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Love everything....

{fabulous photo from here} this fabulous room, especially the gorgeous chandelier.
Bon week-end a tous, Leeann x

Earth Hour Tonight...

Dont forget...Earth Day...tonight starting at 20h20 and finishing at 21h30.
We will turn off all the lights in every room and light candles for at least an hour.
Will you join us for a better enviroment? 
Leeann x

French Food Friday...7 hour lamb

{photo and recipe from here}
Today I thought that I would share with you, the recipe that I am going to be using over the Easter weekend which is not far away now.

Of course, as a Kiwi I will be using NZ Lamb and I am always surprised and happy when I see the supermarket freezers full of NZ lamb here in France.

1 large leg of   lamb, about 3kg/6lb 8oz 4 …

Secret door....

{photos from here}
When I saw this photo I thought wow I love the colour of the room and the mix of items in the room. The cabinets housing lots of items on both the left and the right hand side of the canape are fabulous...

And then when I saw this photo,  I thought I want one like this, hence I have saved it to my ideas folder. I love the idea of a secret door, don't you?
A demain mes amies, Leeann x

Fabulously British.....

Right Now, I am loving these new cushions that have just arrived at Fabulously French.
I have one in Apt Un, which I love combined with the colours of the couch ......

and have some displayed in my wee boutique.....

Love the colours, they photograph well as they are bright and pop out at you.....

Not sure if it is the same where you are, but there anything with the union jack on, is fashionable as as they say in France "tendance" and we are seeing it on chairs, cushions, wall hangings etc.

I am sure that France along with the rest of the world will be celebrating the queen's jubilee come June time.

This is it for me, it is sunny again here today so I am off to clean windows....

Bon mercredi a tous......Leeann x

Fresh coat of paint...

I could not resist sharing a photo of our local bar who has had a a bit of a "relook".

Gone is the drab brown colour, replaced by white and grey with the words "Cafe de Paris" freshly painted on her facade.

She looks fabulous and oh so French.......

Amicalement from a still sunny SW France, Leeann x

Inspiration for Monday morning...

{photo from here}
Bonjour from a sunny SW France,

I hope that you had a nice weekend. For us, it passed quickly and there were not a lot of vide greniers taking place so we enjoyed a wee rest from searching for treasure.

We even managed 2 bike rides in the countryside so I am bursting with fresh air or at least I like to think that I am......

I thought that this photo is exactly the inspiration that I need as it has the paint effect that I adore along with some toile de jouy and a louis style chair - my idea of heaven.
And on that note, I must leave you. Je vous souhaite une semaine fabuleux.....Leeann x

just arrived....

I have just finished photographing these fabulous vintage appliques.

They are by far the most unusual that I have found. Love the combination of the flowers and leaves. The unusual thing is that they have one branch which holds a light bulb and three other branches for candles.

They really do make a statement and I personally think they would look great in a hall, lounge or dining area or perhaps even a bathroom......the list is endless.

They are 100 euros each + postage. You will find more details here. I am now off for a bike ride, a tres bientot from a still sunny and very warm SW France, Leeann x

Bon week-end a tous....

Bonjour from a very sunny SW France,

The forecast is for a week of we are planning on making the best of the fine weather and are having our first picnic today.

I could not resist sharing a photo of the very yummy dessert that we enjoyed "chez nous" last night.

It is called "Mini Charlotte - Fruit de la Passion" and the centre was rasberry mousse which melted in your mouth...the French adore their dessertes and they always taste as good if not better, than they look. Just one of the many things that I adore about living in France....
Je vous souhaitez un week-end fabuleux, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Chocolate and coffee meringue dacquoise

{recipe and photo from here}Chocolate and Coffee Meringue Dacquoise


75g/3oz dark chocolate minimum 65 per cent
4 medium egg whites
125g/4½ oz golden caster sugar
110g/4oz golden icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cornflour

1 tsp white wine vinegar
100g/3½ oz dark chocolate
1 x 284ml pot double cream
2 tbsp cooled made-up strong coffee (instant
is fine)
2 tsp coffee essence or coffee


1. Preheat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2.
2. Line two baking sheets with baking paper. Melt the dark chocolate for the meringues in a pan set over a little simmering water, and allow to cool slightly.
3. Using an electric whisk, beat the egg whites with the caster sugar for 4-5 minutes until firm, then add the icing sugar, vanilla extract, cornflour and vinegar, and beat for another 3-4 minutes until very firm and glossy.
4. Pour the melted chocolate over the meringue mix, turning through once only to streak the mixture.
5. Divide the meringue mixture in two and swirl…

fabulous sculpture...

