21.11.14

On the Table: Holiday Cloches


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we've been spending a lot of time thinking about how we're going to dress our table this year. And we think we've finally got it figured out with these cloches full of wintry vignettes! What we love about this particular idea is that it's not too overtly Christmasy that it won't work for a Thanksgiving table, & yet it's just Christmasy enough to work as a table dressing throughout the rest of the holiday season. Save the time that you would normally spend on redressing your table after Thanksgiving & spend it enjoying the holidays with your family instead. Happy table dressing!






20.11.14

On the Shelf: Winter Wonderland


Although we probably won't be seeing snow any time soon here in Savannah, the cooler temperatures this week have definitely got us feeling ready for winter. And so does our newest entryway display! Full of copper houses, snowy trees, & glistening ornaments, this little winter wonderland has inspired a healthy dose of holiday cheer here at The Paris Market. And while we still have another week to go until Thanksgiving is behind us, we're nearly bursting with excitement to break out the Christmas decorations in our own homes. Be sure to stop by the store soon to satisfy all of your holiday decoration needs!




17.11.14

Taste of Savannah: "Setting the Perfect Holiday Table" with Annette Joseph


The Savannah Food & Wine Festival culminated this past weekend with Taste of Savannah, an event that shut down Ellis Square & was full of all sorts of food & wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, & food-related learning experiences. One such experience was a demo by the entertaining expert for The Today Show, Annette Joseph, in which she shared her tips & tricks for "setting the perfect holiday table." And she did so with items she borrowed from our shelves right here at The Paris Market. Her demo was wonderfully enlightening & we jotted down a few of her party planning tips:

  • Create a party tool kit: Collect all your party materials throughout the year & keep them in one place so you don't waste time running around during the holiday season trying to find things. (For those of you that may be more regular entertainers, a "party pantry" may even be in order.)
  • Before you go out & buy something new, look & see what you already have. 
  • Think outside the box! For instance, something as simple as tea towels have so much versatility: use them as napkins, place mats, or even mix & match different ones to make a table runner.
  • Shop like a prop stylist. Collect things as you see them. Chance are, if you like it, it will most likely go with the things you already have.  
  • Don't be afraid to mix & match! Different textures create a more interesting table.
  • Give your guests a take-away gift; something for them to remember the event by. For instance, a little bag of pumpkin potpourri. :)
     
     




Annette will be joining us here at The Paris Market on December 6, 2014 for a signing of her book "Picture Perfect Parties." Check out the trailer for the book below & stayed tuned to our social media channels for more details on the event as the date gets closer.

13.11.14

Throwback Thursday: Butterfly Collection

If you're a Paris Market regular, or even if you've only been in the store a handful of times, I'm sure you haven't been able to miss our amazing collection of butterflies. From cloches full of these beautiful winged creatures in which they almost appear to be fluttering around, to mounted pieces where they form striking, kaleidoscopic patterns, they are not easy to ignore. However, besides the shear beauty of these unique little insects, what makes this collection all the more fascinating is the story behind where it came from...

And where might that be, you ask? These butterflies once called The Gallery of Creation, formerly located in Stone Mountain, Georgia, their home. The Gallery of Creation, created by Joseph Hunt & his wife in 1978, was a quirky, little natural history museum that set out to "present examples of God's creation in such a beautiful manner that one is inspired to have a greater appreciation for God's handiwork & a greater love for our creator." And I've got to say, religious beliefs aside, it certainly sounds like they had some fascinating exhibits. From nearly 300 animatronic, talking animals to a giant Tyrannosaurus-Rex skull to a 102 lb. iron meteorite, The Gallery of Creation must have been a sight to behold. And, of course, I'd be remiss to mention that they also boasted one of the largest mounted butterfly displays in the United States. After moving to a new location in 2008, the museum officially closed its doors in 2010 & all of the exhibits were sold at auction. And although it's always a little sad to see such a unique business have to shut down, we're certainly glad that we were able to give these beautiful butterflies a new home. Be sure to stop by the store soon to see this wonderful collection for yourself. 







