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18th century signed Paris canape

April at last…

My French c. 1780 canapé trying on a new cushion possibility

in front of the mossy steps outside our dining room…

Story behind this find here

handpainted flowers on linen

Close up view of a few yards of  Andrew Martin’s “July” in

linen from his Carolyn Quartermaine collection…here

dangling in the sunlight above a bank of Biokova hardy

geraniums. She continues to be my idol and muse…

Carolyn Quartermaine here

18th century French script

Her collections, patterns and colors are ethereal…

there is movement and dance in her calligraphy,

laces and arabesques…

Designer Carolyn Quartermaine

Nothing stands still…

light moves about the curves of the crystal…

the colors are brilliant, scintillating…

designer fabric

Giant Lace, Abstract Lace, French Abstract patterns…

Part garden rooms, part artist’s studio…

Art and inspiration flowing onto the fabrics….

Vogue Living Australia May/June ’08

Colors are always fresh, clear, pretty….

a collage of script on this painted door…

antique French bed

French Abstract …enchantingly luminescent…

I could see this with heavily ruffled white pillowcases…

Perhaps in the middle of my garden…hedged with lavender…

an espalliered apple tree and good book within reach…

garden style

Back cover of Carolyn Quartermaine Revealed

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages…

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales proloque here

(click to read more, or for translation)

Oh…the pain of being forced to memorize Chaucer in

High School, now I can’t think of April without it….

blue painted antique French chair

As I revisit my favorite found treasures

from blogging almost a full year…

I’d have to put this designer at the top.

Happy April…!!! Finally!

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