{photo from here}
When I saw this photo, I thought wow. Love the sculpture and think that she is perfectly placed in the "Brocante de Charme".

A demain mes amies, Leeann x

Fab French Boutique Photos....

Bonjour from a grey SW France, I thought that I would share some photos of my wee boutique with you today. I have a things about pierrot doll's heads as you can see from the photo above. I have used to them to decorate the chiminey and have a couple of vintage dolls on the way...
I adore this faux fenetre mirror and have displayed an antique candelabra and some vintage appliques in front of it.
Lavender from Provence displayed in a basket complete with hand made fairy who I think is fabulous. We have two of these available and I have the other sitting in a vintage champagne bucket. They are for sale but I have yet to update the shop with their details.....

Ligne sacks handmade in France by a local couple and a Mathilde M fronton which look great displayed above a doorway or even used above a bed as a client of one has done with her's...

I love these french charm bracelets which are all hand made, each is different.....these are one of our best sellers and we have 5 in stock at pre…

For sale....Vintage French letter slot

I am supposed to be working so this is a another quick post. There is something about a French front door that makes for a fabulous photo - lots of character springs to mind along with the patine that time brings. French boyfriend bought this fabulous lettres slot for his front door but forgot to measure the existing slot hence it is now looking for a new home.
You will find more details here. I wish that I could stay and chat but work beckons.....
Au revoir from a sunny SW France.....Leeann x

weekend tresors...

As you know we went hunting for tresors yesterday morning. We had luck on our side as we managed to find a few items before a storm arrived and all the vendors packed away their things.

No sonner had the vendor hung the vintage tole chandelier up, when I said I would take it.
She said that I had bought the plus belle objet on her stand and a couple of the vendors from the neighbouring stands muttered that they wished they had got their hands on it before me.

Second up was the lovely Tete de Biche, which I know is not everyone's cup of tea but I have clients that are looking for one and I really like the one that I picked up yesterday.

Note we have two as when I met up with French Boyfriend after doing the rounds he said you wll never guess what I found and I said mon dieu as I had bought one identical to his......

Next was this fabulous Sarreguemines 1900's vase and bowl in immaculate condition.

My last find, just before the horizontal rain arrived, was this hand coloured map, which…

It almost makes me wish...

.......that I had a bird!

A little OTT but it brightens what has turned out to be a grey and rainy day in SW France.

We got very wet this morning whilst tresaure hunting but we managed to find a couple of treasures.

I promise to show you what we found, tomorrow...

Bon dimanche a tous, Leeann x

L'Odyssée de this film!

L'Odyssée de Cartier
Discover the new Cartier film, a journey between dream and reality.For the very first time, Cartier has decided to create a cinema epic focusing on its history, its values and inspiration, its artistic and universal scope. Click here to view.

Wow, it really is fabulous......bon week-end a tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday....Irish Coffe à la menthe

{recipe and photo from here}
I thought that since it is Saint Patricks day on Saturday, a recipe with a touch of Irish is required.....

Irish Coffe à la menthe
500 ml coffee
6 sugar cubes
150 ml Irish Whiskey
100 ml liquid whipping cream very cold
2 sprigs mint

Reheat coffee with sugar cubes. Wash, dry, thin and chop the mint.
Whip the cream.
Divide the coffee into six tall glasses and add a tablespoon of whiskey.
Top with the whipped cream. Sprinkle with mint.
Serve immediately.Undo edits

50 cl de cafe
6 sucres en morceaux
15 cl de whisky irlandais
10 cl de crème liquide entière très froide
2 brins de menthe

Faites réchauffer le café avec les morceaux de sucre.
Lavez, séchez, effeuillez et ciselez la menthe.
Montez la crème liquide en chantilly.
Répartissez le café dans six verres hauts, puis ajoutez une cuillère à soupe de whisky.
Montez la chantilly sur l’irish coffe. Parsemez de menthe.
Servez immédiatement.

......À votre santé, L…

All one need's...

{photo from here} a fabulous mirror. Trouble is that in France they are becoming hard to find as everyone wants one.

A demain mes amies, Leeann


{photo from here}
That is the word that came to mind when I saw this photo a few minutes ago.

Bonne journée à tout le monde......Leeann x

Love, love bistro chairs...

There is something about bistro me they are just so French and I adore them.

And guess what......I found a fabulous table and two chairs that are painted almost the same colour as the shutters at Maison No. 20......that it what I call a lucky find! I promise to post a photo just as soon as I get a chance.

