Yes our shop is open to walk in and this since June . Despite the challenge , it’s been wonderful to see the familiar faces , feel the support of our community , our friends and loyal clients !
We are here 6 days a week right now and keep our hours updated on Google .
Monday to Thursday 2 – 5 pm ~ Friday and Saturday 11 – 5pm
Shop’s phone number 619 298 5318 during open hours
You can place an order or ask questions by calling or texting 619 518 0401 anytime
Email email@example.com .
We respond quickly and prepare orders to pick up or ship usually within a day or 2 .
For those of you who have not yet ventured out too much we want to reassure that we have been taking all the precautions to make our shop a safe shopping environment for all of us. Controlling how many people come in, giving gloves to everyone , keeping our doors open for the breeze to flow through , touch free credit card processing or Apple pay , social distancing … 3 baguettes apart not 3 croissants apart please !
So far we do not have a shopping cart available online as our inventory can change rapidly but we take Visa and Master cards over the phone . Gift wrapping is free always and we have been charging cost for all shipping via USPS or UPS depending on the size of the product .
We plan to have morning private shopping appointments in the next few months to spread the Holidays and avoid waiting lines or last minute rush.
One thing Covid has taught us is that we need time to take photos of everything that comes in , upload all the new things on the site tabs , keep all our platforms updated to make it as easy as possible for people to support our small business . So even if the door is closed in the morning , we are still working somehow …
The other thing we realized is that, as much as people are online looking at our gift ideas ( which we will update with more when new merchandise arrives ) , they love to be able to get out of the house , have a little social interaction that gives life a sense of normalcy these days and for those far away calling us to order instead of just buying online gave them a total different experience , so much more personal and real ! We heard that the big stores would rule , that Amazon would take over retail but we really feel like people need and crave small shop experience and that communities will be more important than ever before ! We love our neighborhood and our neighborhood loves us too !
Hope to see or hear from you soon !
Marielle and Pascal Giai Owners of Maison en Provence AKA The Little French Shop since 1996
November 2019 , almost a year ago …this was our 3rd trip to Japan , the land of my grand parents , a place were I feel like I belong somehow but not quit fit in …literally ! $50 round trip tickets on JAL with our miles , last chance to take a break before the Holiday rush and we were off …Yes this was a time when we could travel freely …
This post is about sharing with you the beautiful work that our friend Yukari makes but since nobody can travel right now , I will give you a little taste of Japan too ! Here in Tokyo on our last day together , Yukari was wearing one of our French scarf with a kimono jacket of her design and I was wearing the vintage Kimono blouse she had just given me … mixing western and Japanese look .
Japan is such a Country of contrast : Ancestral traditions and cutting edge technology , Zen beautiful gardens and organized chaos in the city .
We had been to Kyoto during cherry blossoms season , saw sunrise over Mont Fuji surrounded by red maple trees , visited the mind blowing museum of Itchiku kubota master kimono artist but there is much more to discover , so once again , we rented a car and left Tokyo megalopolis on a rainy late October morning . We just love road trips …the unexpected finds , the local food and with a GPS it really is no trouble at all . Also everybody travel by public transportation so finding parking for a car is super easy everywhere !
Nikko National park was gorgeous and peaceful in the rain
We spent the night in a small Ryokan or traditional Inn near Lake Chuzenji . Kegon Fall was just a short walk away
The next day we drove through the mountains through the most incredible scenery . The narrowest road winding around small lakes, all a wild but perfect Japanese garden .Visions of old traditional drawings were right before our eyes : bamboo forest in the early morning fog , misty waterfalls, autumn colors brightening the rocks . This has been by far our favorite and longest drive in Japan , an amazing 12 hour day . Despite not having photos ( we could not really stop in the middle of this one lane road ) it is the one most vivid in my memory.
Our plan was to drive along the coast of the Sea of Japan .We found similarities with the rugged coast of Oregon and Northern California, but for the food and rice paddies !
The little fishing town of Wajima is actually renowned for its lacquerware . We stroll the morning market to stock up on snacks to eat on the road ( Fuji apples, dried persimmons , roasted chestnuts , dried squid ? ) and go in every single lacquer shop . After looking everywhere in Tokyo , we were searching here for special large ramen bowls which we were lucky to find !
