Weekly Peek!

Here's a glimpse of what's on display currently at Mignonne ~ Stop by soon for a closer look ...

Browsing for Baby!

We've refreshed our baby stock, and our new intern, Hannah Fenves has created some pretty displays showcasing all the beautiful items we have for the little ones. Now's a good time to tuck away a special holiday treat for the babies in your life! Do some window shopping now and stop by soon to check off your list!

Thinking of changing your tabletop for fall?

Mignonne has everything you need to update your look. From a beautifully redone dining set in matte black with 4 matching chairs with toile seats, to interesting combinations for your table top.

We are all about incorporating vintage and fresh new designs at Mignonne, not only for the beauty of the mélange, but because it is gentler to Mother Earth!

Take a look at this inspired combination of old and new in an interesting mix of colors (soft washed blue, chocolate browns and warm gold tones). All colors you'll see as you stroll the blocks of Old Oakland these days and observe the turning season.

Shown in these photos are large, square blown glass chargers in tones of soft blue, generously sized plates with a simple bird graphic in brown, topped with vintage smaller plate (salad, dessert?) in warm gold with a geometric brown design.

All of these pieces are extremely versatile and could be utilized as platters, serving pieces, or dinnerware.

The table setting is displayed on pale brown linen placemats bordered in soft blue, and a bold, floral design cloth napkin repeating all of the same color scheme.

We've mixed it up further with some gorgeous vintage amber glassware. You can click on the photo for a closer view.

There's lots more where this came from at your favorite place for French-inspired décor, Mignonne.

Stop by soon!

Kitchen Room Furniture

Through the years kitchens have evolved from being a small room in the back of the house to being the focal point of the home. To make the kitchen room more comfortable for daily activity, of course we need to design them by putting some kitchen room furniture. There are some Tips how to renovate the kitchen room, what We'll need to do at every stage of the remodeling process:

  • Find Inspiration for Your New Kitchen.
    Open kitchen's design (We can use this design if we want our family and friends enjoy and relax their healthy meals in our home), Closed kitchen's design (Mostly kitchen used only for cooking and put the items).

  • Plan Your Total Remodel Budget.
    We need to calculate and make total how much money we need to spend our budget to design the kitchen room, especially to buy kitchen set furniture.

  • Determine Your Kitchen Layout.
    Which architectural style will guide the transformation of the space? Cape Cod, Farmhouse, Dutch Colonial, Saltbox, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Eastlake, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Craftsman, Foursquare, Prairie, Art Deco or Modern.

  • Decide Whether to Replace or Reface Your Cabinets.
    Kitchen cabinets will help establish the character for the whole living space, The choice of wood will have an effect on the overall look of your room each having its own unique characteristics. There are many choice of kitchen furniture wood such as ; alder, cherry, beech, hickory, maple, oak, lyptus and paintable wood. Using a light wood such as oak, birch, ash, beech, maple, or chestnut will lighten the kitchen.

  • Complete The Kitchen Room With Proper Lighting.
    Like others room in the house, the ability to adjust light levels in the kitchen is ideal, because when cooking or cleaning up, a bright punch of illumination makes the job easier. Support the lighting with same color of our kitchen room furniture, we can choose one of lighting style such as ; natural lighting, accent lighting, ambient, and task lighting and what types of bulbs will you be using: fluorescent, incandescent or quartz halogen.

  • Decorating the kitchen room should be a priority when decorating a new home, Kitchen room furniture are important item to make the kitchen look beautiful and give us feel comfort when doing an activity. Some of family they will use the kitchen room as dinning room too, It's mean they need to put dinning furniture.

    Furniture item for the Kitchen room are including Baker's Racks, Pie Safes, Buffet's, Kitchen Islands, Kitchen cabinets, wine racks, Dining Room Chairs and Table. All of them it will look nice if they are in one color.

    Changing Seasons ...

    Falling leaves, crisp mornings, the harvest moon ... Autumn is on its way, as reflected in our final window design by Mallory Vogel, showcasing some one-of-a-kind furniture and décor pieces designed by Billy Kroft.

    The perfect seat to gaze at autumn colors or a crackling fire. Sip from a vintage mug, admire the reflections seen in a beautiful painted mirror. The birds on the chandelier can adorn your sitting area as well.

    This vignette captures the tranquillity and easy pace of the fall season as another year slows to a close (click on photos for closer view).

    Introducing our new Merchandising Intern, Hannah Fenves

    We are delighted to introduce our merchandising intern for the coming quarter.

    Hannah Fenves grew up in the east bay and graduated from Saint Mary's College of California with a degree in Studio Art. She is interested in how design can influence people's perceptions of the environment they are in, whether it be graphic design, fashion design, or interior design.

    She also enjoys collaborating with other artists to create installations that are layered, unique, and colorful; juxtaposing elements that are not often paired together.

    We anticipate some great collaborative outcomes from Hannah partnering with Johnelle to design our popular store windows and in-store vignettes.

    As a reminder, Mignonne has extended our commitment to local artists to include creating opportunities for young aspiring artists to demonstrate their creativity and gain experience in décor merchandising. We have a rotating, 3-month internship program for design and art students in our local community.

    If you know of a local artist or student in the area that would be interestested in our program, have them contact us at Mignonne (contact details in our blog header).

    We will be interviewing for the new year (2009) rotation in December.

    Bathroom Furniture & Accessories

    Bathroom is one of importance room in our house, We need to create them and design them as we can with some beautiful models of furniture to make us comfortable when entering the bathroom area, especially if the bathroom has more space or large size.

