My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lady Time

This beautiful lady once sat proudly at the top of a fine mantle clock.  I spotted her at a fun little antique fair here in Orange County and could not resist.  She is metal and has a vintage gold finish. These figures vary in their poses and their accessories but each is a depiction of a strong, confident woman (I love that).  These pieces make great table decor for a ladies luncheon, tea or even a shower.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fabulous Flow Blue

Today’s treasure is a two-for-one. First, is a beautiful antique flow blue tureen from a local estate sale. This is one of those “can hold anything” items that every home should have. Second, I filled this beautiful dish with end of the season grapes from our vines at Le Potager.  Pretty and flavorful, grapes straight from the vine are a true summer treasure.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Antique Majolica Pitcher

Love this find! Oversized majolica glazed pitcher features tree trunk motif with foliage & a branch handle. Beautiful soft brown and green glazes. This pitcher will be stunning on an autumn table filled with seasonal color from branches of fall leaves and berry stems. Circa 1870's.  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hot Copper Kettle

I was so happy to find this beautiful, very large copper kettle.  Has a deep rich patina and features a lovely acorn knob on lid.  It is the perfect addition to a pot rack or great on a kitchen shelf.  Would be very nice on a cabinet soffit sitting on a stack of large cookbooks.  For centuries copper has been the workhorse of the kitchen and this kettle is one the of the reasons why, form and function epitomized.
I think every kitchen should have at least one piece of old, beautiful copper.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Good Old Coffee

Found this neat old coffee grinder at a funny little "junk" shop. Love the hardware and corner joinery of the box...not to mention it all works perfectly and still smells like coffee inside!  Wonderful piece in the kitchen or to use as a center-piece for a breakfast or brunch with coffee beans spilling from the drawer onto your table. Looks and smells great.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sterling Surprise

Spotted this beauty at a thrift store. With our fall and holiday table settings events at Le Potager coming up, I thought it could be a wonderful addition. The very large covered dish was filthy and beyond tarnished, so I went to work and uncovered quite a surprise...not only it is fabulous, but it's sterling!
This piece will be stunning on a holiday table.

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Belle Femme" Beautiful Lady

A truly charming piece. French peasant girl with ribbons flowing from her hair and flowers at her waist...youth and beauty epitomized. I think she will live with me for just a little while, then off to Le Potager.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Classic Casserole

English stoneware, especially in white, is one of those rare items that you can use in practically any room in your home. This antique casserole, sans lid, is perfect to fill with beautiful seashells for summer, daffodil bulbs in the spring, walnuts in the fall, vintage red & silver glass ornaments for the holidays. The combinations are endless and the look can add to any decor.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Champagne Elevated

Just arrived today! This ornate and unique champagne stand from the 1890's is just stunning. Holding bubbly today but imagine it full of holly on a holiday table. Cheers!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Badminton Anyone?

This was a really fun find. I have never seen anything like it. This gentleman is enjoying a game of badminton. Beautiful detailing. Spelter with a bronze finish. Perfect for a bookcase, side table or desk.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Farm Fresh Treasure

I could not resist today's treasure. Fresh from todays farmers market. Obviously not a decor item however these organic summer heirloom tomatoes are the perfect way to celebrate the season dining under the stars.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A simple footed silver dish with mismatched antique spoons. Beautiful on a sideboard for buffet brunch.