Posted in 3rd SHELF FROM THE TOP, Blog, Paper Ephemera

On a Wet Stormy Friday Aftrenoon…..

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Well, I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in South West France we have had an AWFULL LOT OF RAIN this afternoon!

So much so, I couldn’t even walk to the workshop.

Never mind – I have my trusty ipad and lots of things from the summer antiques markets pleading to be photographed in our lounge – here we go!

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Posted in 3rd SHELF FROM THE TOP, Blog

Polishing My Vintage French Storage Jars

Sunday I decided to give a good clean and polish to the Aluminum storage canisters I found at one of the summer ‘vide greniers’ (flea markets) I love to frequent around here in south west France.

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I think they have polished up a real treat!

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Here they are in my Etsy Vintage Shop – 3rdshelffromthetop

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Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations

Country Chic Australian Style

If I ever get the chance to go to Australia , then I am going to this country retreat near Melbourne. It just looks so amazing – be inspired!

EST Magazine

ORCHARD KEEPERS | COUNTRY CHIC
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 EST MAGAZINE
When Pos Sampieri sent us the images of her beautiful new labour of love, Orchard Keepers, in Victoria’s Red Hill, our heart skipped a beat. Within minutes we were scanning our diaries furiously to find a date that we could book an escape to this idyllic country retreat an hour out of Melbourne. We had to get in quick before we shared it with you (so sorry – but we couldn’t help ourselves) as we know you’re going to love it as much as we do.

Set within established gardens and overlooking surrounding vineyards and orchards, the 4 bedroom guesthouse and separate Workers Cottage sit beneath a giant Sequoia tree. After leaving the corporate world behind her, Pos set herself the task of restoring what was once 3 separate cottages that hark back sometime between the 1890′s and the 1950′s, and committed herself whole heartedly to the entire process.

Working closely with Sue Carroll from Montreaux & Trove in Melbourne, Pos has created a sophisticated and elegant country retreat that she quite rightly refers to as ‘country chic’. Mixing antique pieces with lashings of white paint, layers of linen, concrete surfaces, pale timbers and a collection of ceramics, Orchard Keepers is the definitive of country chic in our opinion.

If your looking for the ultimate country getaway – whether its with family or a group of friends – you can’t go wrong here with Orchard Keepers….but its our little secret right?

Book here quickly if you want to see for yourselves!

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Posted in 3rd SHELF FROM THE TOP, Blog, Color Shape Space, Inspirations, Paper Ephemera, Wall Displays

Collage Collections and Kurt Schwitter

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There is nothing like being inspired on a Saturday morning to BE CREATIVE! I saw this lovely collage and started getting itchy fingers to do something similar.

I love old vintage paper ephemera and decided to gather some of my collection together to show you and to remind you not to throw anything away as it could be the crucial piece to finish your own creative collage.

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Want more inspiration? Then go and have a look at the artist Kurt Schwitter – the Grand Daddy of collage art.

An old bus ticket, a torn out piece of typography, an old stamp, whatever catches your eye!

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Posted in 3rd SHELF FROM THE TOP, Inspirations

Vintage Rubber Gloves and Stand for the Reluctant Housewife

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Just listed these ‘upper crust’ rubber gloves and their handsome metal ‘hand’ stand in my vintage shop – 3rdshelffromthetop

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A pair of black rubber gloves embellished with royal red and white, trimmed with gold and a crown. They also come with the wire display ‘hand’ stand because quite honestly, any practical housewife would find these gloves a little bit impractical!

Best to keep them well displayed on a prominent kitchen shelf – creates a talking point!

So, I propose that the embellished rubber gloves and the metal stand, are really a decorative item for your kitchen or drinks bar. Not really too practical but a great gift for friends or relatives who feel that they are a ‘cut above’ washing-up!

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Posted in 3rd SHELF FROM THE TOP, Blog, Inspirations, Paper Ephemera

Art Deco – Paris 1929

The Art Deco period during the 1920’s and 1930’s, I think is one of the most stylish periods in the history of design.

The black and white advertisements I have found in my copies of the French magazine ‘L’Illustration’ of April 13th and April 20th 1929, are quite stunning in draftsmanship, humor, and little historical plots in the life in the chic Parisian lifestyle that men and women were aspiring to during this period between the First and Second World Wars.

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If you compare the images from my earlier post on the L’Illustration magazine – 18th October 1913 edition, to the images here, it is quite remarkable the difference in style over the 10 year period from 1913 to 1929.

So what happened?

The 1925 Paris Exhibition was probably the biggest influence on style, design and architecture, and the birth of the Art Deco movement.

The First World War – 1914 to 1918  had a huge influence on the change in culture, particularly for women. (anyone who is watching Downton Abbey on the TV at the moment will know what I’m talking about – ITV – Sunday nights UK).

Life was meant to be gay and carefree – women where at last beginning to feel in their grasp the much strived for freedom in the fashions they wore, the sports they undertook and the wonderful new adventure that the motor car was providing.

Such a Romantic Period – Super Fast Cars – Gorgeous Watches – Holidays in Nice – 1920’s France was the place to be!

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Do you like these L’Illustration Magazines? if so, do look in my Etsy Vintage Shop – 3rd Shelf from the Top. They are for sale there INCLUDING the magazines that have the images illustrated here!

So go have a look. Here is the link to the THREE MAGAZINES that I am selling together:

October 18th, 1913 – April 13th, 1929 – April 20th, 1929

This is a great way to buy them, as the shipping costs are much lower if in a package of 3 magazines, so quite a bargain.

I would love to know who buys them and why.

Are you a designer who likes to collect historical documents of the early 20th Century? I must admit they are very inspiring when the creative juices are being stirred!

Perhaps you are a digital artist and need to add some more images to your library. I know a lot of you are very gifted Scrap booking and collage artists. I would love to see what you could do with these Art Deco images.

Are you learning French, or studying French history? L’Illustration magazine is a more interesting way to help you on your way with the French language and provide little snippets of French history, which was the daily news during the 1920’s.

Of coarse, you could just keep them on the coffee table and wallow in the wonderful world of the Parisian Lady of 1929. A little glimpse of her world, what she was buying, what she read……What was going on on April 20th 1929?

Posted in Let's Be Creative!

Garage/Car Boot Sales – Start Collecting!

When you are ‘Out and About’ – perhaps browsing around your local Car Boot or Garage Sale (called ‘brocante’ by the way in French), as well as looking for old frames for our tutorial, keep a look out for a few other items that we will be using in future DIY projects. For instance:

Old Keys
Interesting Postcards
Old Photos
Old Books with Interesting Text