Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A one of a kind Atlanta antique sale

For more inspirational finds, please visit www.quatrefoildesign.com

Almost three years ago (it is truly incredible how time seems to pass so quickly these days!), I read a blog post on Cote de Texas about an special antique sale by New Orleans antique dealer Mignon Topping.  I was ready to buy a ticket and head to Houston after seeing the beautiful antiques so artfully displayed in a house that was on the market.

A beautiful image from the post on Mignot’s antique show in Houston, via Cote de Texas.

When a friend of mine called and told me that Mignot was doing a show in Atlanta, and asked if I was interested in a sneak preview, I jumped at the chance.  Interestingly enough, the show is at Mignon’s house, which is located in the heart of Buckhead, on Argonne Drive at the corner of Argonne and Arden.  I pass this house frequently on my dog walks, and was just as interested in seeing the inside of the house as the antiques!

Mignon gave me a tour of her homes and her wares, and it was not surprising to learn that she grew up in New Orleans.  The influence of both France and New Orleans can clearly be seen in the beautiful furniture and fabrics that fill her lovely home.

I wish I had taken a better picture of this pretty room - but did not think to turn off the lights for a more natural light balance. Please excuse the poor photography!
Mignon’s Godmother is the famed New Orleans designer Gerrie Bremermann, and her mother was a well known antique dealer in New Orleans.  I told Mignon that there is something about New Orleans décor that really captures my heart and imagination, and the feel of this is certainly present in Mignon’s house and the beautiful pieces that she has collected over time, most of which are for sale over the next few days. 

Treasures abound throughout the house.

I love this hand made Italian bowl, which is one of a pair.

Here are the two bowls displayed on an antique sideboard, also for sale.

Mignon has a passion for small antique chairs, which serve almost like accessories in every room in her house.

All of the rugs are for sale too.  I particularly like the rug in the dining room and the living room, and have my eye on the mellow antique chest seen in this picture.  The lucite clock is one of Mignon’s favorite pieces; she loves to mix the contemporary and the antique. The antique Italian console seen on the right is another favorite.

A better view of the console, with another one of Mignon’s signature petite fauteuils.

The other side of the room features an exquisite antique French commode, and an incredible painting that is part of Mignon’s extensive art collection.  The mix of the antique and the contemporary is one of Mignon’s signature looks.

The house is full to the brim of antiques and objects that are for sale – the entire garage has been turned into a showroom, and there is even a tent in the driveway to contain the overflow of furniture and accessories.

A quick snapshot of the tent as the items were being set up!

A view into the kitchen, with a mix of the antique and the new.

My eye is always drawn to charming mirrors, such as this one placed on a small wall between the kitchen and the powder room.

A unique mirrored barometer is well placed on a wall in the entry hall.

A beautiful gilded wood chandelier hangs in the master bedroom, but will certainly find a new home quite soon.

Another charming mirror and commode in the master bedroom.

This elegant room belongs to Mignon’s teenage daughter, and many of the furniture items in the room are for sale.

Another chandelier, paired with an antique chest and a contemporary piece of art.  Most of the pieces from Mignon’s huge collection of contemporary art are for sale, and it is wonderful to see them in a home setting, paired so comfortably with antiques.

The French Collectibles sale in Atlanta takes place this Thursday – Sunday, April 19-22, 2012 at 575 Argonne Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.  Feel free to drop in anytime between 11 am and 6 pm daily, or to schedule an appointment with Mignon please contact her at toppingm@bellsouth.net, or 404.271.6362.

QD collage

To subscribe to my blog by email, click here. 
To follow my blog on Facebook, click here. 
Twitter: @TTIBlog 
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ttiblog/ 
Visit my online store, Quatrefoil Designwww.quatrefoildesign.com 
To see design, architecture, art, and decorative books that I recommend, please visit the Things That Inspire Amazon store. 


  1. That house is on my street! I will stop by this weekend, thank you for telling us about the antique sale!

  2. I love this cute and wonderful design and collections. I wish I could print it using my ever reliable EPSON Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper which gives artistic and convenient look. So try now and see the difference. Thank you.

