October 22, 2015


The hunt is on! French antiques are beloved worldwide, all era's, all styles. The pricing, when you know where to look is doable.
Day One of our tour...... We brought our ladies to the Chatou Antique market. Twice a year, this fair outside of Paris, has over 700 exhibitors, all of whom are bona fide antique dealers. It feels oh so French with seemingly few tourists.
The displays are enticing and inspiring
Coveted. Massive. Perfect. 5,200.00 euros. Not perfect.

This image from the Atlanta designer Nancy Braitwhite, has had me spellbound. All white allowing the grand element of the eagle hold center court. To find such an object and say, Au revoir was painful
This fair is an event. Two massive aisles are devoted to French gastronomy; fresh shucked oysters, muscles, cheese and veg paella, champagne, wines galore, pastries. And celebrate they did, dining together at booths and the beautiful dining area. Not a hot dog in site.......
My favorite find for the shop, country french windmill c. 1920
Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen, (clingincourt)is a well-known weekly flea market in northern Paris. Stepping into the maze-like, narrow alley creates an intimate, otherworldy experience. A tourist destination, prices can be higher, but if you know what you are looking for and are savvy in negotiating, treasures abound.
This chien, a massive puff ball warranted a closer look. We wondered 'What is it?' 'Is it real?' The ever so subtle eye movements provided the answers suggesting yes and 'Do Not Enter'
If there, a visit to Chez Louisette is an experience
 Raucous, live music, vintage chanteuse,
And a blast. The food? Ehhhh......drink wine. The place is up for grabs!
My finds for the shop.......A collection of Renee' Marciel 1950's designs. Great in a bathroom or bedroom
Art Noveau decanter, glass and tray. Oh, so French!
So I am thinking this could be a funky evening bag, forget Louis Vuitton. 
Did you guess incense burner? See the rotating vent on top? Lit sticks of incense were placed within the metal cage, top closed, while one enjoyed fragrance beautifully. Actually one of the best I have ever found
Provencal art, I love you
As I write, I am still in England, yep, I know
Perhaps I need to hurry home. Clients and staff sent this photo....hmmmm. Allow me to introduce Kim, client and notorious mischief maker Ed, darling wife Carmi, and Jayme. Liking the magnum of French Champagne, bon gout!

                     Au Revoir for now


  1. Debra, what fun you have! I'm not surprised, I know you have such a personality that fun is in capital letters on itinerary! :-)
    As I studied/shopped each and every photograph, I found at least a half dozen items I'd want to purchase. The first image is my favorite, styled items are beautiful.
    England tugs at my heart strings...enjoy. p.s. I'm so impressed you can post on the road.

  2. Debra,
    This is so thrilling to se what a fabulous time you had in France! Love the Marciel illustrations!! So much to love and want for ones' collection!!

    India Hicks Style Ambassador
    The Arts by Karena

  3. It looks like and amazing trip, Debra with great success on the shopping end! Love the illustrations! Happy weekend and safe travels ~

  4. What a wonderful way to travel!
    xo, lissy

  5. What a fabulous trip and with your guideline and companionship a win-win! Love your staff's picture!

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