Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Antique French Pieces

Here is another one of our antique pieces-a very old marble top French chest. This piece could serve a variety of functions in any home. A buffet in a kitchen, a beautiful entry piece with lamps, or a chest in a bedroom. It's patina is so pretty and the price is quite nice!

Antique French Hunt Cabinet

This large antique French cabinet has such beautiful and detailed carving on it. What stories it could tell and what a grand piece it is. Maybe you would have the perfect spot for it in your home? It almost appears to have family crest carved on the doors and has very old stamping on the back-perhaps the previous owner years ago? We also have some antique French nighstands and in-tables, a petite china cabinet, and some wonderful French chairs. We are just waiting to slow down to make room for them!

Suitcase Suprise

I can see one of these interesting suitcases filled with wonderful goodies for a Christmas gift. Even filled with some of these great horn frames-come check out some of the great picture frames that we have displayed. I think a picture framed is one very personal and thoughtful gift myself!

Winter Inspiration

Love our collection of Spode Woodland and so beautiful to pull out and enjoy for this Christmas and winter. We have in a variety of the game bird dinnerware in along with some beautiful serving pieces!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Glitz

Love all the glitter and mercury glass on this table! So many beautiful and wonderful things in-love the brown & white transferware, glass script trays, and large brass hurricanes.

A Wonderful Time...

It was time for our Fall get together and Miss DD outdid herself again! Always a lovely time and fantastic atmosphere in her English Manor...(I went home and immediately starting cleaning and trying to teach myself to be detailed)

Oh say it ain't so-this beautiful Thanksgiving book neatly bowed up with chocolate satin ribbon. Her horn pewter tableware displayed, her husband got these for her he must have an eye for the good things!

Behind her kitchen farmhouse table this wonderful plate rack of blue & white-she also collects cow creamers-love!

Island in the kitchen-fantastic bread boards, wonderful jams, and scotty shortbread cookies(her Scottie is named Maggie), it's the details that makes a house stand out.

Woodland spode full of twine-we love twine it's beautiful to display and convenient to use on almost everything!

This is her "English Manor with a Texas Twist" room-the hereford hide on the floor mixed with the hide draped across the antique table. Love the large Indian book displayed in the background-so charming!

What a fantastic mount with the Spode Woodland displayed around him...

Thanks again! The breakfast was wonderful! Happy Birthday Kieta!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Inspiration...

So the store is decked for Christmas-Kathy, Kieta & Roseanna did an amazing job putting it all together so beautiful!

Please stop by and see us so many beautiful ideas and gifts for your special someone this Christmas....love all the beautiful gleaming ornaments hanging from pine garlands and trees. Red berries and pinecones are tucked here and there.

Love all the whites and greens on the farmhouse table-green suculents, pine garland, and white tulips...

The white Juliska dinnerware collection in this room pops and is so refreshing for a new season!

Our little antique bed in the back is so precious glittered up for the holidays-we already have a few gifts tucked here and there-ready to be taken home and put underneath the tree. Remember we have complimentory wrapping in-store with our beautiful papers and ribbons...

Just love this vintage-inspired Santa(notice he is in cream). He looks like something my grandmother might have had in an old cardboard box tucked away in her closet. Each year pulling out to admire and decorate for her house for Christmas...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Goodbye Europe...back to West Texas

This beautiful park that we visited is just beautiful. To me this is what the pathway to heaven would look like. It is just a picture!

Look how the trees are astoundingly perfect looking down this walkway...Every leaf leading the crunchy steps...

Could our trip have been more charming? The cobblestone streets we explored, falling leaves and crimson and gold trees turning for fall, and beautiful quaint little shops? Even the horses have that certain whimsy to them.

Until next time-Au Revoir!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Vintage 30's Chair

This is our vintage 30's style chair with linen script fabric and ultra-suede ottoman. A perfect size and a perfect fit-great style for any room. I see it sitting next to a crackling fire with a warm fuzzy throw over the back of it. Kick your feet up and relax...

A Christmas Story

Oh a hint of Christmas here and there...can't wait to see what's been decorated and glitzed at Bonnes Amies! how beautiful this setting is-love the bright red berries and greenery...

Here is our santos that told me she wants to come to my house for Christmas...she's all decked out and looking lovely...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said,
"Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said,
"But we don't care."
The third one said,
"I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said,
"Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said,
"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

To Market To Market

"Pre-done arrangements with cedar bases with big pods of ginger with a fall flair. Looking forward to creating my own for our "little cabin" to enjoy as we float down the Danube."

