Karin Janksy has been an antique dealer and “Interior consultant” for the last 30 years.
Growing up in South Germany,”mainly on farms”, Karin treasures rural life, gardening,
the beauty of nature, good craftsmanship, and “like many German women”, she is an avid
collector of linens. I first met Karin last May when she began commenting on my blog
as “Karin from Périgord”. Shy about commenting because of her “imperfect” English,
it was my peonies here and here that drew her out, and then in a tumble of emails
we became marvelously acquainted. Karin and her Irish/English husband have lived
in the tiny hamlet La Pouyette in Périgord, in the Dordogne region of southern France,
for twenty years. I did a post on her gorgeous French garden last spring here.
Karin had an antique shop in the 80′s in Hamburg, and has exhibited
since 1998 at the famous Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair
in London. Held in Battersea Park, near Chelsea, the fair is a thrice
yearly event attracting decorators looking for unusual and special antiques.
Karin particularly loves the 18th century, especially fauteuils and
seating from the Louis XVI period, as well as earlier 16th and 17th century
furniture, and enjoys the mix of modern design and very old pieces.
Over the course of the last few months, Karin has regularly inundated me with
inspirational photos that followed my blog themes, and has been a great source
of information when I’ve had a question about an antique. I started encouraging her
to start a blog…and just before the end of the year she took the plunge.
Her blog, La Pouyette, is already brimming with inspirational photos, historical
and regional information…and of course, antiques…
Because of her twelve year history with the Decorative Antiques and
Textiles Fair, I asked Karin if she could do a post about the event,
including any shipping tips for tourists trying to get treasures home.
Karin has done two wonderful posts showing photos of her and other
dealer booths over the years. I love that she included where some of the
antiques ended up. It’s a fabulous peek into an event you might just
want to plan your next trip around!
Autumn Fair 2003
Dealer Victoria Davar’s booth
French 19th century drapers table,
18th century Swiss and 19th century Italian jars
in Karin’s April 2009 booth
About herself Karin wrote: “I like to have a simple down-to-earth life, although a kind of
glamour here and there does not go amiss now and then…I enjoy art, good music,
books, films, animals and real friends…all the good things which make our life richer.
And I like learning! That’s why I call my blog ‘La Pouyette-und die Dinge des Lebens’
which means ‘and the things of life’- which I enjoy sharing with like-minded people.”
Karin is definitely someone you want to keep your
eye on…she still sells antiques, antique linens…
and has a rental if you are ever in Périgord
And wait until you see her gardens in the Spring!
Karin’s blog La Pouyette here
Karin’s post about the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair:
Part One here
Part Two here
Thank you, Karin, and welcome to the blogging world!