Posts Tagged ‘French Lifestyle’

A gifted young customer

October 14, 2008

Rebecca and her mum Kara have been coming to my store, Peche Mignon, since I opened. It was actually 3 years ago exactly this day, October 14, 2005!

Rebecca’s 12 years old. She’s in 7th grade at Saint Thomas the Apostle in San Francisco. She came with Kara a few weeks ago and bought a prop I was using as a display for my necklaces. I wrapped it in tissue paper and handled it to her in a paper bag.

Rebecca came back last week to show me what she had done with it. She made a dress out of the tissue paper and wrapped it around the prop with a necklace she bought at the store to make it look like a doll. Isn’t that amazing? It’s actually much better than a doll when you realize that Rebecca drew her project first, and then created it. I don’t know many children whith such a creative gift for drawing and creating such a beautiful thing.

Rebecca’s dream is to come and work at my store. I told her that her talent belongs to fashion. This young woman deserves to become a stylist, don’t you think?

Bravo Rebecca!


A great Bastille Day at the store

July 17, 2008

We had a wonderful fun Bastille Day at the store last week-end. The French national holiday being a Monday this year we decided to celebrate during the whole week-end of July 12th and 13th. Ellen the accordeonist was back. She set the festive ambiance in front of the store. My friend Francine accompanied her singing the most famous songs of French Repertoire such as Piaf and even La Marseillaise, the French hymn.

60 blue, white and red balloons were decorating the store outside, remimbering the colors of the French flag. Speaking about flag, we hung a huge one inside the store too. It was really easy to understand that Peche Mignon is a French store!

People had fun inside the store too, tasting our delicious homemade crepes with jam and Nutella and enjoying great prices as we started the summer sale on Saturday. Almost the whole store was marked 20 to 70% down. Customers and friends visited us to take advantage of not-to-be-missed deals; some of them even started their Holiday shopping early. We had a great turn out, lots of fun and everybody left happy with a full stomach.

Thank you all for joining us on this special week-end. For those who couldn’t make it, the sale at Peche Mignon will go on at least until the end of July. It’s not too late to get good deals!

Come and celebrate Bastille Day at our store!

July 9, 2008

Péché Mignon is happy to invite you to celebrate Bastille Day at our store on

Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th.


We will start our traditional summer sale. 

Most of the store, including tableware, linens and home accents will be marked down 20 to 70%!


Don’t miss this opportunity to get amazing deals!


In addition, complimentary homemade crêpes and a traditional accordion player will set the festive mood at the store.


For this special occasion, Péché Mignon will have extended opening hours on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


We look forward to seeing you there! A bientot!


Bastille Day is the French national Holiday, celebrated on July 14th each year. In France it is called “Le 14 juillet” (“14th of July”). It commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July, 14th 1789.










Introducing Marie Daage plates

July 6, 2008

I had a crush several years ago on the creations of a Parisian designer, Marie Daage. Her precious hand-made porcelain dishes are delicately refine and unique.

Marie is an heiress of many generations’ porcelain painters. She seeks to incorporate life’s exuberant colors and joyful elaborate motives in her creations. Her patterns and colors are made to be mixed-matched as the subtle colors and motives are complementary of each other.

I decided with no hesitation to buy these plates to introduce the beauty of her designs to my American customers. These fine porcelain salad plates are manufactured in Limoges and then hand-painted. They are finished with a subtle golden edge. The delicate floral pattern is enhanced by the vibrant colors and the chocolate dinner plates underneath. That ensemble will give a unique French Touch to your table.

But be aware: no microwave or dishwasher for these exquisite dishes. It’s just a small sacrifice for all of you who, like me, have a passion for style and beauty.

Salad plates cost $35.00, dinner plates $40.00





Flore yellow/Flowers down  

Flore Yellow / Round Flowers

Flore fushsia

Flore fuchsia

Stacey treats herself to a beautiful drawing of Le Marais

June 29, 2008

Stacey is a regular customer of my store Peche Mignon. She came this week and bought this frame from my friend Paul Madonna. She was very happy to find out it was still here as she thought it had been sold.

More than just a beautiful frame, this drawing has a neat story. Paul is a cartoonist. He’s famous in the City by the Bay for it’s cartoon All Over Coffee published weekly by The San Francisco Chronicle and on This image was created while he and his wife Joen were traveling to Paris in the summer of 2005. It is a limited edition of 75 prints.

At the time he drew this street located in Le Marais I was working in that same neighborhood, in a store called France ma Douce (My sweet France). It was a test for me to figure out if I enjoyed working in a store as I was a journalist then and being a store owner was quite a different ball game. My goal at the time was to move to San Francisco to open my own store selling French home accessories. This was only a 2 weeks experience. Paul and Joen walked in France ma Douce on my last day; and it was their last day in Paris too! This is how we met and we have been friends since then.

So when he showed me his drawing several years later as I finally had my store in San Francisco, I thought it would be fun to hang it on the walls and sell it for him. ‘La boucle est bouclee’, would we say in French, which I think translates in English to ‘what goes around comes around.’ Thank you Stacey! I am sure this special frame has found the perfect home!

If you are interested in getting this drawing in 14″x21″ signed & numbered, we sell it unframed for $175.00 or framed for $250.00. Please call the store at (415)221-6000. Thank you.


Our traditionnal Basque espadrilles have arrived!

June 24, 2008

Popularized by Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez in the 1960’s espadrilles are a definite French tradition. Handmade in the South West of France by Artiga, these casual sandals are composed of a flexible rubber sole stitched to a 100% cotton upper. The traditional Basque stripes pattern comes in different bright colors to match your favourite outfits.


Basque linens are part of the Basque heritage. The uniqueness of these linens comes from their 7 stripes representing the 7 provinces of the Basque Region: 3 French provinces and 4 Spanish ones. The palette of colors is inspired from the strong regional tones which associate thin and wide stripes, the genuine signature of Basque fabrics. The patterns designed nowadays are a variation of the old mante à boeufs which was meant to protect working cattle from insects.


If you live in the Bay Area, feel free to come and visit us at Péché Mignon to try one pair on!  Our espadrilles are available in sizes 6 (36 French size), 6.5 (37), 7.5 (38), 8.5 (39), 9 (40) and 9.5 (41). We also take orders by the phone at (415) 221-6000 and ship anywhere in the US.

Péché Mignon is located in San Francisco, on 147 Clement Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Our opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.


Thank you!

A beautiful French Tablecloth finds the perfect home

June 10, 2008

My dear friends Larry and Steve live in a quite small and charming appartment in San Francisco, decorated with vibrant colors and an amazing assortment of enhancing accessories.


They had been looking at this tablecloth in my store Peche Mignon for a while, thinking it would be a good addition to their dining area. After contemplating, they just couldn’t resist any longer, and finally treated themselves to the tablecloth.


Called “Tuscany”, this tablecloth is a creation of one of our oldest and most famous French manufacturers, Garnier-Thiébaut, who has been producing the most stunning Jacqard Tablecloths in the East of France since 1830. This pattern is inspired by the ceilings of Italian castles and showcases richly sculpted golden wooden frames.

I was just amazed when I saw it in their home and discovered how complementary the colors were to the red walls and accents in this area. The golden frame of the mirror above the table underlines the rich colors and design of the tablecloth. The flower garland my friends displayed dresses the table with elegance. It is a promise of enchanting dinners to come. A successful French dinner is nothing else: half of it comes from the food, the other half from a beautiful table setting. So, I am wondering…When can I come over for dinner?