I’ve been drooling over fashion editor turned farm girl Amanda Brooks’ new store Cutter Brooks and Co. on Instagram (@cutterbrooksshop) since it opened this summer. I’ll write more about the little slice of retail heaven that is Cutter Brooks in a later post but for now I want to share my current obsession, thanks to Amanda and Cutter Brooks: Atelier Vime.
My obsession began when Amanda posted this pic on Cutter Brooks’ Instagram:Obviously I couldn’t get enough of the blooming branches, the faded, barely pink wall treatment and the matchstick blinds, but what really did it for me was the wicker pedestal and vase. It’s height! It’s shape! I can imagine it in so many spaces – in a bright sunroom filled with ferns, weathered by the elements on a covered porch, or as a pair in a dressy dining room for contrast. Pedestals are some of my favorite accessories as they add height and interest to unused corners – make them out of wicker and I’m literally LOSING SLEEP in love. Atelier Vime (vime is French for wicker) creates the pedestal and vase of my dreams, among other woven wonders, from a crumbly hotel particulier in Vallabregues, a small village in southern France. [googled hotel particulier: a grand, free-standing private townhouse] During the 18th century, 450 of 1,800 of Vallabregues’ inhabitants were wicker workers. The historic trade was extinct when Atelier Vime’s founders Anthony Watson and Benoit Rauzy purchased the home although they found wicker baskets literally strewn over the property. They soon started collecting important wicker and rattan from the 20th century then hired designer Raphaelle Hanley to create original pieces using local materials and artisans. Et voilà! Atelier Vime was born.
It’s the Medici pedestal and vase I love most but I’m also enamored with their lighting.I mean, just take a look at this spread from House & Garden UK featuring Atelier Vime shot at the founders’ home and tell me it isn’t PERFECTION. Crumbly walls, French fabrics, antiques for days – dying.
I did some Instagram detective work and discovered that Atelier Vime is being carried in Nashville interior designer Sarah Bartholomew’s new showroom @sb.sarahbartholomew. If that’s home for you, check it out and report back ASAP!
While I dream of a home filled with Atelier Vime, in the meantime here are a few of my favorite woven and rattan pieces to satisfy my case of wicker wants.