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18 April, 2010

Frenchy Finds...and...Another Bouillotte Lamp!

IMG_1474I am sooo excited about this week’s finds! They run the gamut from chippy to shiny as you will see! However, I am saving the best for last…so first I will show you this mirror that I bought about a year ago at a lighting outlet near me. It just looked so frenchy that I couldn’t pass it up! However, something always seemed to be missing, so I added the pussy willow wreath that I showed you a couple of weeks ago.


page I also added a jute bow for a little more texture. I love the layers of paint…giving a really old look to a new mirror! However, it was still missing something. Then, last week I found what I had been looking for…


IMG_1519 …a chippy old half table to go below and anchor it! And…wonder of wonders…it was already the right color!  I topped it off with the books and fleur-de-lis finial from another post plus…


page1 …the top portion of a topiary I had dismantled to paint but loved what I found underneath. I think I like the bare bones better than the original look…what about you?


IMG_1521 I wanted to experiment with the chippy look without re-doing a whole room, so this vignette in my hall will fill the bill for now! And now for my favorite find


IMG_1504 …another bouillotte lamp! Woo hoo! You may remember my post from several weeks back where I showed you my new bouillotte lamp and offered a little lesson on their history. (Forgive the French teacher in me, please!) Well…Linda at Nina’s Nest and I were on our usual Goodwill hunting expedition when we tried a new thrift store. We were just about to leave empty-handed when from the other side of the store a little voice was calling my name…


page …a wonderful double arm bouillotte lamp…adjustable metal shade, long shaft with a key and lots of Napoleonic style!! I put on my best poker face and asked…How much for this lamp? The manager checked it out and said…Oh$15. Whaaaat??? I silently did the happy dance, paid and ran out of the store screaming “Start the car!” lol


IMG_1502Why? you may ask, dear readers…because this is a very heavy, very nice. very expensive lamp…probably at least $300-$400 originally!  Its only sin…it’s brass! That’s OK with me. Bouillotte lamps are classics and have survived as is for over 200 years. They will survive current trends. And in the meantime…I will be on the lookout for more of them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
See you next time! A la prochaine!

73 comments:

  1. Hi Deb - I grabbed a coffee and sat down to see if you had posted this weekend. Ahhhh....another gorgeous post. My husband would arm-wrestle you for the lamp and I love the mirror. Love that cat picture behind the lamp too. I would go with the 'bare-bones', for sure. You sure do find great stuff. Have a great Sunday and look forward to next weeks finds. Hugs, Deb =^..^= x 6

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  2. Hi Debbie! I just typed a comment and it disappeared! Ugh!! Well, I love your beautiful mirror and the wreath is gorgeous! Looks like a magazine picture. You found another lamp? Oh, this is gorgeous. You must have some wonderful shops around you. I love seeing your home and wish you'd show more of it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. Deb, I love, love, love that lamp. How do you keep getting the most fantastic deals. I look and they are expensive like you said. I love your wall arrangement above that table with that beautiful lamp. Very well placed.

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  4. Deb, oh I love your mirror and the wreath! You are great at finding some really terrific finds!

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  5. Love it, love it, love it!! Our thrift shops never get anything that good!
    xoxo Pattie

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  6. The mirror is gorgeous! And the topiary really looks sharp in front of it on the table. I like the grapevine look of it. Some great finds!

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  7. Deb, I'm cracking up at the vision of you yelling "Start the Car!!" LOL :-) Too funny!

    Would you believe I gave away a bouillotte lamp to GW when we moved? I could just cry now. Who knows why I do such stuff. *sigh* I am making a new rule that I'm never cleaning out again. Everytime I throw something away, I turn around & want/need/look for it a few years later.

    The mirror looks lovely with its new sisters surrounding her. You do have a wonderful eye for Frenchify things. Congrats on all your purchases.

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  8. Oh My Goodness Debbie, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, y'all have the best Goodwill in the world. That lamp is absolutely gorgeous! Love your hallway vignette, and that mirror is to die for beautiful! Now, I've got to go find your post on the pussy willow wreath, which is so pretty. laurie

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  9. That does it, I am headed to Georgia, Debbie! I truly think I am in the wrong part of the country...I can't believe the quality and variety of items in your thrift stores. The little half table is so perfect under that gorgeous mirror. I am so glad that you are the person to have spotted the bouillotte lamp...someone else probably wouldn't appreciate it for what it is.
    Have a great week!

