Little Finds



Flea Market find

Just a little find…

a half set of 18th century French paste buckles

tucked in a velvet lined box….


flea market find

I carefully peeled back the

silk covered paper of the box lid lining

to find this lilting script….treasure!

Now to find an expert that will

get me behind that last bit of amber glue and paper!


Paste framed miniatures

Rare pair of French 18th c miniature paintings

in glittery paste frames…

When the world was lit by candlelight…

Aren’t these little beauties!

Found them in an old auction catalogue

and thought you’d like to see them.



More  18th c shoe buckles in More Finds here



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Atelier de Campagne…part 2


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Container sale

From Belgian and French Antiques post here

This is the view from nearly the start of the line as we

waited for last year’s Atelier de Campagne container sale.

More photos at  Bright Notes from the Antiques Sale here

To see what my sister did with one of her finds see Bedhead here

European antiques

A few photos I didn’t post last year…

Spring blossoms were everywhere…

European Antigues

I would say Johan and Trinidad specialize in French and Belgian

garden antiques, though they have plenty of chandeliers and

trumeau mirrors, industrial finds, shutters and vintage furniture.

European container sale

If you are curious about Johan and Trinidad …

Their bio can be found here

European antiques

A corner of their conservatory room…

Hold tags are handed out as you wait in line

and quickly appear on favorite items…

He (or she) who hesitates is lost…

European Container sale

All above are my photos from last year’s sale. Many items

coming in for this sale and current inventory can be found here

More info about Atelier at Flea Markets in Alameda and Long Beach

as well as a great photo of a container being unloaded here

They’ll be at Remnant of the Past in Nipomo on April 30th.

Loved Trinidad’s latest post on Aging with Grace and Beauty here

The next container is due in August for those that want

to rent a beach house nearby and make the trek! Now wouldn’t

that be fun!

Back to the garden…hope you’ve all had a

wonderful weekend!


Atelier de Campagne Sale



antique French grape buckets

It’s that time of year again…

The Atelier de Campagne’s European antiques container

is due to arrive in time for next weekend’s sale…
French and Belgian Flea market finds


My photos from last April’s  sale…

Check out some of the items coming in for next week’s sale here

Their excellent blog is here

Loved Trinidad’s latest post on Le Style Industriel…

Vintage French furniture

Johan is probably back on California soil as we speak

after spending months collecting wonderful treasure

throughout France, Belgium, London…

Driving directions to Corralitos, Ca are on

their blog…the drive through Spring apple orchards

on the way is delightful…

French flea market finds

Atelier de Campagne website is here

Back to working in the garden…

More later…




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A peek inside the Trove Antiques Gallery in Laguna Beach

as photographed by store owner Heather Lee…

A distillation of Wabi sensibility and one of a kind finds…

The looming 17th century Italian primitive “mountain” cupboard

stands starkly against the rough cinder block wall.

Significant pieces are given space to tell their story…

European antiques in Laguna Beach

I first wrote about Heather and Bobby Lee’s incredible hand

picked treasures in Rough Luxe in Laguna Beach here

Chalk painted Catalan testle based table…19th century

Swiss folk art chairs…18th century

French c. 1920 cabinet found in Belgian bakery

A congenial mix of eras…love how well they

all pull up together as if waiting for fresh baked

bread to come out of the oven…

Trouvais Trove Laguna

One of my favorite photos of all times…again, sent

to me by Heather….pure poetry…

from earlier Poetically Juxtaposed post here

(A glimpse into their earlier location…)

European Antiques in Laguna Beach

French painted canvas tilt top wine tasting table…

mid 19th century…


Antique Garden urn


Love this urn…mid 19th century…

you could design a garden around this huge piece…

Or a (very big) entry…

European Antiques

Rare African Wedding bed….

Ethiopia c. 1890

on 1stdibs here



Paint decorated stage coach cook’s canteen

19th century

Canisters for spices, one reading “clover.”

Grind handle for coffee or flower

Stage coach…really!

1stdibs here

European Antiques in Laguna Beach


Great glimpse of the rafters with light streaming in…

Earlier interview of Heather and Bobby Lee on 1stdibs

shop talk here

Thank you Heather for all the wonderful photos!

