We’re back from the Atlanta Gift Show with lots of wonderful stems and vases for our new Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Even in this challenging economy, designers are still introducing new product and we’re happy to say that the showrooms were busy.
One of our perennial favorite sources of inspiration is HomArt– not only because Dave Thomas, one of the owners, strolls the streets of the Marais in Paris for the latest and greatest in home decor trends, but also because the showroom never fails to please the senses.
We especially loved this season’s garden theme with metal wind charms, wall vases and hanging terrariums.
Another great place to find a colorful mix of unique gifts and accessories is Diana White and Associates. For over 32 years, Diana has hand-picked products that exemplify both style and originality and displays them in a charming fashion.
Finally, a trip to the Atlanta show without a visit to La Maisonette for that certain “je ne sais quoi” would truly be a waste. Jean and Portia Marque’s lively French Jacquards, custom-designed lamps and hand-made Louis XVI style furniture are beautifully presented in a boutique-like setting.
After a full day of shopping, we stopped by what has become our favorite little “resto – cafe – bar a vins” down the street from the Mart for the most delicious French fare and a chilled bottle of Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes de Provence. We were so excited when we found out that the Bastille Day menu included cuisses de grenouilles, feuillete d’escargots and moules et frites that we came back the next day – what better way to celebrate French independence than with “liberte, fraternite andbeaucoup de rose!”
We’ve been sworn to secrecy by many of our vendors not to divulge the name of this cozy neighborhood bistro (after all, they have to spend a week selling their wares in crowded showrooms and deserve a quiet dinner!) but if you email us and plead, we might let you know how to find it!
Photos from yours truly, La Maisonette and a restaurant that will go unnamed for now!