Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Frenchman's Wife ~ New Shop


As promised, I am back with a few photos of Lisa's wonderful new shop...


located in La Grange, IL

I first discovered Lisa and her amazing mega-talent for display last year at the Kane County Flea Market.  I instantly loved her mix of vintage goods with a European flair.  {She always has the best vintage crates!}  Her look is warm and well loved and I just can never get enough of it!!!

You can imagine how excited I was when she told me that she would be opening up a shop?!!!

Lisa just opened up the doors of her new shop a few weeks ago, so last week I popped over there for a quick visit...and I instantly fell in love with her new shop! 

 I managed to snap a few photos while I was is a peek...

I loved this vintage wing back chair covered in a beautiful linen fabric...

and this old table was a favorite of mine, as cool would that be in a studio or as a kitchen island??!!

I think Lisa loves the cubes of French Savon de Marseille soap as much as I do :))

Just some of the vintage merchandise that Lisa had stocked, that I loved were...

wooden crates

European colored bottles

cutting boards

vintage textiles


old wooden ladders

You can shop the Frenchman's Wife at:

8 South Stone Avenue
La Grange, IL

*Please note that Lisa's hours are as follows:

Tuesday 11 - 5
Wednesday 11 - 5
Thursday 11 - 7 pm

**You can also find Lisa writing the blog Provenance Market 

If you live in the Chicagoland area, I hope you get a chance to stop by this fabulous shop!!  One of the joys of shopping there is to have a chance to chat with Lisa, so be sure and stop and say hi!

Have a great weekend ~


p.s.  My good friend, Jeanne, is relaunching her very successful Creatively Made E-course...Rediscovering the Beauty of Your Gifts, starting Monday, June 18th!  If you missed the chance to participate in January, registration is now open.  

Here is a quick video about the E-course...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Flea Market Finds...Another Vintage Door

Hello Friends!

Last summer I started a little series about Flea Market Finds and I thought I would continue it this summer, since shopping at the flea market is one of my favorite things to do :))

You can find an example of last summer's finds *HERE*

I was so excited to find this fabulous "chippy" door at the flea market last weekend!!

...and the best part is, it has not one, but two cool sides...

I can decide which side to show depending on how I have the room decorated :)

Oh, and that great vintage New York crate with the dried prairie florals in it, I got that from Lisa over at  The Frenchman's Wife...I showed you her booth at the flea market last year.  Well, she just opened up an amazing new shop in La Grange, IL.  I was there last week and snapped a few photos and will share those with you in a few days!

I love using cubes of Savon de Marseille soap around the house, they are like little works of art :)

And on a different note, I am busy tucking small bundles of fresh lavender here and there around the house as it is now in bloom in my garden...

As always, I did seal the door by brushing on a coat of matte finish, water based polyurethane {available at most hardware stores}

Have a wonderful day!

BTW, which side of the door do you like best...the green and white or the blue???  Just curious...


Monday, June 4, 2012

Brugge Part Two

Happy Monday!

I had planned to post these last few pictures from our trip to Brugge last week, but my son wound up being really sick and that threw a wrench in all of my plans for the week.  He had this crazy high fever for 5 days and missed the whole last week of school...strange thing was, he had no other symptoms but the fever and generally feeling icky.  My youngest daughter now has it, but doesn't seem to be quite as bad, fortunately!!

At any rate, I did want to show you some of the pics I snapped along the water in Brugge.  

Brugge is sometimes referred to as, "The Venice of the North," due to the many buildings built along the winding canals...and it is so lovely...

If you ever make it to Belgium, I can't recommend this quiet, peaceful, almost perfectly preserved city enough!

A special thank you to Annelies for the many emails she generously sent to me outlining her favorite spots in Brugge!!  Annelies writes the beautiful blog Le ciel Flamand

You can view Brugge Part One *HERE*

Have a wonderful rest of your day ~