July 24, 2010

Let The Piece Find You


Love at first sight with rustic French flea market style. Timeless euro chic qualities are enhanced by the French tendency to collect and acquire furnishings over time rather than buy as sets inspiring a home with history other than trendy home accessories; resulting in perfectly imperfect. Sharing my passion for flea market brocante with my daughter Hannah has given her a creative balance with French flea market style that provokes love at first sight. The French chandelier was brought into our Burlap Luxe shop for sale by our dear friend Judy. I could see that Hannah was inspired by it's whimsey, as well as the paint finish in its peaceful tones that just spoke to you. The grayish white painted scrolling arms with cut glass was beckoning her that it was a special piece. This French Chandelier had found her heart with excitement, and she knew just where it wanted to be. We never go on the hunt for something to fill space in our home or force a design style, we just let the piece find us.

Pictured here are a few pieces that make me swoon over them. I have a fond passion for old pieces, chippy, and rusted with a hidden story to them. Some of my favorites are old doors, iron beds, and French chairs no matter what shape their in. A simple chandeliers with a bit of whimsey along with velvet feathered filled fringed pillows, and salvaged wood pieces all in which excite in how I will reuse or restyle there use in a renewed way.

European style is a design style of timeless desire. Its simple aged found object will add to a feel of history without the fuss of perfection. Treasures that find you make that special statement of not quite matching from groupings or collections, this gives a room a sense of being fashioned over time. Having an obsession with salvaging pieces have a way of making their way into our romantic homes, and decorating with what we love. I follow a rule of starting with one great piece for each room of a home. While letting salvaged pieces find you, the rest of the room will fall together inexpensively piece by piece.

Inspiring you to design rooms with great vibrations, using peaceful calming tones as I did with these pieces in my own home.

53 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Chèrie, I so agree with the French attitude towards la decoration (I just lost my ability to use l'accent aigu!).

I am transforming my studio to all white and touches of real vintage gold. My husband still worries that a certain piece that we both love doesn't MATCH other things, but he is learning that as we put things together over time, the look of picking out the perfect, taking our time and making choice decisions shines through and makes for a lovely form of art in our home. Thank you for this inspiring post. You have the touch!!! Anita

cityfarmer said...

this little post settled me right down ...
I'm sure your home is breathtaking

*sigh*

Lisa said...

lovely piece Dore...would love to see more pics of your beautiful home...as cityfarmer said..I'm sure it's all breathtaking

Lana said...

Dore, your posts are always lovely and inspiring. I love that chandelier, the glass cloches, and the other chippy, weathered items.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oh Dore! I LOVE that chandelier and all those pieces with it in the first two pics! Gorgeous!!
It's always such a pleasure to visit your lovely blog and take in all the wonderful inspiration you have to offer. You're so very talented!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Style Attic said...

I can totally see the beauty in imperfection. I agree, the Europeans have always addressed this well. I read in an English design book that things are cherished and embraced for their life....and then passed on. Not usually replaced within one lifetime. I have always loved sentiment over shiny & new...but the 2 together are gorgeous and I think the masses are beginning to catch on to that and hold on a little longer! You blog is always so refreshing to visit :)

Farm Girl said...

Just lovely Dore, I think having that kind of eye for decorating would be so nice. I think I am challenged in this area. I feel like when I come here I learn so much. I know that next door in my brothers carport, he has these old doors, white of course, that were in my grandparents old house they tore down. They still have the doorknobs on them with a place for the skeleton key. I need to see if I can bring them home and make something out of them,
like you do.
You do inspire me.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love your style sense. I agree that rooms - whole homes - for that matter feel like they are a part of you if you let them develope over time and not rush out to fill a corner because it is empty.

I really enjoyed this post...
Hugs,
Penny

fairmaiden said...

You and your daughter have that eye and heart for beauty. This is simply breathtaking. That iron bed propped against the old chippy door makes my heart stand still. I really do think you need to have hardwood or tile flooring to have this look...when I do, my cottage will change so much. Thank you for always inspiring me to simplify, beautify, and invite the calm.

Marlene said...

