This beautiful red door is in the Marais! This is a beautiful old Jewish district and one of my favorite areas of Paris!
My painting from France now has a beautiful frame and each time I pass it I remember all the fun we enjoyed that day in Montmartre talking with the different artists! They are all interesting and a group of five American women helped us to get attention as we looked and purchased our paintings. The colors of mine inspired my French Velvet accent pillow for the fall. [scroll to the bottom for directions on sewing your own pillow] I love rich browns and found the perfect velvet fabric to sew for a pillow, which pulled out the browns in the painting as well. I wanted the pillow to look old, sort of a worn look.
One of my favourite designers is not French but British, and her ability to make things look old and her respect for beautiful objects from the past have caught my attention. Her name is Rachel Ashwell, and her designs are popular under
the Shabby Chic design label. I found and visited her shop in Santa Monica, California on Montana Avenue a couple of times while visiting my daughter and
as you might guess, it is so inspiring! Also, last Spring on a visit to the
Cotswolds in the UK, I understood her design, even more, for the antique shops all over the Cotwolds look just like her shop, perfectly imperfect! I love that about antiques! Both the French and the British have a great respect for their history and their buildings and furnishings. Nothing is ever too old to use and love again! What a great lesson about life!
For your own French Velvet accent pillow purchase one yard of a good quality
velvet upholstery fabric. Purchase a 20 x 20 down filled pillow form. Lay the
fabric flat on your cutting table and cut the front panel 24W x 24L in inches. The back panel will be 24W x 38L. This back panel is longer because you will cut it in half and make a fold, lapping one piece over the other for the opening for the pillow insertion.
I like this better than using a zipper and it gives it an antique feel. After sewing the panels together, turn your finished pillow to the right side and give it a true French look by top stitching around the entire pillow one inch! Good Luck!