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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Would You Choose The Move in Ready Option?

There are no shortage of lovely houses for sale in the Fort Worth area.

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This beauty is pretty much move in ready.

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It’s all recently been redone. But therein lies the issue. Although the kitchen is gorgeous I personally would have selected white subway tile for the walls and I probably couldn’t bring myself to rip out perfectly good tile. So should I just settle?

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I would have selected just one color of wood laminate flooring all through the house. Would you just settle for oak and walnut?

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Should my fur boys settle for no grass in exchange for low maintenance?

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Yes, it is a gorgeous house but I’d like a home I can transform to my hearts desire, not someone else's vision.

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What would you do?

Laura

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beautiful French Fabric ~ A Bit of History and a Factory & Museum Tour

While in France my cousin and I visited several stores, a factory and a museum that all specialized in Provençal fabrics. The gorgeous fabric was originally made in India and the process was brought to France through the port of Marseille in the mid 17th century. The Indiennes stylized fabric, which is often referred to in England and America as chintz, featured bright and cheerful flora and fauna. As it was affordable and easy to care for it became an instant hit.  

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“The Couturier's workshop, Arles”~ Antoine Raspal, 1760

The French locals soon started producing their own version of the cloth. A playing card manufacturer, Benoît Ganteaume, and wood engraver, Jacques Baville, were the first to apply their card printing techniques to cloth. Once the design was applied, layers of color were added. But the dyes used were inferior to those in India.

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“Brothers Wetter Textile Factory at Orange” ~ Joseph-Maria Gabriel Rossetti, 1764/65

In order to take a controlling role King Louis XIV had his Minister of Finance, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, create the Compagnie des Indes (East India Company) in 1664. Armenian fabric weavers and dyers were brought to Marseille to share their skills with local producers.

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No surprise, the Indiennes fabric became all the rage at the French court. As the cost to produce the fabric was far less expensive than silk and wool French factories in Lyon were forced to close. The manufacturers successfully lobbied the government to have the import and production of the Indiennes fabric banned in 1686. The Indiennes manufacturers avoided the ban by moving to the Avignon region which at the time belonged to the Vatican and was under Papal jurisdiction.

Madame-de-Pompadour dressed in an Indienned textile fabric | Paint + Pattern

Madame de Pompadour wearing an Indienne robe “Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame” ~ François-Hubert Drouais, 1763/64

The ban lasted 73 years. It was lifted in 1759 and Indiennes fabric once again became extremely popular. It was used in Provence for tablecloths, bedspreads and items of clothing. Men wore shirts, neckerchiefs and waistcoats while women wore skirts, scarves and aprons, sometimes several designs all at once.

Chintz Jacket Shawl and Skirt via Wikipedia | Indienne Textiles | Paint + Pattern

Original Indiennes fabric had Arabic and Mughal art inspired flora and fauna.

After the ban was lifted one producer of cloth, Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf,  set up a factory in Jouy-en-Josas. It was located near a river just up from the court of Versailles. The company focused on producing floral designs originally made in India. It grew into a large and successful factory. The fabric of the region became known as Toile de Jouy, often shortened to Toile.

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It is easy to see the Provençal influence on the Indiennes fabric in the form of sunflowers, lavender, fruit, and olive themes.

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It generally is produced in sunny shades of yellow, red and blue.

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These fabric images were taken at the Les Olivades factory.

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Les Olivades was begun by Léonard Quinche in 1818. His factory was located in the small Provençal village of Saint-Étienne-du-Grès (which you may recall is the same small village where we stayed at Mas Predon). In 1948 the company was sold to Pierre and Paule Boudin. Their son, Jean-François Boudin is the current director of the company and several other family members are also involved.We happened to meet Monsieur Boudin while visiting the Paris store.

Can you tell it was very hot and humid that day? :)

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 My cousin is a fabric artist who creates beautiful quilts and she purchased some fabric from the Paris store and we discussed with Monsier Boudin that we also would be traveling to Provence and staying in the same small village as his family’s factory. There is a shop there as well that is open to the public but factory tours must be made in advance and generally with a group of 10 or more. We were VERY lucky to be given the opportunity to see how such lovely fabric is created.

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There is a short video of the creation process of the fabrics in the factory you can see HERE.

In the village of Tarascon in Provence there is a wonderful museum of the history of French Indiennes fabric at Souleiado, another producer of cloth. 