Wonder if I could fit that cook’s canteen next to the

coffee maker?


Trove Gallery here

1stdibs site here


Wabi Inspirations


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Wabi style
My first vivid memories of Axel Vervoordt were of tall arched rooms

in a Venetian palazzo glittering beneath its crystal chandeliers, 19th century

frescos, the classical Palladian style loggia a watery refection in the dining

room’s muli-paned mirrored wall.  Baroque sconces, curvy French and

Italian antiques were offset by spare tables, and simple slipcovered shapes.

Centuries echoed along the shadows of the walls.  Over the years I’ve always

adored how Axel juxtaposes precious antiques with simple hand worked pieces…

the unifying concept being one of authenticity.  In his latest book,  Wabi Style,

Axel defines and celebrates this ancient Japanese concept of simplicity,

authenticity, reveling in the beauty and transience of imperfection.

Since my early years I have always been compelled by the belief that

all beauty is imperfect, incomplete, and impermanent-as transitory as

life itself.


Wabi Style
The photography of Laziz Hamani captures minute details from roughly hewn

wood tables…and humble pottery…to the lilting script on hand made paper…

The art of human endeavor…the connection with the natural world…

Wabi Style

The pages are matte, the images simple and strong…

A departure from Axel’s earlier books, there are no bits of rococo,

rouge, no flicker of gilt…but every gorgeous shade of metal and earth with subtle

mossy greens and sky blues thrown in for measure…

The darkness has depth and texture…

revealing the complexity behind simple…

The lightness is ethereal…

Wabi Style


I have learned that the original spirit of Wabi evolved

out of the fundamental values prized by Zen monks who sought solace

and contentment in simplicity, purity, restraint, and humility.

A deeply philosophical piece of visual poetry…

It will resonate for all of us that appreciate

that one of a kind find, that piece with a connection,

who are intrigued by and treasure the flaws…

Wabi Inspirations

Axel Vervoordt



Vintage Burgundy



Vintage Burgundy France

World of Interiors June 2005

18th century Burgundy home of Barbara and René Stoeltie

Photography René Stoeltie

Any book by this couple promises to be gorgeous…

A glimpse of earlier books here:

Timeless Interiors


Rooms to Remember



Just ordered their latest…


Just for René Stoeltie under Google Images…

A good way to start your Design Library…

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

From Violets to Magenta…



French settee

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



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…


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

Stripes, Florals, and Ruffles…


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World of Interiors June '05


World of Interiors June '05


World of Interiors June '05

And ruffles…

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


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

As with most finds…often it’s the person

behind the item that is the most wonderful find…

So glad to meet you, Linda…



A Little Rouge for that Winter Pallor…

circus tent

French Blue & Co’s French Market here

Love this circus tent banner…

heralding her fancy finds…

antique circus

Sold recently on Ebay…

Is the circus on everyone’s mind?

Or is it the stripes that sing to me?

Trouvais antique Toile

Recent find…seduced by the rolling blue trim….

Antique textiles

and the vine clambered tower…complete with wash…

(or antique French linen) tossed o’er the  ramparts…Antique French textiles

Loopy de loopdy loop…Tracing 15 feet of toile…

Love the rose madder sketching…

Could pelmet a bed, or be-ribbon curtain swags…

Favorite colors '11


My favorite color combination these days….

antique French roses

Madame Issac Perrier from last year…

bidding her time….


From Kathy Dalwood’s new cast plaster collection…

The “Tower Bridge Dragoon”  above as photographed for

the British magazine Living Etc Jan ’11 issue

Follow in her artist’s footsteps here

and here

and here

A blog you could get lost in….

Did you see these photos of  Australia stylist

Sibella Court’s home shown here by Design Sponge last year?


Textile artist

From Sibella’s shop The Society here

On of several Australian shops that

carry a new favorite artist….

artist textiles
Tara Badcock of  Paris+ Tasmania…

Get an eye full of her bright and whimsical designs here

or for more shops and info…

Follow her via her blog  The Teacosy Revolution

Off to soak up a bit of sun…

Happy weekend all!


