Thursday, January 21

As seen on Martha Stewart!

Our recycled Levis denim aprons may be on Martha's show today! Hand-crafted by a local Mill Valley CA textile designer, Molly de Vries, these aprons are inspired by our favorite Julia Child. She loved the demi apron just like us. Today our friends at will on The Martha Stewart Show and plan to give Martha one of our lovely aprons! We love Martha and get so many creative ideas from her team daily, so this is quite a thrill.

Our Julia aprons come in two sizes: full (with bib fronts) $88 and demi (waist down like Julie loved) $68. The demi styles are available in two lengths - long (shown above) $68 and short (below) $48.
All styles available in navy blue, white or orange stitching. Our favorite is the organge stitch --inspired by our Maison Reve orange logo. We originally made them for our in-store team to wear until customers kept asking to buy them!

Call or email to get your own Julie inspired recycled denim apron 415.383.9700, We ship across the country. Fingers crossed we make Martha....

Thursday, January 14

An Urban Farmhouse Wedding

We love weddings at Maison Reve! Our owner Yasmine and now husband David's wedding on a foggy cliff in Mendocino, California was signature Urban Farmhouse style. From the sea glass bottle with their wedding vows that David threw out to sea. To orchard ladders to form the arbor where they spoke thier vows. To french baguette trays with votive candles lined down tables.

Bowls filled with sea glass chips. Vintage champagne buckets and weathered pitchers for fresh cut blooms.
To their favorite gift from a flea marketer friend in London -- large D & Y antique letters that now inspires them everyday over thier mantle headboard. If you are getting married, call us! Our expert wedding Inspirer, Ashley, will help if you want to rent our vintage treasures for your wedding or create the perfect wedding registry. 415.383.9700

Warm Sunday Soup

Want a great farmhouse soup this weekend? Try this delicious vegetable soup with pistou. Lovely for the whole family or your next casual dinner party.

Soupe Au Pistou
2 quarts boiling water
1 fresh bouquet garni: parsley, thyme, celery and bay leaf, tied together
8 oz pumpkin, marrow, squash, or sweet potato, seeded, peeled, and cubed
6 ½ oz fresh coco beans or equivalent
2 carrots, sliced
2 onions, sliced
6 ½ oz small potatoes, quartered
6 ½ oz green beans, such as haricot or runner beans, cut into 4-inch pieces
2 medium zucchini, sliced
A handful of broken spaghetti, vermicelli, or short macaroni
2 tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and cubed
Crusty bread, to serve

1 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 young garlic cloves, chopped
A handful of fresh basil leaves and basil buds, torn
2 oz Parmesan or pecorino cheese, grated
1 oz tome de chèvre (hard goat cheese), grated
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4-6

Pour the boiling water into a large soup pan. Add the bouquet garni, pumpkin, coco beans, carrots, onions, and potatoes, and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to a moderate simmer, then cover and cook for 20 minutes. Add the green beans, zucchini, pasta, and tomatoes. Continue cooking for 10 minutes, until the vegetables and pasta are soft. Meanwhile, make the pistou. Put the salt, pepper, garlic, and basil into a mortar and pound to a paste with a pestle. Add some of the cheese and a splash of the olive oil, and pound until a stiff paste forms. Continue adding the remaining cheese and oil, pounding each addition. The final paste should be thick and rich. (note: pistou can also be made in a small food processor). Clean the pestle and place it back in the sauce in the mortar at the center of the table: a dramatic presentation. Ladle the soup into big, individual bowls and let everyone stir in their own pistou as they eat. Serve with crusty bread and woody Chardonnay. Bon Appétit!