Monday, 29 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
I thought that this was most appropriate for Pink Saturday, after all it is fabulous, french and of course pink!
All I can say is what a washing machine! Note there are only going to be 300 available so I suggest that if you want one you better be quick.
Its name "dessus/dessous" translates to "over/under" in English and the marketing campaign is
Or how about something practical for a rainy day?
Tutu rose umbrella by Chantal Thomas
It is certainly one way to stop the traffic, and you would smile doing it!
I am also loving the E-type Jaguar designed by Chantal, it is fabulous and oh so pink!
In fact I have to admit that I love everything about the Chantal Thomass website, it meets all the criteria.........
......pINK,fABULOUS and fRENCH!
For more lovely pink blog entries please visit
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunflowers at Maison De Poitiers last summer
Sunflowers are happy flowers for me, what flower makes you happy?I would love to hear which flowers make you happy and why....
Monday, 22 June 2009
This morning an email arrived in my inbox with the title "Transformez vos amis en poupées".
For a split second I thought that I had misunderstood after all who would want to translate their friends into dolls?
Then I thought maybe this is not a bad idea, when Mr FF is not working on the house and working for a real client, he could carry me with him where ever he goes :-)
All that is required is to email a photo along with some details such as style of clothes etc together with payment and you will receive in return, your loved one in the form of a doll.
Photo: Garbrielle Aznar Boutique
You can either order a French made doll by visiting Gabrielle's lovely website or an American doll by visiting the Tiny Pocket People website.
Photo: Garbrielle Aznar Boutique
What a fabulous idea for a present especially if your loved one travels a lot....
Now all I need to do is find a photo, although I have mentioned it to Mr FF and he thinks that he could use it as a voodoo doll, nasty man that he is!
Sunday, 21 June 2009
I loved this wee jewellery box when I saw it and it is perfect for the taupe chambre that we have just finished at maison No. 20.
It is so sweet and takes me back to when I was a child although I cannot recall if mine was chinoise or not, it was a few years ago now....
Friday, 19 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
I am really happy with the sisal flooring as I love the texture and it works well with the white walls.
As you know, I am mad about butterflies so I am sure that the butterfly prints do not come as a surprise....and the lavender is the "no water required" kind!
I really love the colour of the commode and the carving is so pretty. I think that you may need to click on the photo so that you can get the full effect.
Have a fabulous Friday.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
I thought that I would give you a glimpse of what we have been working on....
We have got to the exciting part now as we are starting to move some furniture into the living area of the apartment.
Today I bought the wall clock, which you can see on the far wall in the photo.
I adore the tapestry as it will tie the whole room together, as it has a wine/grapes theme which is fitting to the region as we are literally 5 minutes drive from some of the best vineyards in France.
That said, I am having difficulty finding a wine rack, as there are not a lot available and I may end up getting Mr FF to make me one.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The reason that they are called publicity prints is because they were used as publicity for drugs and these particular ones were sent to doctors in the 1960's.On one side they have the print and on the other is the information about the pharmaceutical product.
You can see the name and address of the doctor in the photo and also the information about the drug, this one was used to treat premenstrual problems, thought that this may make you smile - not sure how the butterfly is relevant, but it is certainly very pretty.
Monday, 15 June 2009
I have managed to find a series of old pharmacy publicity prints, some of which are featured in the photo above.
Now I just need to find some fabulous french frames.....
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
What is more french than the geranium, I must admit I have not been a fan of them when I have lived in other countries but I am slowly falling under their spell.
They just seem to belong in France, it is like they are meant to be here.
I bought some fabulous pink and white ones today but do not have my camera with me so will post some photos next week.
In the meantime I hope that these photos will help you understand why I think they belong in France......
I love these ones, they look fabulous on their own....
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
I think that I maybe in french dining room heaven!
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend, ours was very productive as we worked on our latest project and of course it involved more painting for yours truly!
As promised, here are some photos of the fabulous antique french mirror that I bought recently.......
I just love the intricacy of the frame, it is so detailed........................
and I especially love this part of the frame!
I am looking forward to seeing it hanging in our wee shop, come September. Note Mr FF is hoping that I do not buy too many more pieces like this as I made him drive very slowly on the way back as I was scared that it would get broken.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Hope that you have a very fabulous Pink Saturday and for more pink please visit Beverly's blog.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
I have been tagged by Ness; the owner of one of my oh so favourite blogs, Marley and Lockyer.
I have been asked to write about 6 uninteresting things that make me happy so here goes.....
1.Watching house martins (these are birds that look alot like swallows) flying dangerously close to our windows on the top floor of our house, oh I wish that I could be a bird for a day as I bet it is great fun.....
2. Smiling at a complete stranger and getting an even bigger smile in return
3. The smell and feel of freshly laundered and ironed sheets - j'aime beaucoup.
Photo: Maison No 20 new bedroom
4. Dreaming of far away places, old habits die hard even after 15 years of living in far away places I still have a hunger for more!
5. The luxury for not having to wear a suit to work anymore, if I want to go barefoot I can....
6. Rain - I hate getting caught in the rain but there is nothing nicer than snuggling up on a rainy night or watching an electrical storm - both Sydney and Brisbane come to mind as I am writing this and those monsoons in India take some beating........
Now I have to tag 6 other bloggers, so here goes.......
- Cate at ella and baba
- Julie at Chic little shop
- Carolyn at Draffin bears
- Simone at the bottom of the ironing basket
- rose at a rose beyond the thames
- Alice at searching for style
Now you have to pass this on to 6 people that you think would like to play, all you have to do is link back to the person that gave it to you (namely me) and let the 6 you choose know they have been tagged...and tell 6 uninteresting things that make you happy.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
This morning I was busy applying the third coat of lime wash to the oak beams, very messy job as it goes everywhere and it looks like they could need at least another two, when the doorbell rang.
I thought that it was a little early for the post lady as she normally comes around 1/2 past 12 and it was just on midday. It was our lovely and very talented neighbour (Jay is a sculptress)carrying a big bowl of cherries, hence the title of todays post is a gift of my neighbour.
They looked so lovely in the bowl that I just had to take a photo of them.
I had no sooner waved my neighbour off when my post lady arrived. I made the mistake of saying that it was too hot for painting (30 degrees today) when she grabbed my arm and told me to sit in her car. It is only a little car but boy was it hot!
She suggested that she take the cherries and carry on with my painting and that I should complete her deliveries. I decided that it was time to make a dash for it before she locked herself in my house.......
She handed me a "cadeau" as she likes to call my deliveries, some artificial lavender which I have ordered to go in my vasques/urns.
I could not resist having a play with it so popped it into a basket and voila doesn't it look pretty?
I am supposed to be painting the hall so had better get back to it before I get told off......
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
The best ones are those where the little old ladies empty their attics (vide grenier = empty attic in english)and the objects they are selling come complete with dust and cobwebs - very authentic.
Over the weekend we managed to finally get both bedrooms completed so I thought that I would share a couple of photos with you.
Chambre 1, Maison No. 20
The room is lacking curtains at present as these are away being altered as they came up a little short so my lovely curtain lady, Maureen is currently hard at work putting a black stripe near the top of the curtain and also on the bottom so that they should just touch the floor.
Bon semaine, L x
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