Monday, March 21, 2011

in the neighborhood




































































i love finding treasures in unexpected places. when an old stucco building down the street from my house in echo park was suddenly painted pink, had lavender bushes planted and a sweet striped awning, i knew there must be something going on inside those walls. i had to wait patiently to meet french general because they are only open on mondays and saturdays but it was well worth it. i entered into a world of beautiful french linens, beads, ribbons, textiles and vintage french ephemera that was probably found in the tiniest march├ęs aux puces in france. anthropologie definitely comes here for inspiration.

the owner is kaari meng and i would be embarrassed to try to convey her accomplishments. she has her own product line, designs textiles, has written many, many books and is an all around amazing woman. i showed her a little piece of art that i want to recreate and she literally gave me a play by play of how i would go about doing it. i will admit i don't know half of what they are up to at French General, i'm just not that crafty, but am planning on taking a workshop there soon to make some pretty jewelry.

oh, one thing i almost didn't mention (because they have a limited supply and i want to buy every last one), they have a fantastic line of orange blossom, lavender and milk thistle candles. visit them online or make your way there on a monday if you are in the area. it's worth the trek...and in the meantime, LA is lucky to have her.

2009 riverside drive, los angeles, ca 90039

images: me

7 comments:

  1. Just realized I actually own one of her books, Home Sewn. I made bunting from it last year. I would spend all my time (on Mondays) in that shop.

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  2. oh sounds heavenly. i just ordered one of her books on amazon!

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  3. this looks like the sweetest shop. if i lived in LA, i'd be there in a heartbeat.

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  4. Oh my gosh! I so want to go there! I live in LA and I had no idea it was here! I hope they are open saturday! :)

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  5. I love the canvas wall hanging with compartments. I'm going to try and go next week. Fantastic blog, just found you from Simple Lovely.

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  6. She sounds fantastic and I would love to check out that shop. Hope you are having a great day. Kisses

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  7. What an incredible place to have right around the corner! So many beautiful details:)

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