The coast is pounded by strong waves and wind making for a very scenic drive
We drove on the beach and kept going south to Amanohashidate ( I never thought I would remember that name ) a little coastal town just an hour north of Kyoto . In 2018 Amanohashidate bay became sister with Mont St Michel as one of the world’s most beautiful bay ! Amanohashidate ( now you start to remember that name ) roughly translates to “bridge to heaven” and it is said that the sandbar resembles a meandering pathway connecting heaven and earth when it is viewed from the mountains …or a dragon if looking at it upside down from in between your legs 😉
We walked the 3 kilometer sandbar , wrote a wish on the tiny fan , hung it and made a prayer at the temple…
Ine is a traditional fishing village with houses over the water where fisherman can store their boat . Not so many are still actively fishing and the houses are being transformed into inns where people can experience life like in the old days . We wished to have stayed there but this was a Holiday week end and all accommodations had been booked months in advance ( https://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/ryokan-search-results/Ine/ ) Nevertheless we could still experience a special 10 course dinner at Chitose Ryokan’s restaurant. Pascal’s childhood friend Arnaud is a wine broker in Provence and Mr Yamazaki one of his clients . As a lover of France and it’s great wines , Mr Yamazaki’s restaurant offers the best of Japanese local cuisine paired with the best imported French wines …the cuisine has a little fusion as well , mixing Kobe beef with perfect wine sauce , sashimi with olive oil and soy sauce dip …This was a real treat !
Formal kimonos are black with family crest on each arm and worn for special occasions like weddings . It is so beautiful to see everybody dressed up and makes me want to wear a kimono one day too…but this is a serious big investment even for a Japanese family so I will enjoy looking at all the patterns, accessories and wear my western kimono blouse !
When girls turned 7, parents celebrated the “obitoki” rite, in which their daughters went from using straps to secure their kimono to wearing obi…
That reminded me that in my armoire back in Provence , I have my first kimono with Obi belt as well as books I found when I was cleaning up my teenage bedroom last year …a strange combination of Provence style and Japanese accents . Did I mention my Japanese name is Mariko ?
I had asked my friend Yukari to help me find a Yukata for my mum’s 90th birthday. Yukata are casual cotton kimonos worn during the hot summer months . My mother had wore my grand mother’s one to shreds , it was so special to her and i was determined to find one that she could wear now . But describing it to my friend made me realize it wasn’t going to be that easy , even being in Japan . They do not make that type of very light weight cotton with Shibori tying technique which gives the fabric airiness …we had to look in vintage kimono shops . Third shop , in a bin on the floor were some indigo yukatas. We asked the lady who said they were 80 years old but had never been worn ! This was exactly what my grand mother’s kimono must have looked like brand new … We buy the 2 and have one trimmed guessing the perfect length for her . The joy in my mom’s eyes when she saw her birthday gift was precious…she was over the moon happy ! She knew instantly what it was and what it meant (On the right is my grand mother’s yukata all faded , left the new one at the exact same length )
Shopping for vintage Obi belts with Yukari who makes the clutches we sell in our shop was fantastic ! I could see how difficult it was for her to find ones without defect , stains and she could understand what I was looking for that would appeal to our clients : traditional Japanese yet modern enough that they could use them just to go out to dinner . We picked some obi that she magically transformed into beautiful hand sewn clutches …
You too can have a little bit of Japan as we always have in stock Yukari’s special silk obi clutches. Here is our current selection
Makes a unique gift too !
They can be bright and modern !
Since the day Yukari gave me this beautiful blouse , I had been wanted to bring some in at the shop . I thought of a couple of clients who could be loving these just as much as myself ! Luckily her shipment of clutches and blouses came in just as we could re open our shop in June ! These tunics are made from vintage silk formal kimonos and have the family crest ( the little white sign on each arm ) Yukari undo each kimono and sew the fabric back to match the pattern in order to make the top . It is flattering , light , does not wrinkle ( perfect to travel , have something to dress up if needed ) and fits most body types since you can wear them with or without the belt .
These were the kimonos before the transformation . It is not always easy to imagine the result but you can trust Yukari’s talent and experience to design the outfit featuring the best features of the kimono pattern . Colors that suit you and your style are most important .
