03/23/2017

It's officially spring !

IMG_4868 (Large).JPGNew Candles from Provence in sweet Linden blossom, fresh Lavender, Mimosa from Nice, Pine trees from the Luberon, Fresh Verbena/green tea and soft Rose petals

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Flour sacks towels with delicate water color designs from Cynthia Dunn an artist who leaves in Washington State and has her designs made here in the USA . She loves French things and it shows in her line . We have about a dozen different prints including a cute little "lapin" /bunny for Easter !

IMG_4832 (Large).JPGFloral Elixir shower gels, Body lotion , Hand lotion, Eau de toilette in Preious Jasmine or Rose Geranium

Spring has arrived !

IMG_4831 (Large).JPGPeony - Magnolia soap ...2 of my very favorite flowers in one bar of hard milled soap !

IMG_4814 (Large).JPGLinen and silk sachets with a button hole to hang in your closet : Rose petals , Cedar wood and Lavender

IMG_4817 (Large).JPGPlain simple refinement of linen and french lavender at its best !

IMG_4811 (Large).JPGWe are very picky when it comes to lavender and this one is now our most pure lavender line made  with essential oil . Candles are eco-friendly , renewable soy wax, paper core, cotton wick , diffuser will perfume your home , bath salts and shower gel will relax and soothe muscle tension...a spa at home !

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IMG_5032 (Large).JPGNew line of kitchen accessories from France : the mini "cocottes" have a more modern look (still oven , microwave, dishwasher safe ) knifes blend rustic maple wood handles and modern steel blades .

IMG_5034 (Large).JPGSlate cheese boards,paring knives , new kitchen towels and pot holders ...rustic chic !

IMG_4835 (Large).JPGShopping in style ...French ! Made in France since 1860 , these "filets " will go from the grocery store to the gym or beach ...stretching and holding everything in your life! 100% cotton , machine washable and available in 8 stylish colors ! No excuse not to always have one on hand ...

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IMG_5035 (Large).JPGColoring books, posters, cards , maps, placemats to keep the kids at the table ....get your pens ready !

 

 

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03/09/2017

Spring Linen Trunk Show !

Spring Linen Trunk Show March 10 - 11 ! 

20% off your entire purchase .

Order any tablecloth from the entire collection ... any size , any pattern , runner, placemats . Custom sizes and coated damask available too .

Don't miss this unique opportunity, tell your friends ! We haven't done it in 3 years but this spring collection is just so gorgeous, we could not not do it !

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02/11/2017

We have the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day

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Calissons for your Valentine ❤️ Specialty from Aix en Provence , these are made with almonds grounded with candied orange peels and candied melon ...not very sweet ,they are delicious with Champagne

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Direct from Paris ... Most romantic card to keep

16386863_1520649334615184_3335384809582885315_n.jpgHeart hair clips from France kiss

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Sweet heart ❤️ linen sachets filled with lavender

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Lilipo : Delicate jewelry made by my friend French Designer Lisiane

 

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Very unique jewelry from Parisian textile Designer Tsuri Gueta 

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And these are just a few ideas !! So much more has come in ...

 

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12/17/2016

Noel in San Diego !

Its this time of the year again ! The shop is full , the windows look festive and our staff is ready ! Last minute gifts or stocking stuffers ...no problem ! We are here and happy to help . Happy Holiday Season !

Yvonne , Alice , Carmen , Marielle ( and Pascal who took the photo )

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10/25/2016

Yvonne Angyal's Provence photos

Yvonne is not only a friend , part of our " Maison en Provence" little team  but also a very creative and talented photographer . We sell some of her art , postcards and today I wanted to share few of her images taken in Provence on her last trip .

Yvonne Angyal's photography is about spontaneity, living in the moment and trying to capture something interesting that catches her eye . She believes that aiming for balance, interesting colors and shapes  make up for beautiful compositions.  http://www.yaphotos.net/blogger-feed

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09/03/2016

Tomates a la Provencale

Tomates a la Provencale  !

If you haven't tried my recipe yet , it's not too late ....Tomatoes are great right now !

Not the prettiest looking tomatoes but I promise the best tasting ones you'll ever have !  It is like a confit of tomatoes , rich in flavors . I serve them cold on bread as an appetizer but you can also serve them warm as a side to any dish . And the best is that it is the easiest recipe ever !

The secret ? Buy some over ripped tomatoes at your local farmer's market . I buy mine from a stand in Little Italy or Hillcrest farmer's market . They have them in a bag and they are only around $5 / bag so it is Ok even if there is a couple bad ones in the mix .

In a large non stick pan , pour a nice bed of olive oil . Wash , dry and cut the tomatoes in 2 as on the photo . Place cut side down in the oil . Cover and cook on medium high for about 15mns  . You want the skin to become loose .Water will come out of the tomatoes into the pan , boiling .

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Ad a pinch of sugar , salt and pepper on each tomato , herbes de Provence and traditionally garlic and parsley . We like them plain so I do not ad these  but I 'll sprinkle a little grated parmigiano  cheese just before to serve .DSC_3800 [1280x768].JPG

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Restaurants will just seared the tomatoes on the grill to give them pretty grill marks , put the garlic and parsley to garnish and serve as a good looking  fake Tomate a la Provencale ! Yes , mine are  not the best looking  but you will love the condensed flavors and your guest will too ! DSC_3802 [1280x768].JPG

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