It is always inspiring in the antique business to work with a decorating theme. We are loving the beauty-filled and romantic theme of “Springtime in Paris” at Good Ju Ju this April. Our vendors are busy adding touches of cheer to their spaces with vintage and antique French themed items. The combination of vintage, Spring and Paris lead creative minds toward many enticing decorating options – bursts of color inspired by the arrival of Spring flowers, chippy flower pots, concrete bird baths, elegant iron garden gates, rain drenched stone walkways.
Even if you aren’t planning a trip to Paris this Spring, here are a few ideas to help you feel like you have brought a little vintage French spirit into your home and into your heart:
Feel the Romance of the French Flower Markets – Gardens and Flower Markets in France are epic in their beauty and richness. Make your home feel like Springtime in Paris by bringing a bouquet of fresh flowers into the house. If you have blooming flowers in your yard, this couldn’t be easier. If you don’t have flowers or flowering bushes in your garden, stop by the supermarket on the way home from work and treat yourself to a Springtime bouquet. Fill a favorite antique vase, metal garden planter or mason jar with freshly cut tulips, daffodils, daisies or forsythia branches. Put a large bouquet in a prominent location and smaller bouquets (or even a single stem) on your nightstand or bathroom sink. Smile, smell the fresh floral scent, and think of Spring and nature’s simple beauty before you go to bed and the first thing when you wake up.
Be a Tourist – Decorate your home with images of your favorite French tourist spots – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Versailles – pick any favorite and add a lovely picture, print, or vintage statuette to your existing décor in a place where you can look at it often – the dining room table, your bedroom dresser, a windowsill in the kitchen. Every time you see it, smile and think of sightseeing in Paris – exploring a treasured site on a carefree day.
Treat Yourself and a Friend – On your next trip to the grocery store, pick up some freshly baked croissants or a baguette. Call a friend and invite him or her over for brunch or afternoon tea or for an evening drink. Decorate the area where you plan to entertain with a few simple Springtime pieces. For brunch or tea, set the croissants on a pretty floral or antique silverplate tray. Set the table with linen napkins and get out the china teacups. Don’t forget the fresh flowers that you now have in the house. For an evening get-together, set out some wine and cheese with the baguette. Toast the celebration of Spring and friendship. Most importantly, appreciate that fact that you have taken time out of your busy schedule to sit back, relax and enjoy the company of a good friend.