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14 October, 2012

Antiquing for Frenchiness and Fall Inspiration

005I love fall…and frenchiness…and antiquing! Sooo…you can imagine how much fun I had heading out with my friend Linda from Nina’s Nest with a little of all three in mind! And since our Goodwill hunting netted nothing, we made a stop at our favorite antiques and interiors shop…the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta, Georgia where we can always count on some inspiration! One of these finds came home with me! Can you figure out which one? First, look at this fabulous frenchy two piece armoire…love it! Now...I just need a bigger house!

003And…I love this secretary! Look at those fabulous lines and those mirrored doors...gorgeous! I am picturing it painted and slightly distressed...and I’m not usually one to paint furniture.

016Here’s a dresser that is already painted…looks like some Annie Sloan colors to me. You have got to love the lines on this one…fabulously frenchy!

006 Also frenchy…this wonderful French couple in the form of candlesticks! I have a thing for provincial costumes…and pairs…so I love them!

023More provincial costumes…are you beginning to see that I photograph in patterns?…then throw in some farm animals!  I love the idea of framing these vintage cheese labels mounted on ticking! And…goats are a special favorite of mine…I want one!
013And who can resist this vintage-looking bull decorating a wooden bowl? The bull is huge and so is the bowl!

011And what search for frenchiness would be complete without a rooster? I haven’t seen this particular grain sack in red…fun! And you might recognize it because I showed you my version here!
019And I was also happy to see some favorites of mine are still going strong! Love the mercury glass pumpkins…or is it a gourd?

001 And Santos cage dolls are still popular! Great…

santos3…because I love mine…a little less primitive and always the star of my Christmas decorations! To see more of last year’s Christmas tour click here.
010 And we can’t forget fall…with these great felted wool acorns…

024 …and these acorns made of birch bark and pussy willows…so different!
021I love this fabulous chippy urn! Just add more Indian corn, some pumpkins and gourds and maybe a few deer sheds…perfect for fall!
017 Speaking of deer, I love this vintage clock! It just says fall to me!

020And now for a little fun…a little wooden pumpkin man sitting on a little chair! He wants to know…which of these things actually jumped in my car and came home with me? What do you think?
Breton Candlesticks and Quimper wareIf you guessed the frenchy candle stick couple, you are right! Don’t they look fabulous with my Quimper plates? To see more of my collection, click here. Sometimes things just have to come home with someone who will love and appreciate them, don’t you think? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my finds! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!  
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party  
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday  
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday  
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday  
The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday  
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  
A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday  
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays  
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures  
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays  
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall  
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays  
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays  
Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays  
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday  
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday  
2805 for Potpourri Friday  
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday  
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday  
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Fridays  
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special  
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. I guessed the wonderful candlesticks! They had your name written all over them.

  2. So much lovely eye candy. Merci!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. I think I could get in some real trouble in that shop.

    Love your treasure.


  4. Great shop. French decorating is not real big here in Northern Minnesota. But I sure like it.

  5. What a great shop. I know I would have been in there a long, long time. You are going to have fun finding a great place to use your new candlesticks.

    I love the birch bark and pussy willow acorns. Isn't it fun to see something different?

  6. I guessed it when they were first pictured!! Beautiful!

  7. I absolutely love this post. And I knew INSTANTLY that it was the candle-sticks just from your love of Quimper. You turned me on to it, too.
    I was all over that dresser and would have found some way to get it home. I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee and I'm heading back to look at this post again. It's just like on-line shopping...well, maybe on-line dreaming. Deb

  8. I knew it was the candlestick couple, Debbie! I love those furniture pieces. I look at the large pieces when I'm at the local place. They are just crying out for a paint makeover but I just don't have the room for those big pieces.

  9. I love when you show pics of going to that drool worthy shop!! I guessed right YAY!! They go perfectly with your Quimper plates!!

  10. Darn. I was wrong. Thought it was that big, handsome bull to go with your cows. Thanks for taking me antiquing. It was a lot of fun.

  11. Oh what a fabulous shop. I would love it. Definitely need to go antiquing. Such fun. Love your candlesticks. Hugs, Marty

  12. What a fabulous shop! I guessed correctly, but it was a toss-up with all those great items you featured. Now I'm getting excited for Christmas after viewing your photo from last year!

  13. Great choice to go with your Quimper, Debbie! I would have scooped of some of the felted acorns...

  14. Hi Debbie,
    Looks like you shopped some wonderful spots! I too, love the secretary! Although, I'm not sure I'd paint it. The mirrored doors and lines are wonderful...not that I have room for one more piece of furniture! Now, candlesticks are another thing...I always have room for one more pair!

