Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hot Off The Presses!

We just received our shipment of the brand new ‘Vintage By Nina’ book and this latest one is even more beautiful and mesmerizing than her others!
Nina's fabulous, faded winter white and gray palette as shown in all her design work as well as in her friend’s homes and projects is a one/two punch of subtle elegance and drop dead gorgeousness in page after page after page.
The Wow factor here has never been so brilliantly understated.
Also, just in ~ the latest copy of Jeanne d’arc Living Magazine brimming over with Swedish panache, lovely neutals and weathered architectural elements.
Check out both of these in Cottage White’s book section/bibliotheque and get them while they last!
They both make perfect Christmas presents.

Our Salon de Noel
officially opens
Stop by for a toast!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bonjour Automne

Fall has arrived and so has our fabulous assortment of decorative pumpkins!
 Pick from a variety of rich velvets, whimsical polka dots or jaunty stripes, ones covered in tattered French book pages, or, the ultimate and our best seller ~ plump ones with hand-scripted messages written across ~ that are straight from the pumpkin patch! (You have to see these with this unique technique)
Every table needs one ~ come find the one with your name on it.
Happy Fall!

Our Salon de Noel
officially  O P E N S 
on 11/16/13.
Come by for a toast!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Open House de Noel

The stockings will be hung
and everywhere you look ~ 
Tres Chic Holiday Inspiration…
Our Salon de Noel officially opens

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Le Soiree ~ Part 2

If you’re going to host a grand soiree, you have to surround yourself with the best of the best and go from there.
That’s exactly what I did ~ and the rest is history….
From Claudia Strasser, author, designer, photographer and the toast of Paris who came and wowed us once again, to designer Barbara Gray of Cottage White, who not only hosted Claudia at her oceanfront villa and who was my cheerleader from day one, but who put together the phenomenal black and white Parisianne salon that stopped everyone in their tracks, to the fabulous 2 designers I lined up, who I knew could stage 2 tents like no others ~ my buddy, the gorgeous stylist ~ Monique Hemminger who can work more magique with the color pink and her amazing collection of props than any other French designer out there with her vintage pink stove and pink mixer and hundreds of faded pink roses and yards and yards of lace for the over-the-top, pop-up patisserie extraordinaire, to Sylvia Asmussen of both Paris Cowgirl and the hot, new styling and prop rental company, Madam Palooza who put together the tres Francais, book-signing stage that was so elegant and befitting our Miss Claudia with its’ layers of French details including swagged curtains, vintage fabrics, exquisite furnishings, gilt candlelabras and even a Bridget Bardot movie playing on a vintage tv set! Quelle perfect!
Miss Kristy Lynn of Sweet Insanity Bake Shop took us over the moon with her outrageously delicious, pastel macarons, both petite and full size in many signature flavors like rosebud and lavender! No one could eat just one! Her custom creations are fascinating works of art and her company is growing by leaps and bounds as a result of this creative culinary genius. 
And then of course, there is ~ dear friend, designer and brilliant artist Karen Lampard, who not only painted yards and yards of satin fabric with fabulous monograms, French poems and Paris Hotel addresses but who took the front room, as she always does, completely over the top ~ by handpainting select pages from ‘The Great Gatsby’ in her beautiful script ~ all over the floor! Gold gilt against grey concrete has never looked more stunning!
  Yes, each and every dealer/designer of Vignettes took it up several thousand notches and all in all ~ it was a banner day celebrating 18 years of faded French décor and so much more!
 A huge MERCI BEAUCOUP to all of our loyal and fantastic customers ~ for supporting Vignettes so faithfully throughout these many years.
Cheers to all!

Designer Cake Pops By Julissa
created these custom cake pops to match Vignettes' business card.
Quelle adorable! They stole the show!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Only Claudia!

As if flying all the way out here and making this her only California 
book-signing stop and giving us a day at Vignettes to remember FOREVER wasn’t enough.
Then, she wrote this…

Only Claudia.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Scenes from a Soiree ~ Part 1

With champagne corks popping and decadent eye candy everywhere you looked ~ Vignettes’ 18th anniversary soiree last Saturday was indeed a celebration of everything French, fabulous and fun.
We had primped, pouffed and prepared every square inch of the shop and we were definitely ready for our close-up, bien sur!
Our guest of honor, Miss Claudia Strasser, continues to amaze with her beauty, brains and endless joie de vivre. You can’t spend time with her without coming away a whole lot happier and a lot more inspired. She’s no longer just the ‘it’ girl of Paris, now, with her best-selling book - Paris Flea Market Style, throngs of fans and her famous, customized shopping tours to France and Italy ~ she’s become the ‘it’ mademoiselle in every city she travels to!
Here are scenes from the soiree, Part 1, and if you couldn’t make it that day, come on by ~ there’s still so much to see, to take in, to be inspired by…
Enjoy the Show ~

Next Up ~ Part 2,
The Stars of the Show