Often, when I tell people that I’m in living in France, they spontaneously start to drool. Little spittle flies from their mouth as they think about the pain au chocolat, crepes, creme fraiche. I swear, I can hear it through the phone. Can you relate? My mouth is watering right now just thinking about a hot, buttered piece of fresh french bread. Mmmmm.
Inevitably, we talk about flea markets here, finding glorious vintage things like linens and silver for the table, sweet vases, or even arm chairs distressed just so. Only it is a serious undertaking not only to come to France but to bring something – anything – home to the US. Like an armchair. RIGHT!
Of course, there are cool vintage shops all over the States, but they take loads of time to peruse. While some might find the hunt akin to crack – just one more teeny weeny look, I promise it’ll be fast – some, like myself, glaze over and get bleary-eyed just imagining rifling through another person’s trash, just to find the treasure.
Enter Greenhouse Design Studio! Voila! A website that has culled from the pile to offer you the very best, or at least it looks like the very best.
How about the silverware service for 8 – very simple and elegant:
And, oh, oh, the old handblown glass olive oil jugs that they label wine jugs:
Having been to an ancient olive press here (there is one right in our town in France AND my husband’s cousins actually own one!?!) I’m pretty sure thee are actually olive oil jugs, not wine bottles. The light green glass! The big bulbous bottoms! God, I wish I could have that.
Want. Want. Want.
Anyway, Greenhouse Design Studio is more than a vintage/green web store. They have a cool blog for advice and they even have a roster of people you can call for house help. Like plumbers, carpenters, interior designers and the like IN YOUR AREA. I don’t know how they populate this feature, if there is a screening process or what, but it’s a cool idea regardless.
The only thing I should mention is the load time on the site is slow and some of the prices are pretty high. Maybe it’s my connection here, but it seems to me the pics take FOREVER to load, which tests one’s patience. But hang in there, because the look is worth it, even if just for a serious dose of inspiration.
Check em out.