Happy Town in France


You may remember my total adoration of artist Matte Stephens’ work (see here) so it will please you to know I am now the proud owner of one of his fabulous prints. I’m doubly excited because this particular one is called “Happy Town in France.” I mean, come on. The colors are so much more vibrant and cheery than this picture suggests. The print arrived wonderfully packed with a sweet handwritten note from Matte last week, and this weekend I finally found the perfect frame for it. Now I just have to find the perfect spot to hang it, but I can’t stop snuggling it long enough. I love how whimsical and sweet his work is, and I’m afraid this print is kind of like a gateway drug; I need more of them, now.

Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching, so if you’re looking for the perfect, original gift for someone special (or yourself!), definitely check out Matte’s shop. This one would make such a romantic present.

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February 11, 2013 / art / photo / LEAVE A COMMENT / 26


  • Good on you, girlie! It’s gorgeous and perfect for you! Are you sure you shouldn’t keep it there? I love how the red is pulled out with the red in the clock. Just sayin’. I think I need to come and stay in that room someday! ;)

    • It might very well stay in that room, but that spot is where I have a Jules Cheret framed print, and it’s bigger and fits the space better. You’ll see for yourself one day!! xoxo

  • Take turns Lauren or perhaps we can top and tail?
    cute print x

    • Top and tail! You could have a sleepover together but you’d have to make room for me. I would feel left out down the hall! xo

  • It is so cute, and perfect for decoration! I didn’t know his work but I will surely go check it out!
    I’m glad you got you hands on this since you wanted it for a while

    • Thank you so much, Ylenia!! Yes, it definitely feels sweet to have it in my clutches finally :) xoxo

  • Love his style – this print is adorable!

    • Absolutely adorable, you’re right. I recommend his work super highly!! xoxo

  • For some odd reason, it reminds me of the circuitous walk I took to get you benadryl in Quebec when you had a dinosaur egg on your knee from a mosquito bite. My sense of direction wouldn’t allow me to believe your father’s directions that by simply taking the funicular, I’d be at the pharmacie.

    • Hahaha, I can certainly see why. At least you’re admitting it 15 years later: Daddy was right! xoxo

  • i thought there might be a print in your future, i am glad you got one! and with a note even better. i think it looks really lovely right where it is. like lauren said the clock goes so nicely with it and i think the vase does too. happy, happy! xoxo

    • The note was simple and yet so, so sweet. And, like most artists, his handwriting is fab! I’m totally smitten with the print, can’t you tell?? xoxo

  • very cute! xo Teri

    • Thanks, Teri! Glad to see you back around again! xoxo

  • sweet print and nicely chosen frame. You’ve got to wink at J for the valentine print which is also rather lovely x

    • Teehee, I’m pretty awful at subtlety, it’s not my forte. I think a wink would turn into a violent shove, haha. xoxo

  • Such a great print, the wonky houses remind me of Mon Oncle poster. And I really like the frame. x

    • Haha, yeah, that’s definitely Matte’s signature style. Whimsy and wonky, my favorite. I think I might buy the Mon Oncle print! It’s too perfect not to have. xoxo

  • What a sweet print- enjoy!

    • Thanks, Santa! I definitely am :) Welcome home! xoxo

  • To copy the title of your blog: like/want/need. Desperately.

    • Hahahaha, that phrase really comes in handy!! xoxo

  • What a sweet print and how lovely is that Matt sent it to you as a thank you!

    • It’s a super super sweet print and it’s even cuter in person! Photos don’t do it justice. xoxo

  • Oh I do so like finding cheery prints to hang around pretty much anywhere – that is definitely one happy town

    • If you think this one is cheery, you should see his other work! He’s got a great portfolio. xoxo