Vintage French and Equestrian Style

If you are a fan of vintage French and equestrian style,
you have found a home at A Touch of Mink.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Perfectly Imperfect

I hate perfect stuff. Even when I was enagaged and picking out my china pattern, I was struck with the nervous feeling of "matching anxiety." What if I pick a pattern I love, and I get a dozen place settings and one breaks? Then I'll have 11. That won't be right. That will never feel right again. Then of course, I could buy another one. But what if the pattern is discontinued? I guess then I could use one of those replacement services and find it, but what if I can't? Then I'll always have just 11. It will always be 11 the imperfect set. Not 12 the original perfect set. And don't even talk to me about finding crystal and silver to match. I feel my heart racing already from the pressure of that! Lucky for me Villeroy & Boch had just come out with their Switch 3 collection. How brilliant I thought! Mix and we're talking. I immediately felt a sense of relief and that was only the beginning.

That pursuit of the "relief" feeling has followed me ever since and it's grown. Now I buy things that don't match on purpose. China cups with mismatched saucers. Different pretty champagne glasses all from different eras. No two alike. Odd numbers of spoons each with different monograms or designs. Each one a forgotten piece no doubt from someone's collection that along the way failed to meet the gold standard of a "perfect" set, so of course it had to be abandoned. A sore and constant reminder to the owner of how the set was falling short of it's complete destiny. Unwanted, waiting for me or someone like me, or you, to come upon it, scoop it up and cherish it for it's own unique, one of a kind, beauty. To mix it together with other imperfects to form a unique and unmatching inspired story.

So here's to our imperfect world. Our imperfect faces and imperfect homes. Our imperfect dreams and imperfect bodies. Here's to the warmth of forotten pieces and forgotten hearts found again and given a second chance to grace our homes and lives. Here's to the perfectly imperfect in all of us.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Equestrian Onesies-$9.95

For the horsey moms out there...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Set of 4 Blue and Cream Toile Chairs-SOLD

A set of 4 of these beautiful blue and cream toile chairs. Only $125 for all 4!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Blue Toile Pillows-SOLD

I really never get tired of toile. I always find a new story inside the pattern each time I look at it. These pillows are charming and in perfect condition. Blue toile is my favorite...$20 each.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Just In! Just Sold!

Just got a set of 4 of these darling French chairs in. Black and tan pattern. Perfect condition. $145 for the set! Wow-These little chairs sold fast. Have fun in your new home little French chairs. I guess I better get cracking on the next set. :)