a french address for brocante

by Sharon Santoni
While the brocante fairs are put on hold at this time of year, I have to satisfy my craving for finding treasure elsewhere.  Local suppliers are among my favourite haunts, but sometime soon I shall jump in my car and drive to this amazing place for the day.
Up in the north of France, heading towards Belgium is Bruxelles Antiques, where they have taken the concept of a store to a completely different level.   The owners, who are also expert in decoration,  welcome their clients individually and help them in their choice,  To complement the store and  encourage their shoppers  to hang around they have a restaurant on site.
It looks to me like a great place for a day trip with a couple of girlfriends, or maybe I could persuade my husband to take me there for lunch!  But it is over 2 hours from us, he may not leap for joy at that idea!

Voila!  A few images to get us dreaming and moving in the right direction at the start of the year.  I hope you have some fun projects lined up too!



Lost in Provence January 2, 2012 - 11:59 am

Ah, so much beauty for the new year. Well, I think that they would have a problem if I came to visit as I would refuse to leave! For once I am not exagerrating when I say that I am in love with every single room. Just gorgeous! Speaking of, par hazard I clicked on to your post "feeling considerably younger" and really, truly? You are just as lovely as I knew you must be and would really encourage you to stop hiding in your profile picture! You and Tish are two peas in a pod and it just silly when you are such beautiful women. Just a thought.
Bisous et Bon Année!

Anna at the Doll House January 2, 2012 - 12:32 pm

I love everything – but the metal doll house is, of course, what I would really like to have.


The enchanted home January 2, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Sharon, first Happy new year, wishing you all of lifes best in 2012.
Second…this gets me so excited just IMAGINING being able to do what you are pondering..HOW FUN! What beauty! I would seriously be in heaven to do that….I hope one day I can come visit you and you can show me the ropes…no worries I have a lot of energy and stamina and can keep up:)
Enjoy and good luck in your hunt!

Francine Gardner January 2, 2012 - 1:29 pm

This place looks amazing!!! thank you so much for featuring this concept store/home. I just love it, just too bad it is so far from the South west.

helen tilston January 2, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Hi Sharon

Such a burst of beauty and a wonderful way to shop, unrushed and to be able to dine too.

My best

Elizabeth January 2, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Painfully beautiful ! … I will have to look again and again 🙂
thank you for sharing this magnificence !!

Mary@BarnBugStudio January 2, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Your new blog header is lovely and every room an inspiration. Thanks!

welltraveled January 2, 2012 - 3:00 pm


Ann January 2, 2012 - 3:09 pm

What a pretty blog header, Sharon! Just lovely.

OK, another cool place to add to the list for our next Normandy visit. A bit like being in heaven…

Debra January 2, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Unbelieveable, now how can I get every room to the east coast (US)? Thank you, thank you . . .wonderful shots that fill up my creative dreams for decorating this house!
have a great day!

kathy peck January 2, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Completely in love with every room – everything is perfection. Love the ceiling in the kitchen too. All of it. Thanks.

Teacup-In-The-Garden January 2, 2012 - 3:29 pm

How great is that? I would like to stay there for a while!

Judith Branch January 2, 2012 - 4:09 pm

OMG,fantastic photos. You have found my dream home! Thank you, thank you! And I woud drive you for lunch there in a heartbeat!
Judy in Newport

Low Tide High Style January 2, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Happy New Year! If I lived 2 hours from a store like that I would jump in the car and be there in a heartbeat, enjoy your trip. And while you are up that way, would you mind picking up a dining table just like the one in the photos…pretty please?!

Kat 🙂

Jill January 2, 2012 - 5:54 pm

So many beautiful things all in one place how amazing is that it looks divine. Hope you make the trip.
Happy New Year to you and your family.

Cathi January 2, 2012 - 6:40 pm

What a beautiful shop and such a lovely place to spend the afternoon! xxoo

giò January 2, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Devi assolutamente andarci!!!!!
Questa casa è una bellezza….
e tutto perfetto!!!!!!!Mi piace molto,molto, molto!!!!!!
Buon anno
Baci GIò

I Dream Of January 2, 2012 - 7:56 pm

What a lovely spot to go on a treasure hunt. A perfect destination or a girls' trip, definitely. A beautiful way to start the year, I think. Happy New Year, Sharon!

Virginia January 2, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Oh funny. I just repinned the living room with the gray sofas on Pinterest today! Love love your blog.

Jill January 2, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Lovely! What beautiful pictures! You have such a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing!

Happy New Year!

The Moerks January 3, 2012 - 12:31 am

Oh, that second last photo with the grey rug us divine.

Jenny Schouten Short January 3, 2012 - 5:05 am

OMG! That is just a few hours from my home in Holland. It is first on my list to see when I return in April! Happy New Year, Sharon. xo Jenny

Gypsy Hawk January 3, 2012 - 7:39 am

I love everything and that store is now on my list. Merci!

HRH The Duchess of State January 3, 2012 - 2:39 pm

For certain dahhling this is the new level in shopping! How perfectly chic.

Anonymous January 3, 2012 - 7:05 pm

I absolutely swooned when I saw this place. I could move in there tomorrow. I keep going back and dwelling on it, what is it that makes it so beautiful? Could I adopt the essence of it in my own home somehow? I think it is unique to France though, and somehow would not translate well to the West Coast of Canada. Thank you for the dreaming material. I love your blog, it's the first one I look at every day.

Donaflor January 4, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Adoro questi ambienti…e il tuo blog è veramente splendido!!!
Ti seguirò.
Ciao e a presto

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