A day late for my promised post yesterday. I don’t know what happens to my days. I set out with the best of intentions and then it’s time to make dinner.
However, as I was saying Monday, I’ve stumbled upon a fascinating website,Chic Place, which features a collection of distinctive boutiques and independent artisans from France, Spain and Italy. The idea behind the relatively new site is to pull together a “chic and unique” virtual shopping experience. I suppose most every cyber space shopping center thinks of themselves similarly, but the idea behind this place is that everything featured is made in the country of its origins.
It may have been inspired by Etsy, probably was, but that’s not the point. It’s a fun place to find truly appealing and unusual products for baby, children, the home, him, her, pets and gift specific occasions. A separate section offers items that can be personalized, which can be fun.
However, apropos of the headline of this post — “Wheat, Chaff, Charm” — there are scores of little nuggets of real creativity with marvelous one-of-a-kind finds, many products are charming, but sometimes there is a lot of waaaay too happy hands at home crafty chaff for my taste. (In fact, I admit, the word “tacky” crept uninvited into my mind. But I quickly blocked it out and moved on to wonderful possibilities.) You’ll see what I mean if you visit, and I really think you should.
Here then is a small collection of items I found appealing, there are scores more where these came from. Prices on the site range from under five to upwards of 300 Euros. When I found something I thought was slightly pricey I reminded myself of the “unique” quotient and the handmade aspect of the products. I like the idea that on a hands-on basis we can support handmade.
|You know how I love notebooks. One large, one smaller, 26 Euros from La Bottega Del Legatore, Milan.|
|“American Patch Set” placemats by Tessuti Mimma Gimi, Milan, 32 Euros.|
|Mushroom clothes hooks for a child’s room or the kitchen perhaps, from Little Bohème, Chassiere, France, 13.50 Euros.|
|For him or her, customizable (is that a word?) aprons from Matae, Paris, 40 Euros.|
|This birthday card is a sort of French joke. An owl is a hibou in French so one might say “Hibou birthday”. . . or maybe not. By Henriette L’alouette, France, 5 Euros.|
|Silk pashmina scarf from Voyage Couture, Madrid, 39.90 Euros. I would definitely buy this.|
|Again, customisable. A sweet two-handled cup for toddlers, “Oiseau Roi” from Judith Leviant, France, 28 Euros.|
|Industrial whimsy by way of colorful earrings perhaps? By Ion, from Bacelona, 15 Euros.|
|Awwww, so cute for baby. Cotton knit accessories by Monita Salero, Barcelona, 28 Euros.|
|Real stones, gold plated rings — it all depends upon where one stands on the gold, but not gold position. If you’re in the “why not?” camp I think they should be piled on to one finger, from L’Atelier Haut Perche, Paris, 40 Euros.|
|A silly “fantasy” brooch — it comes in lots of color choices — from L’Atelier Haut Perche, Paris, 15 Euros.|
|For years when I first arrived in France I gave these types of recipe notebooks as gifts to non-French friends. This one is theoretically for children, from Henriette L’alouette, France, Five Euros.|
If you visit Chic Place, please tell me what you think.