French Antiques Warehouse

When I travel with my hubby, and the Boys of Summer to tournaments,

I try to research the antique shops in the area.

I grabbed a Knoxville travel information guide at the Tennessee Welcome Center.

Under the places to shop I noticed an ad for a shop that specialized

in French antiques. We had some time before a game and my hubby kindly

took me  to this French Antiques Warehouse, called Willow Creek.

French Antiques Warehouse-Housepitality Designs

It is not a fancy French antiques showroom and

actually reminded me of a place we went to in France, without the dust though!

French Antiques Warehouse-Housepitality Designs

French Antique Warehouse-Housepitality Designs

Lots of tables, chests, chairs, armoires, and more.

They also had a great selection of beautiful bookcases such as this one below.

This is a beauty and I wish I had a place for it.

Antique French Bookcase-Housepitality Designs

There were a tremendous amount of antique French books as you can see.

French Antiques-Housepitality Designs

Armoires anyone?

French Antique Armoires-Housepitality Designs

There were tables of many sizes and styles from occasional tables

to dining and farmhouse tables.

French Antique Table-Housepitality Designs

French Antique Tables-Housepitality Designs

This table was a real beauty!

French Antique table-Housepitality Designs

French Antique Table and Chairs-Housepitality Designs

Great farmhouse tables.

French Farmhouse table-Housepitality Designs

French Antique Farmhouse tables-Housepitality Designs

Lots of great chairs

French Antique Chairs-Housepitality Designs

De-constructed chair.

French De-Constructed Chair-Housepitality Designs

How about this huge bottle dryer?

French Antique bottle dryer-Housepitality Designs

Shelves of copper.

French copper-Housepitality Designs

They had gorgeous doors there.

I can see these in my future right-sized home….

Antique French Doors-Housepitality Designs

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Now let me show you my fav pieces other than that bookcase.

A beautiful settee that did not have a price tag on it.

Actually most of the pieces were not priced and the owner was not there

to give me a price.

Antique French Settee-Housepitality Designs

The owner was at a show in Atlanta that weekend and I was advised to

call him later and he would be happy to give me a price.

However, I have already received  my Anniversary gift

well, actually it has been ordered. . . . . . so I passed on this.

Now take a look at this detail … the marquetry inlay is beautiful.

French Antique settee-Housepitality Designs

It was sad to leave this one behind!

Also this one ….. the cutest bamboo desk!

French Antique Bamboo Desk-Housepitality Designs

I would definitely go back as there were so many beautiful things to swoon over!

I have been very busy packing up non-essential things

and paring down some items in each room. We have already made two large van loads

to the storage unit. Preparing to place a home on the market is not for the

faint of heart! …. I thought I would be used to it, as this is our 6th home!

Going for Lucky 7 !!

I wish you all a most beautiful Summer Day!!!

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  1. Sometimes I think your making the move way too much work by moving items out of your house. Many times individuals do not have a vision for what or how a house can look decorated. Your house is gorgeous and I think it would sell like hotcakes just the way you have it. I’d put it on the market the way it is currently and then remove items if it was slow on the market. You could set your showings for 24 hours advance notice and that should be sufficient if you were moving items out.

    • Thanks Melissa…I am just removing some small pieces of furniture that may be considered narrowing pathways from room to room so make it a bit more spacious…I have done a lot of shuffling things around too. The storage unit is a jump start as we will have to place lots of things in storage as we will be renting until the house is built.

  2. Wow, what a wonderful place. I saw a lot of tables I would get teary if I had to pass them up. Sorry about the settee. I’m wondering, do you get nervous like me when shop owners don’t price everything up front? I always feel skeptical, like they can change the price or charge based on how “good” the consumer looks. But I am sometimes a cynic.

    • You have let out the secret that we antique dealers do!
      You hit the nail on the head! If you look nice and have a high end purse dangling from your arm most will give you a higher price. That is why when you go to shopping where the price is not on the merchandise, you should, wear things that are not too fancy and nice. Jeans and tennis shoes. Take off your high end jewelry as well.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this treasure trove, Shirley. I live 30 minutes from Knoxville and have never visited here! I can feel my bank account getting smaller just looking at your photos! Good luck on getting the house ready to sell. Decluttering and staging makes so much difference. We did that in our last house and sold it the first day it was shown.

  4. What gorgeous pieces. Next time we are in Knoxville I’ll have to stop in.

  5. What an amazing place and just fun to visit I’m sure, even if nothing was priced. Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. Such beautiful pieces, all of them. It would be hard not to take something home!

  7. That looks like a wonderful place. It is a shame they didn’t price the items. I would love an old French door.

  8. Wow, that is French antiques heaven!! Now, I know where to shop if needed. That would be a nice road trip. Yes, you need those doors.

  9. What a great place, thanks for sharing it with us. I am sorry you had to pass up the settee. I WANT that bamboo desk! I could use it as my dressing table!!! It is fabulous! Wish I was nearby to help you with packing. We leave this coming Sun. for OBX! Excoted to go but am worried, as Joe’s other hip is really bad right now:( Getting old is not for the faint of heart either:):):) Have a beautiful day!

  10. PS, that first piece is absolutely gorgeous.

  11. Looks like a great place to shop and wish!

  12. Shirley, I don’t like it when there are no price tags! Gorgeous French pieces…but the settee is stunning! It must have taken a lot of willpower to pass it up! Happy Thursday!

  13. Fabulous pieces! I just love French antiques, and this is a great source. Thanks for sharing! Okay, when are we going antiquing?
    Miss ya,

  14. Wendy Howell says

    I am swooning over those doors!!

  15. What a gorgeous shop! I too loved that bookcase.
    Feel blessed to have several pieces from the Ethan Allen Country French grouping for my lving and dining room. My bedroom is from a similar collection they also no longer sell. Love the amoire to that set.

  16. Shirley: Looks as though you found a treasure of a place. Wonderful antique shops are the best !

    My husband and I made a major move several years ago and you are right – it is work. You will have your reward in the end with your new home. Exciting times are ahead.

    Have a great weekend!

  17. Omigosh there are times when I so miss living in the City!!!!! Lovely things. Have a happy weekend Shirley!

  18. It saddens me when I see so many beautiful thing and nothing is really taken care off. I did like a few items though…

  19. Sheila k says

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us! Even if you don’t buy anything just yet, it may have the perfect accent piece in the future. I’m with June in that I feel blessed to have my master and kitchen done in Ethan Allan’s Country French collection. In light birch in the master. Kitchen is in maple woods and color tone. All timeless, and yet very much back in, as much of the furniture in your pictures are too. Good luck with staging and moving.

  20. I simply love antiques, and these pictures show incredible pieces. That bookcase made my heart beat faster! hahah. Thank you for sharing it.

  21. What eye candy and beautiful selection of antiques…definitely worth a road trip! I’m always leery when there are no price tags. 🙂

  22. bobbi duncan says

    Be still my heart! This place has so many great pieces. We will be in Highlands, NC in the fall and then on to the Smokies, so I will add this to my list of must stop places. Thanks for the info.

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