"We arrived late afternoon but still made it to the open air market...fresh fruit and fall vegetables being the center of attraction. Mounds of truffles and precious truffle oil being the star of the parade...surrounded by every mushroom God ever made! Flower stalls...so tempting....gradiose red berries on thicky stems, bundles of rosehips, freshly cut cedars, boxwood wreaths. Roses in the most shocking oranges....fresh roses in chartreuse tinged with fushia. My hands were sweating....what shall I choose?"

"German Christmas shops to explore along with all the distinct taste and flavors of German cuisine....warm, crispy pretzels to grilled sausages with golden mustards...."

An afternoon drive thru the German countryside....green meadows with round bales of hay framed out by dense fall trees...to Nuremberg, Germany.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Recipe: Caramel Apple Butter Crisp

This recipe is for anyone who loves to pick the topping off the crisp.
7 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced to ¼ “ thick

1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Caramel Apple Butter

1/4 cup Applejack, Calvados, Apple Cider or Apple Juice


1/2 cup flour

2 cups quick oats

12 Tbs. cold butter, cut into pieces

1 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 Tsp salt

1 Tsp. cinnamon

1. Place apple slices, Caramel Apple Butter, apple juice (or liquid of choice) in a bowl, and mix together thoroughly.

2. Prepare topping by placing all the dry ingredients in a food processor; pulse briefly to blend ingredients.

3. When well-blended and crumbly, sprinkle topping on the top of the apples and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Print Recipe Here

Something to Write About..French Desks

What writers have set at this desk and wrote letters of love through the years? What part of France would it have come from? I wish it could talk-it is so precious and the patina is so pretty. Desk like this are getting harder to find-the bookcase on top is a plus it has stayed together throughout the years. We still have our sources for antique pieces and hope to get more in within a few weeks. Be sure to stop by and check them out-once they are gone we may not get another like them. Our prices are very reasonable as well!

Fall in Love With Mercury Glass...

This beautiful table of antiqued mercury glass inspires me to start collecting it. It is just beautiful for Fall and would be beautiful displayed for Christmas! Love the old script chair as well-this could fit in so many wonderful spots....

I can see fresh greeneery wrapped around some of these pieces on an entry table or buffet. A collection on top of a mantle aboe a fireplace. Come check out our many new and interesting things!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Will keep you updated-hopefully more pictures to come...
Sleep tight.

Made it to Prague

As I worked today on the computer and wiped pureed sweet potatoes off my face(my precious likes to blow raspberries while she eats) I received several emails and some wonderful wonderful pictures from my mama....Oh dear maybe I can dream of this place tonight! Last year I made the trip overseas-it was hard but worth every minute. Tootsie is preparing the day she will get to go... : ) And maybe we can eat madeleines together...

"Prague, the ultimate European city....every turn is exactly the way you vision.

Europe. Just 21 hours from my home to the most beautiful little 5 star hotel (and worth every minute).....I could hardly walk in the old hand carved doors. Picture this...a little small palace...satillo tile floors, upholstered gold leaf antique furniture with brocade burgundy fabrics (all the same fabric throughout public areas)....beautiful large dripping crystal chandeliers with kilim and Persian rugs. The cherry on the cake???...magnificent European mounted trophies adorning the walls..Alchymist Grand Hotel"...an old historical palace "Mala Strana"....(house of Jesus child)....dating back to 1591. Can't quite picture this?...neither could I. The mix is breathtaking!! "

" a RAINY day...we sloushed through the cobblestone streets and shopped"

Look she looks like a woman of Prague herself-hang tight to that bright red satchel!
So charming!

What a breathtaking view...

Wonderful old rustic buildings centuries old-standing strong...

Oh my just wonderul looks like a dreary day in Prague....

Another view of the city from up high the old red top roofs and beautiful buildings...

"Prague is known for handmade wooden puppets, wooden toys (ones you remember from childhood)...and the Bohemian crystal. John must eat a whole pig leg before we leave....tomorrow at noon...He calls the "big hamhock." It is also known as the Bohemian country....beautiful, beautiful city."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Fudge

Well searching through the internet I found a secret pumpkin fudge recipe-a very sweet person I know loves to make this every Fall for all her dearest friends. It's wonderful for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee-really...perks you right up. Is this her recipe? I will have to find out...
Click Here To Print Recipe

Farmhouse Table

So someone has a secret hold on this French farmhouse table-I keep waiting for it to go to a good home. But here it sits and looks so beautiful-love the pumpkin orange chenille runner across the top of it-large lantern hanging over it. Hoping to have more French antiques arriving by November-cross your fingers! Maybe another farmhouse table if we can carry another one inside-they are heavy!

It's A Turkey Thing...

Needing inspiration for your Thanksgiving table? Want it to be "wow" for your family and guest? Let us help you plan a beautiful table with our fall linens and accessories. Love these green mossy turkeys and burnt sunflowers-just a little bit of spice is all it needs!