French Antiquing trip to Portland and Kitchen Faucets

Earlier in the month we went up to Portland to do some antiquing and shopping!  We went up to the Portland Antique Show at the Exposition Center.  There are tons of booths… and we walked 17,000 steps (thanks apple watch and fit bit for counting!)

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I thought I’d share some pics from the show and various antique stores around town! At the end of the post I am going to ask your opinion about some kitchen faucets for the French Farmhouse!


Considered this antique French piece to use as a vanity base for a sink *but* it was only 27″ tall. Much too short for a sink!


The pictures from the cases below are from a fabulous booth… she always has the coolest small things!







 I *may* have purchased these little lion statues. Ok I did purchase them. They are from France and probably from the 1940s, so not super old, but the shields they have on them display the Fleur de Lis!


I’ve been looking for an antique handmade quilt for my bed, but these did not quite fit the bill… maybe next time…


 Love this little French shop in town, she carries both new and old items…

 Well, I found a pair of sconces to go home with me… I think I will use these above the fireplace!

 Oh boy, I’m tired, time for a chocolate break… (Aren’t these little chocolate and marzipan treats so cute?)


What’s this? A place full of Madeleine pots? Antique fountains and fun?


 Hmmm, what color to choose to place around our little fountain? I envision a little French courtyard with what I’m calling the Orangerie but really it will have four pots around the fountain – one with lemon, one with lime, one with orange, and one with a satsuma tree!  I think this dark green would look best with these little trees in them, don’t you think?


But this color is cool too. Do you spy all of the vintage/antique garden follies?

Oh, and I purchased this. Yes it’s a picture of a picture but it was in pieces in the shop.  I’m going to cut off the top (the horror!) and put a marble top with a sink in it! I know wood colored wood is totally out but I don’t care I love this French piece!

 We walked around the Portland International Rose Garden… one of my favorite places in the city.

 This bee was totally asleep in this pretty rose…

 A sailboat having a nice Summer day on the Columbia River…


Oooh, La La! Dessert? NO! This is breakfast!

 You see, *these* are the desserts…

I have also been searching for the kitchen sink faucet. Found these three I really liked. I obviously like bridge faucets. I think we will go with either polished nickel or polished chrome.  I think I am leaning towards polished nickel because it is a little warmer.  I thought I would go with the trendy brass color but then I haven’t seen one in person that I have liked, so I don’t know about that now.

Which one do you like better? #1 below…

Or #2?

Or perhaps #3??




  1. August 1, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    So cool, I would love to go to a place like this!! And 17,000, holy cow!!

  2. August 1, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Such beautiful things!!! I love the sconces that you bought and the beautiful French chest. That is going to make a gorgeous vanity!

  3. August 2, 2016 / 12:47 am

    My vote is for faucet #1. I love the lovely curved lines! BTW, I am new to your blog (I found it from A Stroll Thru Life's linky party). I, too, am a lover of French and European goodies. I just started following you on Bloglovin'.
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

    • August 2, 2016 / 4:19 am

      I think #1 is my favorite as well! I'm so glad to have you follow me along on my little blogging journey, will be doing the same for you!

  4. August 3, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Love the chest and actually real wood is on trend again. I like a mix of painted and real wood. Love faucet number 2.

    • August 5, 2016 / 6:11 am

      Oh, didn't know real wood is on trend again, I suppose it's good that I tend not to follow all the trends and just go with what I like! Yes I really like faucet number 2 as well, still trying to decide, there is still time!

  5. August 4, 2016 / 2:29 am

    Look like a fun place to visit, with yummy treats too! I like #2 the best. I'm here from the 250th linky party.

  6. August 4, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Could the french piece have worked with a vessel sink on top, and perhaps an extension to the legs?

    • August 5, 2016 / 6:12 am

      I debated about the extension on the legs but then we thought the proportions would look funny so opted to wait to find something else! Great idea though… Did go through my mind too with the vessel sink!

  7. August 5, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Oh I use to fly out to Portland twice a year to attend the expo show. Loved it.
    I am planning a trip out in November to Portland and want to know where the French shop is where you said she has new and old items? Thank You
    I really like your Lions, sconces and the chest you purchased for your home. I want about 5 of those Madeleine pots myself, no one here carries them

    I like faucet one and two however two has white tops on faucets which I don't care for unless you have a huge farmhouse sink?

    • August 5, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Hi, don't you love the expo show?? Don't know when you'll be there in Portland in November but I do know the Monticello Antique Mall always has a Vintage Christmas show which is fun (if you're in to Christmas). The French shop is here: She does interior design but runs a shop too. It is limited hours so make sure you check their website for the hours before you go!

  8. August 11, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    What gorgoeus shopping!! I want one of those green garden pots! LOL Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!