Monday, August 28, 2017

Oct. 12-15: "The Midnight Chateau!"

France is haunted.

No doubt -- there are spirits in the air in France.

Don't believe me?  Then spend some time in the Paris Catacombs. This deep underground cave devoted to the bones of the dead is certain to make you believe in all things ghostly. How about Pere Lachaise cemetery? The cobblestone walkways between the ancient graves sometimes feel that they will cave under your feet. And what about some of the crypts that are no longer completely sealed? I dare you to peek inside one of them on a cold, crisp autumn night.

One of my favorite things to do when I visit Paris with my hubby Adam is to wander the narrow cobblestone streets of the oldest parts of the City of Light late at night and breathe in the history and romance of this ancient place.  Sometimes it's really quite creepy to look up at the dark, imposing shadows of the Concierge, where Marie Antoinette spent her last days imprisoned before meeting her sad fate . . . Even the river Seine has a certain eeriness about it when the wind is blowing and you can only hear the faint sounds of traffic above and the rippling water below.

Confectionique's October "The Midnight Chateau" market is where the City of Light meets the darkness.  It's the first of our 2017 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals at Confectionique!

What scares you? At Confectionique, we will do our best to creep you out just a little bit -- but with Paris style, naturally!

I hope you will join us on Thursday, October 12th from 5:00pm-8:00pm for Nuit Blanche and help us kick off our "Midnight Chateau" market as we celebrate all things Paris, and all things Halloweenish.  Get ready for a spooky season filled with autumn delights!

October "The Midnight Chateau" Market Hours:

Thursday, Oct. 12:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 13:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 14:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 15:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,


Thursday, June 8, 2017

August 10-13: "The Paris Apartment" !

There is nothing that helps me soak in the French experience more than having our own apartment in Paris.  If only for one short week or for a long stay, having a place to "nest" and call home helps me feel as if I really am living life as a Parisian.

Just like Americans, Parisians (and the French in general) have a wide variety of tastes.  But something binds them together.  A love of the worldly, the cosmopolitan.  A flair for the eclectic.  A need for travel.  And a passion for practicality and efficiency embodied in style. 

We want to share our vision of the Paris apartments we have grown to love over the years -- please join us at Confectionique's "The Paris Apartment" Market August 10-13th!

When you think of a Paris apartment you may imagine white furnishings, chandeliers and gold mirrors -- it can be these things, certainly, but a Paris apartment can also have a modern or minimalist look.  It is not unusual to find a centuries-old wardrobe next to an Eames chair, for example.  In the end, a Paris apartment is about using the elements of design in a compact space that is aesthetically beautiful, well-designed and functional.

Parisians are experts at making little spaces seem big. They do this with multi-use furniture, getting by only with what they need (most Parisians would consider art and decorative pieces a need ) and bringing this all together in a cohesive and useful manner which showcases one's individuality and -- above all -- remains stylish. After nesting in a smaller space while living in Paris, it does make me wonder if I really need so much stuff at home.

Since summer can be the time of year to begin thinking about moving into your first college apartment, fixing up the bedroom your college-bound child just vacated, or planning for the upcoming holidays, our Paris Apartment market is the perfect decorating market for you.

Our goal at the Paris Apartment market will be to have stylish yet functional furnishings, linens and decorative pieces that really give your space a sense of individuality.

We hope you will join us at the Paris Apartment market where you will feel inspired to live in style!

"The Paris Apartment" Market Hours:

Thursday, Aug. 10:  5pm-8pm 
Friday, Aug. 11:         10am-5pm
Saturday, Aug. 12:   10am-5pm
Sunday, Aug. 13:       Noon-5pm

A bientot,


Monday, April 17, 2017

"La Provence" Market June 1st-4th !

For our next 4-day market June 1st-4th, help us welcome the arrival of warmth and "soleil" as we celebrate a vintage French summer!

School is almost out.  Flag Day.  Father's Day.  The 4th of July.  Patio cookouts.  Vacations.  Picnics.  The great outdoors.  Even Bastille Day.

At long last:  Summer!

Join us for Nuit Blanche on Thursday June 1st from 5pm-8pm while we kick off our long-awaited summer with our "La Provence" market.  We love Paris, but we just might love sunny Provence even more!

The market continues Friday June 2nd from 10am-5pm, Saturday June 3rd from 10am-5pm and concludes on Sunday June 4th from Noon-5pm.

"La Provence" Market Hours:

Thurs., June 1:      5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, June 2:      10am-5pm
Saturday, June 3: 10am-5pm
Sunday June 4:      Noon-5pm

A bientot,


Monday, April 10, 2017

Mini Marché for Mum April 12th!

Bonjour friends, we've decided 2017 is the year we would "pop open" now and then, occasionally opening our doors to offer a Bonne Chance au Marché (A Good Luck Market). Our first Bonne Chance Marché (and household furnishings sale!) will honor Moms this Wednesday April 12th from 5pm-8pm only.

We are honoring our mothers by taking 50% off all remaining lamps, pillows, tables, and wall hangings (paintings, prints, mirrors and signs) for all moms and anyone who has a mom -- that's everyone!  Remember, Mothers Day is May 14 -- if you missed our April market last weekend or can't wait until our next 4-day market in June, stop on by!