  3. Makes me want to jump in my car and head south! What gorgeous things....I lost count of how many I would want to buy! Truly beautiful collection of fine home furnishings. How fun! Enjoy.....

  4. Oh, I wish that I lived closer to Atlanta! Really beautiful pieces - it would take me quite a while just to work my way through each room as there looks like there is so much packed into each space - beautiful.

  5. Amazing. Especially that she is opening her house to the public as part of the sale.... I saw a wrought iron chandelier and several chairs under the tent I'd love to see in one of our client's homes.

    Off to a photo shoot of a project...


  6. Would have never known about this, and I live here.

    She makes it seem easy.

    Obvious she's wicked good.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

  7. Holly-
    Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous home. I wish I could make it to this sale! Wow, so much beauty here.
    The rooms are so perfectly designed. I love the mirror too, and the rug is amazing.
    Happy Thursday.

  8. It looks amazing. Wish I could go. So many things i would love to buy.

  9. Any idea of what is the name of the artist who painted the hot air balloon? I would love to see more of his or her work.

  10. This is a great posting I have read. I like your article. Thank you

  11. So lovely to see all the fine things here. Wish I were planning on attending. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Absolutely love the fabulous dining table in the first photo and the side chairs in the second.

    Have a great shopping experience. So many lovely choices. Can't wait to see what you bring home.

  13. Wish I could go! Love to look anyway!

  14. WOW - If I could hop on a plane from England and be there I would! There are SO many things that I would love to purchase - some of the chairs in the tent, and EVERYTHING in her daughters' room for starters! Absolutely gorgeous - thank you for bringing her to my attention - she has a divine eye!

  15. What a wonderful post! I just found your blog and am so happy! What a treasure... thanks for sharing fellow Atlantan. Hope you enjoy your day. Oh, I am now your newest follower! Jalon

  16. What a visual treat!....smiles.

  17. If only I lived closer! I really love this style and I would have snatched that small gold mirror that you highlighted. Hope you found some treasures for your home!

    xoxo E,izabeth

  18. I adore Mignon and I adore her home and everything in it. She is the tiniest person with the biggest personality. So missed being able to be there.. thanks for making it possible through blogland! I would have been snapping away! I could find something in each photo that I covet.. she has exquisite FRENCH taste!

  19. Thanks for sharing such lovely photographs!

  20. Thank you for the house tour! I wish I lived nearby so I could come to the sale!
    Happy Weekend,

  21. I am in love with the transparent standing clock!!! It is a nice twist on an old classic & doesn't take up much visual space!

  22. Truly stunning. Thanks for posting so many pictures so that we can get a real feel for the place and what is on sale. Being from the UK there's no chance I could make it :(

  23. AMAZING POST:) I really like your blog and Im happy to follow you.

    If you want some swedish summer decor inspiration, you can check out my new post:)
    Have a great week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

  24. This must have been one huge temptation... I hope your survived! LoVe her style... Anything mentioning New Orleans would have me running .. if only I could...xv

  25. I love that rug can't imagine how much but it is beautiful!

  26. Hi Holly,
    How are you? It seems like forever since I stopped in even just to say hello. I hope all is going fantastic. This post is fabulous, what a treat to walk around and shop in this beautiful setting. Such a wonderful collection of commodes and consoles. I have such a weakness for the Belgian pieces, that are greywashed. And the lighting, can't get enough of those elegant chandeliers.


  27. If there is ever a sale like this again I would die to be invited! Seriously…what more could a shop owner ask for? Plus…I just love your blog and admire your work tremendously! My daughter and her husband now live in New Orleans and I so have a love for antique dealers in that wonderful city and just the design influence there as a whole. The history there is amazing….Thanks for sharing this post! Wish I'd seen it sooner! If you're ever in Birmingham I would love for you to stop by Mulberry Heights Antiques!

  28. The antiques are gorgeous. And I would also love to know the name of the artist who painted the hot air balloon.


Thank you for your comments! I strive to make my blog positive in tone, and appreciate the same courtesy when comments are made. Thank you!


Related Posts with Thumbnails