Each blouse came with a carefully chosen silk Obijime belt which allow you to wear the tunic with or without it depending on your style . And you do not need to be as tall as me either , you can see how pretty it looks on my friend Hiroko who got one for herself ! I am so happy we sold all 3 blouses already so now we are offering you to choose from Yukari’s kimono collection and have yours made to order !
Length of the tunics is about 29″ . Bust and high hip average size are 40 ” but it can be made up to about 47″ . Below the high hips , the blouse isn’t sewn to give plenty of room around the hips to seat and be comfortable . If you have any question do not hesitate to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or text message at 619 518 0401 . I will have my own blouse at the shop so you can see how it is made and I am happy to advise and help before you make your decision .
Seeing the whole kimono gives a great idea of what it takes to make the blouse . The ones below do not have the belt option for a looser poncho unique size fit . Even the colorful ones are stunning !
Here are the options !
This is an other of her design I love and wear !
I am most happy to support such talented young women who started making dresses with her mother and love being able to share this with those who appreciate the uniqueness of her work .
Our early morning drive through the lavender fields last summer seams like far way memories now …
Still I wanted to feel like I was in Provence right now so when I saw fresh lavender for sale , I knew exactly what I was going to do … Lavender wands !
This was the class I wanted to give for many years and was going to do this year since we had planned to be in San Diego in July . We sure have not left but there is no way I can host a class right now with social distancing . So I just did a practice run …I’m rusty …have not made any in years !
These are the last ones my mum had given me and I keep them preciously in between my linens ….they will smell for years to come ! Even last summer , she made a few as this was such a tradition …
My mother taught me how to weave lavender wands as a child …it kept us busy …very busy actually during the hot summer days when we had to stay inside . As a teenager I made some and sold them at my parents gas station . I weaved “bottles” and “baskets” style and now I was going to see if this like riding a bicycle is something you can’t forget !
No I did not bring some baguettes but some fresh lavender …the key ingredient to today’s workshop .
All you need is some rubber bands , thin ribbon, some inspiration and a lot of patience ! Maybe breakfast …and lunch too !! This isn’t a small deal and you have to work while the lavender is pliable or it is a disaster …
First you have to clean and make little bundles , then bend the stems over the flowers without breaking them …the fresher the lavender the better . A day old and you start having troubles !
Now you can start the weaving process making sure your ribbon does not twist, stain, fray …We always made a handle to our bottles these days when my mom’s hands were still agile , twisting 2 color ribbons and sewing a pretty bow .
First one done …two and a half hours later ! But I have not forgotten ! So many memories come back to me of growing up in Provence … Now I want to make a basket . You cannot put this in between your linens but it looks so cute !
Now that my confidence is up , I am going to try something new …2 color ribbons . I need caffeine !! Matcha latte to keep me focused . This is way harder than it looks !
I’m not there yet and my wand is far from the perfection of the ones we buy in Provence and sell at the shop ( left on the picture ) I knew how special they were but now having tried at making one , I have even more appreciation for the work they do .Unfortunately not so many people understand what it is and what it takes to make this; the $35 have been a big issue but it seams so reasonable when you know
Alice and I saw the maker when at the gift show in Paris last January . But I did not place a new order as I have a hard time selling them . It breaks my heart as I want to support this beautiful craftsmanship . We have a few at the shop right now but if you would like to give some as gifts for the Holidays I would consider placing an order if I have enough pre-orders . Send me a message if you do !
Satin, velvet , gold …the options are endless . Weaving the tiny ribbon is crazy long , you go around and it’s like you have not done anything …I cannot imagine how hard it must be to make tiny wands with this . But they do !
I really hope next summer will be the year I finally give that class and that you will be many who want to learn this lost art … they make special gifts !
The summer scarves from our favorite brand Inouitoosh have arrived from France ! Inouitoosh is known for their bold designs , beautiful materials and craftsmanship . They’ll give any summer white outfit a lift and keep you cozy on a cool foggy California evening .
Edith et Marcel pink $149 ( sold )
Pelican $115 ( sold )
Fish in love orange 100% cotton $109 (Sold out )
Favorite Moby blue 100% cotton $ 149 Back in stock !
Moby pale pink $149 Back in stock !
