Meet the Maker: Treko
When it comes to the things we bring into our homes, especially the ones we cozy up with, we think quality is of the utmost importance. When we first stumbled upon Treko, we became instant fans their product, and their story.
Founded in 2016, Treko, which means “yarn of wool” in Chilean Spanish, is a collection of woolen products handmade in Chiloé, a remote island off the coast of Chile. Proprietor Catalina Marin began the company with a desire to create the most unique and high quality woolen pieces and share the incredible work of the artisans who create them. Since the time the Spanish arrived on the island, these textiles became an incredibly important source of the income for the island. Enduring months of harsh winter, the traditions of weaving and knitting have been handed down for generations. Each product is traditionally crafted from 100% natural wool from local sheep, commissioned and handmade by the craftswomen of Chiloé. The sheep, born and raised on the island, have a capacity to adapt to the local weather conditions, making their wool resistant, flexible and durable. See Treko’s site to see exactly how each piece is made, it is truly such an artform!
From buttery soft blankets to cloud-like throw pillows, Treko pieces make a unique addition to any space. To meet founder Catalina and shop Treko woolen goodness for your home, join us for our Holiday Marketplace on November 24th!
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Just a few days until this year’s French Flea Market! Antique vendors from near and far will soon be making the journey to share their beautiful inventory, food and beverage vendors will be preparing all of their most delicious snacks and sips, and a few of our favorite musical performers will be warming up their instruments so we can all come together at Cornerstone Sonoma for a magical French-inspired weekend! Join in on the fun and purchase a discounted advance ticket, with 50% of proceeds benefitting Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Face to Face—two Sonoma-based non-profit organizations that we truly admire and support.
From the get-go we had only a handful of antique dealers at who import from France on a regular basis. One of the original vendors who has been with us throughout the years is Atelier de Campagne. Owners Johan and Trino have been a Chateau Sonoma favorite and our flea market customers love them, which is why we love inviting them back year after year.
We are so excited to bring to you our annual Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market this May 25th and 26th. Every year we do our best to recreate the ambiance and experience of shopping the best flea markets in France. In Avignon, Montpellier and Bezier there are a multitude of vendors from all over Europe who come together four times a year with an amazing collection of furniture, architectural elements and objet d’art. We have done our best over the past sixteen years to recreate this French antiquing experience and bring it home to you, right here in Sonoma.
One of my greatest joys is being a mother, so Mother’s Day is a special time for me to be reminded of how lucky I am to be a Mom. I struggled for a long time to have a child, and after 6 years I finally had a baby boy. He is nine now and the light of my life! Last year, I decided to start a new Mother’s Day tradition at the Chateau Sonoma Farm – an event where moms can come together with friends and family to do something creative, gather around a beautifully set table, eat fresh from the garden and toast one another with a glass of delicious champagne. We can hardly wait to continue the tradition this year on May 11th!
Now that spring has finally arrived, we find ourselves taking every opportunity to breathe in all the fresh air, dine outside and relax in the garden. From simply sitting and soaking up the sunshine to hosting an outdoor dinner under the stars, time spent outside in the warmer months just wouldn't be complete without our favorite French patio furniture from Fermob. Chances are you’re likely already familiar with Fermob patio furniture – consisting of iconic designs that can be seen in gardens throughout Paris – and we are so glad to carry our favorite Fermob pieces in store so that you can bring a little bit of France to your backyard.
When it comes to spending time on the farm, there are plenty of activities that we really enjoy, but gardening is definitely our top favorite. From getting our hands dirty, to growing our own food, to watching our hard work come to life, it is always gratifying to plant a tiny seed that eventually grows into something nourishing and energizing to our bodies…
Planning mode has officially set in for our 16th annual French Flea Market that occurs every year on Memorial Day Weekend, and we can hardly wait! The event will be held at Cornerstone Sonoma again this year and we’re excited to bring you an even bigger and better experience than all of our years before.
Meet Dundee Butcher of Russian River Flowers in Healdsburg, Ca. She started her floral design school four years ago and last week I had the good fortune of meeting her in person and visiting her beautifully and artistically appointed atelier and workshop. Everywhere I turned I witnessed the unexpected and delighted in her ability to take very ordinary objects and turn them into extraordinary displays…
The French are very passionate about their oysters as we are here in California. They have been producing oysters since Roman times and France was the first country in all of Europe to start cultivating oysters on a large scale. It is called “L’ostriculture" and the production of oysters here is taken very seriously by growers, marine biologist and connoisseurs alike…
When it comes to French style dining in Wine Country there is no shortage of French restaurants. As in the French Countryside, wine and food take center stage as it does here. When we travel through france on buying trips, our most favorite thing to do in the afternoon is to sip on a glass of rose and explore new restaurants in whatever village we are in. Some of our favorite dining experiences have been in L’isle Sur La Sorgue, but we will save that for another day. Today we are focusing on the French culinary scene here in the Sonoma and Napa Valley.