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  10. Oh my...I am so coming shopping with you! All of your finds are gorgeous! I can't believe you found another one of my favorite lamps...lucly girl! Beautiful post!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  11. You find the best stuff, Debbie! One of these days I want to go Goodwill Hunting with you!

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  12. Debbie, I love your mirror and the wreath and jute bow are just perfect hanging in front of it. I can't believe you found the perfect table to go with it. Love the topiary taken down to the bare bones, it looks fabulous. The books are also perfect with the finials. Great vignette. Now for that lamp. It is a fabulous find. I love that it is brass. I guess I am still behind the times, but I love the sparkle of brass and thing it just lights up any room. Not too good about following all the trends. It really is a beautiful lamp. Thanks so much for joining the party this week. Love you, hope you have a super week. Hugs, Marty

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  13. GM my dear friend, I have coffee in hand and I got this in my email this morning. What a pleasant thing to wake up too. You know how much I love that lamp. I am a little bit green here in Calif. You are the trifting queen. I like the way you are trying out the chippy look in small doses just to see how it feels to you. You do it so well, that vignette is perfect!! Love you,Kathysue

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  14. Hello there! I love the look of a wreath over a mirror ~ yours is one of the best I've seen!

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  15. Serendipity! That table matches the mirror perfectly.

    Go Shiny Brass. You are so right, it will survive current trends. Hubby and I both love it. I'm sure you saw my frenchy brass chandelier post. (We're not talking 80's builders' brass light fixtures here!)
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  16. Love the mirror and that table below is perfect. Bare bones indeed is much better then the ivy entwined. I can not believe you found that lamp for $15! You are a good shopper to listen to that voice! It is beautiful and brass? hey it's lasted for ages and is gorgeous.

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  17. I looked at your chippy table, did a double take and then checked to see if mine was still here!! They are identical!! Same color, legs, everything!! I love your vignette on it. Very inspirational! ;-)

    Your lamp steals the show. Fantastic price tag!! It's very pretty. You made out great again, Debbie!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  18. Debbie....beautiful vignette! I'm glad you mentioned where you got the mirror, because I have been admiring it and meant to ask! Glad to see our little twin book grouping and starfish - look great together! The naked topiary is darling, and the lamp - incroyable! Linda

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  19. It is all absolutely wonderful, Debbie and that lamp! It's gorgeous!

    I had a weak in the knees feeling when I saw the price tag on the covered bowl. I couldn't get it to the counter fast enough!

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  20. You find the best deals Debbie! I think you could write a book about your adventures!
    Have a nice week and good luck thrifting!
    Cindy

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  21. I like the topiary both ways ... all garlanded up for Christmas and all flowered up for summer and beautifully plain when you wish. What a wonderful piece to explore.

    The lamp? Lucky you!

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  22. Yes! Love the topiary with its bare bones look. So pretty! I have a very similar table on my upstairs landing. It was a wedding gift to my grandmother in 1936. :)

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  23. Debbie you are so lucky in your finds. I have wanted such a lamp for ages but they never come cheap here. A wonderful find.
    Have a nice week.

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  24. Deb, I am so in love with your mirror! How lucky to find a table the exact color to go with the mirror. Oh my, $15.00 for the lamp...what a deal! Every since I read your first post on Bouillotte lamps I have been on the look out. No luck yet!

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  25. Love the lamp and the bare topiary! You are so creative and find such great treasures each and every week! Just fantastic!

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  26. That was almost TMI for one post. I was still trying to take in the mirror (love) and table (love) and then we jumped to this incredible find!

    Great post.

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  27. Well, you've done it again! I'm in awe of your eagle eye, Miss Plate Addict. How I'd love to discover one of these lamps for $15. Your new table is perfect to compliment the mirror, which is super. Love the naked topiary and the vignette on the table. I'm beginning to think you are French. You definitely have the sense of style of someone French. And I say this as a compliment! :-)
    Thanks for sharing these new finds and their arrangement in your home. It's always a treat to get a peek into your beautiful home.
    Have a great week. Hugs ~ Sarah

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  28. I. LOVE. That. Mirror! I would have snapped that up, too. Great luck finding that little table ~ it looks like it was meant to go with that mirror.

