Wednesday, July 29

Paris je t'aime

We just finished watching this fabulous french movie and had to share. Its called Paris je t'aime (check sundance channel for times). It has 18 seperate short stories each one by a different international director -- but all filmed in Paris. Very witting and entertaining. Great cast...juliette binoche, gerard depardieu, steve buscemi, natalie portman... It made me want to book a flight and fly to Paris tonight. Paris je t'aime aussi!

Wednesday, July 22

July Flea Market This Saturday

It's that time of the month! Our July Flea Market is this Saturday, July 25th 8am-noon in the back garden of our store. Come early -- we had a line at 8 am last month.

Our "Maison Reve Inspirers" (left to right Courtney, Yasmine, Lisa and Michelle) loaded a 14 ft truck of fun finds for the brocante and store. Rummage through French foosball sets, a vintage cocktail shaker, crock pots, enamel containers, sap buckets and fishing baskets (great storage) and even a 10 ft sailboat with colorful oars --now wouldn't that be nautical in a kids playroom!

We'll have lots of pretty boxes and creative storage containers too!

After picking the perfect Find, slow your life down and relax for a leisurely brunch at a local cafe in charming Mill Valley. We recommend Small Shed Flatbread or The Depot across from our store if the weather is nice. Live like the French. See you at the Flea!

Tuesday, July 21

OOBA - The Power of the Flower!

Our new friends, Janet DiGiovanna and Danny Rubenstein, pictured here with Stan Williams, made a very generous donation of OOBA to "The Find" book signing party. OOBA is the world's first sparkling hibiscus beverage and is rich in the ancient healing power of hibiscus - a powerhouse of antioxidants. As guests nibbled on organic goodies from the local farmers market, they were treated to this delicious hibiscus drink.

Janet and Danny are the founders of dash - Advisors to Innovative Food and Beverage - they are strategists, business builders and entrepreneurs. Danny was one of the original partners of "Naked" Juice, the COO at Odwalla and together with Janet has advised many companies such as Whole Foods, Pom Wonderful and Tazo.

After meeting Stan and learning more about Housing Works Thrift Shops, dash Advisors made a large donation of OOBA for the next Housing Works benefit in NYC. Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States. Here at Maison Reve, we feel so blessed by the generosity of our new friends. Cheers to Janet, Danny and of course, Stan!

Wednesday, July 15

Maison Reve and "The Find" Book Signing Party!

A farmhouse table filled with local organic cheeses, figs, grapes and breads, hand-picked from the local farmer's market that morning. Even the plates are compostable, helping to make great soil for our garden!

Re-purpose vintage items, like this scale, as a serving platter.
Serve your guest with pieces that are unexpected.

Stan Williams talks about his passion for vintage pieces and what led him to write "The Find". He says " love what you have in your home; don't feel obligated to keep anything that doesn't feel good to you".

Yasmine speaks to our guests about how she was inspired to create her style of
Urban Farmhouse Living.

The audience participates in the lively discussions.

We love this farm trolley that was repurposed as a coffee table for the evening.

Thursday, July 2

We made the cover! July 9th Book Signing Event!

Come and be inspired by Stan Williams, author of “The Find”.
Thursday July 9th, 2009
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Maison Rêve
108 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

The Find by Stan Williams is sub-titled ‘The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details’ - that just about sums it up. It’s been said that this beautiful book “will make you wish you had an empty house that you could decorate from scratch - or at least an empty room.” Stan will let you in on secrets about what to look for, and how to identify a great piece. Followed by Yasmine McGrane, owner of Maison Rêve and inspiration for the cover of The Find, speaking about Urban Farmhouse Lifestyle.