Thelma nude 100% cotton $135 ( sold )
Hesperide Navy 100% cotton $115 ( sold out )
La mer canvas bag with removable cross body strap $180 ( sold out )
April pink square bandanas 100% cotton $55 ( on shelf April hand folded clutch $75 )
April Scarf 80% Cotton and 20% Silk $150 ( sold out ) Silk gives this soft scarf a little more fluff and colors will look good anytime of the year .
They are as many clafoutis recipe as people living in France …everybody has one … me included . You may even have one as this French classic has crossed borders !
I combined a few recipes , made a bunch of trial clafoutis and this is the final version that I always do now !
Basically a clafoutis can be a crepe batter poured over cherries ; a blend of eggs, flour and milk . Like crepe batters there are many recipes more or less rich . The richest the ingredients , the smoother and tastier . Try to switch the milk for a mix of milk and whipping cream and you will have even more delicious crepes . You can also ad an extra egg , a bit of melted butter …it only gets better I can tell you that!
I like to mix grounded almond meal and flour to give it an extra flavor that mixes very well with the cherries . Beside the cherries , you probably have everything in your pantry at all times except for the vanilla sugar which I always bring back from France when I go. Scrape the beans of a vanilla pod into some sugar and let it work its magic for a few days and it will be just as good .
Combine the following ingredients :
8 Tbs of grounded almond flour + 6 Tbs of sugar + 5 Tbs of flour + 1 tsp baking powder + 3 Tbs melted butter + 2 eggs + 200 ml of whipping cream ( 1Tbs of dark rum )
You can replace the flour by gluten free flour in the same proportions and ad 3 Tbs of tapioca starch if you want a gluten free version . We have started selling whole purpose flour imported from France . It is not gluten free but French flour does not give me the stomach ache that any American wheat products do . I found that my gluten sensitivity is always gone when I am in France …and it is the same when I use French imported flour or eat cookies from France 🙂 Butter a shallow mold and pour the batter over pitted cherries , the more the better ! Some people say that un-pitted cherries taste better but it is scary to risk braking a tooth over dessert so I pit mine .
Sprinkle a few toasted sliced almond on top and bake at 350F for 30 to 40 mns or until golden brown and a knife blade comes out clean when picked at the center .
This version of clafoutis does not have the rubbery texture that some have . It is light , flavorful and even more delicious a bit warm served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of crunchy brown sugar . Do not refrigerate and eat quickly !
Dear friends , clients , clients who have known us through all these years , new readers this post is more personal than usual, but this year is not a usual year . Today we should be flying back from Provence with tons of sunny photos of summer days , lavender fields in bloom and bustling farmers markets loaded with ripe fruits . But this year is not this kind of year . As many of us had to cancel our travels abroad and still have to shelter in place , I will bring you instead the last part of Alice and I trip to France in January …a bit of winter in the middle of summer ! We knew we were lucky to have gone then when Covid 19 hit us …but I did not know yet that this would also be the last time I would be with my mother , celebrating her 90th birthday surrounded by her entire family …the happiest of times … These memories fill my heart with so much love and I am so grateful to have had that time . As France got into a very tight confinement , nursing homes closed down to all visitors and as many other elderly through out the country , my sweet little mom started suffering from the isolation , eat less , lost her grasp on life , lost weight and within an unimaginable 4 weeks she was gone . I cannot lie that not being able to go and be with her hurt a lot until I accepted the circumstances and made the most of the last times I could speak with her and have a beautiful conversation that will stay with me for ever .
Provence was colder than Paris . The Mistral was blowing . We had flown down to Marseille at the end of our day at Maison et Objet Show and by the time we arrived home near Orange it was already 10.30pm …just to realize that the furnace had stopped working some time ago and the radiators were cooling rapidly . We immediately started working to prepare for the next day Birthday Party …Alice decorating , cleaning dishes and glasses while I was hauling wood up to the second floor to feed the fireplace first thing in the morning . We had 20 people coming over !
We played Bingo , eat delicious cakes , she opened presents and the 3 of us ended the day by the fire to recover from a busy , exciting day . Tomorrow Monday , I had to find a repair guy for the furnace …Well Monday turned into Tuesday , which turned into Wednesday late afternoon until someone could come and get the heater going again . We survived with an old electric heater , confining ourselves in the kitchen with my mum giving Alice her first cooking classes all in French ! Not only she was learning how to make a proper black truffle omelet but she also was getting a crash course in French ! We laugh , we eat and despite spending most of our time with our wool coats on , we had a great time ….maybe more than Alice was bargaining for but this was real life in Provence , Peter Mayle style more than Patricia Wells style …
Vaison la Romaine is a lovely Roman town as the name say … big enough but not too big very charming . I took Alice for a little hike up to the castle ruins one afternoon . The cobblestones were slippery , moss was growing everywhere , the light was winter grey just like all the stones …even the local seemed to be hiding !
