Monday, April 22, 2013

THE PERFECT SUNPORCH

THE PERFECT SUNPORCH
 
 
 

It starts with the perfect duvet to cuddle up in. This one is made from antique French ticking. I love the nautical feel it gives.
 

These antique European duvets are wonderful for sofas, and for taking outdoors. They are beautiful and durable. After all they have been around for a hundred years...


This sunporch has a hand-painted red cement floor. I have softened it with an 1800s Swedish Gustavian bench upholstered in the softest antique French Sheet. The nubby homespun linen adds a soft texture. Here, I've added some color and more texture with an antique red striped French duvet, stuffed with a twin comforter for added loft.

One of my American finds... this sign came from my favorite Brimfield Antiques Show. I always go with one of my dearest friends in the whole world. I know Barb will love this sunporch.
 
 
 
 
This chippy star has just the right patina. I wanted some bright pops of white to cool off all the red.
 
 
 
 
Cooling things down even more. Hand-picked beach glass from a local beach, atops a warmer rustic red barnwood hutch. (I will show you more of this hutch someday. It was crafted by hand in the Western United States from authentic barnwood).
 
 
 And of course, so French Country, our French Provincial pillow pair made from a beautiful demeure antique French petite red floral fabric from the 1800s, accented with distressed red leather, jute and an antique French sheet in nubby, soft homespun.
 
Do you think this is the perfect place to curl up with your duvet and a café au lait, and a good book?
 
 
 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Who Needs April Showers

Okay, I admit it... I can't stop. Consider this La Deux of "Are You Ready". All these bright cheerful Spring colors just keep making me smile...
 

 
 A very rare, special French Provincial antique fabric.
 An oh so rare antique French ribbon floral. This was the top of a French day bed. Can you just see an antique French bed in a French Provincial home surrounded by this incredible beauty?
 
 



 

Soft pink roses of this gorgeous fabric lined the windows of an 1800s French provincial home. These feminine antique French fabrics were made by hand, and to create them took months of weaving fabric, carving patterned blocks, and adding tiny details with dye. I have turned some of these rare antique fabrics into some elegant pillows with just a touch of bling and fun. I'll show them to you soon.



 

 
Another rare antique French floral fabric, but this one is from another time. This stylized floral with a more dramatic look is from the Arts and Crafts period. The white areas were actually areas on the fabric where the dye was "refused" by applying wax patterns to the fabric... a delicate, intricate, pain-staking process.  

 Happy Spring, Part Deux
 
AU REVOIR!

Monday, April 8, 2013

ARE YOU READY?

ARE YOU READY?
 
 
 
Wreaths of flowers on my window...
 
This has been an interesting Winter. We had a serious hurricane, a blizzard that brought snow up to my hips (and some beautiful photos along with it), and, something I never thought I would experience.... a small tornado that took out a corner of my home and my friend's car... Hmmm.. Time for SPRING!!!

After the serene grays of winter, Spring brings warmth and brightness.  
 
 
 
Last Spring I visited Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and just happened upon a Spring festival. This lovely lady appeared in the perfect costume.
 
 
Serendipity brought me there. It's a beautiful place. If you ever get the chance, you should visit.
 
 
Do you see the turtles? In Brooklyn! They are soaking up the warmth of the bright days of Spring.
 
 
 Extra   ordinary. Is this Brooklyn..... or France?
 
 
 
 Everyone is ready for the beauty of Spring.
 
I hope you enjoy your beautiful day.