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Friday, October 1, 2010

The Grand Giveaway Part 1

Have I kept you guessing?

the thinker My email inbox has been flooded with inquires. Let me answer a few.

Are you ending the Decor To Adore blog? No.

Did you win a show with Oprah? Not yet.

Are you opening an online shop? Not right now, but there is a strong possibility in the future.

Are you closing your design business? No, I will always continue to design.

neutral metis

I recently wrote a post that described how I had come to to the path upon which I am currently standing. I imagine that many of you have made the choice to live your lives more authentically by choosing to listen to what your whispering heart is saying.

image_thumb2411  A very dear friend of mine, whom I actually met through blogging, shares many similar heart stirrings. At the very essence was our love of all things authentically French. Over the course of many months we decided that we wanted to share our passion for vintage and antique French linens and fancies with others .

“Oh yawn!”, you might say “This has been done to death.” But you should know me by now. There has to be a twist~ a delicious something different.

We will offer authentic French merchandise, of the utmost quality, for very compelling prices.

Now you’re sitting up straighter aren't you?

image111_thumb_thumb1So, who is my partner in divine? I am absolutely thrilled and honored to reveal that it is Andrea Drexelius of French Basketeer fame. Mademoiselle Drexelius is well qualified. She studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris for three years. But more importantly she has a heart as big as Europe. If you read her blog then you know she has recently returned from her home in France. She also lives part of the time in Southern California. Her home there will be featured in a 14 page layout in the upcoming November issue of Romantic Homes magazine.     

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Her recent trip to France unearthed the most delicious treasures we eagerly want to share. Would you like to take a peek?

IMG_0603 Antique Grain Measures

IMG_0600 Lovely old curtain rings 

drum An antique drum that would be wonderful transformed as a light fixture.

Then there are the stacks upon stacks of vintage and antique French linen and laces. This will be our specialty, which gave the company it’s aptly titled name.

metis Linen-1

Métis is made from a linen and cotton mix most often used in French antique and vintage sheeting. It is a wonderfully soft, yet very durable cloth. It has gained popularity in recent years as an upholstery fabric and has been featured quite prevalently in design magazines such as Veranda, Romantic Homes, and Country Living. The sheeting often sports breathtakingly beautiful monograms.

a metis 

We have already begun putting the finishing touches on a new blog that will showcase this glorious fabric and  other fine French treasures in more detail.

metis header-3 

Each month we will offer a different theme. For Octobre it will be Homme~ French translation~ “Man”. The month will focus on the rich offerings of France which have a masculine feel~ perfect for a cozy fall. The selections fit well under a fun term industry has coined: “Mantiques”. 


Fencing masks

So where can you find Métis Linens? The wonderful Oma Talley, of Cargo and Company, in Costa Mesa will be devoting space to Métis Linens. There will soon be a feature post on her store to adore very soon. There are also a few other stores and online shops that we are in initial stages of partnering with.


In addition we will be at the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in the antique section. If you have never been to this thrilling market, now is the time.

Now on to the giveaway!



My Cottage Charm said...

Hey, you have to tell me about the drum! My hubby is a drummer and would probably love to have it! :)
Love ya

TRay said...

Congratulations and best wishes for your new adventure!! I can't wait to see what's next!!

Love & hugs,


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, How exciting for you! I wish you all the success in the world with your new venture. There are so many of us that love the vintage French Linens and antiques. It will be wonderful to have a new source to purchase from.
Best of so deserve it!
Hugs, Sherry

Jingle said...

Oh, that sounds simply wonderful!!! yay for you! said...


My sweet friend, I am so pleased that you are pursuing your passions! The items listed above are simply lovely. I know you and your wonderful partner will be successful! I wish you all the best.

Your Friend,

PS Will you be opening an online shoppe?

Karen said...

Sounds Fabulous~ and like a dream come true! I wish you all the luck and success and will follow you on your journey!Congrats. Karen

Dumbwit Tellher said...

A huge congratulations to you and Andrea for your partnership and launch of Metis Linens. What a fabulous adventure and one that will be greatly successful.

Can't wait to follow along ~

All my best to you ladies x

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Good for you for finding your own way and following your dreams! I have a feeling you will be a smashing success! Congratulations!


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Adorable one, I am hoping to see you there one of these Sundays. I will recognize you by the hat and big, wonderful smile. xo Lidy

Jeannine said...

Cute "new" blog title. A sure nod to the Halloween season.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,

Félicitations to you and Andrea on your fabulous new venture. It will be a perfect partnership. I wish you both every success with Métis Linens.

Bonne chance!

Jaimee said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see and buy and adore! The Rose Bowl flea -- jealous am I. Enjoy and celebrate your fabulous self.

Mildred said...

All the best Laura. Wish I could visit with you at the fair on the 10th! Enjoy!

FrenchBlue said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new journey with our most loved Andrea! I will be a forever loyal follower and friend!
Big Hugs

Creative Breathing said...

Laura, Congratulations on your upcoming business venture. Ah, to be reborn with a sense of decorating style. Everything you touch becomes more! I have heard of the Rose Bowl Flea Market, I do hope you will post about your adventures there. Again, congratulations! Elizabeth

Shell said...

Oh wow! Love your French finds. I'll be going to Paris in 2 weeks & hope I can unearth something 1/10 as delicious as you just shared.

Velvet and Linen said...

The linens and other items are gorgeous!
Can't wait to see them in person.


Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Wishing you happiness and continued success, Hugs Katherine

Allison said...

Congratulations to you. Best of luck with your new venture! Very exciting. Those linens are gorgeous!

Privet and Holly said...

Lovely Laura,
I can feel your
pulse racing right
through the computer
screen as you describe
your new venture!
Only wish that I
lived in CA and could
go to the Rose bowl
and visit you : )
I will be in Palm
Springs next month,
so I'll be interested
to know if you are
in any of the stores,
there! Off now to
check out your last
post....Hope you are
enjoying your weekend!
xx Suzanne

The Boston Lady said...

Again, congratulations! Wish I could be at the Rose Bowl, but perhaps I can send Lindsey, Zach's GF. I was there the wrong weekend this summer and we couldn't go. It's my dream to one day hit it right. Best wishes for many successes. Ann

Auntie Em said...

Congratulations and best wishes on your new venture. No one ever goes wrong by listening to their heart!
Your blog is such a wonderful place to linger and dream...I hope you keep it up for a long, long time!
Thanks for sharing!!! :o)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

How exciting! You've got my intrest peaked with the linens. And those breathtakenly beautiful monograms
BTW I so enjoy seeing your new header each month!

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Congratulations dear Laura. Much Love and Success is wished for you.

DesignTies said...

Congratulations on your latest decor endeavour. The linens look really beautiful, and I'm sure your new business will be a success :-)


Barbara said...

Wishing you great success! The linens are absolutely gorgeous!

cityfarmer said...

A dream come TRUE ...
I would have loved to be your partner ...

You will do well ... and I'm sure you'll keep us up to date ... I HOPE

fingers crossed ... I need to win something!

koralee said...


I am in love with all your images today!

Fall hugs to you.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Wonderful news! Listening to your heart and following your dreams, what could be better? Best of Luck. I'll be following along and cheering from the bleachers.

Sameday said...

It is beautiful, congratulations - best wishes for your success!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

That "MAN" really was a feast for the eyes, wasn't he? :-)

Warm blessings,