Friday, 30 July 2010

Vendredi Fleurs.......

{image from here}

Three of my favourite things........what more could a girl want?

Except maybe another bicycle for Mr FF!


Wishing you all have a fabulous Friday and a very happy and restful weekend /Je vous souhaite à tous un fabuleux vendredi et un week-end très heureux et relaxant .....


L x

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Why is it?

{image from here}


Why is it that things that look AND sound better in French?
L x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Sundays treasures.....




As promised here are some photos of the treasures that I found on Sunday.

Love this petite wall mirror as the detail on it is so intricate.....



A close up of the fabulous angel (ange/cherubin in French).




Also found this wee candle holder.....




And this one in fabulous shabby state complete with a touch of rust....




Along with a very pretty and very old engraving......


And last but by no means least, a small but perfectly formed "coiffeuse".....



bonne soiree à tous......

L x

Monday, 26 July 2010

As long as....

{image from here}



......the sun is shining inside you, that is all that matters!

This morning, I have been busy with Monday morning errands - you know the sort of things that I mean; go to bank, Post Office etc etc.

This afternoon is the marriage of some friends so I have my fingers crossed that the weather stays fine. Whilst running my errands I passed a stranger twice in the street and as per the norm here in France, I said rebonjour the second time around.

He mentioned that he was on holiday and how he was enjoying walking around the village taking in the history of the medieval village in which we live. I replied that it was a nice day for a walk as the sun was shining. He replied as long as the sun is shining inside you, the rest is immaterial.

Never a truer word said......
L x
p.s. Had a fabulous day yesterday as we visited a couple of vide greniers so will show you my "tresors" tomorrow!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Vendredi fleurs.....


It's Friday! We are hoping to do some work around the house and go to a few vide greniers this weekend.

What are your plans for this weekend?Que faites-vous ce week-end?

L x

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Finally.....

{image from here}

After many weeks of a storm being forecast and never arriving, we awoke to rain this morning. J'adore la pluie!

I adore the sound and the smell of rain, there is nothing nicer after weeks of heat and dust.

It is indeed liquid sunshine, for me anyway.

Bonne journee/soiree depending on when you are in the world....

L x

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Random shots....



Whilst I had the camera out this morning photographing the items that I bought at the weekend, I thought that I would take some shots of the Fabulously French showroom as it has been a while since I posted the last lot of photos.

The "two girls in avignon" panel in its final resting place, I adore it and never get sick of looking at it.


Mathilde M curtain panels, love the texture and we are also stocking the matching pillows - fabulous and oh so French.



Here is a shot of the matching pillows along with a few other designs.......


I love plants that do not require water, as they are easier to keep alive and much cheaper than real plants as water is expensive in France....




Lots of lovely objets - too many Mr FF says, is there such a thing? I do not think so...


The wee clocks have been popular, this is the last one that we have in stock but we are hoping to get more in September.




Well mes amis, I have better get back to it as I have yet to attack the ironing or as it is called in French "repassage" and should really start it before it gets any hotter....

A tres bientot,
L x

Monday, 19 July 2010

Brocante fever....

{brocante in our village yesterday}

It seems like the whole of France has brocante fever, every village appears to be having one or is going to have one within the next month or so.

Yesterday our village had one and I can think of nothing nicer than looking at gorgeous objects under the shade of the trees - I always think that chandeliers look best hung from a tree rather than inside a store. It is like they are free.............

Bought a couple of fabulous items, will try and photograph them later as they are bound for my online shop.

Enough about my weekend, what did you get up to?/Qu'avez-vous fait ce week-end?

L X

Friday, 16 July 2010

vendredi fleurs and some nice words..

{who needs a garden when you have a balcony?}

This is a another of the photos that I took in Wednesday but though I would save it for my Friday flowers post.

I am a little late with this post but it is a little hectic here at present.

Fabulously French is now stocking Mathilde M, a fabulous french range of fabulous products for "elle" - most of which smell fabulous and the fragrance of which, is currently wafting through Maison No. 20 as my order arrived early. It was not supposed to arrive until next week which meant that I have had a huge box to deal with along with everything else.

I particularly love the anncienne rose room spray and have sprayed it in our bedroom - even Mr FF likes it.

They also have a lovely range of cushions and curtains so I am hoping that Mr FF will hang a couple for me at the weekend.

We have also had a mention on a B&B website which I am very happy about, see
here for details and also I have been lucky enough to win a couple of giveaways but will save that until they arrive....



Wishing you all a very happy weekend, here it is going to be another hot one.....

L x

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Day out.....with many photos

{now this is what I call a gate....}


Yesterday we visited a nearby medieval village called Monpazier and I thought that I would share some photos with you....

These are in the order that I snapped them which in typical moi fashion is random.


So many gorgeous geranniums, I adore them as you all know...



A blackboard telling you what the shop is selling, as you know this region is famous for producing some of the best French products......

I cannot imagine living in a house that did not have shutters or as the French call them volets...

As it was Bastille Day yesterday in France, many flags were flying.....


Love the creeper on this building, such a gorgeous contrast against the ancien stone....




Speaking of stone, how about this window - oh so fabulous, this is one window that I would enjoy cleaning!

There were lots of different flags flying, this one caught my eye....

Fresh produce anyone?



Please Mr FF can we come and live here......

Hope that the shield comes with the house....



Another gorgeous stone house with lovely sky blue shutters....


Of course you must buy a bottle of wine or two or three to take home with you....