Oh I love that door! and the chair...yes they find us..all we have to do is listen...I once found a favorite chandelier across a crowed flea market..just the tip of it peeking out from behind a box full of junk and scraps ! It took me a long time to reach this box..because it was sooo crowded at this vendor booth.....but once I reached it ..there is was a perfect chandelier..all I know is it called me over! I would never have know from the tip peeking out just how beautiful she was!!! UNless it had called to me..and I listened..right?? have a great day! Marlene

Rosemary said...

I love that look!!
Beautiful and inspiring.
Have a Happy Sunday!
xo,
Rosemary

Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

I just love all the things you put together!
I'm hoping to one day find the perfect chandi=0)

Happy Sunday,
xoxo,
Carol

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonsoir ma belle Doré....merci pour être venue chez moi! Oh, je suis complètement d'accord que les français savent bien faire la décoration en blanc comme nuls autres....voilà pourquoi le plupart de ma maison est à la française....sauf mon studio! Je le partage avec mon mari, et même s'il aime le décor français, nous attendons les travaux de rénovation qui vont me permettre de transformer mon studio....TOUT BLANC!!!

Ton style et le mien, donc, j'étudie ton blog et je regarde ce que tu fais!!!

Je te souhaite une belle semaine ma chère! Anita

Tamra said...

Lovely pieces,all of them.

Have I told you how much I love the name of your blog? "Burlap Luxe" is a style of its own and I love what you've got goin' on girlie!

Tamra

Roseanna said...

Just lovely and inspiring! The iron bed had me at rust...

Jenni said...

Hi friend! The chandelier is beautiful! I love it's simplistic beauty! And I completely agree on old doors and iron beds! :)

How are you doing during these hot days of summer? I hope you had a good weekend! :)

Take care, and blessings to you,
Jenni

Beach House Living said...

Let the piece find you. May I borrow that for my sweetie? I'm always saying we'll find it don't worry.

Burlap Luxe said...

To Anita...
Bonjour chers Anita,
Merci pour vos belles paroles. Je sais juste que lorsque vous concevez le studio tout blanc, il sera grand. Je suis sûr que vous allez concevoir que cela fonctionne dans les deux de votre intérêt de l'espace. Je vous aimerai pour voir le sortir quand il sera terminé.

Je vous remercie pour profiter de ce que je fais dans mon studio, et ma maison.
Rester belle.
xoxo
Dore

Beach House Living said...

Dore,
I thought that was them but wasn't sure. They have found their true home just like they were supposed to.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Bonjour My Dear Friend~Sounds like you have been a very busy Lady.Hope your enjoying yourself sooo.

I am Lovin the French lingo,You go Girl!

Great new treasures and I too like my new found treasures to find me and say take me, take me please!

The so Chic Chandelier is Fabulous! You both have great style.

Your blog has taken off, that is so great.~Cheers Kim

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ah, Bonjour ma belle amie! Et merci à VOUS pour vos paroles d'amitié aussi! Je suis SI RAVIE et CONTENTE d'avoir l'occassion de trouver des amies françaises qui aiment bien la décoration, qui sont sympas et qui veulent me parler en français! Je vous souhaite une belle semaine! Amitiés, Anita

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I love it here, thanks for finding me!

A Cottage Muse said...

So lovely, romantic, enchanting....I could go on and on! So happy I stopped by!!

Kyandra said...

Such gorgeous pieces thanks for sharing..love them and your great style Kym X

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita,
Il est le beau langage des dessins et modèles français et la beauté dans la création d'un foyer paisible qui nous a si passionné pour tout ce qui inspire le français.
Rester belle ma chérie.
xx
Dore

Gwynnie B said...

Doesn't everyone need a chandelier? And a beautiful Dore' to help us decorate?!?! I love how your describe each piece with its own story, and how that peace can transform not only a room but our little world as well :)

merci beaucoup, dahling...

Chris Long said...

Hi Dore,
I agree with your thoughts on this post 100%!!!
When a piece speaks to you and won't let you leave it behind... well it's found you and will find it's place in your home. That's one of the things that is so great about vintage things... they possess a history and an energy and their patina is their soul and when you find each other... it's magic. At least that's what I feel and why I am a treasure hunter and why I am so passionate about it!!!
I can't wait to meet you and Hannah by the way. We are coming to SoCal on Aug. 10 - 12th for a UCLA Orientation. Maybe there will be time to meet up for lunch or something :)
I'll email you when I get home from Tahoe.
Much Love,

Terri

La Dolfina said...