Temps Perdu


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18th century French Style

Lillian William’s flat in 1990′s New York…

A chateau apartment…a stop over on her quest to import

a great deal of 18th century France to the West Coast for her once

and forever fabulous, but now closed,  “La Vie de Soleil” shop in

San Francisco. I might have to blame my fascination with the 18th century

France on that wonderful fairy tale place..

Antique Swedish box

My collected group of French antique papers

in a robin’s egg blue 19th century Swedish box…

Ebay and auction purchases…the “Vente” paper from

French Country Home‘s burgeoning boutique here

Acquiring tangible bits of the past…one at a time…

French Script collage art

I do enjoy fooling around with copies of the script

and 18th century prints…like this heavily worked up coiffure…

From Love Letters post here

If you can imagine just how messy this process was…

you’ll understand the need for the textile below…

antique French textile

This c. 1790 Ladies powdering jacket

was auctioned of at Kerry Taylor auctions here

More at my Hairdressing post here

French 18th century antiques

Lillian William’s collection of ladies necessities…

Embroidered pocketbooks and buckles…

fans, thimbles and embossed metal sewing kit…

antique paste buckles

From earlier post More Finds here

Enjoying the 18th century from a safe,

well lit and less over-dressed perspective…

part of my own collection of antique buckles…

Antique French prints

More from Lillian Williams New York apartment…

circa 1990 World of Interiors ….

Walls mimicking the bright, saturated colors of the time…

Lillian, a passionate self taught expert on 18th century France,

was consulted for the gorgeous Dangerous Liaison’s film

with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer…

which I hope everyone has seen…

Trouvaus auction item

18th century French chandelier

at recent auction…

I actually bid on this before realizing it was a mite too big for my office….

but the candlelight over my desktop would have been lovely….

18th century style

French Chateau doors…19th century…made for the theater?

Ambiance Antiques at 1stdibs


I’m only telling you about these because I have given up figuring

out where I could sneak these in….they’re up for grabs…

Many earlier posts on Lillian Williams here

From A La Refurb du Temps Perdu text Carol Prisant,

photography Michael Mundy World of Interiors 9/90

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Trouvais Garden Peonies

Trouvais peonies

Trouvais peonies

Every rosy pink shade of peony from last year’s garden…

A silver lining for cold winters…


antique French textiles

antique French textiles

French 18th century embroidered silk fragment

from my small collection…

old French roses

Antique garden roses

Last year’s old Bourbon roses on the kitchen counter…

Madame Issac Perrier et Madame Ernest Calvat…

More about Bourbon roses here

Antique Paris porcelain

Souvenir de Malmaison  rose…

last year’s first of the season…

antique French textile


Scrap of quilted antique toile…


Antique French

A favorite of old favorite papers…


Rosy pink roses

A tumble of last year’s roses in an old marble font…


Gray and pink bedding

Off the top of my bed…and into the gray….

a bit of Petal pink velvet…

all Bella Notte

Trouvais pink lilac hand dyed velvet


A length of washable Bella Notte Silvermist velvet…

over dyed with rose pink…a lilac pink effect…


Trouvais garden roses

Happy Valentine’s Day dear blog friends!

Spring is right around the corner…

until then there are rosy memories and fabric dye…

Hope your day was all rosy and pink….

Wash Day



antique French linen

On the ironing board…Bella Notte (what else!) and an antique French “drap” from Karin.

I had my eye on this beauty since last May, and finally just put myself out of my

misery and bought it. The embroidery is huge…6.5″ X 11″  and the color…a slightly

toasted neutral. Divine…and heavy. More about “Karin from Périgord” on previous post.

Love starting the New Year strong…and busy…

And shaking up old routines a bit…

Back soon…


Karin from Périgord


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Karin of la pouyette blog

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.

antiques in Perigord

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.

London antique fair

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!

Karin Jansky's both at London Antique Fair

Karin’s booth


London Antique Fair




Karin Jansky antiques

Karin’s booth…

Autumn Fair 2003

Dealer Victoria Davar’s booth

April 2006


French 19th century drapers table,

18th century Swiss and 19th century Italian jars

in Karin’s April 2009 booth

la pouyette

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.”

antique French linen nightgown
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

antique grain sacks
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!