All this sightseeing is making me thirsty, a perfect place to have a cafe or a nice cold glass of perrier....

And if you need a shopping bag to put all your purchases in, here is a lovely selection.....

Hope you enjoyed our day out, I am now going to put out my blackboard and open my wee showroom as it is marche jour here today in our village.

A demain mes amis,
L x

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Bonne Fête Nationale (Happy National Celebration)!

Tomorrow is France’s national holiday Fête Nationale (Bastille Day for Anglophones). I am sure that most of you already know the history behind Bastille day, but for those of you who would like to know a little more please click here.

It is one of my favourite days of the year to be in France as everyone, young and old across France comes out to celebrate this very important day.

We are hoping that the weather will be fine tomorrow for the village fireworks as today is quite overcast and humid.



Thought this photo was appropriate as it has two of my favourite French items, the flag and the fabulous 2CV.

Alors un tres bonne Fête Nationale France, et vive la France!

L x

Monday, 12 July 2010

busy, busy, busy........

{maison No. 20 cuisine}


Did your weekend whiz by? Ours seemed to whiz past before we knew it and Monday/lundi is upon us again.

It was very hot here and hopefully a storm will arrive later today, to cool things down a bit.

As you can see from the above picture the kitchen is progressing and we have the splasback above the stove to go and then a few finishing touches such as hooks under shelves etc. I always find that the bigger pieces of work are easier than the finishing details as I can spend hours sourcing particular items - maybe this is just me.

Yesterday was spent painting an old antique iron bed which I am planning on putting in one of the apartments at Maison No. 20.

I have painted it in my latest favourite Farrow and Ball colour "Charleston Gray" and it is looking fabulous. Once it is finished I will show you a photo......

Also on my painting list is a couple of antique bedside tables which I picked up for the princely sum of 10 euros - merci beaucoup Martine! and will be using these in our bedroom.

So that is pretty much our weekend, how was yours? I am now off to start the ironing/repassage before it gets too hot!

Je vous souhaite à tous une semaine heureuse et merveilleuse

L x

Friday, 9 July 2010

vendredi fleurs.....

Bonjour from a very hot SW France. It hit 40 degrees yesterday and the forecast is for another couple of hot days before it starts cooling down a little on Monday.

Next Wednesday is Fete Nationale so we are hoping for a fine day, not too hot in which to enjoy the festivities including lots of fireworks.

This weeks gorgeous flowers are courtesy of my lovely friend Christine, always so thoughtful and kind.

There is nothing nicer than a lovely bouquet of flowers from a friend, note this is not a hint Mr FF, should you be reading this, although it has been a while since you bought me flowers....

Je vous souhaite une magnifique fin de semaine,

L x

Thursday, 8 July 2010

RIP Leroy

{photo of Leroy taken last Tuesday}

This morning I received the very sad news that my Mother's "baby" aka Leroy the gorgeous bichon frise, had passed away, aged 14 years.

“Leroy” will always be in our hearts and memories and all my love goes out to my Mum, sister Donna and brother in law Jason who I know are so terribly devastated at the loss of their "monkey boy".

L x

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Christmas in July...


Mr FF thinks that I have lost the plot as all he hears at present is the word "Christmas".....

I am currently sourcing for Christmas 2010, hence there are Christmas catalogues all over our dining room table.

I have tried telling him that it is common in New Zealand and Australia to celebrate Christmas twice, once in mid-winter and again in December but it is all a bit foreign to him being an Englishman living in France. He is still a bit wary of us antipodeans.....

So if anyone is looking for decorations, you know where to come. I have some fabulous Petit Coterie stockings and lots of other goodies in the Fabulously French Christmas section.

Now where was I? I remember, looking for fabulous angels to go on the top of the Christmas tree.....

A tres bientot,
L x

Monday, 5 July 2010

Love this bedroom....

{image from here}


I adore this bedroom designed by Nathalie Vingot Mei, a French interior decorator based in Aix en Provence.

Such a gorgeous chambre with everything that I love.....old floor tiles, toile de jouy bed coverings, hot air balloon and a fabulous antique basket.Tout est parfait!

A demain mes amis,

L x

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Bon week-end and we have a winner...

{sunflowers have arrived and are out in force}

It is going to be another hot day in SW France and a storm is forecast for this afternoon.

Merci beaucoup to all that entered the giveaway, I loved reading what you wanted to win and why.

The lucky winner is Bloody Frida, who wrote

"what a wonderful generous offer! I love the chicken/rooster tablecloth or the egg dish - we have four chickens who lay very well and one broody hen who will be trying to hatch a set of fertile eggs soon. Thank you!! "

Thanks again to all of you that entered, and for those of you that live in the US, Happy Happy Independence Day.


Je vous souhaite une magnifique fin de semaine,

L x

Friday, 2 July 2010

Vendredi fleurs....


I think that this counts as Friday flowers and how summery is this photo?

To me it screams "Summer" in a very French way. The French are crazy about Liberty and it is easy to see why. Liberty is certainly one of those British brands that has remained fashionable through the years and at present is something that the Parisians can not get enough of.

What happens when you mix Paris’ most beautiful concept store with London’s most beautiful destination store? A stunning collection of limited edition Liberty print pieces designed by Merci’s Creative Director Marie France Cohen.




For more lovely items see the liberty website.

Have a fabulous Friday, I will be drawing the winner of my giveaway later today and will announce the winner on Saturday so for those of you that have not yet entered, you still have a few hours to do so.


A tres bientot,

L x