  15. Wow, I'm sooo glad you got the candlesticks! They are perfect with your Quimperware.

  16. So many wonderful things to look at, I loved so many of the items you showed. Thanks for sharing this.


  17. Debbie,
    I know you'd have loved to bring it all home...but I knew those candlesticks would make such a marvelous addition to your, dear guess was correct!!! They add another dimension to your lovely collection!!! Great finds!!!

  18. Oh Debbie, When I saw those Brittany style candleholder figurines I felt faint! They are beautiful and perfect for Quimper lovers.They look gorgeous with your collection. What a great place to shop..........

    The French HUtch

  19. Debbie, Thank you so much for the tour of The Queen of Hearts, lovely store, and love the treasures you showed us. The candlesticks are wonderful, enjoy!

    The French Hens Nest

  20. I guessed the minute I saw this couple! They would have definitely jumped into my cart, Debbie. This pair is perfect with Quimper. Adds more texture and interest. Can't wait to see a tablescape featuring this couple. The Queen of Hearts never lets you down. Enjoy your day.........Sarah

  21. I also knew the minute I saw the candlestick couple that they came home with you! Perfect for your collection and I must say the color is wonderful. Love all the great photos and I want some of that 'frenchy' furniture!!
    hugs, Linda

  22. I knew it! I knew it!! That is exactly what I thought you should get!! So glad you got them for your already lovely home, they will be perfect with your Quimper!
    Happy Sunday,

  23. I love this shop, Debbie! You have to have a lot of restraint not to go crazy in it! I am loving the French couple, they look right at home with you!


  24. Of course, it had to be the pair of candlesticks. Great choice and wonderful shop. I was enchanted by the variety of fantasy acorns. Cherry Kay

  25. I loved all the items you looked at. Wish we had such a store here. I too love goats, we raised them when I was a child. Brings back memories of my father who loved them as well.

  26. what a wonderful selection of glorious Fall features. Thanks for sharing all the beauty!
    Your darling blue candlekeeps are just the cat's meow!
    Warm autumn wishes,

  27. Not too difficult to guess which items came home with you! :) They look great with your plates!

  28. I guessed right, too! I love that couple, and I am a Quimper nut too. Do you belong to the Quimper Club International? If not, you should look into it. We meet each year in a different spot, Quimper in France, Bath in England, Chicago, Washington, DC, White Plains, and this year in Baton Rouge! Look us up at this address;
    Best to you..Cerelle

  29. I love the "blue couple" is perfect with your gorgeous Quimperware....i am going to try and make it one day that that great Queen of Hearts antique mall that everyone raves about!!!...Loved all the items you showcased!

  30. You know, that was what I liked best, and YEA! You got them! They do look perfect with your Quimper, Debbie. Tres Magnifque. Is that a word? Leave it to someone who slaughters Spanish to try and speak French to a French teacher! LOL!

    Love you...



  31. Love the photos of your shopping trip in the spring,we have a awesome shop like that in Riverside Ca were not only can you browse,covet,imagine and shop they have a wonderful soup and sandwich shop downstairs. So a girly day is a girly day as long as you spend it doing what you love. Your fall decor is inspiring also

  32. oops your trip was in the fall not spring, and I would sure like to have a Satos cage doll, I an covetting,wishing,turning green with envy. From your post I fell in love at once with the one with the heart locket,I am so in love with hearts ,maybe feb, birthday has something to do with that, she is a beauty,a natural beauty.

  33. Gosh Debbie, your little Frenchy couple candlesticks are a GREAT find and so unusual. Of course, the blue color works perfectly with your Quimper. Way to shop, Debbie!

  34. Great inspiration! I could have spent awhile happily browsing in this store! Love the candlesticks you bought! Have such pretty and unique character!

  35. Thank you for the inspiration, when I saw the gray and white armoire I was in love. I have a secretary that would be perfect for updating, this is going to be my winter project, I hope mine will look as great as the one in your photo!

  36. Debbie, As soon as I saw the photo of the candlesticks I knew they would be perfect with your Quimper and french decor. Love them! Thanks for sharing your shopping trip at the Open House party.

  37. Thanks for the morning retail therapy Debbie, this certainly looks like a fabulous place to spend a couple of hours in. The candlesticks just scream "pick me up Debbie" on them. Thanks for sharing your shopping trip.

  38. Excellent choice! I love those candlesticks and they will be perfect in your house!

  39. It's been fun shopping with you! Love that first armoire and the secretary. I'm waiting for the weekend so I can hit the sales myself!

  40. Your readers know you, Debbie! Of course, you'd select those great candlesticks as a complement to your French decor! No shops. Such as this in my neck of the woods- that's for sure. Oh how I'd luv to find a place! :-) Sue

  41. Beautiful Debbie! I am so ready for that Christmas mantel!


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