Perigord in snow

Bryan Ferry’s London home



Rock star Bryan Ferry’s London home…

A two bedroom former artist’s studio in Chelsea that he moved into two

years ago and decorated with his own finds from around the world…

“Decorating is so interesting to me, ” he explains, taking a seat on his 19th

century French sofa. “I like to control my environment. How it looks, feels

and sounds. I couldn’t imagine asking anyone else to decorate it”

Great story in the December Wall Street Journal magazine..

WSJ Magazine here

by Rita Konig

Photography Alexia S

Bryan Ferry

“Once I have an aesthetic attachment to something I can’t

bear to break the bond that ties us together.”

Love his point of view…


Bryan Ferry Trouvais

Paint splattered chair a gift from

artist Rolf Sachs…

Bryan Ferry London

Note the lady beneath the lamp shade…

“I don’t buy to fit, he adds. “I buy first and then find a spot for it,

and once I’ve done that I don’t like changing it-as it’s usually taken

quite a while to find that spot.”

Bryan Ferry

A textile draped table set before an unused door…

“Fabrics are important, he says, “because I don’t

go for that hard-edged modern look; I like

frayed edges.”

Trouvais Bryan Ferry Wall Street Journal

One large room where Ferry does most of his entertaining…a composite of

all the views. Click above photo to get full screen…

Please read the full article…here


Antique French barometer Trouvais

It makes me think of all my favorite

finds from the past year…


Our finds are sort of a Rorschach (ink blot) test…braille for visitors to our homes…

where we’ve come from, where we’ve been, our allusions and ambitions about ourselves…

what we hold dear, what we strive for. And of course…the good deal…the practical…

and the dreaded folly.  What was your best find in 2010?

Happy New Year’s Eve


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Lillian Williams

A little icing on top for New Year’s Eve…

Yet another incredible lit à la Polonaise…

Same hand-painted walls from yesterday’s post…

Love the mood, swags of fabric, ten foot tall ceilings,

crystal and candle chandelier, and deft mix of blue prints…

The last muddy footprints are being swept from my home…

the random bits of tile, joint compound, primer, pernicious

amounts of dust and debris removed from the rooms and

hallways abutting the master bath.  Frost on the rooftops

but clear and bright and finally left on my own to do the

last bit of de-cluttering and painting and polishing.



Charming antique wallpaper trimmed trunk…

and a floppy Spring hat…

Looking forward to a bright and shiny New Year for us all!



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If you haven’t guessed by now…I’ve been showing you

photos from Lillian Williams’s Louis XV chateau in Normandy…

photographed by Fritz von der Schulenburg and featured in

World of Interiors in April of 1994…


Lillian restored the chateau, reproducing 18th century fabrics

such as  “Quinconce” above, that was based on a Ikat like fabric

indigenous to Normandy. Lillian lent many of her antique

fabrics to textile companies for reproduction before, unhappy

with less faithful editing, she created her own…

handpainted tiles Trouvais

These Walker Zanger “Contessa Damask” tiles

have been so appealing to me…

Though I’m normally not big on pattern…

I’m just drawn to their charming exuberance!

Have been considering how I could weave

them into my more staid decor…

Lillian Willians Trouvais

In Lillian Williams’s Swedish style bedroom…

A Laura Ashley sprig fabric on the polonaise and chair.

Lillian painted many walls herself with free form whimsical designs

drawn from surviving antique screens found in the chateau…

Lillian Williams Trouvais

Another free-form wall painted by Lillian…

Her painting tip “If you’re not fast it doesn’t work…

the minute it gets refined it loses its charm”

Trouvais France

I used to love dropping into Lillian’s shop in San Francisco La Ville du Soleil

back in the 80′s…a complete wonderland for the Francophile…

Another shop in New York was called La Vie de Chateâu

Her passion for 18th century France is carried through in the

world she spins in her homes in Normandy and Provence…

down to the details that she carries through herself…


I’m inspired by someone who lives her passion…

engaging herself even in the small details.

Sometimes its the little details…the little

finds…and the times we roll up our sleeves to

add our own effort that give us the most satisfaction.