the bare chair loot shoot and how to be a star

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]The thing about star quality is that either you have it or you don’t.
Ghetto is sure he has it, which is why he always has to be the highest![blank]
[blank]We think that Gibson has it, and we tell him so, often ….
and that way everyone is happy[blank]
[blank]Out and about early again this morning at a country fair.  Found some good stuff, for myself and for a client  … it was  a chair day.  Lucky I was driving a big car, because I came home with 5 armchairs and 2 small chairs.  Just love the bare look of the stripped chairs, and the pink one will be recovered.[blank]
Besides that I found quite a few plates,[blank]
[blank]and some lovely vintage fabric[blank]


[blank]a beautiful bone carving set[blank]
[blank]and some whimsical coffee pots and clock faces[blank]
[blank]Hope you have had a lovely weekend,
thank you for reading me.[blank]


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest September 22, 2013 - 5:24 pm

WOW you totally SCORED some awesome treasures – but no doubt your two beautiful fine furry friends are the best treasures shown here. They're precious.

Well done, Sharon!

Wild Oak Designs September 22, 2013 - 5:40 pm

What do you do with all the chairs? I love chairs and now find that no one wants them. Just curious.
Love your photo shoot. Your pups are adorable!

Emm September 22, 2013 - 5:48 pm

You *did* have a good day, didn't you. Lovely little side chairs, and the covered dishes are charming.

hostess of the humble bungalow September 22, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Love your dogs!
They are so photogenic among all your fabulous finds.

La Table De Nana September 22, 2013 - 6:04 pm

They look like stars..How phtogenic for certain..Le loot is not bad either:) Lovely.It would be nice to shop there this afternoon ad come home with something special for the kitchen:)

Flora Fascinata September 22, 2013 - 6:05 pm

I love your puppies. And the loot is gorgeous. Xx

gillyflower September 22, 2013 - 6:17 pm

What an amazing haul! Love those shabby chairs and the gorgeous china, but the dogs are the best!

Barbara September 22, 2013 - 6:39 pm

What a LOVELY LOOT SHOOT!!!!! Without a doubt, both Ghetto AND Gibson are STARS!!!!!!! <3
Thank you for always brightening my day!!!!!!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family September 22, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Sharon…what can I say other than…perfect.
Better than a picture window at Bergdorfs!

Anonymous September 22, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Lots of great loot, but your dogs stole the photo shoot!


Phyllis @Around the House September 22, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Such wonderful finds, wow the dogs love them too, those casserole dishes are simply beautiful too,I need to go shopping with you, love all the furniture…sweet fur babies

Carmen Whitehead September 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Lovely! How did you get the dogs to stay still like that? They definitely have that star quality.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) September 22, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Oh wow, there are some really fabulous treasures. All of the chairs are amazing and so is the vintage fabric, plus all the plates. Major scores. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will go live tomorrow afternoon. Hugs, Marty

YONKS September 22, 2013 - 9:45 pm


Heritage Hall September 22, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Those puppies must be under your spell, or you under theirs….perfect portraits~ Love the loot, but Ahhhhh! those miniature baskets! You have
quite the discerning eye, Sharon.

Carol September 22, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Oh y goodness, it's all so lovely, and made all the more charming with those two sweeties. Thanks for sharing with me today.


Carol September 22, 2013 - 10:08 pm

How lovely to find such treasure and made all the more fabulous by including those two charmers. So sweet. Thank you for sharing with me today.



rosaria williams September 22, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Ah, you make us drool…

Elena September 22, 2013 - 11:30 pm

They BOTH look so regal and like stars! Beautiful pictures and loot!

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan September 22, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Oh my, you do know how to take a photo!! Beautiful photography!

Kathryn/ September 22, 2013 - 11:42 pm

I would go crazy. 🙂 LOL! Love your dogs. Precious.

Karen in CT September 22, 2013 - 11:48 pm

…. wow, you did great … saw most on Instagram …. love the carving set .. well done

Karen in CT .. now VA

Sophie's mom September 23, 2013 - 2:35 am

Gibson is a true rock star! Enjoy seeing your loot and Ghetto is adorable.

Katherine September 23, 2013 - 2:58 am

Look at those handsome little faces – so sweet.
Great pieces you discovered – I like the blue and white tureens, and the large lantern sitting on the right.