12.11.14

Pick of the Week: Adelene Simple Cloth Pillows


Today on the blog, we're featuring one of our absolute favorite finds from High Point Market: Adelene Simple Cloth pillows. With a manifesto just as beautiful as their pillows, it doesn't take much to guess why we love them so much:

This is the story of good things that only get better with time. 

Like the hand-stitched cotton quilts, sheets & pillow cases in Grandmother Ada's linen chest, always soft yet sturdy, crisp & cool to the touch. 

Or the adventurous character of Nana Elene, whose passion for travel, painting, & piano was as vibrant as her taste in textiles. 

Fabric with a buttery hand & a hardy character. Color & texture that satiates the spirit. Past & present through warp & weft.

Adelene Simple Cloth is the art of living simply & living well.

With an emphasis on integrity, ethics & quality, Adelene sources fibers & yarns both locally & globally in order to create impeccable woven goods with character & tactility. For instance, their line of Sturdy pillows are made from heavy-duty, vintage washed, & yarn dyed cotton canvas & feature antique pewter zippers. In their Sunday Best line, they utilize unique fabrics, such as bamboo & viscose, as well as washed linen sourced from Belgium. And although they may source fibers from all over the globe, Adelene's finished goods are custom sewn with pride & care in New England. An American made company that focuses on making beautiful products the right way...what's not to love?







11.11.14

Dr. Fabre's Micropolis: From The Jepson Center to The Paris Market & Brocante


Last week was a whirlwind of strings of lights, sparkly ornaments & everything in between as we completely transformed the store for Christmas. And with all our excess energy going towards mentally preparing ourselves for the holiday season, Rooms With A View had all but slipped into the back of our minds. However, our room, Dr. Fabre's Micropolis, won't be far from our minds any longer, as it is now installed right here at The Paris Market & Brocante. So for those of you who didn't get a chance to make it out when it was on display at The Jepson Center, now's your chance. Stop by the store soon & see the wonder that is Dr. Fabre's Micropolis for yourself!








6.11.14

Bright Idea: Repurpose Vintage Books as Holiday Decor


We can hardly believe it ourselves, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Paris Market. Slowly but surely the Paris Market elves are hard at work transforming the store into a winter wonderland. And while the appearance of winter scarves, sparkly ornaments, & jingle bells has got us ready to start counting down the days until Christmas, there's just something about this more subtle vignette involving our collection of vintage books that's got us especially in the holiday spirit. It's just such a lovely way to take something old & make it new again & it's got our brains swirling with all kinds of ideas for repurposing projects for the holidays. What are some of your favorite ways to repurpose old objects for the holidays? 






5.11.14

New Products Online!


From one of kind vintage items to our usual staples like books & candles, we've been adding all sorts of new products to our website. Check out a few of our favorite new products below & be sure to keep checking our website as more will continue to be added as we approach the holiday season! Happy shopping!!

1. Stoneware Utensil Jar // 2. Pichet Parisienne // 3. Vintage Midcentury Desk // 4. Vintage Metal Chair // 5. Paris Views // 6. Lafco Candles // 7. Vintage Wooden Boxes with Enamel Numbers

4.11.14

On the Shelf: Scarves Galore!


We are FINALLY starting to get those long-awaited fall temperatures, which means we are ready to break out our scarves & bundle up! And with the great new shipment of scarves that just arrived at the store, we hope that, this time, the cooler temperatures are here for good. With so many different colors & variations, we're more than prepared to stay warm in style. One of our lovely Paris Market ladies, Mackenzie, agreed to model our newest scarves so you can see all the great styles & the different ways you can wear them. And don't worry if you don't see the style you like on the shelf right now, we'll be continuously stocking our shelves with scarves throughout the rest of the holiday season.