Home for the Holidays


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Trouvais 19th c painted chairs
Hello! Peeking in through the raindrops…oh the stories I could tell of the last few months! At the tail end of all the big projects…I am at last turning inward to the simple joys of handling sumptious antique linens… dyeing, tacking and stitching them. My favorite pale blue chairs absolutely MUST be reupolstered. My husband grumbles every time he sits in the worst one…sinking a perilous six inches into the creaking frame. Wendy Lewis has become a good friend, and matched enough linen for me to get the job done. All I need now is to confront my trust issues with upholsterers!

Trouvais hand dyed linens

A quick rumple of a photo…but I love the colors! I threw this linen piece from Wendy into a vat of black/gray dye. It became the perfect simple cover for the oh, so delicate, peau de soie blue silk underneath when young heathens descended upon us for Thanksgiving. I waited years to upholster this settee…horsehair and springs glaring at me from beneath the seat. I felt it had a certain charm. But on went the expensive silk, and almost immediately after I found the Textile Trunk and fell in love with Wendy’s linens! Trouvais C Quartermaine and Textile Trunk dyed linens

My sister dropped in on Carolyn Quartermaine for me while she visited London several years ago and lugged home a suitcase full of her gorgeous textiles. I had several lovely conversations with Carolyn and assembled a nice swathe of favorites…heavy on the eighteenth century script. The white cotton/linen Script fabric loves a dye bath…and here shows off a classic Quartermaine pink, backed with gray velvet. Trouvais dark linens and light floor

Curtains made from Chateau de Chambord sheets…by the look of them when I first got them they were the scullery maids. But tossed into a murky gray dye bath and they are the perfect inky tone for my office…against the white floors and gray paint. So…you see the gray obsession is as strong as ever.

TROUVAIS Textile Trunk linens

Wendy’s 18th/early 19th century linen sheets are a work of art. These will never see a dye bath!Trouvais Textile Trunk antique linens

Textile Trunk linens waiting to be used…

Trouvais kitchen '12

I used upholster tacks to add another piece of Wendy’s linen to this Gustavian bench from Chelsea textiles here as a change from the green check. I placed the seam off center. Rather than shy away from seams or patches, I adore them now.  Trouvais kitchen post Thanksgiving '12

I have made a deliberate attempt to NOT look for any new treasure the last few months…but a few irresistible surprises found me!  I thought I’d stop in and spend the holidays with you, share some favorite sources and give you an update to what I’ve been up to. I’ve opened a Pinterest page here where I’ve started to add some photos and share favorite shops including that of my recent house guest and fellow blogger Jermaine of Maison French Kissed. Happy December!




Hello everyone! Happy Sunday!! I should be out weeding but I couldn’t resist posting a few peony photos! A bouquet in a bucket…almost two dozen herbaceous peonies in my favorite colors…deep red Kansas and Sarah Bernhardt

garden peonies

A paler pink peony mixing in the border with a red rose and linaria purupea…aka Toadflax…a rampant self-seeder. garden peonies

Kansas again with Vivid Pink…backed by espaliered apple and my striped bourbon rose Honorine de Brabant and a broad leaved salvia. 

Here…while still in bud in the border…dusted with rose petals…Erigeron (Santa Barbara daisy) gambolling about …

Trouvais Peonies

A real show-off in the garden…love all the bright beauty against galvanized metal and stone grays. In the midst of all the outside work we’re doing, and since I’m still deciding on a new computer, I decided to take advantage of being in limbo to have my office gutted and rewired, the ceiling raised. No more trailing extension cords!  The little round window was a happy surprise behind the walls.

home office

The limewash color I’m using on the walls is called “”Old Stone Wall” from Sydney Harbour Paints here. (I seem to be always in the garden…whether inside or out!). To be continued!  FYI: I’m testing out an ad program that WordPress allows. Normally I pay WordPress to NOT advertise on my blog. So we’ll see. Busy week ahead but I’m getting the hang of using my husband’s editing software. My strategy is to make him so sick of me taking over his computer that he succumbs to my demands!…and yes…I am thinking of the going over to “the dark side” (his words…not mine)…switching from PC to Apple).