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

  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.

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

  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

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


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