Friday, October 7, 2016

The Cook's Atelier



I had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Cook's Atelier, not once, but twice already this year!  Located in Beaune, it is one of the most charming places in France.  It is a darling 3 floor shop that encompasses a wine shop, culinary boutique and a French cooking school...run by the mother-daughter duo of Marjorie and Kendall.  You can read more about these lovely ladies and how they got started *HERE*

Here is a little peek around their shop...






looking down from the second floor...






The Cook's Atelier offers a variety of French cooking classes and workshops, including the one I attended, in June, "A Day in Burgundy."  This truly amazing day started out with a tour of the Wednesday food market in Beaune and was followed by a cooking class, where we learned how to make what we would later eat!  There was delicious cheese {oh how I love French cheese} and lots of wonderful French wine too :)  Everything was outstanding!  Here is a peek at their gorgeous kitchen...








the lovely table where we all gathered to eat the food that we prepared...




with the candles all lit...




A shot of Kendall, while she was teaching our class.  I am in love with that Lacanche range!!  Did you know that the Lacanche ranges are made in Burgundy?!!...




The original location of The Cook's Atelier is now a darling pied-à-terre that is available to rent. It is a two bedroom apartment, just a short walk from where the new shop is.  My husband and I had the chance to stay there in May.  I adored everything about it!  It is bathed in light and filled with vintage charm, with every attention to detail made, in order to make sure your stay in Beaune is a beautiful one...

You can get more information about the pied-à-terre *HERE*



{More photos of the pied-à-terre and Beaune itself coming soon}


If you ever find yourself in Beaune, I hope you will take the opportunity to visit The Cook's Atelier and maybe even sign up for one of their cooking classes.  I can't recommend it enough!!!  The whole staff is incredibly warm and welcoming, and Kendall's husband, Laurent, makes the best coffee in France, so be sure and have a latte while you are there!  A big thank you to Marjorie, Kendall and Laurent for making my time at their beautiful atelier so very memorable!






Tracey





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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Sale!



It's that time...fall sale currently going on in the online shop!

Everything is on sale.  Through Friday only!



Hope you are enjoying your week ~

Tracey







Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hydrangeas



Can you believe I'm blogging two days in a row?!  I'm on a roll!! 

For those of you subscribe by email followers, I realize that the post that went out this morning showed my new post, along with an old one, as well.  Not sure what happened there!  Rather strange but I just write the blog post and then it automatically goes out via email...I don't get to preview a copy of it first.  Hopefully that won't happen again!




One of my favorite flowers to style with are hydrangeas.  I am always sad to see the hydrangea season end.  Currently, my limelight hydrangeas are a beautiful lime green color and I am looking forward to them turning shades of cream and pink, as they fade.  I do miss these beautiful pink and purple ones though...




This sweet cafe au lait bowl {below} is currently available in the online shop...






At this time of year, I am grateful for the hardworking verbena bonariensis in my garden.  It self-sows like crazy and I have to ruthlessly pull up a bunch of the seedlings in early summer, but the reward is lots of airy purple color in the garden, at a time when most plants are starting to look a little frazzled...





Tracey





Monday, September 12, 2016

Fine Art Prints



Bonsoir!

I am so excited to announce that I am now offering some of my France photography as fine art prints, available for purchase in the online shop!

The sunset photo above was taken in Beynac-et-Cazenac, France {Dordogne} and it shows a portion of Chateau de Beynac.  Beynac is a true fairytale village and one of my absolute favorites in France.


The photo below was taken at the Paris flea market ~ Marche Paul Bert.  The wisteria was in bloom while we were there, and it was spectacular.  I just loved the vintage French ladder propped up among the wisteria...




This next photo is one I took this past spring, in the darling village of Vezelay {Burgundy}.  I can't wait to explore more of beautiful Burgundy, on our next trip to France...




I just happened upon this next photo, as my husband and I were wandering around the village of Gallargues-le-Montueux.  The gentleman who owned this home came out as we were passing by and I asked if I could photograph his beautiful little garden.  He did such a great job of creating a happy front entrance, despite the fact that he had no yard...




Honfleur holds a special place in my heart.  Normandie during the spring can be a bit rainy and somewhat cool, but it makes the landscape so fresh and lush with color.  As we strolled the empty streets of Honfleur one {very early} morning, when the light was barely up, I snapped this photo...the darker lighting allowed me to capture the saturated colors down this beautiful street...




Since we are in the middle of September, I thought I would offer one of my favorite fall landscape photos from Provence.  I took this photo last November, from high up in the hill top village of Bonnieux.  In late October/early November, Provence shows its fall colors and the vineyards turn the most gorgeous shades of red, yellow and gold.  Here, the sun was just dipping behind the mountains...




My favorite building in Provence, is this next one, in Menerbes.  For any fans of "A Year in Provence," Menerbes was the home of Peter Mayle, while he wrote that book...




And lastly, here are just a few favorite vintage French finds that are currently available in the SHOP...


{the vintage French bread board on the buffet}











Wishing you all a wonderful new week!


Tracey





{p.s. you may have noticed that I turned off the comments for my posts, at one point last year.  Unfortunately, I was just flooded with too many spam comments, so I made the decision to turn the comments off.  If you would like to drop me a note, you can reach me through the "contact" section of the shop *HERE*}





Sunday, June 12, 2016

A New Collection From France



Hi there!  I don't usually work on Sunday evening :) But I realize that not everyone is on Instagram, or any social media for that matter, and so I thought I would give a quick announcement here on the blog that I will have new {vintage French} items in the online shop tomorrow {Monday} at 5:00 CST!  

Thank you to everyone who have been so patient with my slow progress on blogging.  What can I say, Instagram is just quicker and easier, I guess.  But, I'll admit, I do miss the good old days of blogging...as it was such a small, close community, filled with wonderful people...some of which I have created lifelong friendships with!  I keep saying I will get back to blogging more and I hope that really does happen!  I promise to try :)

Here is just a peek at some of the new items I brought back from the flea markets in France...






























































All new items will be available on June 13th at 5:00 CST in the online shop.

Wishing you a great start to your week!!!



Tracey


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p.s.  I am selling my Canon f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens.  If you are a Canon user and you are interested, please send me an email *HERE*.  It is in excellent condition and is like new.  I am asking $700.  It is a fabulous lens and takes beautiful photos!