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It’s a bit of a hunt through several small, winding streets to find Souleiado but well worth your time.

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You know you are headed in the right direction when you pass under the arch with the gold Virgin.

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Then past the town theater.

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We finally just parked and walked the rest of the way. But you could go right up to the door if you had one of these:

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The museum itself does not allow photographs due to the delicate age and nature of the fabrics in their collection. It is housed in a charming old building.

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 There was great detail on how scarves were folded and pinned in place and the lovely quilting on the skirts and petticoats.

Les Olivades 


1 Rue de Tournon ,75006 Paris, France




Chemin des Indienneurs,13103 Saint Etienne du Grès, France






39, rue Charles Demery, 13150 Tarascon, France








What color and pattern would you choose?



Sunday, July 27, 2014

And Sometimes We Ignore That Still, Quiet Voice

After two weeks of working non stop I had plans to work even more. There were images to download, photos to edit and blog posts to write. You can be quite sure that I was not taking the time to stop and smell any roses, let alone some lovely peonies. 

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Then I noticed a small screw had fallen out of my laptop. And I chose to ignore it. Even though my Jiminy Cricket was working overtime I continued working. Feverishly. The next day the entire screen separated. I took it to my favorite repair guy and he said, “Oh if you would have brought it in right away we could have just replaced the screw but now a crucial part has broken off.” This constituted having to order a replacement. 

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Which of course meant a lot more money for repairs.

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Oh if only I had listened to that quiet, still voice.

Laura

“If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” ~ Proverbs 18:13

Friday, July 25, 2014

Strolling Thru Saint-Rémy

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a lovely town. It is filled with quaint little shops, delicious restaurants and small winding streets.

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It is located just a few miles south of Avignon with the Alpilles mountain range to the north.

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Here you will find buildings that are centuries old and feature shutters in perfect postcard paint shades.

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As always, look up as even the upper street corners may be embellished.

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Saint Rémy was the birthplace of Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame) a 16th century apothecary who became famous for his 1555 published prophecies “Les Propheties”. He has been credited with predicting many major world events.

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There is a fountain on the street which claims his birthplace.

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As with most European cities, towns and villages there are numerous fountains. I was not sure if this fountain featured a dragon, fish or perhaps a dragon fish?

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We loved exploring all the small shops.

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At Joel Durand’s shop the famed patissier was in the process of making rose flavored chocolates. They were delicious!

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We enjoyed a late lunch at a sidewalk café. I am still dreaming about this delicious summer salad which featured tomatoes, avocado, local cheese and olives. Yum!

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My cousin introduced me to my new favorite drink. A refreshing grapefruit and tonic water beverage that is sadly not sold stateside. I’ve been trying to recreate it at home.

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As always we encountered truly charming people.

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There are many other sites to see in Saint Rémy:

For those that love art you can follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. Between 1889-1890 he was treated at the psychiatric center at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole (Saint Paul Monastery), a beautiful Franciscan convent.

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There are markers all over the city that show you the perspective of Van Gogh when he created various paintings of the area. I did not see all 21 sites…after all I had to leave something for my next trip! :)

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On the outskirts of Saint Rémy is Glanum, a fortified Roman city that began in 27 B.C. and was abandoned in 260 A.D. It is known for two well-preserved Roman monuments~ France’s oldest triumphal arch and the Mausoleum of the Julii.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Next week we’ll be seeing even more of Provence!

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family,Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection,Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Home is Up For Auction

As much as I adore the 1920’s charmer I shared with you on Tuesday, I have to sadly move on because it is completely out of our price range. Sigh, why does money have to be a factor? :) But I have spied a very interesting house that is in our price range as it is up for auction.

I feel as if it needs a name, like “Tara” in Gone With The Wind.

I adore the front door with its Palladian styled windows.

Oh could I cook in here! The kitchen is much larger than the small shoebox I currently concoct meals in.

There is crown molding in each of the rooms and many of the rooms have gorgeous floors.

There’s even a loft area that would be a great “Man Cave” space.

I’m thinking that there is a glorious closet behind that bathtub wall.

We’ve purchased a foreclosed home before. It was a lot of work, but so much fun. I can’t help but think of the family that used to live here. This is why I try to respect each of the rooms I feature. The spaces were once someone’s home.

Laura