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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

Announcing the opening of our new storefront at Scottsdale Marketplace!

A new container from England and a new FMF Compagnie storefront all beginning on June 1st! We really couldn't be more excited!

Come visit us at Store No. 4, located inside Scottsdale Marketplace.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Studio / Office Design Project, Week 3

Gosh, what a bittersweet week it's been and patience has been my mantra. When you are in the middle of a design project (and if you are like me), you see the completed project in your plans and during each step of the process you see progress, but nothing like your satisfaction when you see it all come together in the end.

This week, we completed the Studio!

  1. 1.
    the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
    "you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross"
  2. 2.
    chiefly British term for solitaire (sense 1).

Who knew of the British sense of the word "patience"?!  How appropriate is that for our Britishly-rooted gal, Beth! I particularly like the note in 1. "you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross". Not only can you find bargains but you can find absolute treasures. I believe that's what makes FMF Compagnie unique. Beth and I have joined our talents to use antiques and vintage pieces for a stunning electic, traditional, fun, and even hip look.

Beth introduced me to the incredible talents of her favorite Designer, Dan Marty, quite some time ago. His work is highly acclaimed and like so many others, we esteem and admire his keen design eye. Beth has collected some awesome images of Dan Marty's design's on our Pinterest board.  You will want to take a peek and be inspired as we are. His work has been featured in innumerable publications.....House Beautiful, the LA Times Blog, The Examiner, and the list is really endless...

Dan's work is truly inspiration for us and has been filtering through my thoughts as I made decisions for the Studio.

The last post I showed you the fabric for the window coverings.

I love the sort of ikat, hand-blocked feel of this fabric. The colors are multi-dimensional with grays, blues, and white all woven together beautifully. I actually re-purposed the hardware and mechanics of the old window coverings that were there in the old "guest house" previously. Construction was pretty simple.

The pull-up shades used eye hooks to feed the cording. I had to start the hole in the fabric with a nail and then drill tiny pilot holes in the wooden header of the shade to keep the wood from splitting. I told Beth that I am asking Santa Claus for power tools for Christmas!


My old barn nails worked perfectly to secure the cords and keep the shades in the up position.  Simple!

Remember the old found red table legs? They went from this...... this...

 to this.

I was really hoping to do a fun floor paper on the floor, but due to timing of production and installation, I opted to use floor paint. I read the reviews of Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel and after working with it, must agree that the product is superior! The spread-ability and texture are just awesome.

From raw cement to.....

....a deep, rich blue, gray, brown. I love this backdrop for the rest of our design!

Up in the gable ends of the roof, there was a natural bump out, giving me an opportunity to add a shelf the width of the building on each end. I used great halogen spot lights right up at the ceiling line to highlight the shelves and think they are a fun place to showcase artwork or collections.

And I'm just going to let you peruse through the rest of the interior in the next few photos.  Remember that all of these amazing pieces are FMF Compagnie inventory and available for purchase!

Don't miss these stunning antique Victorian Iron Window frames that have been mirrored. We have a matching pair in inventory!

A tiny note about this amazing Beara Beara bag....... handmade in Bolivia with very special style and craftsmanship! FMF Compagnie is proud to be a retail source for these incredible bags.

Love these desk accessories, the antique leather tape measure, the vintage baking tins for storage, the crystal bottle stopper as a paper weight, and the Dundee Marmalade crock for pens, pencils, and tools.

This old Wisconsin barn window frame is a really fun backdrop for black and white art shots.

Vintage leather-wrapped Cricket British!

We love our British flag collection......and the Hope & Glory Candle to go with it.

The front porch was finished with the white picket fence, and of course our FMF Compagnie Welsh Sun or Deck Chair (we have two in inventory). Darling? I think, yes!

My dairy farm roots keep me loving our cast iron cow watering bowl. Isn't it darling as a garden pot?!

Doesn't the antique English Advertising Bicycle add a charming touch? I can't wait to get red geraniums for the front basket!

And the garden area adjacent to the Studio is perfect for string lights and our French Iron Garden Table.

Oh my goodness.........I am so happy with the results!

If you happen to be in the Phoenix / Scottsdale area, I would absolutely love to have you come and see our FMF Compagnie inventory and The Studio in person! Let me know and I will give you a personal tour.

Comments? We'd love to hear them!  Please let us know what you think.

