I promised you I would take you to the most eye popping
French antique shop in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Justin and I were at the Annie Sloan annual meeting and we struck up
friendships with the handful of European stockists who were there as well.
This, our last day, we were free to roam around the city and so we set off
with our Euro pals to the French Quarter. Vicki, from Switzerland is running into the shop
right past Justin and Sherri from Poland who beat me inside the door as I was fumbling for my camera.
They all ducked behind massive armoires so I could get a
nice shot of the glittering mass of chandeliers, mirrors and gilt laden furnishings.
I swear this must have belonged to Marie Antoinette in her better days~!
She loved pink and gold.
Sherri beckoned us all to come around the back end of the shop as she
had discovered a piece that looked very much like one done in Chalk Paint.
Much of the furniture had wax finishes~you could feel the softness of it when
you rubbed your hand across the wood.
Wax finishes are lovely, polyurethane not.
Have you ever seen as many antique french sconces in your life?
Vicki was looking at the price tags and had to take her glasses off and rub her eyes!
Personally a huge fan of grand mirrors and chandeliers
in almost setting~this place had no shortage.
forced persuaded Justin to pose with me and Claire, our friend from France.
This clock was fabulously wavy and country and grand all in one.
Trumeau mirror are my absolute weakness~I see Janyce from the UK in the mirror.
This was the proud owner of the shop, Marc.
His great grandfather had a shop in Paris and it eventually came to New Orleans.
A multi-generational business that continues to this day.
Claire and Vicki wanted to grab a shot of him and I of them.
If you are in the French Quarter here is their address~
Plenty of beautiful shops line Royal Street mixed with hotels and lots of tourists.
After shopping we headed by many little lunch places
and finally ducked inside one, but not before a bit more window shopping.
Oyster plates and chandeliers...all of which cost a small fortune.
A street band serenaded walkers~
The beautiful colors of New Orleans were everywhere keeping the mood festive and bright.
Finally~we arrived at Sobou, a wonderful little restaurant, ready for some refreshment~
Vicki and Janyce took shots paparazzi style of the most bizarre appetizer I had ever seen.
Leave it to Justin to order it!
Justin loves to eat all kinds of different things~this was the strangest!
Tuna tartare topped with wasabi.
It looked like pistachio ice cream in a miniature form.
Lunch time was over and we needed to catch our plane back to Boston.
Goodbye friends and New Orleans~
no sooner was I home then I was at an auction buying chandeliers...
do you think there was a direct effect??
I would say so...that shop was so amazing with the
antique lighting I just had to find a few for my shop.
And then the electrician came and installed it for me!
A big Aubusson carpet came home from auction as well....
Next week I plan to paint this pretty desk and you better
believe it will involve some kind of gilding.
Sales last week included this pair of painted french chairs in Chalk Paint.
The French Day Bed went home with a cool woman who
plans to have her own special room and this will be the centerpiece.
A handsome bow front chest sold yesterday and
the buyer is having us paint it in Greek Blue.
I will share the result when its all finished~
Selling our custom mora floors clocks too...
As well as our custom mora wall clocks.
We just added some new items to our online store too~
A rouge striped french tote~
a wooden model hand~
We will be adding more as we gear up for a bigger online presence.
And if you are on Instagram there is a thing called Throwback Thursday
where people post older photos of themselves.
Follow me there for more off the cuff photos from home and shop life
@amymaisondecor is my user name
I posted this pic today~me and my boys ten years ago in Jackson Hole
on a wonderful trip to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary.
Look at Colin! He is so young~and was earing a sheriff badge. Awww!!
Oh what fun we had! I was dating Mr. Maison Decor
at the time~how much has changed for me in the last decade....
its really incredible where life can take you if you let it.