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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