Monday, October 10, 2011

Week-end Entre Amis

Receiving guests for the weekend is one of my greatest joys.  The beds are turned out in vintage French linens, interesting reading materials on the night tables; there is merriment and wonderful food; great conversation, lots of fun.  And yes, a little work.  Together, we tore out all the spent tomato plants and installed a winter potager, and distributed a year’s worth of compost around the garden in dozens of wheelbarrow loads; things I could do alone, but with a group of people it’s much more fun….

And after a little gardening, we hit a number of great places this weekend, Saturday morning found us stopping at two farmers markets, as well as Roger’s Gardens for garden displays including the fantastic little trains~


It was hard to know which way to turn; it was the second day of the Christmas display, but the outside garden was full of fall inspiration~


I love the hot colors for fall~


as well as a neutral green & white arrangement~


After that, we had a leisurely lunch, then went for a little shopping down the street, at Nicholson’s; see their website HERE and also on 1sts Dibs~


I am considering these chairs; can’t stop thinking of them for Beaune~


We have known Fred Nicholson & his store manager Joan for years; it’s one of those shops you hate to go in to, because you are certain to fall in love with something, like this painted commode~


Always a nice selection of mirrors~


Fred usually has several nice rustic breakfast/dining tables~


Pick your way through several rooms, of English, Continental and Asian antiques~



After our little shopping trip, we went for a long stroll along the beach at Crystal Cove~


and then we retired after an early dinner, as Sunday morning found us at the Rose Bowl Flea Market~


I bought this necklace for $6; it will go on a black long sleeved T for winter, or a Brittany Stripe shirt for spring~


The Rose Bowl is amazing; everything is there; I regretted a few butter molds I passed up; but could not help notice the grain sack knock-offs like this, $45~


and this pillow, $10, not even a good job, IMHO~


Still, there is lots of interesting merchandise, and lots of sweetness~


I bought very little; the brown transferware plate & bowl were $10 each, and go nicely with another vendor’s pillows~


OMG grainsack stuff is everywhere~


Loved these vintage stripe bolsters, but did not buy; I got something else here thought that you will see shortly~


Lots of deer sheds too; should appear soon in our fall decor~


That was a lot of photos; I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of what we saw this weekend.  It was a joy to have my guests this weekend, hooray for great house guests!


  1. Oh I love flea market visits, virtual or in person. Great buy on the cute necklace btw. My friend in Aliso Viejo takes us to that beach when we visit her, such a nice feeling there.

  2. So glad to hear you had a lovely weekend! I can see why you like that antique shop! And I LOVE the Rose Bowl Flea Market; I'm still enjoying my finds from my recent trip down there.

    So what is everyone doing with deer antlers these days? I have a HUGE set of Elk antlers that were shed on my property by a local "guest". They just sit out back and the girls show them off to their friends, but I'm thinking I should so something fun with them since I'm hosting the Thanksgiving meal here. Any ideas?

  3. I love that Antique shop, Everything I love,
    that Mirror is wonderful. Buy the Chairs.. yvonne

  4. Andrea I am so happy that you and Laura had fun! Rogers Gardens is always a treat and that fab antique store....I would be longing for several items every time I went there!

    Your new necklace is gorgeous!


    Art by Karena

  5. Oh what a glorious weekend. It went by all to fast.

    One fun dish towel is more like a runner, acres long. $5 deal of the day. :)