Time flies …we drove to Avignon to buy some crepe pans at a big supermarket so i could ship them before to fly back to San Diego and took a quick tour of the city … L’Hotel d’Europe was quiet this time of the year …
I cooked one last Japanese meal with my mom , packed all the flowers , photos to decorate her room , took the chocolates and cookies left so she could share with her friends at the nursing home , her home away from home . We talked about her next big birthday party when she would turn 100 ; the sky was the limit … One last hug and I was gone once again . Love you Mom , you’re in my heart , always .
Le Savon de Marseille : The Grand Father of all soaps from Provence !
Pictured below are bars of this iconic soap we found at the back of a shelf in Pascal’s grand mother’s pantry …they looked so cool we brought them with us when we moved and use them as a display in the shop …now in plain site for people to see !
Grandma Gratienne had gone thru the first World War so when the 2nd World War started , she stocked up on soaps so they would not miss it this time around . They were using it for everything , from laundry , hair and body to cleaning furniture or floors . Today French people still use Savon de Marseille for everything . We have sold it since the day we opened our shop in 1996 . We’ve had to educate our clients who have now discovered how wonderful it is too ! Yes it is the best soap and I will give you a full course on it so you will be able to appreciate it even more .
Marseille soap has been produced in Marseille for about 600 years. The first documented soap maker was recorded there in about 1370. By 1913 production had reached 180,000 tons , and in 1924 there were 132 soap making companies in Marseille but now only four remain …Traditionally, the soap is made by mixing sea water from the Mediterranean Sea , olive oil, and the alkaline ash from sea plants together in a large cauldron . This mixture is then heated for several days, stirring constantly. The mixture is allowed to sit until ready, then poured into a mold and allowed to set slightly. While still soft it is cut into bars, stamped, and left to completely harden. The whole process can take up to a month.
There are two main varieties of Marseille soap , a greenish hued made with 72% olive oil and a white made of palm and coconut oil . At the time the common size bar was 1kilograms ( 2.2 lbs ) easier to rub on bed linen and clothes that were being all washed by hand in a ” lavoir ” a public basin . These soaps are unscented , free of coloring agents , preservative and additive , hypoallergenic and biodegradable ! What else can you ask for !? We prefer the liquid versions and use the bar only to treat wine stains or other kind of red stains in particular . Pre wash by hand the stain area making the soap foam ; let set for 10-15 minutes , do not rinse and put in your washing machine with your regular detergent for a cycle . Stain is gone ! Because there is no synthetic components to the soap you can use it to clean leather bags and sofas , swede shoes …wash with a soapy sponge and rinse well . Just make sure you wet the entire area or it will leave some wet marks when drying out .
The same wonderful liquid soap also come scented , a gentle wash for your hands that will not dry them out ! We carry all the liquid soaps in 14 different scents all created in Grasse and in 3 sizes : a small plastic pump bottle 10 fl oz $22 , a glass pump bottle 16.9 fl oz $27 and a refill bottle 33.3 fl oz $33
Using this high oil content hand soap will not dry out your skin . You can wash your hands over and over . We have a lot of request for a good hand cream from people with dry skin but truly it all starts by using the right soap !
Something nobody really talks about is that the use of hand sanitizers removes the hydrolipidic film (our skin natural barrier to bacteria ) making our skin more permeable and vulnerable to virus . Washing your hands as often as possible with a gentle soap is the recommended way to stay healthy .
Marseille Soap has gone hip and sophisticated with these 3 scents that are perfect for a bathroom or powder room ! Come in a small glass pump bottle ( 10 fl oz ) $26 and a refill $37
Black and white tea come in a matte glass bottle (16.9 fl oz ) $32 or refill $ 37
Last but not least this new version comes enriched with shea butter . Delicate notes of white flowers over a sweet musk scent . 16.9 fl oz matte glass pump bottle $28 , Refill $32 , lip balm $10.95 , Hand cream 20% shea butter $9.95 ( 1oz)
Panier des sens organic Olive Oil and Honey /Propolis lines have a very light scent without being scented . Both soaps are so gentle they can be used on the face . Favorite are the body butter and hand cream which we carry in a regular and purse size .
