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french antiques in isle sur la sorgue

Many of you may be familiar with the antique filled town of Isle sur la Sorgue in the south of France, but as it’s likely that most visitors go there in the summer, you may not know that a highpoint of the year is the Easter weekend. This is the 51st year  of the Isle sur la Sorgue Antiques Art & You fair.   From 13th to 17th April, the 300 regular dealers in the town are joined by several hundred other antique and brocante dealers from all over France, for a four day long brocante...

brocante and antique tours 2017

It looks like this year is going to be busy and fun!    Our September tour is already fully booked so we have decided to introduce a  supplementary September tour with a difference. We are calling this new tour Antiques and Luxury, because as well as plenty of opportunities to shop for French antiques (including at our favourite Chatou fair) we are also offering some new activities, all linked to the very best in traditional French living and savoir-faire. This tour will start on the Wednesday...

it’s all in the detail – the painted papers of antoinette poisson

At the end of a little paved courtyard on a quiet street in the 11th arrondissement in Paris, lies an atelier where magic is made.  Antoinette Poisson was created in 2012 by Julie Stordiau, Vincent Farelly & Jean-Baptiste Martin, each trained in the restoration of old wall paper.    They shared a love for 18th century design, and actually came up with the idea of Antoinette Poisson while working on the renovation of a chateau in Auvergne, central France. They found scraps of 18th century...

my french country home tours for 2017

We are very excited about the tours planned for 2017, this is going to be a great year!      Each tour is timed to make the most of a particular season here in Normandy and in Paris.   Each tour is limited in number of guests, and each tour is carefully planned to ensure that we get off the beaten track and return home with happy and long lasting memories; with new friendships and a real insight into authentic French living. We start the season with our Floral Tour in May.    This tour was...

the lull before the christmas storm

I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel that these last few days before Christmas are the lull before the storm.     In a few days time all the children will be home and the house will be filled to the brim with music, laughter, good food, champagne, wrapping paper and happy dogs. I’m loving the build up, the preparations, the baking, choosing gifts, making beds, filling the fridge.  The house will feel like it used to before we were empty nesters, because we are at that stage...

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