Magical French Summer Market

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French Kissed French Summer MarketI had an absolutely magical time in Santa Barbara at Jermaine Chastain’s lovely Italian Villa for the first French Kissed and Trouvais French Summer Market. The water fountain outside the open double front doors gurgled, the breeze flowed in past sentinel Italian cypresses…outside a gravel courtyard was all old world grandeur with aged iron armchairs and birdcages and baskets…and wine crates laden with old silver and vintage porcelain.

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On every table and past thrown open cabinet doors there was gold edged porcelain and silver..silver…silver..Jermaine’s treasure hunting specialty..

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 The gamut of price ranges…but each and every piece fit for a queen…

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Hostess gifts and wedding gifts and gifts for…ourselves!

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 As always…the best part of these events is meeting the stalwart new and old friends that made the short and long trips to attend! Susan from A Blooming Rose Musings was there to help, and Jermaine and I loved meeting the fabulously charming Rié of the brand spanking new blog Portobello Design. Check out her latest post and you can see more photos of the event. Though being somewhat too far away to attend, my wonderful friend Karin of La Pouyette in Perigord, France wrote an informative post on some of the antique linen I brought to sell that is rare if not exclusive to the US market. Karin sources these wonderful uniquely woven white, indigo and azure striped linen towels from the Basque region. Both Jermaine and I appreciate all the support, far and wide! 

It was a lot of work and pure joy!

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Jermaine and I were separated at birth…but you can see who has the ballerina genes…as she modeled a so, so very flattering pair of antique bloomers…

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Much, much more to come….

The French Summer Market

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antique textilesJust a quick hello! A week to go before Jermaine and I stage our French Summer Market at her lovely home in Santa Barbara. After four years of blogging…there will be many “Trouvais” style items…lavender sachets and dyed linens and antique 17th -18th century textiles. My best sachets are made with 18th c silks, backed with Wendy Lewis (Loody Lady on Ebay) hand loomed 19th c French linen. A press of the sachet and the scent of Trouvais Lavender Hill 2014 crop lavender will infuse the air.

French Flea dyed linens

 I am wedging one of my antique mannequins in the back of the car, bringing a 19th c French campaign trunk, that 19th c red French linen ticking mattress from my antique dealer friend and fellow blogger Karin Jansky in Perigord. I’ve got Carolyn Quartermaine pillows and textiles, architectural salvage pieces, copious amounts of Bella Notte bedding, c. 1920 feathers and trims and ribbons. Various and sundry French flea market items.  There will be all the color palettes I love…the neutrals…crisp white to stone to inky grays…

dyed antique linensCarolyn Quartermaine

Blush colors with gold…

Quartermaine dyed script pillow

Initials and script and floral..

I’m looking forward to showing off some of my favorite antique textiles. My home is a haven of neutrals…but this is where I like to have fun with color and pattern.

I’m bringing as much as I can fit in for the drive down to Santa Barbara! Jermaine and I are looking forward to meeting all of you that are planning to come. I am sure a few items will be making their way back and I will offer them on Coup d’Oeil later. And we will definitely take lots of pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The French Summer Market

 

Ispahan and the Georgian

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Isaphan 17th c lame and silve Georgian stomacher

What I love most about antique textiles is the bit of soul and story they bring into your home. When an exquisite piece of fabric I’ve found finally arrives, I shoot a few photos of the piece over to my buddy Magdalene and then we start to imagine the possibilities. Invariably we name the pieces so we can talk in shorthand. Above is a 17th c silver lame brocade which we refer to as “the tassel piece” …or “Ispahan”…evoking for me old Damask roses growing in the walled gardens of ancient Persia. And the “Georgian”…referring to the 18th century silver embroidered piece I found in Ireland. Part of a large panel…the pieces were to have made up the various parts of a court gown…including the stomacher piece above. This would have been pinned to the stays and served as the focal point at the front of the gown.

The "georgian" 18th c silver embroidery

 

Detail of the beautifully aged silver …

 

Georgian 18th c silver embroidery

 

As a collector, I am often loath to let things go. The above piece is staying firmly in my cupboard!

You can see some of the pieces Magdalene has managed to talk me out of on the Pillows et Plus Facebook site here

French Kissed and I are up to our elbows in dye for The French Market Summer next month….will show you some beautiful dyes linens soon…

Have  lovely weekend!