums...carrots & fingerlings...a definite taste of Fall...and a big hit with my dinner guests...Sharing a glimpse into the last few weeks...Happy Fall..ya'll 💛






Delicious Creme Fraiche
 chicken from French blogger...Mimi Thorisson

Cheers to Fall dinner...










Cheers to Autumn!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring...

Spring...what a beautiful time of year..I live in southern Cali where we have four seasons..this year our winter was colder and wetter than usual & our Spring was very welcomed...the last week has been beyond beautiful here..with our recent rains everything is very green and blooming flowers and trees are everywhere...birds are chirping and the butterflies are doing their Spring dance..we have dined al fresco for the last few nights..I love this wonderful season is just beginning...our nights are still very cool..our afternoons warm..local strawberry stands are everywhere right now and they are delicious...lots of antiquing the last few weeks..working on several exciting projects with antique buying trips on my calendar..Sharing with you a glimpse of the last few weeks at Rue 27 Maison...💛

Al fresco dining last night...


Delicious local strawberries served in my Grandmother's bowl...

Love Spring ferns...

Wine & cheese...

Hydrangea love at Rue 27 Maison...
Spring fleurs at Rue 27 Maison


Love this color of pansies...


Brunch in the courtyard...


Rue 27 Maison...

Cheers until next time 💛

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mirrors & the Blues...

The new year is in full swing...shopping the last few weeks for several projects..sourcing antique & vintage mirrors...French mirrors are always in demand...I love old mirrors especially ones with ghosting..aging of the mercury glass...water gilt and old gilt..both have a patina that appeals to many...Also shopping for blue & white european textiles...Dark blue is one of the Pinterest 100 hottest trends for home decor...I love blue...it goes with many colors & styles and its so very French...Sharing a glimpse into my last few weeks and my love for old mirrors & the blues!


Vintage toile framed mirror at Rue 27 Maison...

Rue 27 Maison..an antique French mirror sits in front of a very old mirror from Spain...

Antique metal framed architectural mirror...


Large starburst mirror at Rue 27 Maison...


Antique Venetian mirror from Rue 27 Maison...vintage French starburst mirror completes the vignette...

Mirrors on the entertaining bar...Rue 27 Maison

Antique French mirror at Les Puces...


Antique gilt mirrors & candlesticks from Rue 27 Maison...


Rue 27 Maison...antique French mirrors with French blue textiles..trending on pinterest & Lonny..top new home decor trend 2017...deep blues!

Until next time...Cheers!