Mistral soaps are made with natural and organic ingredients and original perfumes from Grasse, France. These triple-milled bar soaps are long-lasting, luxurious and exquisitely fragrant. Here is our current selection wrapped in beautiful paper .
Mistral also has come up with a special line dedicated to men . We carry the large soap bars as well as the hair/body wash , after shave , Eau de Parfum and candles in 5 scents
Keeping it masculine but not musky , this is Pascal’s favorite and I love that it makes the bathroom smells like a Japanese spa !
Elizabeth W uses pure Lavender oil from Provence , it is natural and straight forward that’s why we carry it . We love the hand cream and I use the salve at night or take it on trips because it is compact and solid .
Panier des Sens also makes great scented shea butter purse size hand creams and triple milled soaps . We are often asked the difference in between Mistral and Panier des sens . Both are all natural , hard milled , creamy and long lasting soaps . Mistral uses some organic ingredients , complex scents and more fragrance than Panier des Sens which is more about the natural scent of the actual flower or fruit…Many love how fragrant Mistral soaps are but if you prefer a lighter scent go for a Panier soap . We carry different scents for that purpose , things like old fashioned Violet and linden , rose nectar , lemon blossom , peony , tuberose and best seller cotton flower .
Purse size hand creams $8.50
Pre de Provence soap selection $10.50
Pair a soap with a purse hand cream or a soap dish to have a little hostess gift always ready !
Honey , olive oil or plain shea butter
Not as gifty , just simply wrapped in cellophane these are bigger 8.8 oz $9 and will last you a very long time …
We started carrying Ode about 12 years ago . We had just discovered Mc Evoy Ranch olive oil just north of San Francisco . We loved that they grow their olives organically , and make their olive oil which they are using for Ode body line …plus the fact that the lavender oil is from Provence , true , pure essential oil and we were sold ! I have been using the hand and body lotion since . It moisturize deeply without feeling greasy which makes it perfect for a daytime hand cream . Combined with some of their body oil on those dry weather day and you will never feel more comfortable in your skin . I use the scrubs that contain so much oil on my feet all summer to keep my hills smooth and soft . The quality of all the natural ingredients and essential oils they use makes it a stand out and we have since added the Bohemian rose and Citrus Oro . Their scents are light and will dissipate after your put it on so it is not overwhelming to wear with your own perfume .
Sea salt scrub 10 fl oz $ 37.50, Tube hand cream $2.4 fl oz $16, Body oil 3.7 fl oz $45 , Body lotion with pump 10fl oz $33 , Balm 2oz $22
Ask us about their facial line made with tones of skin loving ingredients …we carry it as well . All my friends and I are using it now …it does not make me break out or cry like all other creams and is truly that wonderful ! Moisturizer cream , cleanser and face oil …the best of all !
Looking for Bath products ? Here are the ones from Mistral : Bubble bath , salts and shower gel in lemon verbena , lavender and sweet white flowers
Fragonard perfumed embossed soaps make the perfect gift as they come with a matching soap dish and a beautiful box $29.50 ( Eau de Parfum available in all scents $ 59 )
The shop is now open again ! For your safety and ours we ask you to wear your mask . We are making all the efforts to keep all of us safe by limiting the amount of clients to 4 maximum and by giving each of you gloves to keep you safe . Private shopping appointments available as well !
You can always order anything for pick up or shipping : email@example.com Call or text 619 518 0401
Can you believe we are on our 8th week of confinement ?! Things are easing up a bit , our door is open but we still cannot let anybody in and only take orders via phone or text on my cell ( 619 518 0401 ) Thank you for keeping us alive in this context ! Mother’s Day was a great day under this new normal ; we are grateful for your support , for having each other and just being healthy . Taking it a day at a time is all we can do and the best we can do sometimes …
I am taking a break from taking photos of products ( which I will post later to bring you more things that are hiding in here ) so that I can write this post to follow up on our trip to Paris . We thought January was not the best time to go when now looking back we realize how incredibly lucky we’ve been to have that time , totally unthinkable now …who knows when Maison et Objet will happen again or how ? Well , I am glad I can take you there now !
