avant et aprés (before & after!)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

know how our readers love these ... here's recent pics and there are 4 new pieces in shop now, freshly finished and awaiting their new home!

but here you go, to whet your appetites!

Coming soon !

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mignonne Décor has secured an off-site art & workspace for our furniture renovation services. Located in the artsy enclave of Magnolia Street in Oakland, clients will soon be able to schedule time to preview upcoming stock pieces as well as consult with Johnelle on their design projects.

Our popular design and furniture revamping services have outgrown our boutique space and we felt it was time to expand into a separate area dedicated to the ongoing projects versus our finished pieces on offer in the boutique.

Johnelle Mancha, proprietaire, was just featured as a "Stylemaker" in Sunday's SF Chronicle's home section...Her unique design vision was highlighted and, whether you are looking to update one piece of furniture, have a room in your home ... or a business / retail space in need of transformation ... Johnelle can help bring your vision to life.

Read more about Johnelle HERE at SFGate.com.

attention glassware collectors!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kim & Rebekah have unearthed loads of French glassware treasures which will soon be making their way back across the seas to Mignonne ... and just in time, because the last of our French glass collectibles have sold ...

Decanters and digestifs and more will soon be arriving! this pic is a taste ... adorable amber petite glasses ... perfect for a small aperitif or after dinner digestif. They have a charming emblem of a French couple, courting! ooh la la!

sister store shenanigans ...

Friday, June 11, 2010

our store assistant, Rebekah Carey McNall, is doing a "stage" (stahj, fr.) ...which is somewhat akin to a work exchange program with our sister store, The Bohemians in Brantôme, France (the southwest region). This will likely be a program we introduce more formally each year.

As part of the program Rebekah structured and proposed, she will be designing four distinctly different window displays while in France. The shop has very unique, hand-forged windows lining the front of the store...these are about 8" panes of glass that are 6' or so tall. There are two dozen of these ... many of which are the original old wavy glass ... lovely to behold and they fill the space with beautiful morning light.

For her first installation, Rebekah chose a bird theme.. (knowing proprietaire Kim Mancha's love for all things oiseau!)...she wanted to arrive prepared to complete a window 'toutes-de-suite' and the ethereal, tissue-light birds that she pre-cut and tucked into here valise were just the ticket.

The birds flock around openings left in each window ... creating a spotlight effect on the mannequins posed in each window.

We think the result is very pretty and very, very 'printemps'! do you agree?

tra la la ... ooh la la !

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Coming soon, some beautiful old French books of sheet music ... let your imagination be your guide with these lovelies ... they could be used in their original form (to play music), would also be a nice gift for a collector of vintage press ... or would make a great element in an art object you create, the colors and images are really special ... or find another creative use that inspires you ...

On their way back from France before you know it!

trésors de France!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rebekah Carey McNall is completing an internship in France at our sister store, The Bohemians. While there, she is scouting french treasures to bring back for Mignonne ... as well as completing window designs, interior merchandising schemes and general sightseeing and vagabondry!

We're stealing some shots to whet your appetite for all of the sweet things to come in July.

Here is an adorable porcelain coffee or tea set from Limoges ... 4 cups, saucers, sugar and creamer and tiny spoons ... depicted are a courtier romancing a young miss with his mandolin ... a charming country scene. Delicious and soon to be seen in our Berkeley shop!

more to come ...

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