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  29. I love your finds ! Great mirror !
    Kammy

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  30. Wonderful finds, I love the mirror and the table together. Beautiful lamp.
    Sandy

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  31. Fantastic Frenchy Finds! The lamp is a real treasure!

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  32. These are just so beautiful and french looking. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog and I am a new follower. Hope you have a chance to come say hi.

    Cheers,
    Lia

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  33. I can't believe that you found that stunning lamp for only $15! You are a brilliant shopper...I wish I could go shopping with you one day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  34. I am a plate addict too, but I am also a lamp addict. We have so many lamps in our house that when we start to turn them off before we go to bed, my husband teases me and says we better notify the power company that the Freeman's are shutting down and beware of the power surge!! Needless to say, I love your lamp!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  35. I'm back to say that I am your newest follower. I figure that since we seem to have similar interests, I better be stopping by to visit often!!

    Love again,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  36. I love it! It is so exciting when you find something that you love AND get a bargain at the same time.

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  37. Debbie,

    What a find!!!! Your blog is always wonderful and I enjoy stopping by.

    Carol

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  38. I like the bare bones look too, and your wreath is PERFECT on the mirror. Don't you just love it when a decorating idea all comes together?

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  39. Your so funny! I'd have loved to be your get away driver! Thanks for the smile that starts my day!

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  40. Love your post and your blog, thanks so much for the lesson on the lamp I will now be on the look out for them, but don't worry I live vry far from Geogia. I have the same topiary and may be taking off the vine. The table looks so awesome with the mirror it was meant to be. I just love it when I find the mate to something I already own.......cheap!

    :) Michelle

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  41. Hi Debbie! What a treat to read your fun posts. Wow, another good week for you, huh? Love that little table and yes, the topiary is better as bare bones. So many cute things. And that lamp! Ever since you first told us about them, I have had one eye out looking for one and now you have found two! Thanks for the lesson and the smiles this morning.

    Donna

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  42. You have the BEST Goodwill! I'm not kidding!

    Cute stuff!!!

    ~Liz

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  43. Wow, that lamp is stunning! And the topiary looks so much better naked! Fab finds!

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  44. Hi Debbie! I cannot believe you got that gorgeous lamp for $15. How lucky can you be! Your chippy table and mirror look good together and you accessorized them so well...Christine

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  45. Hi Debbie,

    You had a wonderful, rewarding treasure hunt! Good to see such beautiful things rescued and enjoyed once again!

    Amanda

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  46. All fantastic finds! it's really exiting when you bag yourself a real bargain.

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  47. You did super well on that lamp. What a beauty and I adore the little blue table. Just the sort of thing I go for, too. Hope you'll drop by and see our villa. -- Jane F.

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  48. The lamp is just de LIGHTful! What a great find!

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  49. Great finds and great mosaics!

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  50. Thank you so much for sharing the story of the bouillotte lamp. I had one and had no idea what it was or even how valuable it could be. I just love this lamp for the classic lines. Your lamp is stunning and I too would have had to subdue myself from doing the happy dance! I would have ran to the car and then drove down the road with the lamp in my lap just in case some one realized their mistake.

    Love the other piece, bare bones is fabulous! What a gorgeous trellis and fleur de lis!

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  51. You have the most amazing luck at thrift shops! BTW, where is the new one you found? I'll be visiting mom in June and we'd love to check it out:).

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  52. What fun! I can just see you running out like Thelma and Louise.

    Your new lamp is just gorgeous. Great find.

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  53. Oh you've been very lucky at thrifting again -- you have a wonderful eye for finding great treasures. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful information with us! Happy hunting!~

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  54. I love your blog! your ideas are so wonderful and I just love that great mirror and table in your hallway. I agree that the topiary looks beter without the ivy:)

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  55. Love the lamp. I have a tole Bouillotte lamp and love it. Love what you did with the topiary--looks better without the ivy.

