french frippery.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

don't forget that you can find fanciful French treasures hidden in plain view at Mignonne!

of course, our usual abundance of revamped furniture is always on hand ... but we also pride ourselves in discovering all sorts of unique items, vintage and artisanal, to satisfy your décor or gift needs ... whether it is an unusual collection of french ashtrays (which can be used for a multitude of things besides ashes!) ... pretty pastis decanters, tiny digestif glasses, delicate decanters ... we have an ever-changing selection for you.

And we have beautiful new items such as body products, soaps and the like for those pampering moments we all enjoy.

come check out what's in store today!

parisian inspiration ...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Strolling through a design quartier in Paris ... spotted this amazing window spiraling many possibilities spring to mind when viewing it ... the soft shades of grey for a chest ... the design of the iron glass frames worked on to a pillow ... the reflective glint of the light and murky shadows beyond produce a mirrored quality (how could that be replicated in design?)

le sigh ............ !!!

Spring Break!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Does your home need a Spring Break that won't break the bank?

Mignonne has custom services that can help you breathe new life into a tired room or furniture piece.

We have loads of inspiration and creativity to help get that spring project finished. It is surprising how one new feature or some fresh paint can transform a room.

Here's an example of a vintage furniture piece we did a custom look on for one of our clients. This will become the center-piece of their bath (used as a new vanity with a sink on top) and shows how incorporating a vintage furniture item in the place of a standard 'big-box' cabinet can make a world of difference in your design scheme.

Whether it is transforming your piece or one of ours ... or consulting with you on 'relooking' a room ... or having us hunt out the solution for you ... we can help you get that Spring Break in action for affordable terms.

(and PS - don't forget our layaway program!)

À bientôt (see you soon)!

Sweet. Dainty. Cute. "Mignonne"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Mignonne personifies the elements of a dreamy Valentine's day ... sweetness and light ... a little Berkeley corner to while away some time browsing our unique finds ... sampling yummy body products fresh in store from captain blankenship ... lovely vintage glassware ... special little treasures direct from France ... reimagining a favorite nook in your home with Johnelle's special touches ... refreshing your pad for Spring with a one-of-a-kind furniture item hand restored to your specifications...admire our newly refashioned display windows, freshly finished by Rebekah Carey McNall (and the last of her internship) ...

All this and more awaits ... wishing you a very "Mignonne" Valentine's Day

xx's and oo's

johnelle and kim

Valentine treats at Mignonne

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mignonne is offering a new line of handcrafted luxurious body treats, captain blankenship.

A one-woman workshop founded in 2009 and run by Jana Blankenship from her home in Berkeley, captain blankenship products are prepared with organic and sustainable ingredients.

When Jana was a child she loved mixing her mom’s discarded perfume into signature fragrances like “Scents of Hawaii.” These heavily sniffed concoctions resulted in an allergy to synthetic scents, but also led to her love of smells. After starting to make her own lip balms at home and sharing them with friends and family, she quickly expanded her line into luxurious soaps, bath salts, body balms and scents. All of her products are made with organic or wildcrafted ingredients, essential oils, and a heavy dose of love.

Jana is also an artist and a curator and a lover of wilderness. The smells of the outside world tend to drive her wild, especially after it rains.

We are so lucky to have these special items for your Valentine ... crafted from a host of tantalizing scents and body-comforting ingredients....

Express your love with handcrafted soaps, perfume and bath salts from captain blankenship ... local, artisanal and one-of-a-kind!

(captain blankenship never uses synthetic scents or preservatives....only essential oils, absolutes immersed in organic jojoba oil, vegetable glycerine and plant derived colorants... )

Custom Chairs at Mignonne

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We are up and running with our Custom Chair line at Mignonne!

This is a collaborative project featuring custom hand-painting by Johnelle Mancha of Mignonne and hand silkscreened, Eco-friendly linen by local artist Gina Pericini!

This chair is available in 6 prints/color schemes and is available for special order at Mignonne.

Featured here is a damask, Matisse-inspired fabric paired with classic, black washed chair.

Call us with questions or stop by to view other available choices! Local and one of a kind!

A little Valentine's ooh la LAH!

Monday, February 8, 2010

For those of you in the market for something sexy for your Valentine, check out À La Folie in the heart of Berkeley's Fourth Street district.

Owner Nafissa Tayebi has created a treasure trove of fine European lingerie, jewelry and boudoir accessories. They adore "les femmes" in all sizes from 30A to 40H and invite you to come play and discover l'Art de la Lingerie!

Johnelle has partnered with Nafissa to create some fabulous display windows in the Berkeley shop. We've shared a few peeks here for you to enjoy, but you really should go and experience them in person.

And yes ... that's our furniture incorporated into the vignettes ... the lingerie isn't the only thing that's tantalizing ... check out the sexy legs on that hot pink number!!! All of the pieces are for sale ... so if your sweetheart is more into décor accessories for V-Day, you can find your heart's desire as well!

xx's and oo's from Mignonne !

A hunting you should go, a hunting you should go!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Come find us today at the Alameda Antiques Fair, space F24!

you won't have to 'hunt' for long to find something fabulous at our spot ... or if you find a special treasure that you just know will be fabulous with some revamping ... we can get that done for you with our special Mignonne flair ... that means Fabulous and Affordable!

Here's a sample of a great Mignonne find ... 100 yr old chest of drawers with all original distressed look! Lightly buffed and sealed...

See you there and happy hunting!

cool artisanal rehab piece!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

check out this table ... designed by a local artist using a reclaimed coca cola rack with vintage table legs! love love love that it is slightly industrial PLUS with it's metal top you don't have to be afraid of water glass rings!

come and get'er!

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