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Falling for the French

After spending nearly two days setting up and styling Rita's Mammabellarte booth
at The Vintage Marketplace at the Oaks show ( which you saw in my last post),
 I headed over to assist another vendor in the setup of her booth!

Sweet Liz Sandor, owner of 'My Little French Venue',
had been toiling in the hot sun to get all of her goods unloaded and into her space.
She just needed me to help her add the finishing touches to her displays,
and I was delighted with the beautiful things she had for me to work with!

While Rita brought a Farm Fresh mood to the show, Liz brought elegant French style...
Her display inside the tent was built around some truly stunning antiques....
The china vitrine, secretary desk, trumeau mirror, and refined armchairs set quite a stage.
So I took the small items and props she had brought along,
and grouped them into color themes so that all of her vignettes said 'Fall'
(with a French accent, of course!)

Here are some of the details of what we did:
The photo of the beautiful statue bust was the last one I snapped at the end of the day...
the sun was setting beyond the hilltops, and one shaft of glorious golden light
made its way into the front of the booth just as we were finishing up.
It didn't quite reach the statue
but a small mirror was placed to reflect it onto this lovely face,  and I got the shot!!!
Liz's fresh flower arrangements and high-end faux flowers added fall foliage to soften the scenes.

continue reading to see MORE beautiful photos of Liz's gorgeous booth...

 Liz turned a GORGEOUS antique headboard into a bench,
and it sat outside the tent to welcome shoppers...
the gray paint scheme paired perfectly with complementary oranges
in artwork and flowers, creating an autumn 'still life' scene.
In front on the other side of her tent, flower carts held antique linens and DARLING velvet pumpkins,
heralding fall (even though the temps were in the triple digits!)
More close-up details of French antiques and simple decorative touches.
Now, even though the painting and basket shown here are bonafide French antiques,
you could replicate the idea using your own basket, small artworks, and dried hydrangeas!

Can you hear that?
It's speaking loud and clear, in a French accent:
"Automne Heureux!"
(happy autumn)

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