Fabulous Finds, Inspirations

Show Me The Goods…

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.

HomArt - An Array of Allium

HomArt - An Array of Allium

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.

HomArt - Bring on The Dirt

HomArt - Bring on The Dirt

We especially loved this season’s garden theme with metal wind charms, wall vases and hanging terrariums.

HomArt - Glorious Garden

HomArt - Glorious Garden

HomArt - Wall Spheres

HomArt - Wall Spheres

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.

Diana White - Jan Sevadjian Albums

Diana White - Jan Sevadjian Albums

Diana White - Harvey & Strait Napkins

Diana White - Harvey & Strait Napkins

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.

La Maisonette - Jacquards, Lamps and Furniture

La Maisonette - Jacquards, Lamps and Furniture

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!”

Chicken Liver Toast -Yum!

Chicken Liver Toast -Yum!

Tarte Tatin with Rosemary Ice Cream - Double Yum!

Tarte Tatin with Rosemary Ice Cream - Double Yum!

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!

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10 Comments

  • Reply pve July 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I have some glass items I found years ago that I hang on the porch during the summer with candles or a few simple stems….I love how the economy can push one to continue to create.
    As my Father always will say – “People will always have money for food and flowers!”
    pve

  • Reply Dovecote Decor July 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I have some hanging glass vases that I also bought several years ago. I hang them from the chandelier and they make a magical floating flower arrangement over our heads. I have not seen them since, but am glad to know I can replace the ones I’ve broken. They are fragile!

    • Reply carolyn July 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

      Dovecote and PVE – we were thinking the hanging glass vase would make a cool tree ornament… what do you think?

  • Reply pretty pink tulips July 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

    What great finds!!!! I know who I’m calling before I make a trip to Atlanta!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

    • Reply carolyn July 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

      PPT – you can join us next year!

  • Reply Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi July 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Such a gorgeous display!

  • Reply The Zhush July 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Great photos, sounds like such a wonderful bistro! That first image…has me thinking…those lovely purple flowers….what do think? 🙂

    • Reply carolyn July 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

      Thought you might like them, Sue – are you thinking pool house for that pop of purple?

  • Reply paula July 22, 2010 at 11:04 am

    how gorgeous is all this even the food.

  • Reply Struggler July 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I’m not sure whether the hanging terrariums or the rainbow napkins are my favorite!
    Thanks for these lovely photos.

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