Thursday, May 24, 2012

Creative friends and French finds...........

I love spending time with creative friends.................and Penny of 
The Comforts of Home is one of the best. 

Above are some of the beautiful pieces she has painted using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. They are for sale in her booth at Needful Things Antiques Mall in Hendersonville, NC.
You can also see some of her signature mosaic pieces on the chest....the birdhouse is magnificent.

Now this French settee, recently restored - like in stripped naked - and graciously re-painted and upholstered in linen, is Penny's fait is perfect and would be coming home with me if only I had space to place it in the cottage. Whereas............that lovely nesting set of tables will not only find a spot to nestle comfortably at home, I'm even able to get them in the car to take them back to Raleigh!

Another treasure I decided needed to come home with me was this unique lazy Susan for my farm table. Penny refinished it and added the writing - I'll find plenty of use for this piece and it will go perfectly with my French dough bowl.

We'll be heading home later today, but first I need to get to bed for a few hours sleep.......then later I'll have time to tell you more about meeting for lunch with this Penny, the other Penny, and a certain 'Blondie'
 whom many of you know!


  1. You've obviously enjoyed yourself. Hope there was enough room in the car for all your finds:)

  2. Love the pieces that you chose, looking forward to the next installment of bloggers in Hendersonville.

  3. These pictures look so summery. Looking forward to hearing more about your meeting in the mountains.

  4. So glad you ladies are having a great time! Meeting bloggers is such fun!


  5. Good Morning Mary! Thank you for featuring my booth in your post today! It was so fun having you here and seeing my booth through your eyes. I am so happy that some of my pieces are going to live in your lovely home. Thank you!

    We had so much fun these last two days. Give Bob a hug from me...and keep one for yourself.

  6. Your purchases are lovely. For some reasons I thought you were only on a day trip. Didn't realize you were staying over in the area. Fun! Another dust storm rolled in here. I might regret my decision not to come to the States this summer. At least we will be heading to Sri Lanka the first of July for a week. :) Have a great day. Tammy

  7. Penny does beautiful work. Your tables will not only look great, but be useful in your cottage. How fun to have something that someone you know has worked on. Makes it more meaningful.

  8. When I stepped into the showroom, I felt like I was in Provence.

    The scent of lavender and the sound of running water from the antique limestone fountain along with the incredible selection of French garden antiques were really impressive. If you are looking for very large garden ornaments, French planters, etc. this is the showroom to visit. A total of 15,000 square feet of the most incredible French garden antiques, French limestone fountains, fireplace mantels and the most selective collection of planters from France with immediate availability. Each piece feels real, the atmosphere is so calming and rural. A true and unique gem to be found in West Palm Authentic Provence will awaken all your senses with its most complete and genuine collection of the most distinctive French garden antiques and home décor the Mediterranean has to offer, carefully chosen by its owner an appassionato European art historian.

    Authentic Provence reflects an intimate portrait of (the south of) France where the outdoor living is saturated with the most refined yet simple garden antiques (savoir faire). Visit for more information.

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  9. I could not have resisted the lazy Susan .. WOW! Great post, great images, Ms. Mary!

  10. How fun! love all I see here and that lazy Susan would tempted me too.

  11. Mary, you are right Penny always does such beautiful work! She is amazing! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  12. Lovely items! Sadly I can still only see some of the photos! :-( I do love hollyhocks too so much, by the way! We had a lovely day at the farm!

  13. Penny does such beautiful work! When I can get to Hendersonville I will have to stop in that antique store.
    Take Care,


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