Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Inspired "Le Petite Mannequin" ~ Our Newest Design

We're so excited about our newest vintage creation! Our petite mannequin was assembled with some of our finest vintage textiles and trims from France.
What makes this accessory so interesting is that each side is embellished differently and the stand allows you to easily turn it around depending upon which look you like best. Please let us know what you think! We would love to hear from you.

Monday, November 19, 2007

French Vintage Pillows ~ My Passion

There is nothing more rewarding for me than to find that worn and tattered vintage textile in France and to bring it back to life and create something beautiful with it. This is what enlivens my soul and even makes "green" sense. These textiles have been enjoyed and used generously because the French truly appreciate and admire the beauty in their surroundings.
I have spent some time listing some of our large collection of these textile creations where we've lovingly restored and repurposed everything from the smallest remnant of lace to create accessories that bring character and purpose to our interiors.
The cushion sizes you'll find are distinctive in their shape and often reflect the larger sizes that the French often use either as floor pillows or on their settees. We haven't forgotten man's best friends either. Fifi can also enjoy his/her French inspired pillows!
Our collection has taken many years to assemble. All of these cushions are assembled by hand and will continue to wear and show their age gracefully. Nothing can add texture to a room more than a vintage textile.
Browse our vast selection of cushions:
- Bolsters
- Indoor/Outdoor Cushions
- Pillows
- Lavender Cushions
- Vintage Canine

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Vintage Cashmere Embellished Sweaters & Scarves ~ Meaningful & Inspiring Gift Ideas

This holiday, when you're looking to find that distinctive gift that expresses a thoughtful and inspiring look for someone, our hand sewn scarves made with the finest cashmere and French vintage embellishments make memorable and meaningful gifts.

Our vintage cashmere sweaters are selected from the finest makers of cashmere (Nieman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, etc.) and add cashmere flowers with tufted rosettes, silk ribbon, and sometimes buttons to them. Pair them with our vintage jewelry line, and these gifts make a thoughtful and French inspired gift!
We've lovingly assembled using the finest and softest velvets these luxe scarves using French vintage laces, buttons, passementerie, satin ribbons and trims. Each one is different and distinctive and a gift that offers such versatality and comfort!

LB Gift Packaging - French Inspired & Unique Gift Ideas

We are offering special gift wrapping for some of our most popular products that make wonderful hostess gifts or gifts for that person who has everything. We've not forgotten gifts for our best friends that include vintage blanket dog toys and Mrs. Meyers pet wipes!

If you'd like a custom gift basket assembled, please contact us and we'd love to fulfill your special inspired request!

Antique Divas Spread Their Holiday Cheer

It was a feast of comfort food and the most delicious cake ever tasted thanks to Karen Dardinski, diva and expert caterer, clothes designer, florist, vintage clothing aficionado, and sixties hippie chick. We all had a great time thanks to her hard work. Here are some pictures of our setup for those who couldn't make it!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Antiques on the Island

Le Bourdon is participating in a holiday antique show on Sunday at the Plum Island Taxpayers Hall in Newburyport. We hope you can join us and enjoy music, food and browsing great finds from several local flea market divas. You'll find antiques, vintage lighting, vintage clothing and jewelry, paintings, gift items and much more! A luncheon will be available.
A somewhat annoyed kitty named "Butterscotch" generously lends her Christmas spirit...she's a member of the Troupe household.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society. Here are the details:
Sunday, November 11, 2007
10AM - 5PM
8 Plum Island Boulevard, Plum Island, Newburyport
We'll be posting pictures next week for those of you that can't make it.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

LB "Bougie de Jardin" ~ Our Own Soy Candles in Hand Thrown Garden Pots

We're very excited about our own line of soy candles in a variety of natural scents that sooth the senses. Our candles are cast in Campo de’ Fiori’s terra-cotta pots that are hand turned and shaped by artisans who have been practicing their craft for generations.
The scents we've chosen are all natural and are aromatherapeutic. Choose from the following:
- baie de laurier (bayberry)
- verbena de citron (lemon verbena)
- dentelle à la vanille (vanilla lace)
- lavande (lavender)
- brise d'océan (ocean breeze)
- thé verts et concombre (green tea & cucumber)
- jasmin (jasmine)
- extrait de vanille français (French vanilla)
Our candles are wrapped in white gauze and polka dot ribbon and the best part is that you can reuse the terra-cotta pot after the candle has expired!

Friday, November 2, 2007

French Santons ~ C’est bientôt Noël!

Le Bourdon Home & Garden has searched for vintage French Santons, a time honored hand made figurine tradition in Provence, and will be offering them at our online storefront as they arrive from France. Not only are they beautifully crafted, each figurine represents traditional French people and their stories. Master Santon makers have been making these figures for generations and represent distinguished families such as Jouglas, Gelato, and Carbonel.

Vintage santons are hard to find in good condition but their value grows as they age. The strict guidelines that govern an authentic santon of Provence is adhered to by several highly decorated Santon makers. Likewise, as pictured, this dressed and hand-painted santon, signed "S.Jouglas" which represents Simone Jouglas, who was the first santon maker to dress the figures and who is now deceased.
Each Santon is individually hand-crafted and is unique unto itself. No two Santons will ever be alike.