The French Summer Market


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antique textilesJust a quick hello! A week to go before Jermaine and I stage our French Summer Market at her lovely home in Santa Barbara. After four years of blogging…there will be many “Trouvais” style items…lavender sachets and dyed linens and antique 17th -18th century textiles. My best sachets are made with 18th c silks, backed with Wendy Lewis (Loody Lady on Ebay) hand loomed 19th c French linen. A press of the sachet and the scent of Trouvais Lavender Hill 2014 crop lavender will infuse the air.

French Flea dyed linens

 I am wedging one of my antique mannequins in the back of the car, bringing a 19th c French campaign trunk, that 19th c red French linen ticking mattress from my antique dealer friend and fellow blogger Karin Jansky in Perigord. I’ve got Carolyn Quartermaine pillows and textiles, architectural salvage pieces, copious amounts of Bella Notte bedding, c. 1920 feathers and trims and ribbons. Various and sundry French flea market items.  There will be all the color palettes I love…the neutrals…crisp white to stone to inky grays…

dyed antique linensCarolyn Quartermaine

Blush colors with gold…

Quartermaine dyed script pillow

Initials and script and floral..

I’m looking forward to showing off some of my favorite antique textiles. My home is a haven of neutrals…but this is where I like to have fun with color and pattern.

I’m bringing as much as I can fit in for the drive down to Santa Barbara! Jermaine and I are looking forward to meeting all of you that are planning to come. I am sure a few items will be making their way back and I will offer them on Coup d’Oeil later. And we will definitely take lots of pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The French Summer Market


Sparkle and shine


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Charles Claude de Flahaut (1730–1809), Comte d’Angiviller

Jean-Baptiste Greuze  here



In my year off of blogging…I tried to keep a blind eye to all home and landscape improvements and focus on my love of 18th century and earlier textiles.

A much more peaceful interlude! After several years in a row of bathroom remodels and landscaping projects, my husband and I just wanted to quell the rush and bother of constant home improvement.

With my home a haven of neutrals, collecting rare textiles is a joyful way to enjoy color and shine…and the history each piece carried with it.

I am happy to fake it when I paint my walls, have no problem with reproduction pieces to carry the heavy lifting in home design..

but this is one area where I crave authenticity, handwork, inimitability.

The question I most ask myself when considering an expensive antique textile: can you copy this?

It tips the scales when the answer is no…

Trouvais Textiles Early Embroidery

Common themes in my collection: fruit and flower…metallics…painstaking work by hand…sparkle and shine…

Trouvais Textiles Early embroidery

Earlier embroidery appliqued onto silk…perhaps a late 17th or early 18th century coif, late fashioned into an ecclesiastical statue robe?

Trouvais Textiles 17th c silver brocade

A 17th century silver woven Syrian or Italian brocade…you can feel the weight of the piece from the silver threads…Trouvais Textiles

An 18th century peach silk moire, resting on an 18th c Italian brocade with bright silver and gold threads…all atop a 17th or 18th century Italian velvet in a gorgeous Flemish yellow, evoking a Vermeer painting here.

A few of my most treasured pieces!

I have antique textiles on virtually every flat surface in my home now, as I try to decide which textiles I will keep for my collection or have made into pillows, and which pieces to be brought down to Santa Barbara for the French Kissed and Trouvais French Summer Market in August

I will also be bringing some Carolyn Quartermaine and vintage French flea market items, many items that you have seen on my blog…

Trouvais will be textile and French Market heavy for the next few weeks. Then I have an interesting home staging project to show you in August, and a trip to Italy in September. And though I haven’t picked up a paint brush in a year, I will probably start up again in the Fall with some of my limewash paints and give you a step by step tutorial. Finally, when it really gets cool, I can finish my husband’s wine cellar and give you a peek at that. So stay tuned as I sort it all out and toss out pretty pictures along the way!

French Summer Market here