The new brocante season is about to start, with my first buyers arriving next week! So looking forward to being out on the road, and sharing the thrill of the hunt again, this really is something that I love!
Part of my preparations for new clients include scouting for new suppliers, and checking out addresses …. you know how it goes, someone says “there’s a great place I know, in a pretty little town about an hour away”, and you think, “hmmm, sounds promising”, but you can’t actually haul clients all the way down there without checking it out in person.
So that, my friends, is how I spent the day today. Driving around Normandy with a girlfriend to keep me company, peering through shop windows, getting inside others, talking to people in bistros, getting a feel for the place. I know, I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?
And so I thought you would like to see some snapshots of my day here, because when we shop here we also take our time, and if there is a château at the end of a lane that looks interesting then we simply drive down to take a look, and if we want to stop at a boulangerie to grab a croissant en route, we are allowed to do that too! Oh yes and of course we take pictures … especially for you!
with best wishes to you from Normandy, for a great weekend wherever you are!
Spring is Definitely Here – (have I mentioned that before?!) and today we have windows and doors flung wide open, in fact we even ate lunch outside on the terrace – YAY!!
One of the things I love at this season is that it marks the start of the garden flowers that can be picked and brought inside. It doesn’t have to be big or grandiose, in fact with delicate blossom, like this pink Prunus, a few sparse sprigs are more effective than a big bunch.
Here I teamed the blossom with a few velvety hazelnut buds, and simply popped them in a crystal vase ….
but if you prefer bouquets that make more of a statement, then the same flowers are quite sociable and will have no objection to being teamed up with a bunch of tulips …
….. loving spring ….
….. keeping it simple …
It must be spring …. First I have the urge to de-clutter and now I found myself looking through pictures of white rooms! White floors, white walls, white upholstery, white bathrooms ……. Longing to let in the spring sunshine, to lighten and brighten my home …..
Of course, I don’t have the time or energy to repaint my whole house on a whim, but passing moods like this longing for white, can definitely influence the re-do of a room or two.
My spring project is a bathroom, currently dark walls, I’m wondering if I’m brave enough to go from dark to white.
One thing holding me back is that the room, although not small, is north facing, with little natural light. Someone a long time ago told me very gravely that I should never decorate a dark room in light colours and vice versa …. hmmm….
I wonder if you’d agree with that idea. Have you used lots of white in your home, and if so, have you noticed that it works better in a room with big south facing windows, than in smaller darker parts of the house?
So do let me know what you think …. and if you all tell me it’s a good idea, then I may well just reach for the paintbrush ………
because , after all, what other reasons could possibly stop me ?!! …….