Little by little our garden turns into a magical gallery of treasures. Not all of them are fancy or elegant. Some are odd, simple, rustic, but to us they are all beautiful. A bee hive, an egg sizer, or an olive colander can suddenly become part of a home's decor. When I see someone picking up an odd item, I always like to ask them how they will use it. Some of our customers sometimes send us photos of how they used an item or how they integrated it in their design. I'd love to do a posting on this one day: photos of our items in your homes or gardens.
We love watching Johan do his magic as he begins to spread out our finds and like the artist he is, uses our garden as a canvas and selects items as though they were his paint. He gets a look in his eyes as he visualizes and "grabs" his brushes in his brain and begins his careful brush strokes, moving this chair here, placing a plant there.
I used to have to do all this before on my own and always felt stressed because I just don't have the gift for designing as he does, so when he is here, he is "The Man." We step aside and do the menial work as he sets it all up. Martin has been a great help this time and took some time from his busy schedule to help out. He feels especially good this time as he spots items that he found in our buying trip. He will be serving wine and helping out tomorrow also.
It is not easy to arrange everything as we don't have a large garden and area for displaying what comes out the 40 ft. container. Each time we say, "Next time, we will plan more, and then something happens that throws us off. We still have a few things to do tomorrow morning. Our friend Cathy from Chico came today and was also great help. She brought a bottle of wine and one of champagne and rolled up her sleeves to help out. Thank you Cathy!
We are now sitting in our living room working, but we wanted to post one more entry in our blog to remind you of the event that begins tomorrow Saturday 17 and ends on Sunday 18. We have gotten several phone calls and are excited to see some of you again and meet some of you for the first time. We are sure you will have a good time, and hopefully you will find something to take home with you.
Enjoy the images!
Enjoy the images? Yes, I do :-)!
What are these images to enjoy ... wonderful! I just wish I could be.
Good luck this weekend.
Life is soooo unfair:( Why Are you so far away from me?Enjoy your weekend,tovehugs:)
It's all fabulous and I spy a chair calling to me. I know your sale is going to be a great success so enjoy it and your weekend!
Hugs to you all!
Oh everything is so magnificent, you bet if I were closer I would attend! You guys have a wonderful eye for timeless treasures. Have a great sale.
So happy to hear that you are having your fantastic sale! The photos are very inviting. So many wonderful treasures to behold. I am sure that you will have a successful weekend. Good luck to you and your team. Wish I could be there too.
I wish you the best this weekend! I can't wait to see the three of you in a few weeks!
I absolutely LOVE each and every photo you post! They are over the top beautiful! Have a great week-end!
Your goods are awesome! I just know you will have a fantastic sale.
Good luck on your sale. I wish I lived closer, I would definitely be there.
Your items are so beautiful...Those chairs are gorgeous!
so many beautiful items that you've found while in Europe..and it all looks so lovely...am definitely going to attend one of your events..
they look like so much fun..
best of luck with the sale...
Your photos all show the treasures of my heart, Trinidad. I wish I lived closer. I'd certainly be the first one into your magical garden. I guess I'll just have to experience it all via your photos. Hope the day went well for you all!
My heart can hardly take all the beauty! I love the magic you all weave! Cheers to Cathy for rolling up her sleeves, (and for the wine and champs!)
I know the sale will be fabulous. I wish I could attend.
Talk to you.soon!
We had an amazing and successful first day! People who came were in great spirits and eager to find something for their homes! e also had a beautiful sunny day and it added to the ambiance. We played French music and enjoyed wine from Georis winery in Carmel Valley! Thank you all for your good wishes. Your spirit was present and also added to the good energy!
It looks GREAT ! Beautiful charming ambience, and I would so much wish to be there as well!
Happy Sunday and best wishes for a successful sale!
Like so many, I too wish I could have been there..by now you are tired but happy and surely pleased! Looking forward to see and hear all about how the weekend went. I bet you guys are already planning the next trip! XOXO Col -Afrique du Sud
I have always loved the look of a mirror in the garden. It reflects back the beauty of the garden and the sky. The mirrors in these images are gorgeous and crying out to me.......
I'm speechless ... wish you had a branch in the midwest
I have no words to describe the feeling your post gives me....maybe utter peacefulness,or perhaps utter envy....WOW!!!! Wish I could spend a day there....all the best,Chrissy
I enjoyed the pictures, wishing you all the best!
Thank you all for your comments! WE had a great tun out of old and new friends. The weather was great...a bit hot on Sunday, the spirits were high and we all had a good time.
Several people did call and wondered if we might open again on the following weekend. They could not change their schedules after we HAD to change the date of the sale. So we decided to
OPEN from 10 to 3 on SATURDAY SEPT. 24.
We will post about this later and you can also get info on our web site: http://atelierdecampagne.webs.com/
Good luck guys, it all looks fabulous. The last picture looks like a chandelier with huge maltesers stuck on it! Have a tremendous sale, love Linda x
Johan is masterful! And I can just imagine Martin must be so proud to see the items he found integrated into such beautiful vignettes. As always my dear friend I'm overwhelmed at all the deliciousness!! One would have to be crazy not to find a treasure (or ten *winks*) at your wonderful sale! Vanna
P. S. I've added a few more pix to my "Atelier" collection....Images to inspire and dream about....You lucky ducky you!
that is not a garden, that is HEAVEN!!!
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