Since, we won't open again until June, but would love to give all of you the opportunity to shop on a market evening for Moms. Whether quirky or traditional, moms come in all varieties and Confectionique seems to be the place to suit any personality, style or whim!

As you know, Confectionique sources beautiful treasures from France and has many wonderful handmade gifts created by 6 creative women. Here is a unique opportunity to visit on our premier Bonne Chance market to browse through our sweet boutique for unique and meaningful gifts.

We hope you will stop in to say bonsoir on our first ever Bon Chance Marché. You can RSVP by joining the Facebook event here.  Merci Beacoup!

Bonne Chance Marché Hours:

Wednesday April 12th   5pm-8pm

A bientot!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

April: "Le Lapin de Jardin"

Spring is almost here!  The days are noticeably longer, it is warmer out, and the sun feels just a little bit brighter.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Confectionique's theme for our April market is  "Le Lapin de Jardin" -- the garden bunny, which we will feature from April 6th-9th!

This year, we are combining our annual Easter market and our annual garden-themed market into one Spring fete!  What's more quintessentially Spring than visions of bunnies, chicks, and lambs?  The coming of Spring evokes all manner of flora, fauna and the ground and air coming alive again in so many ways, in addition to gardens and gardeners.  Our April market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry of garden decor and Spring delights -- with a French twist, of course!

Easter is Sunday, April 16th this year -- we'll have tons Paques (Easter) merchandise -- let us help you fill your basket with vintage, Parisian and handmade treasures!  And remember -- Mother's Day is just a few months away, too.

Stop by, also, if you have questions about how you can join us for our upcoming tour of Provence Sept. 4-12.   We'll be happy to answer them!

Join us for our "Le Lapin de Jardin" market celebration!  Here comes Peter -- er, Pierre -- Cottontail!

"Le Lapin de Jardin" Market Hours:

Thursday, April 6:             5pm-8pm            
Friday, April 7:                   10am-5pm
Saturday, April 8:              10am-5pm
Sunday, April 9:                  Noon-5pm

a bientot!


April Academie: Spring into some creative action!

Petit Jardin dans un Livre  (Little garden in a book)  You will have a beautiful selection of succulents, mosses, appropriate soil, and pebbles and an old book to plant your garden in.  The one I made includes an antique mirror I bought at a flea market in Paris.  I will have many miniatures and old French finds that you can purchase if you desire.  All you bring is your imagination! The class will be held on Sunday April 9  from 12-2:00 with a cost of $40.00. Anastasia will be the instructor.  Limit is 5. If you would like to bring your own book and embellishments, feel free to do so!  Click here to go to our ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Birds of a Feather! Connie Jean's broken, china mosaic classes are always popular. Come join us to create this charming "oiseau" bird plaque. Wouldn't this be adorable hanging outside or in your sun room? You will need some skills working with snipping sheers (provided) to put this beautiful mosaic together. Connie Jean will provide personalized instruction and all supplies. Class is limited to 5 and will be held on Saturday April 8 from 10-noon. Tuition is $40 per person.  Click here to go to Connie Jean's ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Oeufs et Fleurs! (Eggs and Flowers)
Nothing says Spring quite like this cheery banner. You will work with a lovely selection of pretty pastel papers and little images to create a whimsical design. These flowers and eggs would look lovely in a bowl or strung together for a banner. This class is $40.00, includes all supplies will be held on Friday April 7 from 2-4:00 and is limited to 5. Instructor is Anastasia. Click here to go to our ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Please message us on Facebook or at if you have any questions about the classes, registration or payment. Classes are limited to 5 to allow enough room to create. Along with supplies, tea and water are included. We hope you will come spend some time at our creative table. 

abientot, Anastasia

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Côtes du Korbitz to Uncork!

The time is almost here. In a couple of weeks, all the trees, shrubs, plants and furniture will be removed from the backyard of our suburban home, and taking their place will be vines to produce one of the oldest grapes in the world, the Carignan -- and a number of other bespoke grape varietals imported from France: Braquet, Calitor, Folle and Tibouren.
Our Dream-to-Be!
It took a great deal of planning, consulting, designing and permission, but we are finally near completing plans for our very own winery. Since we will be having water imported from the Rhone river valley, we decided to name our first vintage Côtes du Korbitz!

Before we plant, however, mounds of dirt will need to be delivered. Our dream is to have a hillside crop, much like the one we enjoy in Montmartre, in Paris. We realize our neighbors may be a little annoyed to look out their widows only to find they no longer have a view of the neighborhood park, but perhaps knowing we are in the midst of producing fine wine will help control their wrath.
Artist Rendering of Future Vineyard
Our backyard winery idea came to us more than two years ago as we were sitting in the sweltering sun in Caseneuve, a glorious little village that looks down upon the Luberon, sipping the most delicious rose wine. We realized we never get enough authentic Provencal rose at home, so why not make our own? We know many folks just buy supplies and set up a makeshift winery in their basement, but what we needed were the grapes from Provence itself. Plus, when we can't be in France, we would like to look out at our hillside vineyard and at least feel we are there.
We are traveling to Provence again in September and will be taking classes on how to build underground storage bunker for our barrels, how to crush our harvest by only using our feet and how to cork a bottle without the benefit of automation.
C'est une blague!