Monday, April 4, 2011

French Essence Right Here in Birmingham


For several years I've followed Vicki Archer's blog French Essence. I also have both of her wonderful books, My French Life and French Essence.  The photographs are by Carla Coulson, who I was fortunate to meet in Paris last January.  My friend Dinah Toro, owner of Charlotte Woodson Antiques in Mt. Brook Village is a follower of her blog as well.  She fell in love with the candles in Vicki's header so I emailed her and asked for the source.  Now Dinah is able to sell these fabulous Mathias candles from France. As a tribute to Vicki, we decided to photograph them on this exquisite French mirrored coffee table with metal inserts in Dinah's shop. Ohhh la la!

14 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime les bougies , et puis elles doivent sentir bon

jb said...

And they doubtless smell,too

Thérèse said...

Les bougies sont une nécessité! But I must say I only choose the ones without scent...

Rob said...

The essence of warmth

MadAboutParis said...

Can't wait to come back to BHM to visit Dinah's shop!

Jilly said...

Oh lucky you meeting the wonderfully talented Carla. I have two of her fabulous books and also Vicki Archer's lovely book. All so beautifully produced and with mind blowing photography, words and layout.

These candles are gorgeous. Not sure I could deal with figue - I'd be hungry all the time!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Wonderful tribute to Vicki and Carla... I have all the books and love each of them!

Hugs to Dinah as well!

Bises,
Genie

Daryl said...

Delightful collaboration!

vicki archer said...

Ohhh la la thank you.....this is so lovely Virginia...I am so glad Dinah found the candles and was able to stock them...They are totally delicious, every single scented one....xv

TheChieftess said...

So pretty...and I think I can smell their fragrance all the way out here!!!

DinahToro said...

Thank you Vicki, and thank you Vee. I LOVE these candles.
I fell i love with Vicki's candle banner!!

brattcat said...

Ooh-la-la...you said it.

Bob Crowe said...

Quite the elegant look with the creamy white on black. Now we need smell-o-vision.

Nathalie said...

Oui Bob il nous faut des images odorantes :-)

Quelle délicieuse photo, quel charme.