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Great Finds: French Ticking

Who doesn’t like a great unexpected find?  Yesterday I went to Anthropologie to return a few things and stumbled upon a lovely quilt.  It was on sale from $348 to $169. Now $169 is still a little high for my price range but I have looked for a quilt for a while that has the french ticking like fabric.


Although the recorded history of ticking fabric is slim, I found a little about the specifics of ticking. Vintage ticking was used to hold the feathers of old mattresses and pillows. It was important to individuals who slept on feather mattresses and pillows that the feathers did not poke them through the fabric.  It was also important to keep as many feathers in the mattresses and pillows as possible. The very tight woven vintage ticking provided both qualities.  True vintage ticking was woven with natural cotton colored thread and thread died with indigo blue dye. Original ticking was sold only with indigo blue stripes. As time progressed, different colors and patterns were developed and sold. Ticking was also made with washed-out red, blue and green stripes.  You can find a little more information about ticking fabric [here].

Previously when I was searching for bedding options I found fabric by the yard at Ballard Designs and that Restoration Hardware carries a line of bedding that has similar kinds of fabrics, but its $$$$.  If I didn’t have a million other projects going on I would toy with the idea of making my own quilts.  The Anthro quilt however, provided me with instant gratification! What I like best about the quilt is that it is reversible, with one side being a little bolder and darker than the other.  I put the quilt on my bed last night and decided that the less busy side works best for summer, because it has an airy feel to it.

The  quilt is also styled with an iron bed that is very similar to the bed frame that I purchased recently on a trip to Connecticut.  As past posts [here] have shown, I have a love affair with the Louis XV style bed.  Ballard Designs sells one, but with the cost of shipping and taxes the total would come to around $1100!  Unfortunately my post-grad/not yet full-time employee budget cannot afford that.

The bed I purchased was $345.00!  It has a French Industrial look partnered with the Louis lines and caning, that adds some charm.  My mother calls it tenement style, I like to call it French Utilitarian Chic!  But of course with a price like that, the bed still needs some work.  I really dislike the current color and faux finishing, however with a little paint the hidden charm will come to life.

I’ll have to post before and after images when I am finished with the painting!  In the future I want to go into detail about the store Preservation, where I purchased my bed.  It’s a great find in the quiet corner of Connecticut and definitely worth the trip.

photos:

Anthropologie

Ballard Designs

Lauren Gries

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Bonjour!

So I’m back from my trip to Paris and of course it was wonderful. Filled with lots of laughter, inspiration, adventure and of course fatigue.  I took so many photographs, I think upwards of 2,000 and probably will only keep about 1,000. That’s still a ton of pictures to go through! So I would love to post a bunch and separate them into categories, interiors, window displays, monuments, food, and of course the odd and random beautiful things one can discover that wonderful city.

Our apartment was in Le Marais, which is the an older part of town with many boutiques and thrift stores.  The culture is composed of young artists, Jewish families, gays and lesbians.  I love that neighborhood because of the cool little unique stores that you can find while wondering along the small streets.  Unfortunately our apartment was also outside of a loud restaurant/bar that was literally open everyday from 6 am to 2 am.  We weren’t the most well rested travelers, that’s for sure.  But coming from NYC, it wasn’t the worst to have a  loud apartment,  we enjoyed being in the thick of the city and being able to walk to many monuments easily.

That is what we did a lot of too, walking, walking that caused for me, 4 blisters and a swollen tendon! Of course i chose the cutest shoes I own and not the most comfortable to wear, because after all it is Paris.  I also did not want to be the token American wearing sneakers and a backpack. Believe me there’s a ton of those! We were just as good as spotting Americans as the French.

The first day we arrived I forced my boyfriend to fight the fatigue by going to get the Eiffel Tower visit out-of-the-way.  This construction is truly a beautiful creation.

Being the cheap-ies we are, we also decided to take the stairs. . . . Yeah, that was pretty stupid. Fortunately, we got a different perspective of the architecture and construction as we ascended up the tower.  Getting up there was of course a great pay off, looking of the city and getting to see all the beautiful 2nd empire architecture makes me all warm inside.  It was also to great to finally experience this place with Jack, its awesome to be with someone who has so much common interest and appreciation of art, architecture, history and the overall  beauty that Paris holds.  He’s now hooked on the city and it seems like my plans to move there  someday are becoming a little more realistic.

all photos owned and copyrights to: Lauren Gries

 

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Extended Absence

Tomorrow evening at this time I should be on a plane, flying to Paris with my boyfriend!  We will definitely be taking tons of photos of our endeavors that I will share when I return.  Planning to visit the flea markets with hopes of taking at least one special something home.  So far the weather forecasts are sunny and in the 70s! Let’s hope its a safe and happy vacation!

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Dreaming about my bedroom . . .

Beds and bedrooms that I dream about:

(found on Lonnymag.com)

Thank you Livingetc.com for the majority of these indulgences.

Here’s a rendering of what I’m picturing for my bedroom. Minus the finishing touches like the drapes and bedspread.

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Day 14: Been without internet for a while

I’m sitting in my friend’s sister apartment in the Latin Quarter on Boulevard St. Germain using her internet. This apartment is beautiful with the fire place and terrace. I haven’t been able to use the internet since we changed from the dorm to the hotel. Since I last posted we visited the Grand Palais, Trend Union, Didier Ludot (little black dress store),  Marais (for shopping), Musee D’Orsay, Alsace, Kenzo, The Pompedou museum, the Luxembourg Gardens and Versailles. I have so many pictures to post so I’ll put the best ones up from each place.

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Grand Palais

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Grand Palais

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A Hotel called Caron . . . (the woman told me not to post the name on the internet but I liked the key)

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Roses outside of Notre Dame

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Notre Dame

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A motorcycle that burnt down

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Musee L’Orangerie – Monet’s Waterlillies

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A cute little Border Terrier

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Fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens

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The Luxembourg Palace

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Alley looking down

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Alley looking up

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Didier Ludot The Little Black Dress shop

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This woman was fabulous

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Trend Union Coat Rack

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Textile showroom that carries vintage and contemporary fabrics.

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Actual fabric that is in Louis XIV  bedroom.

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Day 2: Museum of Modern Art and the Marine Museum

I have arrived and have been jet lagged and visited:
The Eiffel Tower
The Museum of Modern Art and The Marine Museum (Muse de la Marine-Palais de Chailot for the exhibition ‘Les Marine Font la Mode’ (sailor chic in Paris)
The Museum of Modern Art
&
Le YSL Foundation

So far it is been really fun and tiring and inspirational to say the least. I have taken so many photos.

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To be continued . . . .

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While in Paris

I will be shopping at Flea Markets galore. Well, hopefully.  If I do, I hope to buy some storage bins similar to these. I love that they’re in French.

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Hmm love this entrance way by the way:

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You can thank The Selby for this lovely images.

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