Tuesday, July 15, 2008


On my first visit to France, when I was 19 years old, my sister and I stayed in Lille; a tiny village between Paris and Belgium. Staying at our friends, Isabelle & Thierry's, tiny appartement, they were the most giving hosts, giving us a true experience of French culture. Before dinner, we went to the Marche aux Puce to buy fresh strawberries, so they could show us the "proper" way to eat strawberries and Champagne. We enjoyed great conversation, and the simple act of breathing. I know it seems silly, "a simple act of breathing", but I feel in this culture we forget how to breathe sometimes-how to really enjoy simple things.

Outside Isabelle's kitchen window, was her vast garden with the abundance of fresh vegetables ready to be picked, and the smell of fresh Sweet Basil and Rosemary on her window sill.

Her decor was simple; crème slipcovers, soft white pillows,little herbs as plants...nothing fussy.

This window is called "Isabelle".

I chose to make the pillows and cushions reversable, to keep it simple, and without effort. The soft crème damask cushions are backed with, Covington of England, Blue and crisp white floral fabric. The matching Covington pillows are backed with a gorgeous rich designer fabric of creme and soft blue. And the Waverly toile, in mustard and french country blue, is backed with the same creme damask as the cushions (confused yet?).

The small iron garden bench is actually an old crib and its natural rusted verdegris is...perfect. Under the bench is an old leather suitcase and the old chippy window....to represent the window I looked out of in Isabelles kitchen (sappy, eh?). Accent pieces are the 3 white aubergines, the tray table with old rusted tray, a sweet blue and white ginger jar and a silver bowl full of rolled vintage twine. We added pieces of old chippy architecture and of course some "greens". I love this window. I want to sit in this garden and enjoy the sounds of birds while eating a cucumber sandwich....remembering my days in Lille, France.

Price List:

Antique Iron Garden Bench: $135.00

Cushions (2 available): $40.00 each
Large Toile (2 available): $20.00 each
Medium Covington (blue and creme) 4 available: $15.00 each
Medium "Ravioli" (my daughter description!-lol) toile: $25.00 (1 available)
Small Toile (2 available): $10.00 each

Old chippy white window: $22.50

Tray Table: $15.00
Old rusted Tray: $17.50
Balls of twine display (includes chalkboard and silver bowl): $24.50
Milk Glass with green (inside/outside) ball: $18.50
Small Silver bowl with green ball: $15.50
Architecture molding: $32.50 each (3 available)

Antique leather suitcase: $22.50

Call or reserve pieces soon, as the windows sell out very fast.

Pieces will be available for pick up by 10 August 2008.