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Object of my desire.......

{image from here} Let me count the ways that I love thee..... ** this fabulous object has all the things that I love.. ** oh so fabulous cloche, ** haute-couture objets, ** and the things I love most of all ** papillons.
To see more fabulous cloches, please visit piece unique.

Je vous souhaite à tous un mercredi fabuleux,L x

Yummy local delights......

{all images, moi}
This morning I set off with camera in hand, with the following objectives....
to buy a baguette,
take some photos so you can see how fabulous our boulangerie is looking in her "Easter" glory and
buy some of the wee easter nests that you see in the photo above.
For once I did not deviate on the way, a reason for this may have been that a lot of the shops were not yet open and it was very windy with dark clouds overhead.....


All the chocolate that you see is made by the local baker, I think that the white chocolate shaped bunny may have my name on it.


I love these coloured boxes and think that they work well when combined with the colour of the lovely dark chocolate.



All customers have a chance to win this very large Easter egg, all you need to do is guess correctly the weight of it.......



Note the please do not touch sign!

These wee chocolate nests have been the objects of my dreams ever since I first set my eyes on them at the weekend.......


and I am pleased to re…

Waiting for the Easter bunny.....

If you are ever in France around Easter time, you must come and visit Riquewihr in the Alsace region, where all the windows are decorated especially for Easter or as is is called here in France - les fêtes de Pâques.


Now that is what I call an Easter egg.......I saw some fabulous Easter eggs in our local boulangerie yesterday morning but unfortunately did not have my camera with me but I am planning on popping back tomorrow (it is closed today) and taking some photos so that I can share them with you.

J'espère que vous avez une semaine très belle, L x

Dreaming......

{image from here}


"Dream your dreams with open eyes and make them come true."
~ T. E. Lawrence

This morning I was reading a fabulous post about dreaming on the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms blog. It got me thinking, what do I dream about?

I dream about a house by the sea, a barn big enough to hold my treasures, a garden just big enough for my wee dog that Mr FF says that I am allowed, once we have a garden.

I also dream of finding a fabulous chateau that has been locked for years and inside are the most fabulous treasures just waiting for moi.

What do you dream about?

L x


c'est le week-end.....

{Photo, Antibes, South of France}
I cannot believe it is Friday again, where did the week go? Wishing you all a happy and bright weekend where ever you are, L x ps It is raining here so thought that this photo was appropriate!

Customs and Etiquette in Paris: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

Saw this article in the fodors newsletter and thought that it was worth sharing.........

Note a lot of these tips apply to other places not just in Paris!

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Customs and Etiquette in Paris: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

Customs
The French like to look at people—that's half the point of cafés and fashion, so get used to being looked at; it's as natural here as breathing. They'll look at your shoes or your watch, check out what you're wearing or reading.

What they will not do is maintain steady eye contact or smile. If a stranger of the opposite sex smiles at you, it's best to do as the French do and return only a blank look before turning away. If you smile back, you might find yourself in a Pepé Le Pew–type situation.

Visitors' exuberance—and accompanying loud voices—may cause discreet Parisians to raise their eyebrows or give a deep chesty sigh. They're not being rude, but they're telling you that they think you are. …

My latest obsession....

{image from Deborah Bowness wallpapers}

I do not know what it is about "faux livres" but I cannot get them out of my mind.

This wallpaper is my latest obsession, how fabulous is this?

Not sure that I have somewhere to use it at Maison No. 20, may have to wait and use it in the next house........


L x

All the way from Afrique du Sud...

I simply had to share these photos with you. They were sent to me by a very special friend, who just so happens to also be a client of mine and lives in South Africa.
I love everything in this photo butterfly collection(where did she get this? chez moi of course), piles and piles of fabulous books, wonderful domes, petite vase, ribbon detail....

Toutes sont belles.....j'aime beaucoup!

A demain, L x

Bonjour Pink Saturday.....

{image from Maisons du Monde's new 2010 catalogue}


First of all, I would like to say "merci beaucoup" to Beverly for hosting Pink Saturday week in, week out and secondly would like to wish you all a very happy Pink Saturday/samedi rose.


For more pink fabulousness, click here.


L x

Yesterday...

Yesterday afternoon we set off to collect our table for our new kitchen/dining area at Maison No. 20.

Spring finally arrived yesterday,so it was nice to finally wear some lighter clothes and I even treated my new french sole ballerines to an outing.

The table's current owners live in a beautiful part of France in a village called Beynac which is about an 1 hour and 1/2 drive from our village.

The area is reknown for its lovely golden coloured stone houses and it is though time has stood still.

So I thought that I would be a "tourist" and take some photos to share with you.......

This is the village of Beynac, with its wonderful church perched high on the hill...




The river is directly below the village, what a lovely spring day....



Of course, it would not be a day out without stopping for a coffee.....






And what is a French village without a fabulous hairdressers, most villages have at least two, three, four or even five.....



On the way back we passed La Roque Gageac, La Roque has…

Happy, happy, happy...

{image from here}
Today I am happy.......the sun is shining, the plasterers are here working on what is going to be our new bedroom/ensuite bathroom and I am working on the interior of our new kitchen.

The photo above, is my inspiration for our new kitchen/dining area. The reason I like it is because it has all the items that I love, fabulous monogrammed tea towels, louis style chairs, fabulous curtains and of course, some cafe au lait bowls.