    So, it's good reason to have a well designed and decorated bathroom space with interesting and nice design of furniture because not only for aesthetic reasons but for ergonomics and functionality. Start to make plan, try to create some ideas for your bathroom such as how the bathroom's look and style.

    Bathroom Furniture : Placement

    Which style you want to do with your bathroom, romantic style, cool style or modern style. Many of furniture are design for bathroom use, and you can choose them to make your bathroom look nice and put all item that may you use in the bathroom. There are many accessories furniture that you can select them according to your budged, of course it will help you to design your bathroom more interesting and functional use.

    Bathroom Furniture : Accessories

    Furniture cabinets model has a functional for personalized storage solutions inside the bathroom. If you like to create a contemporary and traditional bathroom, You can chose one of top company that supplying bathroom furniture from top brand manufacturers such as Roper Rhodes and Catalano. Both of these product provided many furniture to help the customer in order to make home design style.

    New Voluspa Candles at Mignonne!

    We recently brought in new scents from Voluspa.

    First new scent, from Voluspa's Japonica Collection - the Voluspa Baltic Amber Triple Wick Candle Tin. The scent is delicious blend of smooth dry amber, warm cedar and sandalwood, and a touch of creamy vanilla for a resinous, woody, smoky delight.

    The warm tones will be pleasing to men and women alike.

    Second new scent, Santiago Huckleberry, is the combination of the rare Huckleberry mixed with vanilla pods and sweet sugar cane for a sweet, delicious scent.

    Housed in a chicly patterned, covered tin - the candles not only provides aromatherapy but a lovely décor touch. The tight lids will deter dust when not in use, and the three wicks provide an even burn and maximum throw. You will also appreciate the extended, 80 hour burn time. 12 oz.

    Au Revoir and Bonne Chance to intern Mallory Vogel

    The first round of Mignonne's internship program concluded recently and it is time to bid farewell to our first participant, Mallory Vogel.

    Mallory made several great contributions during her rotation, including beautifully conceived painted window designs and in-store displays. She brought a great positive attitude and drive throughout the time she spent in our boutique. Mallory is freshly launching her career as a window designer and merchandiser at an eco-savvy design store in San Francisco.

    We wish her all the best while sharing a photo of her final window design!

    My New Faves For September Under $50 !!

    Beautiful fine art print by James Wiens in blues, golds, browns and creams. This 28 x 28 print has a companion also. Birch Silhouette I and II. Each print is $34.99. You can add a frame with a metallic finish at the same site, www.art.com.
    Designer Liora Manne's modern pendant light in taupe. The shade is 17w x 9h and is only $39.99 at www.smartbargains.com.
    Unique iron branch hooks for lots of "hangups". Set of two comes in silver or antique brass. $20.00 from www.urbanoutfitters.com.
    Large letters for baby's room outlined in chocolate. The letters are 10" high and come in petal, cloud and sage. Only $16.00 for each letter. www.rhbabyandchild.com.
    Ballard Designs natural iron fleur de lis doorstop , 14"h and only $30.00. www.ballarddesigns.com.

    Window Shopping!

    25% OFF SALE During Today's Green Potluck Event!

    Mignonne's Green Potluck Event is TODAY, Saturday, September 6th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in our Old Oakland boutique.

    We are partnering with 2 great vendors:

    Leslie Lavitt is the proprietor of 2 Twigs & a Bay Leaf, a sustainable, community based florist in Oakland. Her motto, "Work with what you have", is a “green” idea that 2 Twigs & a Bay Leaf capitalizes on. It’s what great chefs ask, much like food and wine, taking your cue from Mother Nature’s seasonal bounty. What is readily available in my garden, my friends and neighbors’ gardens?

    2 Twigs & a Bay Leaf produces organic, relaxed floral designs while supporting the earth, recycling and reducing fossil fuels by using local materials, mostly what’s in the backyard. You’ll be amazed. Leslie will be displaying her unique designs at our Green Potluck Event. Stop by for information and inspiration.

    Also partnering with us is Gina Pericini of Flock, a local designer who creates handmade silk-screened kitchen towels, cocktail napkins, and pillows. We recently began offering Gina's line of kitchen linens and the Green Potluck Event is a great time to stop by and check them out.

    We're moving towards entertaining season ... our special event is a great time to gain inspiration for refreshing your décor with a low impact to the environment. Of course, special in-store savings will also be offered during the event.

    Delectable nibbles from B Restaurant, G.B. Ratto & Co. International GrocersTamarindo Antojeria and Sweet Adeline Bakeshop will be offered "potluck style" on some of Mignonne's beautiful vintage tableware. (Click on the restaurant name for more information about our wonderful donors).

    See you there!

    Open Late Friday night in conjunction with Oakland's Art Murmur

    Mignonne extends our hours until 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 5th, in conjunction with Oakland's Art Murmur.

    The murmur is a group of galleries in Oakland which have openings the first Friday of every month, offering a tour, and because Mignonne shows work by local artists on a rotating basis we are a part of the "scene".

    This month's late night reception will feature our two local artists, Diana Blackwell and Paige Camerino. We are excited to host these two powerful women artists.
    Stop by for a glass of wine and peruse their work.  

    Oakland's Art Murmur makes for a great Friday night, follow the tour and end up in Old Oakland's gourmet ghetto where you can enjoy a great meal, cocktails, and even the later evening party scene!

    See you there!

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