French Twist

When I first started my blog, it was with the intent to showcase home and garden decorating ideas stemming from my website, The Vintage Nest but it morphed into something much more than that.  For that I am grateful, having met so many wonderful like minded people from all over the world.  Starting with my New Year's resolutions for 2011, I am changing up the shop website, blog and myself.  :)  Myself will be a work in progress ....ha!  For now though I wanted to go back to my roots and post more about home and garden and mixing the vintage with the new.  Starting with the French and the French style of decorating......seems we all have a love affair with The French..... including me.   I have been lucky to have been to France.......Paris, France and sat at the perfect little French shop side bistro table sipping cafe au lait and watching the world go by.  My goal is to return........ soon,   real soon.....only this time to scour the French city and country side brocantes for The Vintage Nest.  

 Reveal your romantic style of decorating with dramatic country farmhouse or chic Paris Apartment.  Defined by an elegant look but with a touch of nature, intrigue, black, gilded elements, beautiful architectural detail,  plump down cushions, lovely trims and finishes and old world patina.

 Distressed and worn, there is royalty in rust.  Patina creates an "alive" atmosphere and tells the story of an object that has been adored and loved for many years.  The French have that certain talent of adding "je ne sais quoi" or that quality that makes something stand out or attractive........a bit of whimsy or the unexpected if you will.  It creates tension in your decor.  Showcasing the unusual in life serves as a reflection of your very own special personality to your home. 

I have been scouring my own Virginia "countryside" for vintage, antique, unusual and unique items with a French Twist for your home and garden and maybe .....  one day soon....will get to scour the French countryside too. I present to you some of my recent finds listed in the shop perfect for "feathering your nest".

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Fabulous old French mustard pots

Charming vintage hand hooked French poodle rug on burlap

so French farmhouse.....old Demi-John jug

Vintage elegance......old French chic worn gold and white drawer pulls.....so pretty in a grouping or actually use :)

Amazing antique French bookends

Add the unexpected to a room with old architectural details such as these rusty and crusty old padlocks

From rusty and crusty to the beauty of an old rhinestone encrusted frame

A vintage fat spool of thread makes a fun conversation piece in the decor

New Year Give-Away ~  Yay!

 I would like to invite you over to Mimi Bleu's fabulous blog "Bonjour Romance".  Mimi is the creator of the new e-magazine,  Belle InspirationThe new magazine that celebrates The Joy of Life and features all things beautiful with good taste and style.  She is having a give-away featuring moi. :)  Enter for a chance to win one of my vintage inspired Easter eggs nestled in the sweetest vintage silver sugar bowl.  I haven't even listed these charming old eggs yet on the website so be the first to see them .   xoxo



Unknown said...

g'day Lynn ~ What a gorgeous mixture presentation of the old & new. So love the eggs. Popped over to her blog & left a comment ... nice presentation she did for you.

Pop over for our lovely CSN GIVEAWAY!

Have a beautiful New Year ~
Hugs, Marydon

NanE said...

Great finds Lynn! Looking forward to the "new you" (not that there was anything wrong with the old you, :)lol) in 2011! I too was lucky enough to visit Paris a few years ago and next time want to scour the old markets. Have a great week, Nan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Lynn! Love all of this!!!

And this quote, "There is royalty in rust," is perfect!


Sheila :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the direction you are going in, Lynn,,,the little mustard jars were calling my name!


Janet said...

Nice finds Lynn, love those mustard pots, but I am on an austerity diet right now...just got brakes and tires on the car!


Jennifer said...

Changing up for the New Year. I know this one well, as it seems I am taking this direction also. I love all of your fabulous goodies The mustard pots are absolutely what my kitchen needs! I am off to check them out!

Happy New Year to you!!

Claudia said...

Lynn, your finds are just perfect! There's not one I wouldn't like!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

First I love everything and I am envious that you have a plan and direction. I want to go to Paris and scour for finds soon also, we have to talk! I have been there before, but like you I never hit the flea markets, this time it will be more fun! I am headed over to the give away and check out this new magazine!


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

While I have a few French items in my shop I KNOW you will find the most interesting things...love what you have so far and will look forward to seeing what you will be adding (())

Unknown said...

Dear Lynn, I was just saying to my sister if I had it to do over I would love to design Country French..so beautiful..Guess I have to stick with Traditional (not too bad either)...Hope you had a wonderful time in NY...(so much snow! yikes...)

Ruth Cox aka abitosunshine said...

Fabulous finds, Lynn! I love the bookends and the mustard pots! I'll be heading over to that giveaway!

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- What a great little showcase here of your things. I love those old mustard pots...are they not the greatest? Happy New Year to you, my friend- xxoo Diana

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Hopefully you'll find some wonderful things tomorrow when we go junkin...If I don't beat you to them first.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lynn ~ Happy New Year!

This is the path I am wandering down lately too. Trying to add some vintage farmhouse romance to my cottage and blending it with my rooms that have a touch of Paris here and there!

Going to check out your Etsy shop and the giveaway, thanks!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Happy New Year Lynn. What a charming post this was. Loved your Frenchy items. I have a problem..maybe you can help. We have a new home with open floor plan. It seems so many of these items just don't work with my NEW house! :( I love this look and all the pretty things you have shared with us today. I have to figure out how to incorporate little touches in with my decor.

Gabriela said...

Happy New Year Lynn!

Wow! This sounds very interesting!
I can't wait to see everything...

~ Gabriela ~

Margaret Cloud said...

Liked your assortment of old and new. Especially like the mustard pot and the old locks.You are right there is royalty in rust. Glad your holidays were nice and have a good week. Good luck in your scouring, ha, ha.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Happy New Year Lynn,as usual ...you have some awesome pretties.I know my daughter would love those padlocks rust and all...LOL
How have you've been, and did you have a wonderful Xmas and New Year?
You take care, and may God bless you,
XXOO Marie Antionette

gpc said...

Love those padlocks!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Lynn, if I hadn't read your commentary, I would have thought you HAD been to France to find these treasures. All of them are wonderful! Congratulations on being featured in the giveaway. When you go to France to scour the countryside, I want to go with you! laurie
P.S. So sorry I added an "e" to your name and did not give your blogsite when I said something about you in my recent post. My excuse is that, in the rush of the all of the holiday craziness, my brain has quit working (even more so than before!)

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Lynn,

All your finds are so fabulous, I especially love the rug and frame! How I would love to visit a French shop side bistro and sip a cafe au lait and watch the world go by...one day my friend! Wishing you all the best in 2011!

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