Monday, November 7, 2011

WARNING! Extreme Country French Eye Candy! Part 1

“The French have a wonderful way of blending rustic and frufru.  I think that is the definition of “Country French.”  Soft textures, an appreciation for nature and her colours, and being preservers of the past”, says Shawn Stucker, owner of European Antique Market in Louisville.  And, this gal should know:  she’s been to France 53 times studying all aspects of the French way of life, furniture, and décor to share with us here in the U.S. 

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful lady and visiting her shop several times.  She is always so helpful and conversational, and, of course, has many great stories to tell.  It’s obvious she is living her passion.  Shawn and her European Antique Market were featured in Victoria Magazine in Sept./Oct. 2010.

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I am traveling to Louisville this week and have the opportunity to stop by at European Antique Market again.  For years, I have been inspired by her blog and I’m even more so inspired when I step into her treasure trove of French goodies.  Truth be told, hers was the first blog I discovered when I entered the blogging world, and I returned time and time again to be vicariously surrounded  with all things French.  Even now, I sometimes re-read her older posts and study her photographs. It was just per chance that she is located in my home state of Kentucky.  How lucky for me!!!  We are also kindred spirits in that we both own Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some awesome photos of her shop, European Antique Market, for your enjoyment.  Please note: the following photos were taken by and are property of Shawn Stucker at European Antique Market.

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I know, I know, speechless. Chandys, fauteils, iron, etc. OMG

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Trumeaus, architectural, Directoire.

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A garden to die for…zinc, folding bistro chairs, cherubs…

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Just gotta study this one!

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She’s so creative, she even hangs chairs from the ceiling!

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What an eye for tresors.

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Pasty table – patisserie or maybe a boulangerie table? Is that a bergere peeking out?

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Baskets and cane..I’ll be happy to sit for awhile here.

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Copper, artwork, yummy goodness.

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Do I see a rooster?

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Demi-johns, terra cotta, shutters, signs, books

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Vasselier, pottery, rush seats, wow!

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louis xvi armoire painted

Armoires

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Are you inspired yet? 

Did you see some Louis XV, XVI, and Louis Philippe?  You betcha!!!

And, this is just a sampling! I could get lost in these photos. O.K. I think I have before. If I can’t be in France, this is the next best place to be. 

I’ll post a few more photos tomorrow of her shop at Christmastime.  I didn’t want to overload anyone with too much drooling for one evening.

I told you….you were forewarned!

Au Revoir,

Kim

2 comments:

Jackie said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog, love the photos and the topics (the history of Louisville is so interesting!) You are also close to "Time Worn Interiors," a shop in Glendale, Ky., (owned by dear friend Theresa Smith.) Her style is time worn chic and has a decidedly French flair. You should check her out-she's got to be nearby. Do you ever come to the Brimfield Antiques market? You should, you'd love it!
jackie
bliss farm antiques

Country French Antiques said...

Merci Kim, very kind of you to post about my shop. It is always such a treat when customers of like mind visit. That has been the best thing about having European Antique Market, meeting people like you :) AND Theresa Smith. Those brown upholstered, white frame Louis XVI chairs in one of the photos above now belong to her.
Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you!
PS...Love your new blog too!!!

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