Saturday, May 16, 2015

Florentine Accessories and my French courtyard garden takes shape

 These golden beauties catch my eye at antique shops and fairs.
They bear a soft golden patina, not a harsh in your face kind of gold.
It is called Florentine, and it is usually made in Italy and stamped
on the back of the piece.  I have one piece that was made in Japan
and its not nearly as nice as the Italian made items.
 This set of Florentine bookends was gifted to me at my last day of closing the shop by Julia, my right hand gal.  She was with me when I spotted them in an antique shop, but I had picked out too many other items and so I left them behind.  What a surprise it was when she handed me these all wrapped up along with a lovely card on our last day at the shop.  Now they will have a special meaning.
 Trays are the most common things you will find in the Florentine style.  I have had quite a few in my day and sold most of them on my online shop.  The pink and gold is my favorite and I love this small decoupaged plaque that I bought online from a Facebook friend, Stacy.  It is one of my favorite Florentine pieces, and it hangs in my pink and gold bathroom.
 So this little Florentine collection has started to become a bit of an obsession.  I found the 6 drawer jewelry chest on my trip to California's Central Cost last month.  I found a few more pieces at Brimfield Antiques Fair and if you are looking, you will be certain to find them in most any antique shop.  Its a nod to the Renaissance style, and its a bit of old glamour that I just can't resist.  
Moving on~I have been mad about creating an outdoor space since I have retired from shopkeeper's life.  It will include a French door for easier access to this little space behind our home.
 I worked my butt off all day digging in the earth and moving plants and cobblestones.
At the end of the day I decided to reward myself with a little garden party as the courtyard
is really starting to take shape.  Mr. Maison Decor is bringing in a machine tomorrow
 to level out the area underneath the alfresco dining table. 
After that we will spread pea gravel as our base.
Any time you set up for al fresco dining, you need lighting.  
I found a large and attractive citronella candle with a chicken wire wrap 
and wooden handle at HomeGoods along with a tiered tea light votive stand.
 Bugs aren't welcome, but pretty mood lighting is! 
 So grab your favorite beverage and a pair of glasses and cap 
off a long and hard days work of digging in the garden.  
This photo is for my mom, a fellow gardener.  The one who inspired the passion of gardening inside me.  I really love gardening. Its another creative pursuit that was left to the back burner when I opened my first shop three years ago.  But now, I am BACK!  And this garden has my full attention.
The trellis was assembled by moi, after I spotted it online.  I think its terrific and it filled up this
great big empty exterior wall.  Today I dug out a climbing rose bush and transplanted it in the hopes it just might make wilted soon after moving, but I have watered it diligently and even used some Rose medicine from the garden center.  Some lavender will be in this border, and a few other things need to get moved around. Tomorrow my man promised me we will move the earth!! Woohoo!
I will be back with our progress in short order, hopefully. 
 Until then, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
This was one long winter and I am soooo glad to be outside!

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  1. Just beautiful, my friend!
    May I suggest using a product called "Snapshot" to keep weeds at bay? It is a granulated pre-emergent. It really saved me!
    You may want to cut your rose bush back to about one foot. They grow fast. Right now, the plant needs to direct it's energy to the roots.



  2. I get what you are saying about being outside Amy. I'm heading back out again today. Your garden area looks great! I'm sure the end product will be amazing!
    LOVE your collection of Florentine pieces! So you....just lovely.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  3. gorgeous. Amy! This year I added more cottage plants like lupines and peonies. I hope your rose will survive. I have been thinking about a rose garden in the backyard but they are just so delicate and too much work. We will see. I love your Florentine collection. You know how much I love my gold!

  4. Luvly Amy. We spent some time working in our back garden today as well. I say we, but mostly the Mr. I did dead head the rose on the arbor :) and trimmed up a few bushes. He was removing grass and leveling around the fire pit for our redo of the back garden. Digging in the sort and moving plants will come in a week or so.
    We are totally redoing the back.
    Beautiful collection!! :)

  5. The finds in the Florentine style are magical -- as is your garden courtyard! You earned that sweet little celebration!! xo Leslie


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