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.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A New Sign and Some New Space

Thank you thank you Melaine (My Sweet Savannah) for the beautiful sign you made for me. It's perfect and I love it. I can't wait to take it with me when I set up shop at some flea markets this summer. Until then, it looks so fabulous in my space. Speaking of space, I've expanded again. I feel like a piece of bread dough under the cheese cloth...I keep getting bigger and bigger! The space opened up next to me and I decided to take it on trial to see if I really can utilize all of it. So far so good. It feels great to spread out

This great French cane balloon back chair with original uphostery is only $72. French wire dress form (with tulle stuffed inside so you can see it better) is $59.95. Stop by soon. With all the rain we've been having here goodness knows we won't be in our gardens yet so we might as well shop! Kiama

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ode to Dorothy Draper-The Greenbrier Was A Dream Come True

I'm hyperventilating even as I write this remembering what an amazing time my husband and I had at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs in WV back in April.

I've avoided blogging about our stay because I took so many pictures and learned so much about the brilliant Dorothy Draper that I haven't known where to begin. The only way I can even attempt to start this is if I bite off little chunks and comment on a few pictures at a time. So here goes...the black and white floor picture is one of many corridors and hallways of The Greenbrier. The trademark Dorothy Draper floors were brilliantly shiny and never failed for a moment to make a statement.
The picture of the pink ceiling with all the plaster relief was the ceiling of the Cameo Ballroom. The picture can't even begin to do the room justice. It was, I think, my favorite room in the hotel. The hardwood floors are original from the 1700's and I can imagine the many sequined and bejeweled feet who have graced it. Every room was different and unique yet somehow it all flowed seamlessly into one giant tribute of American grace and elegance. Never have I been in a room where the designer combined bright jungle greens with fuschias, robin's egg blue, deep claret red, pink, trellis patterns, azalea prints, gold, yellow, bright cobalt blue and painted Chippendale chairs and have it be restful! Yes restful! I don't know how she did it, but she did. Never did all the play on color and pattern for a minute make me feel like getting up and leaving my comfortably upholstered button tufted chair. On the contrary. I wanted to stay and stay and sit and sit and soak it all in. And I did.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

French Tapestry Chair w/ Gold Leaf Accents SOLD-Spring is Here!

This is such a darling little petite French reproduction chair. Makes me feel all springy and flowery! I just brought it in to the shop. It's a solid wood frame, distressed in a green/gray paint with gold leaf accents. The fabric is a muted green background with courting couples. $75. Have a great weekend-I'm off to pull weeds, how about you?

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Maison" French Chair in Oatmeal/Linen Muslin (sold)

This "Maison" chair is coming to Touch of Mink today. I love working with this muslin. It's a mid weight muslin with a super nubby quality in just the right shade of oatmeal. The black legs set it off nicely. $89.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cast Iron and Petite Pooches

I spruced up my space today at Touch of Mink. Lots of gold and white and cream. Something to chase away the gray gray gray skies we've had here the past few days. This darling little cast iron vanity bench/chair uphostered in off white canvas with "Tu Va Bien" on it ($52)(sold) was just the right thing to perk things up and get us looking toward spring and white white white. Petite doggy beds in white wicker with burlap cushions are in as well as lots of gold and white accessories. Several darling Florentine gold and white music boxes (all under $15). Stop by soon! Kiama