With the strikes going strong , we are lucky to even have a metro to take us to the show…it is packed like rush hour in Tokyo . First day and the world is coming to visit M&O …a scene from the past ?? This show is huge , many gigantic halls well organized in sections and despite not being able to see the end of it , we are planning to see it all in 2 days !
We start slow at the Object section where we can find things for our Maison …No matter if we carry the brand already or not , there is always something to discover . Tissages de l’Ouest is one of the brand we carry and we love to see what’s new !
There is a map for “Made in France” and we are following the thread …
Some ideas are very clever like these drinking straws being actual real straws !Some still clever but not for everyone …The French stationary line I fell in love with and that we will carry soon …a mix of Rifle paper and “Anthropologie” , a little bohemian “French style” !
Whether we call the trend Bohemian or vintage , prints are everywhere from wall paper to slippers ! We are very tempted to start the trend here too !
The new and improved market rolling bag folds so you can carry it easily when on your way to the grocery shop or to store at home or in your car ….and it comes in fun prints bien sur !
Price was the only issue that was and is still making me hesitate to order some …same for the bow ties ( noeud papillon or “noeud pap” ) that also came in so many prints !
Time for a quick break and for Alice to finally have her first “jambon beurre” sandwich Color color color …rich and deep just like we’ve seen at Merci shop the day before ! Unfortunately these twin sisters do not want to export yet as they are already too busy with the European market or we would have these already !
The original lavender sachet , Made in Provence just like my mom taught me …I use to make and sell mine during the summer at my parent’s gas station . I have been trying to give a class to show how to make these special wands but have a hard time finding enough fresh lavender to buy from the local farms who want to keep their production for their own sales or distillation …maybe this summer ! Let me know if you would like to attend and I will start a list .
Everything is inspirational …so much creativity !
Day 2 …we made it again with our suitcases this time as we will fly to Marseille tonight . Air France had a counter at the show where we could check in our bags and avoid hauling them around from the convention center to the airport just 10mns shuttle away . This allowed us to stay at the show until the last minute without stress . We are starting with the Metiers d’Art which include artists as well as artisans perpetuating century old traditional crafts like the Anduze vases
Or contemporary expressions of French style
3D frame of Gustave Eiffel in his studio working on a big project …
Taking a quick break before to move to the home section of the show . The trend is very much into 20’s style …small rounded shapes , lots of velvet , brass , funky browns, dusty pinks and copper tones . Every living space has to look like a bar or boudoir , even the contemporary brands like Ligne Roset are showing it . It is not my thing but I can see young hipsters going crazy for it !
On the other side , natural , linen and soft pastels are still current
Poetic lighting by N- Lobjoy
Love how creative the displays are …Showcasing farm style dishes in matte finish and muted colors
Even the traditional cafe chairs are coming in pastels too
We cannot resist a little Christian Lacroix inspiration again …How cool are these platters !
Merci Louis is still for me THE brand with the most unique style and creativity keeping a French identity and giving it a twist “The brand’s concept consists in juggling with the classic style codes of 17th and 18th century France and using them to create contemporary objects ” We carried some of their trompe l’oeil candle holders , whimsical chandeliers , trays, file boxes when they first launched the brand in 2013
Just for Alice …
This is the inspiration for a window Alice did after coming back ! It is still up even though the leaves have started to wilt but it reminds me of Paris so I have a hard time giving it up . We might have to do an other fresh one for you to enjoy …soon we hope !
My friend Lisiane is from the south of France just like us , but we met here in San Diego over 20 years ago . She makes beautiful dainty jewelry , all handcrafted right here in SoCal …local with a French flair ! Each piece is unique but since you cannot come in right now , I will bring our selection out of the case for you to choose from the safety of your home . These make wonderful gifts , birthday , graduation , mom …
Lisiane uses gold-filled , a much better quality than gold platted allowing her to hammer the thread and shape it as she wishes . She also uses sterling silver , semi precious stones and fresh water pearls . Necklaces unless specified are about 16″ long with an extension chain to adjust it to about 17″ .
Call or text me if you have any questions about a particular piece or to place an order : 619 518 0401 Marielle Giai
We never plan it but we often twin with matching looks !
