Monday, March 9, 2009

A Slumber Fete!

For the Love of Vintage is hosting a delightful slumber party! Since I'm a huge fan of antiques (and naps), I thought I'd share some "night time" pieces from an establishment that sells the most luxurious French Antiques. Sparrows is a direct importer of fine furnishings and decorative accessories. Their large showroom is certainly worth a visit if you're ever in the D.C. Metro region.

With its graceful curves and sensual design, this spectacular Louis XV style bed, c. 1890, would make any dreamer feel like a queen. The rich walnut boasts a spectacular patina with the history of its owners warmly soaked into the wood grain.

I included a close-up image showing the intricately carved basket motif which graces the footboard. Such details are what make these pieces truly stand out from the ordinary.
Another lovely piece in the Sparrows inventory includes this turn of the century mahogany bed boasting lavish bronze mounts. The Louis XV style bed showcases graceful lines and a detailed crest worthy of any museum acquisition.

Close-up view of the fine craftsmanship exhibited on the headboard

In addition to sharing these images of beautiful beds, I thought I would include a recipe worthy of any girls night slumber party! I've served this delectable treat at many a gathering and it's always a hit!

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Simple white bread with the crusts removed
Low-fat plain cream cheese
Low Fat Butter

Remove crusts from bread. Spread a generous amount of cream cheese on each slice. Roll the bread up. Cut the roll into several small pieces. Dip the pieces into butter. Roll the pieces in the cinnamon and sugar (to your taste). Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 5 minutes (or until warm and gooey). Serve immediately - These babies are best served right out of the oven (as long as the cream cheese is not too hot).

I promise these little goodies will be gobbled up in a matter of minutes~!

So, I hope you've enjoyed your stop by my little slumber party ... I hope you'll take a little online journey to Sparrows and lovingly browse their spectacular inventory. It's the cheapest escape to France you'll ever find ...

*Ephemera image courtesy of Miss Mary's Gazette and must be purchased through her site.
**Furniture images courtesy of Sparrows Antiques Website.