From France With Love Le Petite Maison Makes Its Home in Dibbleville

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Le Petite Maison Linda and Lynn 
One peek through the arched window and you know you are in for a delightful experience. Once inside, you may never want to leave. Welcome to Le Petite Maison, a wonderful new addition to Fenton's Downtown shopping district offering custom home furnishings and accessories with a European touch. Throughout the store, perfectly appointed vignettes appear around every corner. Rustic birdcages fashioned into light fixtures, custom painted furnishing and distressed ceiling tiles give an air of old world comfort. You'll also discover beautiful hand crafted tables and cabinets scattered throughout the boutique that are made by local Michigan Artisans. Lovely soaps fill the air with an aromatic scent, and decorative pillows accent rustically finished sofas and antique chairs.

This lovely new shop is owned by designing women Linda Joliat and Lynn Fiedor. These artistic women bring their own unique talents to Le Petite Maison. The story of how they joined creative forces is a charming tale.

Linda has always had an interest and involvement in home furnishing and design. Having completely restored and decorated six houses of her own, she says, "My children, at the time, suggested that maybe I should consider a doll house instead of us moving so much." But interior decoration was not Linda's only passion. Over 20 years ago, Linda fell in love with France after her very first trip. Her love affair with the romantic region continues to this day. " I think it was that experience as well as my education in Fine Art and Art History that set the direction my passion would lead me." She even spent time in a Historic French Chateau doing art restoration at the encouragement of her sons. On return trips home, she often brought special treasures back to family and friends. Soon Lynda's eye for the unique turned into a small business.

When a shop in Holly, Michigan began renting space nearly two years ago. Linda became the second vendor. The shop was called 'Pigeon in the Parlour" and they were seeking boutique owners who specialized in the look that Linda so dearly loved. "It was there that I introduced the owners to Annie Sloan Paint®. They quickly became the areas “Stockist” for this terrific line of products. It was also at 'Pigeon in the Parlour" that I had the great fortune to meet my current business partner, Lynn Fiedor."

Linda says of Lynn, "She has the incredible ability to find fantastic pieces and such a talent for making everything she touches look beautiful. She has spent years perfecting these skills selling antiques in both Holly and Howell Michigan. They soon discovered they shared many of the same dreams of opening their own shop to showcase their many talents. "We were both looking for additional space and new challenges. “La Petite Maison” was born!"

Deciding where they wanted to set up shop was an easy choice. Linda said "As a 12 year resident of Fenton, I have been waiting for just the right retail space. I walk downtown with my dog daily and knew this is where I wanted to be." Linda is also a firm believer in working within your own community and would always rather collaborate with the other companies than compete with them. It was important to them to be very inclusive as they entered the historic central downtown retail area of Fenton, better known locally as Dibbleville.

On February 28th, the evening before their grand opening, Le Petite Maison had a preview event. They invited both businesses and City Offices to join them for a meet and greet. On March 1st, 2014 Le Petite Maison opened it's doors to the public. To show their support for the Fenton Area, Linda said, "We committed a portion of our opening day sales to the building fund for the Fenton Community and Cultural Center. They hope to continue working within the Fenton community where and when ever needed. "We are very excited about the beautification plan the City has for our street and have plans of our own, as well. Linda is especially looking forward to the weather to break! As an avid gardener, she is excited to expand outside with lots of beautiful flowers and plants.

Soon Linda will be leaving for France and will be returning with unique treasures, both new and old to add to the beautiful collection within the walls of Le Petite Maison. "I have regular clients that send me with their shopping list and now many new friends looking for the same." said Linda. At Le Petite Maison, they offer a broad range of creative services for their customers. In addition to interior design, upholstery and custom draperies, they also offer specialty painting of their clients' furniture. They have enlisted a fantastic local craftsman who creates tables, cabinets or shelving using both new and reclaimed wood. All are finished with his own natural, non-chemical and durable solution.

While strolling through Historic Dibbleville, be sure to visit the newest gem in Downtown Fenton. Linda says, "We will be continually trying to come up with different items and ideas and are very excited to be joining the Fenton Business Community and welcoming many new friends into our shop, “La Petite Maison”.

             

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Phone: 810-354-8344

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