vintage French watercolors & giveaway winner

Sometimes when I'm out hunting for stuff, I come across something that I just can't let go of.
I was so excited to put these in my room at Aunt Bee's, but the more I looked at them, the less I wanted to say goodbye.


This spot in the living room has been giving me grief.


(remember the chair? Pre-upholstery project??)

I really liked the pop of pink and the scrolly frame, but it just didn't quite say "home run" to me.
So after tweaking it a few times,
{to no avail}
I asked my husband if he liked the watercolors and I got a big 'yes'.

Even though the color is very subtle in these, I love the feeling they give.  It's not the bright pop of color that was once there, but the sophistication and Old World feel are what I love most.
The frames are exactly as I found them. They look great with the vintage suitcases.  And it flows with everything else in the room.


I did a bit of research on the artist.
Gabrielle Ardant is the artist.  Honestly, other than a few people wanting to know the values of their artwork, it's hard to find much (in English) on the artist.  I do know that this is probably a mid century work of art.  But that's about it.  Maybe that's all I need to know.
Just enjoy it for what it is.

Yep.  Keepers.

Last but not least, the winner of the $50 Kirkland's gift card is Julie!
Congrats!  Have fun shopping!
I'll be in contact with you!

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10 comments

  1. Those prints are SO gorgeous. Lucky girl!:)

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  2. I love it so much more than the mirror! So subtle, calming and beautiful with the desk and the wall color...which by the way is what color? Very beautiful.
    Alicia

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  3. The wall color is Pistachio Tint by Valspar. Thanks for asking! :)

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  4. I love those prints and they look like they were absolutely meant for that spot! Beautiful!

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  5. Oh yes, you did hit a home run this time! Although I love the pink mirror, this look is much more suitable and harmonious. These watercolours are gorgeous. I tried looking up the artist in French for you, but even in French, there isn't much information about her.

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  6. oh too bad those didn't go in the shop, they might have become mine. i love them. they have a great home.

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  7. I love these Denise. I think the contrast of the dark frames is perfect in this spot. Very nice! Congratulations to Julie.

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  8. What a great addition to your lovely room! They look fab!

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  9. I'm glad you kept the images. When I was in Czech, I bought a few vintage landscape prints for 25 cents apiece and I still love them. andrea@townandprairie

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  10. When you say Julie won the gift card... I hope it's me!

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