As you know I already have the same chairs as in the photo and am planning on giving them the "patine" treatment.

Tomorrow we are off to collect an antique oak table that has a planked style top with drawers at either end, I cannot wait to collect it as I have been searching for one for a long time.

We are going to have a small window seat so I have ordered a fabulous cushion for this area, from Toast.

I am planning on having a kitchen island so I am on the hunt for two bar stools and would like a pair of antique ones, if possible.So now you …

Not what they seem...

{image from here}I just had to share these with you. Not only do they smell great but they have zero calories....

They are soaps but don't they look like the real thing!

Ils sont fabuleux.....


L x

Friday flowers/vendredi fleurs

{French florist - au nom de la Rose}
I cannot believe that it is Friday already, where did the week go?

As you have no doubt heard it was been very cold in France and normally it is warming up, instead we have had snow, which is almost unheard of in March, especially in SW France.

It is supposed to warm up next week, so fingers crossed that it does.
Wishing you all a "très fabuleux week-end"

L x p.s. In response to all of you that were so kndly concerned re Mr FF's baguette - yes I managed to get one and yes I did buy something else, but will tell you about it next week :-)

Ce matin....

This morning I went out to buy a couple of baguettes....

I returned with some antique plates, antique petit easel, 2 fabulous prints of hot air balloons over Paris and another of the same balloons over London, a couple of French interior design books,





{this is one of books, it is fabulous}


a couple of magazines and an old painting that needs restoring...


The books are borrowed from my friend that has a Brocante store in the village and the painting was a gift from the same friend.

Needless to say I forgot the baguettes.


This afternoon I set off again, intending to get my baguettes, I got two steps from our front door when a neighbour - another brocanteur yelled out "come and see what I have".

I returned home with this fabulous jewellery box ........



I just had to have it, I have never seen one like this before.....



Not sure if I should venture out again as there is no telling what I will return with......now I just need to think of something to tell Mr FF when he asks where the bagu…

'The more things change......

{musee d'orsay, Paris}
I just love this old French proverb.......
''Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose''
''The more things change, the more they stay the same''
I think that this sums up France perfectly!

A demain mes amis,

L x

Love, love this Chanel Couture dress

{all images from here} I adore Diane Kruger in this fabulous and oh so french Chanel Couture dress.



La robe est très belle, Diana Kruger aussi......

A demain,

L x

Bon weekend à tous......

Last night Mr FF had a dentist appointment and on the way we stopped at the most gorgeous florists. Have you ever been past a shop a hundred times but never gone in? Well this one was worth stopping, inside it was magical and smelt heavenly. So this morning's photo is thanks to Mr FF who bought me this tres joli orchid in the most amazing pot. This is their business card, it is a copy of an antique post crad, how fabulous is this......


Here's wishing you all a fabulous weekend/ Je vous souhaite à tous un fabuleux week-end L x

New Mirror and fabulous antique toile de jouy...

Fabulous antique toile de jouy pelmet, see below for details....


As promised here is a photo of my new mirror, this shape is called oeil de boeuf in French which translates to bull's eye. It is called this because of the shape..........


And here is a photo of my new mirror, in our stairwell. Merci Mr FF for taking the time to hang it for me on his return from a hard days work building.

While I had the camera out, I thought that I would show you a photo of a chair that I recently bought, I love the lions head details on each corner of the chair and the tapestry is so pretty and looks almost medieval.



Today I had a visit from Madame J, my fabulous fabric lady - I call her this as she is an expert of antique french fabric.

Today she bought me a couple of fabulous items, including this fabric 18th century toile de jouy pelmet.

You will recall that I had a smaller one which was snapped up by a client who lives in Germany.This is quite large (180 cms Lx 63 cms W/71" L x 25 " W) and …

Fabbbulous......

{image from here} I do not know about you, but I do love buying underwear when it is dull and grey outside.

What is a girl to do when an email arrives in her box with lots of pretty things but to take a peak.

Trouble is, it did not stop there and before I knew it I had hit the "Order" button!
Think that I may be in trouble as I faithfully promised Mr FF that I would stop shopping until we had finished renovating!

I hope he will not be mad at me, perhaps when he sees how "joli" my new purchases are, he will not be so mad :-)

A demain mes blogging amis,
L x
ps I managed to persuade Mr FF to hang my new mirror last night but when I went to take a photo this afternoon, I realised that the battery on the camera was flat as a pancake (what sort of expression is this?) so will show you tomorrow.

Results of our shopping trip...

{Fabulously French - new stock just in}
As you may have guessed from last nights post, I was a wee bit tired. It was a long but very productive day. My friend the Divine Ms D and I had a wonderful day doing what girls do best, shop!

Unfortunately we were not shopping for ourselves but rather sourcing for our respective shops.

That said, I did find a gorgeous mirror which I am planning on hanging in the stairwell of Maison No. 20, just do not tell Mr FF as he is not aware of this yet and I am hoping to break the news to him tonight, whilst he is tucking into his dinner and favourite dessert :-)

The purpose of our trip was to meet with suppliers and then order some items, expecting them to be delivered in the days to come. Imagine our delight when we were told that we could take the items with us.....just wish that we had come with Mr FF and his trailer as the Divine Miss D has a smallish car which we crammed with box after box, merci to French men who help foreign distressed laddies who ar…