Antique Shopping In France
When three of our designers went to visit our founder Kathryn for a few days this summer, naturally they went shopping! In the Quercy region of France, where Kathryn has her second home, the summer months are notably all about the local antique markets. In fact, every town hosts antique markets, a mix of local sellers and dealers traveling from neighboring villages. These markets are filled with an abundance of treasures - pottery, glassware, paintings, plates, linens, lamps, and small pieces of furniture. One of the greatest parts of antiquing is that you never know what you’re going to find, and you find things you never thought would need. In today’s green world, recycling, reusing, and repurposing are a given in decorating!
Jane Churchill, whose career has spanned four decades, arrived from London. Robert Stilin, based in New York, was having a quick Mediterranean vacation and stopped by for a now-annual visit. Rachel Ashwell, who is living between Los Angeles and the West Country of England, decided to take the hour and a half flight as well to arrive in time to celebrate Kathryn's birthday. See what our TPR designers found to bring back and share.
ANYONE FOR A GLASS?
A table setting is a composition - how things are arranged next to each other and look together is the essence of making a tablescape come to life. Mixing old and new, textures and finishes makes the table more interesting. Not everything has to match. And fresh flowers are a must!
In a great bedroom, a story unfolds upon a chest of drawers. A beautiful hand-embroidered tapestry from the 1950's hangs above, bringing together a cast of characters such as an oriental head, leather-wrapped valet tray, and contemporary vase that are sure to add conversational charm wherever they find a home. Mixing in favorite books and flowers adds pops of personality and visual contrast.