Also, stay tuned this week for more very exciting news from FMF Compagnie! You won't want to miss it.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Ain't it a glorious day?

So begins  "Jolly Holiday" from Mary is a Bank holiday and Bert and Mary head out to the park on a beautiful English afternoon and escape to an enchanting world of make believe. Jim and I had our Bert and Mary "Jolly Holiday" today, except no turtles and walking on the pond!

It has been a glorious Bank Holiday weekend (first Monday in May, every year) and Jim and I just returned from walking through Southwark Park. It first opened in 1869 and is 63 acres filled with historical trees that umbrella the walkways, beautiful water features, sculptures and a special rose and herbaceous garden.
I could easily imagine the scene from the movie Mary Poppins as we sat on a bench in a beautiful herbaceous garden overlooking a pond with a gorgeous weeping willow tree. The birds were singing and chirping and whistling all around us.
We both commented how pleasing it was to hear the birds, while secretly hoping one would fly down and land on Jim's shoulder and start whistling Jolly Holiday. No such luck... but we did remember a favorite movie, soaked up some sun and listened to the beautiful birds singing.

I'm so anxious to see Jackie's progress on her studio! We have emailed back and forth often and she is sharing what she has been doing daily. With a crazy busy schedule she was so thoughtful to remember my birthday and sent a glorious floral arrangement from Igloo Flowers. What a lovely surprise when we returned home to find them waiting at our flat's door! The bouquet was gorgeous filled with peonies, lilies, hydrangeas and roses and all in my favorite color pink.
 Jim and I have been antiquing and finding some treasures to send back to the States. Just wanted to share a few of our finds with you:

Wonderful cloth tape measure from Sheffield, England. A piece like this adds a wonderful quality to a table or desk, especially clustered with other rarities.

Beautiful patina on this leather railway man's bag. He would have kept tickets and money in it as he walked the aisles collecting. It is in great condition and could still be used as a bag today or we think it would be wonderful hung on a wall and store special letters, envelopes, and/or office supplies.

We again found some special elementary school maps. This one was for studying the Colonial Powers.

This is a OAK grape pickers basket! Typically, you see willow... but this rare one is OAK. Even the shoulder straps are oak! It is from the late 1800's and is a beautiful piece! It is 43" tall. It will be gorgeous hung on a wall just on its own or filled with lavender.

We love warm and fresh French bread and these old bread baskets are charming. They are wicker below the fabric and they definitely have been used through the years!

These magnificent antlers are from Germany and are awesome when clustered together on a wall.

These late 1800's Swedish bench and chair remind us of summer days in Sweden and will be beautiful accent pieces in a hall, sun room or living room. Very pretty finish and all new upholstery in a soft green and white stripe.

We found a pair of vintage French laundry tongs and an increasingly hard to find bread board. We love to cluster them on a wall.

As the day was closing in on us, we stumbled upon this antique butler table tray and stand. It would be a great side bar table with crystal decanters, collection of glassware and bar accessories.

This is a 39" diameter willow basket from Europe! Filled with fruit, gourds or even flowers it will make any table a special and welcoming sight. We have hung them on a wall in a hall or kitchen... they truly add dimension and an earthy feel.

We found this early 1900's laundry basket with rare leather straps and hinges buried underneath a pile of fabrics. It is 34" wide and 20" high, so would make a side table or coffee table.
The "Jolly Holiday" is coming to a close, but I'll still be dreaming of dancing on turtles tonight as I go to sleep. Half way around the world Jackie will be singing "Whistle as I Work" as she sews window treatments and begins to set up her new studio. Have fun and share with us Jackie a few pictures if you have time! We are all excited to see what has gotten done this week.

Jackie here........
I'd just wish I could be in England enjoying a day like today with Beth. On our bucket list, to shop at the antique fairs together one day soon. You must agree, she has some amazing pieces coming over in our next container! We are excited!

I've been busy with many details on the Studio and while some of these photos were from earlier in the week, they mark the progress that is being made. 

Remember the old found red table legs? Here they are in the raw format of my vision for them, making a work table for the Studio. 

The color gray I'm using has a tad bit of brown in it. This is just the first coat beginning to take shape. 

And here is the fabric that I am using in the window coverings. The shades I'm making will be simple construction, pull shades. 

The window boxes are painted and filled and my picket fence for the front patio is next on the painting list.

 I can't wait to tell you all about much more this next weekend.

Until then....
Jackie & Beth