Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I've been studying walls
for the Studio.
Construction may begin as soon as next week...
plans need finalizing asap!!
The Studio will be a space for product photography and scaping.
It will also be a space where interested buyers can shop by appointment.
And.. it may grow into moving out of our home space studio and into
a local warehouse space, with pop up events.
Basically, the Studio is a place to showcase our finds
at the French flea markets and our finds in and around Virginia and the US.
I'm not interested in drywalling everything.
I'm looking for a subtle texture,
one that does not distract, can mix with elegant and rustic, leather and silk,
and it has to be light and airy, but not too cottage.
I keep coming back to a white washed or lime washed paneling.
Still not sure on vertical vs horizontal, but at the moment vertical is winning.
Below is some of my inspiration collection.
Check out my more inspiration on my Pinterest Board.
Or.. there's always this kind of paneling...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
As I write this, there is a bees nest of activity in my kitchen.
Countertops going in.. soapstone and white granite.
Cabinet work progressing.
By the end of the week, I should have running water in the sink
and a rangetop that is connected to the new gas line...
meaning, I can cook!
In the meantime, it looks like the inventory from France will be leaving Paris (hopefully..)
by the end of the week.
There's been delays, lack of communication, and a learning curve for me,
but my US international broker is keeping me hopeful that we'll see our
French flea market finds by the beginning of October.
All this makes me think about France and how spending a total of 29 days in France this year
has changed my life.
Yes, there are big changes being discussed, planned, and reviewed.
No, we're not moving to France...
But, we are making some plans.
More to come...
So, while I wait on my kitchen,
and you wait on reading more about our future plans...
I thought I'd pull together some lovely French and European design inspirations.
And.. a few more pictures of our buying trip.
The rest of these pictures are from our trip to France.
Beautiful, beaded forks from the flea market in Lyon.
I spotted these lovely dessert plates from across the booth.
What a color!
Lyon flea market.
The French enamelware!
I was always looking for it. Not that easy to find.
It's been a popular item over the past 10 years
and getting more and more difficult to come across, especially the hand painted pieces.
This earthenware pitcher is one of my favorite pieces we found.
It's from the flea market in Strasbourg (in the Alsace region), which has to be one of my favorite French cities (so far!).
The aging on this can't be reproduced! How many hands used this pitcher?
All I can think about is a bunch of sunflowers or wildflowers spilling out of this piece.
A wonderful plant stand!!
Can't you see a big fern topping this off?
The flea market in Lyon.
The flea market in Lyon... one of the booths in the warehouse buildings.
Can you believe this is a flea market??
A French flea market!
I miss it!
Here I am in Nice, just yards (or meters I should say) from the Mediterranean Sea.
This was our last market day.
Until next time!
France buying trip,
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Last Saturday, my husband and I spent the afternoon in The Fan District, in Richmond, Virginia.
Richmond is only an hour from our house and we seem to find ourselves there more and more.
This visit was to go on the Holiday House Tour, put on by the Fan District Association.
It was a fantastic tour! We were able to tour 9 of the 10 homes on the list. While the tour went on for two days, we only had Saturday.
There was a lot of walking in between homes, so we got to see a lot of the neighborhood.
The Fan District is America's largest contiguous area of Victorian architecture.
We were completely smitten with it all!
I did bring my camera with me, but photos were not allowed inside the homes and photographing outside was difficult with the long lines and fast walking between homes.
I was so busy taking it all in (wanting to experience the area) that I ended up not pulling my camera out.
So, all these pictures are pulled from google image, with source links below.
I had to write about it, though. I've written about the fan before on my mini blog, Just Looking.
While I was curious about the holiday decor on the house tour, my husband and I were really there for research...
..asking the question, "Is a house in The Fan a contender for our next move?"
- not that a move is imminent, just exploring future possibilities when our children are all out in the world living their lives and making their own homes.
The pictures really don't need narrative. They speak for themselves.
We spent a lot of walking time on Hanover Avenue. The houses were so breathtaking in their architecture. All these homes were built in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
You can't find this level of architectural detail in a modern day neighborhood. It just went on and on and on.
I was running out of adjectives when talking with my husband about how much I loved this neighborhood!
One of the great things about the tour was the amount of tour guides both inside and outside at each home.
One of the comments that struck me was how the tour guides often talked about how a builder or an architect would get a row of lots, say 8 or 10 lots.
These builders would then basically built the same house, a spec house, with little variations maybe on the front porch roof line or right or left front door.
Same as today. But, not same as today... somehow, our new neighborhoods don't carry the perfectly scaled rooms and large, deep windows among many, many other glorious details.
I laughed wondering if folks buying these homes new, back in the day - complained about how these spec homes were just track homes - all the same.
Below is a great example of side by side houses, by the same builder or architect.
It was fun to look at a block of homes and see the stop and start point of "spec houses".
Another interesting fact about The Fan is that there are not a lot of restrictions. Check out these brightly painted houses below.
I don't think I would pick a purple-periwinkle to paint my row house, but there was something that worked about it.
The Fan feels very alive and cared for, without a restrictive association dictating which planters are allowed on your front porch.
This house below was actually on the tour. It's is a picture of the side of the house.
Many houses have the little courtyard in the back and a more, almost totally private, side area that can be accessed from the house and back courtyard.
My husband and I talked a lot about what would be on our "must have" list in a Fan House, like 2 car parking in the back.
This little side patio felt like a must to both of us.
A bit of holiday cheer along one of the street.
We are definitely fans of The Fan.
We'll be back to check out more homes over the next few years visiting for sale open houses here and there.
More research to come!
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