Monday, April 2, 2012

Treasure Hunting in Belgium

You have heard the saying,
"One man's junk
another man's 
Here are a few
I found this week :)

I found this with a friend at a TROC, (a type of thrift/consignment shop) in Belgium.  Can you guess what it is?

A salt cellar!

A win from the Auction!  A Pair of little Antique Staffordshire Pups.

Purchased from a German Gal emptying the China Cabinet of her 93 year old Grandmother in Berlin!  Can you imagine what these beautiful little wine glasses witnessed!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vignettes From My Kitchen

in the Kitchen

If you have been following this Blog
you will notice I have put into use
some of the lovely items
from my shopping treks
around Belgium.
Can you spot them?

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Brocante

Brocante or Flea Market Season 
is upon us
in Belgium
of course
I am
here to partake in the
of the day!
This particular Brocante
was in my little

Signed Vintage Engraving of the 
Eiffel Tower

Vintage Engraving of the Swans of Brugge

Signed Vintage Watercolor Print

Antique Crystal and Silver Bowl

Antique Silver Servers

Vintage Brass Letter Holder

Beautiful Vintage Brass Dish, 
my fellow Shopping Partner
found for me...
she knows I do love brass :)

and last but
not least...
Sitting upon a throne
of black marble
with her hound is
 'Beth Anne', 
named after a dear friend
and fellow

this is not

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chateau d' Havre on a Foggy Belgian Afternoon

Chateau d'Havre was built in the 12th century, along the Haine river.
It was owned by the Enghien family. 
In 1518 Havré Castle went to Philippe de Croy,
In March 1578 the castle was sieged by a small army.
 Charles-Alexandre de Croy had the castle rebuilt in 1600 into a lavish residence.
Charles-Alexandre was a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece,
Chamberlain of Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and a Prince in the Holy Roman Empire.
He entertained the painter Peter Paul Rubens, Marie de Medicis, wife of King Henry IV of France, the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain, Mary of Hungary, Governess of the Netherlands, the Duke of Marlborough and the Prince of Savoy.

 And this is only a few minutes from our home!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Just One Little Ebay.Be Purchase...

I went with a Friend
the other day
to pick up a purchase
she made on
this is the rest 
of the

The bubble wrapped
round mirror in the center
of the table is the purchase
we went to pick up...6 flights of a
Belgian winding staircase
that is not
all we left with!

 These are the "suppliers"

A lamp I wanted,
but she wouldn't part with...
I will let you know the
end of that story later...
as I will try, try again :)

The lovely dashboard "prize" my friend was given
as she is 'with child' ...
he rode up front without a carseat
all the way back to our little
corner of the countryside

Friday, March 2, 2012

Un Coffre Dans La Chambre

La Chambre
Peacock Feather Fan atop bed finial and clutch inside cloisonne shell were found in Thailand   

North Korean Chest, I love the detailed metal work
The Antique Cloisonne Shell was made for a French Hotel
Sweet Pugs found with a friend in a Washington Antique Shop

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Havre, Belgium Farmstead

An old Farmstead
in Havre, Belgium
The owner and his wife
have lived here since the 1960's
and it is chock full of
Welcome, browse, like anything?

Antlers anyone?

I could listen to this all day
in pristine condition from Germany

You can see the owner's reflection in the mirror,
wrapping up my purchase!

There are usually icons under these cloches
French Vases filled with flowers work too!

Very old, French Reproduction
I love the sweetness

Quite old, Louis XV Style

This is quite large, from England.  I think this would be lovely
as an island in a Farmhouse kitchen

From the Flanders region of Belgium