Spring, as you may already know, is my favorite season. There is some kind of magical awakening in the air, and I always love to update my décor during this season: moving pieces around to make the flow to the outdoors more natural, updating my home with new and fresh hues. Elsie Green invited me to select a few of their shop pieces to update my home for Spring, and I was thrilled with the challenge. I love Elsie Green’s sharp selection of French Antiques – and they even carry a few of my favorite Moroccan pieces as well. I still remember stumbling upon this fabulously-styled stand at the Alameda County Fair, one Sunday a few years ago, and wondering who that French Elsie girl was! No, really. Browsing through their selection is like strolling in a village flea market in the summer in France!
So, here are recent pictures of my home, updated with some chic French vintage Elsie Green pieces.
I love these vintage oil bottles, repurposed as vases; the green one is striking in front of my beloved kitchen/dining space wallpaper.
I used some food coloring dye to give the water a pool-side color in a makeshift daybed area I installed using linen bedding and pillowcase. The dogwood flowering branch is such a striking statement to Spring’s awakening!
These beautiful stoneware bottles make great greenery vessels, and their earthy ochre and sienna tones and patina complement very well my living space. Here, you see an exclusive peek of Inès’s bohemian room, and the often not-so-beautifully chaotic world of my artistic daughter! :-)
I adore Elsie Green’s copper pot collection! They add so much character and vintage charm to a kitchen! Did you know you can clean your copper pots with tomato ketchup? I recently learned this from Emily, one of the lovely members of the Elsie Green team.
Ah, vintage flatware; for me, they are the epitomy of French chic. Any meal or snack gets an instant va-va-voum effect when you use vintage silverware, don’t you think? I especially like the idea of mix and matched sets; it gives silverware an unexpected, laid-back vibe, and modern twist to a traditional relic. That’s something we, French, love to do : using objects from the past, but modernizing them and adapting them to our modern lifestyle.
Do I need to tell you that I absolutely adore this Louis Philippe black and gold carved mirror. I mean, seriously, it looks like it belongs to the space, doesn’t it?
Spring is also about taking time for yourself, enjoying simple moments, like a lazy morning with breakfast in bed.
This traditional Moroccan tea glass with its beautiful curved shape reminds me so much of mint-tea ceremony in Morocco; these glasses ⎯ we call them Beldi glass in Morocco; Beldi means “countryside” ⎯ are in almost every home or traditional restaurant in Morocco. Beldi glasses are perfect to use with hot liquids, because you can hold the glass around the ring and never get burnt. I adore their striking and unique shape and we use them at home for water, dessert making, or a fresh orange juice in the morning.
PS: I’ll share soon a DIY tutorial to make your own pillowcase. I made the white and red striped linen ones myself and they were so easy to make, I believe a few of you might want to know how to make them…
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