Since launching The Antiques Diva & Co blog in 2008, I’ve been writing all the blogs, with occasional guest bloggers on different topics that I believe will be of interest to Diva Readers. I’m thrilled to announce that AD&CO has our first monthly blog contributor: Mimi Montgomery of Lolo French Antiques et More.
Meet Mimi Montgomery
It’s Mimi Montgomery’s immersive style and attention to details, decorative or not, that have vaulted Lolo French Antiques et More, the antiques business owned by her French boyfriend, Laurent Gouon, into a wider audience which includes 1stdibs, The Highboy and One King’s Lane. She’s made shopping for #brownwood a fun and enlightening adventure, one that’s informing and entertaining to both the novice and experienced collector. If you can’t personally visit the rambling warehouse she and Lolo (as Laurent is affectionately known) have filled to the rafters with hand-picked period and style pieces, you can experience the wonderful world of French antiques she’s created online:
- explore the website
- read the blogs Mimi pens about the tales and travails of being an antique dealer and importer
- Like, Follow and Share Mimi on social media (links below)
Teaming up with illustrator Nan Richards, Mimi created a cast of characters that include her and Lolo’s iconic French bulldog named Louis, as well as the House of Bourbon’s King Louis’ – with all their royal quirks – and a chorus line of supporting characters that pop up throughout the website. From the home page to the blog, the atmosphere is relaxed and lighthearted, with a modern yet whimsical look designed to take you on a delightful journey. Whether shopping for period antiques or flea market brocante, Mimi shows brown wood in a way that is hip and cool, not stodgy or old fashioned.
When this Francophile is not researching all things French and loading pictures onto various sites to sell their wares, she is dreaming up ways to showcase Lolo French Antiques et More in charming new settings or traveling to various antiques shows. Mimi loves art, the beach, Lolo’s French cooking, and like any southern girl worth her houndstooth, she’s passionate about her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide. Her hobbies include painting, sports and reading. She resides in Homewood, Alabama, with Lolo and Louis – the Frenchie, not the king.
Follow Mimi and Lolo French Antiques et More:
Website: Lolo French Antiques
Lolo’s French Bloguette: http://lolosfrenchbloguette.blogspot.com/
About Lolo French Antiques et More
Lolo French Antiques et More
- 3101 3rd Avenue South
- Birmingham, AL 35233
Lolo French Antiques et More offers one of the South’s most impressive and diverse collections of period and style pieces dating from the 17th to mid-20th century. Each antique is personally selected by owner Laurent Gouon with an aim for excellence in design, craftsmanship and the beautiful decorative appeal it will have in its new home.
Lolo, as he is fondly known, is originally from Nantes, France. He attended a French culinary school in his early teens but wanderlust found him in the US by the age of seventeen. With over 24 years experience buying and importing distinctive European antiques, he’s earned the trust of discerning collectors. His expertise in fine furniture repair, restoration and refinishing and his high sense of style has attracted an international clientele. He travels and buys from all over France, searching through markets and fairs, manors and chateaus, dimly lit warehouses, and backstreet alleys for one-of-a-kind finds for the home.
Finding extraordinary pieces is Lolo’s passion. He has the French sense of joie de vivre and an eye for mixing 18th century period pieces with glam Art Decor or mod Mid-Century. Our 10,000 square foot shop is a treasure trove of delightful antiques, with an ever-changing inventory. If we don’t have exactly what you want, “Let Lolo Know” and we’ll be happy to locate it for you on our next buying trip, whether it’s a 12-foot monastery table fit for a castle or a washed buffet for a beach or mountain getaway.