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Bella Notte linens

For those of you who don’t live close

enough to take advantage of the big

Bella Notte Outlet sale of seconds, samples, and

discontinued merchandise later this week…

info  here

Bella Notte linens

Cottage Chic here

The largest stocking dealer of Bella Notte Linens

is having a sale starting tomorrow…

November 16-30

Bella Notte linens

20% off in-stock items,  free domestic shipping,

Tax free for for those outside North Carolina

Also ships internationally…

Bella Notte Whisper Linen

They have a fantastic website…

Love their View Our Beds section here

And carry a wide assortment of other top

brands…Shabby Chic, Pine Cone Hill….

Bella Notte Linens

Off the top of my bed….

Celeste neckroll and Whisper Linen throw pillow in Graphite

Olivia Lace in Flax…

Bella Notte bedding

White, Flax, Sable Whisper Linen pillows and duvet (bottom),

discontinued Deluxe Marie floral pillow,

Graphite Silk Velvet Embroidered pillow.

So if you want perfect, now, on sale…

Check out Cottage Chic here

They also offer complimentary design assistance

and are very helpful via phone.

My French Country Brocante


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My French Country Home shawl

Sharon, from the blog My French Country Home, has a wonderful

eye for beauty, a penchant for treasure seeking, a picture perfect

home in Normandy…and has just filled her online brocante

with some extraordinary finds. As Sharon puts it:

Everything you see for sale here is old, and French.

Each item has a story to tell.

My French Country Home 18th c sleeves

18th c sleeves

Her latest finds come from a fine old family home in Brittany…

Exquisite treasures from the 18th through 20th century…

Like this pair of intricately embroidered engageantes that

would fall in a foot long froth at the sleeves of refined

ladies and gentlemen in the eighteenth century…


18th c printed cotton bodice

A precious 18th century printed cotton bodice

strewn with bright floral sprays

in the Indiennes style…more here

18th c printed cotton bodice

It was wonderful to be able to talk with Sharon

by phone the other day…she is so excited

to have been able to procure such a

wonderful collection…

18th c printed cotton bodice

A similar piece from one of my favorite books, Toile de Jouy

A late 18th century dress bodice in small checked pattern,

the lining was made from an old floral print bodice…

Antique clothing was often reworked into newer items…


Toile de Jouy

Another example from Toile de Jouy

An engageante extending from an

exuberantly floral sleeve…

18th c embroidered cloth

My favorite of Sharon’s pieces…

This breathtaking 18th tablecloth is festooned with

floral flourishes, crowns and dragonflies…

Fine imported cotton…more rare in 18th c France than linen…

18th c French fine cotton embroidered cloth

Pause…deep breath…

18th c French fine cotton embroidered cloth

I can imagine this hanging over a bed…or framed…

as far away as possible from the cranberry sauce!

Just outstanding….


Toile de Jouy Riffel & Rouart

18th century block print of roses and lilacs on cotton

in a sample book at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy here

The enduring love of gardens and the natural

world from across time…

Antique French nightdress

A lovely nightgown…

One of several antique clothing items

in Sharon’s brocante…

Visit My French Country Brocante here

My French Country Home

Sharon carefully launders the pieces

to gossamer perfection…

Her photography captures the

ethereal nature and fine details of all

the items…


Antique French fabric

L’enfant au dauphine c. 1765-81

Also at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy

Peak at the permanent collection here


Oberkampf at the door of the factory shop Labouchere gouache on paper

Reams of dyed linens…

How absolutely lovely…

Toile de Jouy

Printed Textiles in the classic French Style

Mélanie Riffel & Sophie Rouart

Marc Walter photography