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our brocante and french lifestyle tour to Provence

  September is here and it is the month for my annual brocante tours, when I receive the most charming guests from all over the globe to hunt for treasure with me in Normandy and in Paris.  This year we have a second tour named Luxury and Antiques which will take us to Champagne, Normandy and Paris, experiencing antiques, floral art, jewelry design and more  (if anyone wants a last minute trip, following a cancellation there is one place remaining on the Luxury tour). But today what I...

buying antique french linens and a new magazine for our Box

If you have read me for a while, you’ll have understood that I have a rather troublesome linen addiction.   That is to say that I don’t find it troublesome at all, because I just keep buying….  but  if I hush the addict within, and listen to my quieter more discreet self who likes order in the house, then I’m forced to admit that I have run out of storage space for the many monogrammed bedsheets, the piles of tablecloths and the stash of napkins and tea cloths that...

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...

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