Sorry Dore,
I was signed in under my son's account... I'm sure you figured out it was me :)
xo

VERBENA.... NESTED TREASURES said...

Hello my dear sweet feathered friend...I think of you often I have been abad blogger & need to visit more. Holding up the fort here..send big hugs & love your way. Wish you were her to feather my nest!!! xooxoLaura

Chrissy said...

Love this post,your photos are divine!! I would love to see every inch of your home! All the best,Chrissy

Leigha said...

What treasures! I completely agree, it's difficult to go 'scouring' for something specific. But charming little finds always find me.
Off to explore...

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Claudia said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I love your blog and am planning to explore it further. I love what you had to say about letting the salvaged pieces find us. I think that is why I love French and even British style. Layer upon layer of things gathered over time.

Claudia

Gaia said...

you say "I have a fond passion for old pieces, chippy, and rusted with a hidden story to them"...I totally agree! love old things and in the french antique market you can find so many beautiful things...

I love your blog so inspiring! Thanks for visiting me...I hope we can keep in touch!
have a great week

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

It sounds like we have the exact same design aesthetic.

These images are just lovely, I think you have *fabulous* style! :-)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Hugs,
Anne

La Dolfina said...

Hi Dore,

Thanks for your comment on my blog. You are the best!
I will email you when I get back from Tahoe and we will see it we can make arrangements to meet up next month!!! Give Hannah my love and tell her good luck with her wisdom teeth. I had a friend whose 4 children all had theirs out at the same time!!! I remember a couple of summers ago when Chris did it. Hopefully she's a quick healer.
Talk to you soon :)
xo

Suzanne said...

See...this is what I love and what I knew deep down, but didn't know how to put into words. Thank you for doing it so beautifully for us! What a lovely blog and especially loved today's post. How beautiful to be able to share this all with your precious daughter.
Suzanne

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

That is so true. A piece can truly speak to you. When you find something special there is no hesitation, no indecision, you just know it needs to be in you home. I had the same feeling when I found the birdcage I posted today. I saw it, it drew me to it and I bought it. Thanks for sharing.

Faded Charm said...

If any of these great pieces found me I'd be thrilled. Love them all!

Take care,

Kathleen

Creative Ambitions said...

Beautiful! Love the decor..Love the photos!!

chateaudelille said...

I just found your blog!It's just gorgeous and Im looking forward to surfing thru your blog to soak it up. I tried to become a follower but it said it couldnt find the page so I'll have to try again later.I love chandeliers too and I hope to collect more.Your daughter is stunning! you must be so proud!Fiona

Herself said...

Dore, Dear,
Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello. So good to hear form old friends! I'm resurfacing after the empty nesting transition. :)
Hope you don't mind, but you're my "daily Sweetie" over at ddna's facebook page.
Love, Colleen

Debra@Common Ground said...

Dore, oh how I admire your design and decor philosophy. The natural process of time. Your pieces are gorgeous and they belong together. Just a beautiful post and photos!
xo,
Debra

Lara said...

OMGoodness, they are beautiful!! I completely agree with your philosophy.. I let the pieces find me, grab me from my steps & I pounce while I have the opportunity. ;) Incredible finds!!
xoxo, L

Cindy Adkins said...

Hey Dore,
Everything here is always so beautiful!!!!
Sending hugs to you!!
Cindy
xoxox
P.S. If you've got a chance, my house is posted on my whimsical musings blog today...

Miss Sandy said...

Your mantra is true for me also, I like to let the pieces that grace my home find me - beautiful post!

Susan said...

I love all your peices you have such good taste!

Gaia said...

Just a quick note to wish you a wonderful weekend!
Gaia

Jeanneoli said...

I always love how you put things together!!

Mélanie A. said...

Beautiful and inspiring .I want to see more pictures of your home

French Cupboard said...

Beautifully altered!! Blessings... Polly

Rosebud and Bluebells said...

This is a lovely post I totally enjoyed reading it and admiring the lovely images.
Donnaxx

French Country Cottage said...

Love your blog! Sooo inspiring! :)