Friday, 15 August 2014

Summer Linen and TROUVAIS "French summer market" in Santa Barbara

 Lovely blue-striped antique linen/hemp 
from the Basque and Béarn region, South-West of France

Cloths.... towels.... table cloths...napkins....
bath towels...hammams...diapers...

...perfect for the sea side, around the pool....
.....setting a "summer table",
or creating a French/Swedish atmosphere...or...


Basque and Béarn linen with its tradition dating back to the mists of time....

....elegantly, hard wearing.....

and of high quality.


"Old linen and lavender...."

French 19th century hemp sheets, dyed....


"old" faded Swedish blue....

Antique French hemp sheets, dyed...


During hot summer nights....

....nothing more comfortable and pleasing...

...than sleeping under an old French pure linen sheet....

Pure linen...."green" - eco-friendly...
and...simply COOL!

19th century French Chemises - night shirts, in finest linen/batiste



It's Summer time...'s pool time...'s summer linen time.



The French Summer Market…

You are cordially invited to attend
The French Summer Market
to be held in beautiful Santa Barbara
on August 15th & 16th
at the Home & Gardens of
French Kissed

Trish from the fabulous blog TROUVAIS:

"....It’s the perfect way to get to meet you in person and to visit
over our shared passion for creating the curated home and garden...."

antique textiles

"there will be many “Trouvais” style items…lavender sachets and dyed linens 
and antique 17th -18th century textiles. 
My best sachets are made with 18th c silks."

"A press of the sachet and the scent of...

.... Trouvais Lavender Hill 2014 crop lavender will infuse the air."

 "....Italian Brocade...mid 18th... silver and gold threads, 
18th moire and silver trim, 
and a pillow made from a mid 18th c English quilted petticoat...
two beautiful the most beautiful robin's egg blue. 
 The little sachet is a late 18th French silver and gold woven brocade 
with roses and blue trellising,
even has tiny sequins hand sewn on.." 


"....I’ve got Carolyn Quartermaine pillows and textiles, 
architectural salvage pieces, copious amounts of Bella Notte bedding, 
c. 1920 feathers and trims and ribbons.....

...and well various and sundry French flea market items."


Trish has also some of the lovely blue-striped summer linen for sale:

Please contact Trish via her blog   here
or Jermaine  here

 "Happy hunting".....

 Happy Summer!

A bientôt....


  1. Beautiful linens. Happy summer days to you, Karin.

  2. Each time I'm in France I scour the markets for beautiful linen such as yours but never find it! Warm regards.

  3. So schönes Leinen hast Du gefunden.
    GLG sternchen

  4. The blue and white linen looks beautiful.
    I agree there is nothing quite like sleeping in a bed made up with antique sheets.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Liz x

  5. Hello Karin
    I want every item, not because I lack discipline, the colours, texture and patina is all very tempting.
    I wish success.

    Helen xx

  6. Superbe Karin, les bandes indigo des lins basques que nous aimons sont magnifiques sur ces photos.

  7. Beautiful linen, love the blue and white.
    Last time when in France I managed to buy two beautiful monogrammed linen sheets - they are lovely.
    Enjoy the week

  8. Loved visiting your French Market. Everything was lovely and beautifully displayed! I love the vase that came home with me!

  9. So many beautiful things but that lavender linen is stunning!

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