This is a quick post as I am supposed to be preparing dinner....pad thai.....not very French but I am in the mood to cook thai.....

Bon appetit et a demain mes amies, Leeann x

A normal work day...

Yesterday afternoon we went to a local chateau to pick up an armoire.

A few years ago I went to the same chateau to attend a concert in the large and gorgeous garden. Although it was supposed to be a serious and formal affair.

But thanks to the fabulous and very gorgeous male that you see pictured above, there was a touch of humor. Everytime that the music stopped, the peacocks started crying.....

Hence I smiled when I saw the peacocks yesterday and in typical French Male fashion he was not afraid of me trying to get close enough to take a photo, he strolled or should I sat strutted past slowly as if to say I dare you to take my photo....just another normal work day in SW France.

Je vous souhaite une tres bonne semaine mes amies, Leeann x

Entire contents of a Chateau for Sale....View Catalogue

I hope that you are all having a fabulous weekend, we are spending ours sorting through old dusty cartons that may include a tresor or two.

For those of you that love chateaux and the contents that they contain, I thought you may enjoy looking through this auction catalogue.
Click here to view.

It is rare that we get to see the entire contents of a 45 bedroom chateau up for auction.

There are many fabulous items, as you will find out but have a feeling that there will be a lot of enjoy looking!

Amicalement, Leeann x

Bon week-end a tous...

{photo ma cuisine} Today we have lots of lovely sun, it feels like Spring is here.

The bulbs that I have placed in the kitchen are bursting with blooms, filling the kitchen with their lovely parfum......I adore Spring!

Bon week-end a tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Salmon en Croute

{photo and recipe from here}
I made this the other night, it makes an impressive dish for a dinner party but is so easy to put together.

Ingredients 150g mascarpone or cream cheese 1 bag watercress , spinach and rocket, about 120g 500g shortcrust pastry 500g piece salmon fillets , skinless 1 egg , beaten Method: 1. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the mascarpone or cream cheese in a food processor with the watercress, spinach and rocket and whizz the lot until you have a creamy green purée. Season well. 2.Roll the pastry out so you can wrap the salmon in it completely (just a bit thinner than a £1 coin) and lay it on a buttered or oiled baking sheet (it will hang over the edges). Put the salmon in the middle. If it has a thinner tail end, tuck it under. Spoon half of the watercress mixture onto the salmon. Now fold the pastry over into a neat parcel (the join will be at the top, so trim the edge neatly), making sure you don't have any thick lumps of pastry as these won't …

Fab French Sale - Mathilde M Products

In order to make some space in my petite showroom, we are now selling a lot of the Mathilde M products at reduced prices. Please click here for details of a list of products that are on sale.

Merci et a demain, Leeann x

Last night....

.......we watched the film "Marie-Antoinette".
It is one of my favourite movies and I never get tired of watching it.

Hence today I am thinking a lot about large chandeliers, lots of candelabras, beautiful fabrics and of course lots of lovely cakes.....

Trés bonne journée à tous...... Leeann x

She's stolen his heart...

She has the most beautiful blue eyes that you have ever seen, her skin is like porcelain and the most perfect cupid-like lips......and French Boyfriend is obsessed with her.

I admit I am jealous and who thought that a 40 something year old woman would be competing with a beautiful French creature over 100 years old, yes that is right, she is over 100 years old and not a wrinkle in sight. That said, she is showing some signs of age and there is a crack down one side of her face.

She is a "steiner" hence the reason that French Boyfriend is so obsessed with her as she is no ordinary doll.
She is beautiful and is looking for a new home......and a new outfit as she lost all her clothes a long time ago.

She will be listed on later today, that is, if I get my way as there is not room for two blue eyed girls in FB's life hence one has to go.....Signed the other girl in FB's life x

Dos & don'ts of French manners

I thought that you may all like this.....

Dos & don'ts of French manners
Connexion edition: May 2011

OLD-FASHIONED courtesy is still de rigueur in the best circles, says Geneviève d’Angenstein, of L’Ecole Française de la Courtoisie et du Protocole.

She teaches foreigners how to make the best impression in France, drawing on her own experience as a diplomat’s wife.

How did you get into teaching good manners?

If you want to succeed you need to respond to people’s needs and society has somewhat lost its bearings when it comes to manners, due to globalisation and mixing of different cultures. People come to me to reassure themselves about what one should and should not do.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where good manners were innate and I went to good schools and then studied anthropology and several languages, so I have always been curious about other cultures and their social rites. I have lived the life of a diplomat’s wife, so I learned how to receive important people an…