Botanic Bleu September 23, 2013 - 3:15 am

Living vicariously through you as you shop for brocante in France…


Rowan September 23, 2013 - 6:14 am

Love the last photo of Gibson peeping through the chairs! They must get excited when they see all the loot being unpacked and know that their big opportunity to be model mega-stars is coming up, so they hang around to be a part of all the fun!
You did well!
Deborah from Melbourne.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon September 23, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Love your finds. I just love Ghetto as you know, but the last photo of Gibson is his best picture yet. What beautiful eyes.

onnery September 23, 2013 - 12:14 pm

LOL, Gibson looks very proud to be in a portrait with the two chairs! You had quite the spree – love it.

Jackie September 23, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Gibson and Ghetto are so cute. Thanks for sharing your loot.

Debbie Lynne Malison September 23, 2013 - 1:18 pm

awesome photos with the dogs! I envy your day!

Bleudelavande September 23, 2013 - 2:51 pm

The last picture is just amazing!!!!!

Lily September 23, 2013 - 3:07 pm

What a fun photo shoot, best models ever!

La Contessa September 23, 2013 - 4:49 pm

DAVID T………….are you seeing these???
Beautiful shots, Sharon.They are both STARS in my book!

Karen (Back Road Journal) September 23, 2013 - 6:41 pm

I think you had an exceptionally good day…that is a lot of loot to come home with. Love Gibson and Ghetto enjoying your chairs. As for Ghetto, he has the attitude of a star and it shows. 🙂

Lauran September 23, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Gibson TOTALLY has star quality!

peggy braswell September 23, 2013 - 7:06 pm

great loot + both Ghetto AND Gibson are so photogenic + great photos.

Denise at Forest Manor September 23, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Wow Sharon, you scored some AMAZING treasures!!! I love them all!! Of course, Gibson and Ghetto are always my favorites. 🙂 The last picture is just adorable.

Have a great week!


Leslie in Portland, Oregon September 23, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Your finds are wonderful, Sharon, but your Ghetto and Gibson are absolutely mesmerizing!! I never can delete any posts with their photographs. And the gorgeous horses with Gibson in your new header: spectacular!!! Give them each a pet for me and greeting from Henry (a Golden Retriever) and Bob (a Long-Haired Dachshund)

Anonymous September 23, 2013 - 9:43 pm

I love your blog. This morning I noticed the plates and to my surprise noticed the one with the rose in the middle. I have one just like it and inherited it from my Mom and Dad. They" received it as a wedding gift in 1939. Yours looks somewhat translucent but maybe it is the lighting in the photo. We live on the West Coast of BC which is where they were married. My plate is made in Germany.

Helen September 24, 2013 - 9:08 am

Love Helen xx

david terry September 24, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Hey, Elizabeth/"Contessa"…yes, indeed, I saw these shots yesterday…..and immediately copied two of them to a folder. I intend to "do" the one of Gibson between the two chair arms (shhhhh….top secret from Mme. de la Santoni; it'll be her Christmas present).

Sharon wrote to me yesterday, effusively thanking me for "Lavender Dreams" (of Gibson and Ghetto), which had just arrived at her house. I should make it very clear that, by painting her dogs and subsequently publicizing the thing on my website and that of my dog-art dealer, I immediately got three quite lucrative commissions (two American and one Canadian) from other Golden Retriever afficionados.

So….Nice Sharon gets a free picture…I enjoy doing the work….and the transaction brings me enough new work to pay three (almost) mortgage payments????? I call that Good Karma…."MFCH" style…..

Happily yours as ever,
David Terry

david terry September 24, 2013 - 1:01 pm

P.S. Just for the record?…..whenever I've "used" (i.e. paint a picture, using a photograph as the source) one of Sharon's or Heather Robinson's "Lost in Arles" photographs, I make a point on my website of clearly stating that the painting is derived from a photograph taken by one of the ladies….and I provide obvious, easy-links to the blogs themselves. To do otherwise (particularly given that both Sharon and Heather are strikingly talented photographers, with a fine eye for composition, in particular) would be s-t-e-a-l-i-n-g, as far as I'm concerned. One of the great pleasures of my daily life over the past three years has been discovering the "world of blogs" and doing my best to support/promote the ones I really admire,
David Terry

maria September 26, 2013 - 4:15 am

I absolutely love your blog and love your market finds, but the thing I love the most is when you include your dogs in the photo shoots, you truly do treat them as family members. Such wonderful puppies, thank you for sharing them with us.

maria September 26, 2013 - 4:18 am

I absolutely love your blog,and your market finds are delightful, but the thing I love the most is that you include your dogs in your photo shoots. You really do treat them as family members. Such wonderful puppies, thank you for sharing them with us.

Vicki September 26, 2013 - 5:39 am

Oh, those dogs of yours never fail to put a big smile on my face, Sharon. Thank you for the marvelous photos of the canine stars as well as the brocante stars.


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