Gold filled necklaces with side details , from the left : Apatite $55 , Turquoise $62 , Single stone $50
Small hoops with dangling stones $50
Mix Matched Hoops $39 but if you really want matching , Lisiane can make you an other set so you can wear them paired or not !
Same idea with fresh water pearls on sterling silver $50
Gold filled Nuage Hoops with side pearl $50 ( sold )
Gold filled and fresh water pearls with tiny turquoise detail $50 , Hammered gold filled hoops with tiny turquoise detail $42
Bracelets with adjustable length from the left : Nuage Sterling silver ( sold ) , Paper clip Gold filled both $45 , Sterling and gold filled beads $50 , Heart ( sold ) and Nuage ( sold ) both $45
Tarnished sterling silver necklaces with gold filled accents : Paperclip $62 , Heart shaped front clasp and sterling medal $150 , Lightning $55
From the left : Heart earrings with 1 chain detail $42 , Pampilles hoops with pyrite detail $65 ( sold ) , single earring with ear cuff $ $35 , heart earrings $39 (sold ) Pampilles earrings both styles $62 ( hoops size about 5/8″ diameter ) Sold From the top : Heart necklace $55 (sold) Lightning with tourmaline $59 ( sold ) Heart with rose pearls $59 (sold )
All earrings sets $42
Earrings $42 Bottom set $49
Yin Yang earrings $42 ( except bottom right pink/green $49 ) , Not matchy but complementary . One of the most popular new style this season ! But if you are more classic and want matching , we can make this happen !“Nuage ” Long necklace clasp in front ( length 21″ around neck + drop chain ) , cloud and crystal details $72 , Yin Yang earrings $42 (sold )
Small hoops with cross $35 ( sold ), Hoops with hearts $42 ( sold ) , Yin Yang hoops $42 (sold)
Hammered “leaf” hoops $39 “Nuage ” Long necklace clasp in front ( length 21″ around neck + drop chain ) , cloud and fresh water pearls details $72
Here are some of our latest accessories . I will keep uploading photos on our site/blog so you can see what is in stock ! Light grey crisp Linen dress size M ( 6-8 ) $145 , Super light weight Cross body bag in washable paper Made in Tuscany $79 , hat natural or grey/light grey combination $38 Grey and silver scarf ( left ) $69 . Baskets are back and in fashionable colors ! Lined with fabric and a drawstring so you can close the top off . Small 2 tone $49 , Boat shape with tassels $85 , 2 tone boat shape $79Gingham Baskets lined with fun plastic to hold wet towels, bathing suits, picnics or farmers market produce $80Assorted matching stripped pouches $12.50 /$14.50 /$16.50 . Light grey Cross body washable paper bag$65 incredibly light Made in Tuscany , Woven basket with leather handles from Ghana $129 Cotton scarves details further down. Cross body paper bag can also be worn as a fanny Pack $65 washable and super light.More colorsOne of a kind ultra soft modal scarves from Valerie $69 ( Sold )Shimmering powdered pink $69Indigo Handloom : A brand of textile with integrity . 100% hand woven , Made with love and respect for those who wear it as well as for those who wove it Soft pink 50% silk/ 50% cotton $109Same scarf in blue 60% cotton / 40% silk $109 ( sold )Blue and Pewter 90% cotton /10 silver Zari $72.5050% silk /50% organic cotton $85This intricate plaid design is made of 100% soft organic cotton . Comes also in black $65 ( sold )Very intricate weave 100% light weight cotton $85100% organic light weight cotton $109 100% Organic cotton blue stripes with red border detail $59 ( sold )100% organic cotton $87.50( sold )
Inouitoosh canvas Bag $149100% super soft and light weight wool scarf from Inouitoosh . This design comes in citrine yellow/charcoal and olive green/navy $215Roses Inouitoosh scarf 100% soft light weight wool $210100% silk extra large square 55×55″ scarf from Inouitoosh $255Ombre scarf very light weight sheer wool that feel like cashmere $79
Graf lanz bag $290 . Light weight felt wool, leather handles , beautiful details and craftsmanship , Made in LA , waterproof , does not pill…my favorite bags and why I made an exception to the French made !
Crossbody bag $198 , Large boat bag ( my favorite ) $220 ( chestnut w/brown straps or charcoal with black straps ) Eyeglass sleeve $28