Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. William Morris



I have arrived at the stage where, if I buy something, no matter how big or small, I want it to be useful AND beautiful. Have you?


I will admit that once in a while, I come across something so beautiful, that I almost cry at the sight of it.

Yes, newborn babies are one of those things…but I’m talking about antiques here. When find an antique that practically makes me weep, even if that object isn’t particularly useful these days, if I can find a place for it in my collections, I do.



If you’re going to buy something, anything, even something small or completely utilitarian, why not have that be something you love?

Imagine your home filled only with accessories and other things you love.



Some of my favorite things that I love and use in the kitchen at FrenchGardenHouse, are wooden spoons.

I have gathered spoons from everywhere, some are ones my Mom used before she died {although not often, she was not really a culinary wonder} – others I have gathered over the years from antique dealers, flea markets in Europe, and auction houses.




My favorite spoon ever was actually one half of a salad serving set who had lost its mate over the years. I can’t show you a photo of that one because sadly I used it so much as a young wife that it literally broke in half and is in wooden spoon heaven somewhere.

My collection of wooden spoons sits by my range in a vintage champagne bottle cooler along with stag horn carving sets that I don’t use often. {see disclaimer.}

And a few in a collection of antique ironstone pitchers {another thing I almost never pass up!} on the narrow table.



Imagine my excitement {me, jumping up and down inside at the sight of antique wooden spoons!!} when one of my favorite French dealers told me she had unearthed some amazing antique hand carved wooden spoons she thought I might like?

Would I like to choose a few? Non, I wanted them ALL!  I am greedy like that, because I know there are more of you out there that adore old, old wooden spoons handmade in a village in France a hundred years ago.



Each one? Has its own personality and charm. Different shapes and sizes, and each one was used for different dishes, I am sure.

Some come from a chateau “sale” – oh! how I wish I could go to those, instead I live vicariously through my dealer friends in Europe – some from a simple country French hotel/restaurant, and some from French cottages.

Each one is hand made, and are a work of art, don’t you agree?



Now the only hard part is deciding which ones I will sell…because I am trying to not keep every single amazing antique thing I’ve found on my recent buying trips…

And…it’s only right to share with all of you.



My favorites are the ones all of them.





Do you have a favorite useful/beautiful thing you just can’t get enough of?


à bientôt