Friday, April 24, 2009

For the love of Toile..

I have always been a fan of "toile". Toile de Jouy, sometimes abbreviated to simply "toile" (pronounced "twall"), is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background generally depicting a charming scene of country life. Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town of north-central France. Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Toile fabric is ideal for French country, romantic country or Provencal decors. Toile comes in many fabrics and colors and instantly dresses up any room. It can be used in a variety of ways to add some distinctive french style to your home, from the bathroom shower curtain to the dining room wallpaper. If you're timid, toile is not for you: you can't use just a little. And don't use another busy fabric along with toile. Instead complement it with small checks and stripes or a plain, bold color.
Note: This beautiful cream and french blue toile bedding can be special ordered through my boutique.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Family Traditions

I have wonderful memories from past Easter's when I was growing up. I remember getting a multi-colored straw Easter Basket filled with all kinds of goodies. We also had an Easter Egg hunt inside the house early Easter Sunday morning which was always fun and a bit of a competition between my sister and I as to who could find the most eggs (which were actually jelly beans). And coloring our hard boiled eggs was a must before eating them for breakfast. When I had children of my own I carried on the same Easter traditions with them and I'm sure they will carry on some of the same traditions with their children. I think that's why I love all of the vintage inspired Easter decorations especially those from Artists such as Bethany Lowe, Dee Foust and Teena Flanner as they remind me of Easter's past when I was a child. I have been bringing in these whimsical vintage inspired Easter decorations since opening the store and now have quite a number of customers who have also become a fan of nostalgic holiday memorabilia.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

(established July/2008)