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  56. Hi Debbie....well all I can say is that you are the Queen of Accessories....the lamp is gorgeous and i can't believe you found the half table the matches the mirror...you are amazing..

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  57. Debbie! LOVE the mirror and athe wreath is perfect! THEN that table accessorized to the "T"!!

    And the lamp? Oh the lamp!! You are THE LUCKIEST thing I have ever seen to hear that lamp calling your name across the whole store and answered the call!!

    You made me laugh out loud with the "start the car"~! Been there done that!

    Awesome finds girl!! I am jealous!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  58. I love that mirror and the wreath looks great on it! Can't believe you found a perfect table to go with it!! Yes, I like the bare look topiary better! Really enjoyed this post!

    Katherine

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  59. Now you hit the JACKPOT with that LAMP for only $15! Luv your mirror and little shabby table!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  60. You are so a "start the car" kind of shopper. That just makes me laugh. You are going to need a disguise soon with all the great deals you walk away with. I think it's just because you have a great eye for special pieces that other miss. It is a pretty cool lamp. Yeah Napolean!
    Stay tuned for the ongoing story of our trip. You are swirling around in my mind with CC!

    Have a great great day.

    Love Julie

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  61. I laughed out loud at your "Start the car!" comment, for I too have shouted this to my shopping partners, many a time! How funny, and great find on the lamp, but I LOVE the topiary base, and yes, much better without the ivy. Love it!

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  62. Darling Debbie, I´m so happy to visit you again after a long time, but earth is still shaking here after the mega earthquake. I have red your so nice comment you left me the day after the earthquake and I thank you so much for the good wishes you left.

    I can see that you have been finding so many great things and I can feel how excited you must have been at the moment you saw those beauties.. I can`t wait to saturday when I go for any old and shabby thing I can get at my fav. flea market.
    Many hugs to you,
    Maria Cecilia

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  63. Super...everything is just so super. PS...love the kitty photos below too, 'cause I'm a cat lover. LOL

    I've been a domestic goddess this week ...making new SOUTHWEST CURTAIN TIE-BACKS Stop by for a visit and viewing if you can find time! Have a great weekend.

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  64. Debbie, I love your finds! And that lamp! That lamp! WOW! You have got to take me shopping with you. I would give anything if I could do something aside from order workmen around. LOL! We've had delays, and I can't blog from St. A. because I don't have computer access. Sigh. It's just nuts. I hope they will get out of there soon so the others can come. ;-)

    On a happier note, I hope you are enjoying your spring.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  65. What a BARGOON!~ I love everything. The mirror with the wreath is very very pretty! Have a great weekend, and keep on finding bargains to share, I wish I was so lucky!~

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  66. Gorgeous lamp and fabulous French music. Nice! Sincerely, Susan

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  67. The mirror and the wreath are beautiful and I love the lamp, lucky you.

    Great finds. Have a great Saturday.

    Barbara

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  68. Oh good heavens, Debbie, now I have serious lamp envy.

    Again!

    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful finds at MM. :)

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  69. Deb, I think the "B" Angel is upon you! :) This lamp is GORGEOUS, and that's with a "B"! Hey, I love the new look of your blog, and the labels at the top. I checked out your ABOUT My Blog...and it was really heart warming...and totally explains why you can't get enough plates. Isn't it amazing how our hearts are so emeshed with things that are French. I am like 85% french, are you too? Of course, you at least SPEAK French, I just THINK it. :) haha~ Now, I have the records I listen to, but that doesn't help my French speaking much...I just smile French in a teeny way; don't you think? Oui? haha~ Hey.......this was a lovely post, as ALWAYS! I love reading each and every post you write, I'm a HUGE Fan! Hugs! ~CC

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  70. Waaaaaa...that is SO NOT FAIR!!! You get ALL the good stuff, Deb. ;-)

    Your lamp was a real steal...so much so, you need to go to confession!

    The mirror looks wonderful with your artistic additions & the little table is just perfect for the spot beneath it. We had tables just like that when I was growing up. Wonder whatever happened to those?

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday & thank you for all that you share & teach us!
    Hugs,
    Rett

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie