From Violets to Magenta…

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French settee
Stark…

juxtaposed against polished reclaimed oak floor boards…

and a gilded, plump and purple French settee…

Scintillating…emoting…vibrant purple…

Valerie Wade 40′s French sofa from here

Altered from original photograph by

Richard Powers…

House & Garden March 2011 here

photography Frederic Vasseur

The whole range from violet to magenta…

against a denim-esq indigo blue…

Styled by Véronique Villaret sur une idée de Cléophée de Turckheim

photo Frédéric Vasseur

Coté Ouest April May 2010 ici

floral

 

Early Spring Violets from my garden…

Snowflake (or Leucojum Vernum) with tiny green

smudges at each petal edge, grape hyacinth (muscari)…

 

Trouvais Garden '11

And so the garden begins…….

muscari, viola, hyacinth in concert…

and always the artful surprises…

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Thoughts still very much with Japan…

“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring

like a flower even from the cliffs of despair”.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh


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Stripes, Florals, and Ruffles…

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World of Interiors June '05

Stripes…

World of Interiors June '05

Florals….

World of Interiors June '05

And ruffles…

From Lillian Williams’ fabulous collection of 18th century French shoes…

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Via World of Interiors June 2005

Photography Bruno Suet

Don’t worry…whatever goes out of style

comes back in..

Lest you doubt the depth of my obsession with

these dainty little marvels…

Earlier posts about 18th century shoes here

For 21st century update…see Sarah Klassen’s Haute Design post here

French Flea Market Finds…

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French flea market find

I always enjoy checking in on Lori at Automatism here…

possibly because she was one of the first to comment on my blog

almost two years ago…but mostly because, as a Canadian collage

illustrator (her work here)…she always has a keen eye for beautiful…

French flea market find

She recently recommended the Etsy shop Odd & Old here

and I feel in love with the rough blue and gold patina of this

vintage statue….which after several weeks finally made

its way here from Lillie, France.  Artist's collage

Odd & Old’s shop keeper Linda Dacey trained as a graphic designer

and worked as a commercial illustrator and exhibited in London

galleries throughout the 1990′s before relocating to France in 2001.

French flea market find

 

Linda’s Etsy Odd & Old shop has pages of finds from the

brocantes around Lillie, France where she lives…

 

French flea market finds

French flea market finds

French flea market

Odd & Old’s fabulous finds here

You can also get to know Linda at her blog here

Her artist site here has several wonderful mixed media art pieces…

Found art sculpture

pale female 2010
mixed media, found and made, assemblage sculpture
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As with most finds…often it’s the person

behind the item that is the most wonderful find…

So glad to meet you, Linda…

Cheerio…