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Paris on my mind...

View of Paris from Notre Dame Cathedral

We are thinking about spending a week in Paris in January 2010 so I have started searching for an apartment in Paris.
I have spent a couple of hours searching yesterday for apartments and all of the diamonds that I short listed are already booked.

So I am continuing my search for a love nest in fabulous Paris, if anyone knows of a great apartment that sleeps 2 and is centrally located with WiFi, please let me know. Bon weekend
L x ps we are off to a vide grenier tomorrow morning so fingers crossed that we come home laden with lots of fabulous goodies!

Paris - worth getting out of bed for!

This week I have received a lot of lovely emails and I plan to share a couple with you over the next few days.

The first one was from Jane Guidone, who together with her husband is visiting Paris in October. Paris is one of my favourite cities and it got me thinking about some of my favourite things to do.

I thought that we should help Jane out with a few ideas about what to see and do whilst in what I consider to be one of the most fabulous cities in the world. So here goes........

Viewpoint Crowded but irresistible, the Eiffel Tower is open 9.30am–11pm (midnight in high season).

Arts and culture The Louvre ( houses some of the world’s most famous art (open late Mondays and Wednesdays; closed Tuesdays and some holidays). The Musée National d’Art Moderne is on level four of the Pompidou Centre (; Richard Rogers’ radical architecture is another draw. Musée National Picasso Paris ( occupies an old house in the Marais, and is full of t…

Two girls in Avignon...

Photo: Two girls in Avignon

As you know I love all things french, so I was over the moon when I found a wonderful website that sells beautiful towels and pillows that feature beautiful antique french linen.
The website is called two girls in avignon and the products that they sell are beautiful and almost too good to use.
Photo: Two girls in Avignon

They sell lots of pretty vintage french linen towels and are so fabulously french.

Photo: Two girls in Avignon

Hope that you all like them as much as I do.

Bon mercredi et a demain,

L x

French beds...

There is just something about antique french beds that I love. I love the crests on the beds and each one seemsm to have its own story.

I love them painted and unpainted.......

I love the side rails and I adore the carving on the bedheads.

I also love the capitone/corbeille louis style padded beds.......

Infact I think that it is safe to say that I just love french beds and everything about them.

A demain L x

Friday flowers....

Hope that you have all had a good week. Mine has been another busy one and also very hot. Temperatures have been in the late 30's so we are looking forward to some respite from the heat.

These flowers are for each of you to say thanks for all your lovely comments and also especially for my Nana in New Zealand who has been quite poorly and send all our love for a speedy recovery.
Heureux week-end à vous tous L x

Oh la la Lacroix

When I saw this photo by Christian Lacroix today, I thought how fabulously french, ..................c'est parfait!

L x

..c'est un pâtisson

Photo: Chocolate and Zucchini website

You are all a lot cleverer than I as I had no idea when I first set eyes on it. Style Redux, not only are you a lady of style but also a domestic goddess!

I think that I have lived in big cities for 2 long and now I am taking time out to notice things around me. I have always been a city girl hence living in country France is proving to be educational........

"The patty pan squash (in French: le pâtisson) is a member of the blended summer squash family. Shaped very much like a UFO with undulating edges -- each bump a tiny cockpit with an alien inside, presumably --, it can be conical or squat, and comes in shades of yellow, green, or white. The flesh inside is the color of clotted cream, its heart studded with edible seeds like the center of a zucchini."

Description courtesy of the fabulous Chocolate and Zucchini website.

The plan is to roast it tonight then serve it with herbed chickpeas, thanks to a wonderful recipe I found here on the cho…

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Photo: "Mystery white object", Maison No. 20
On Friday night we went to see a local lady who is going to be supplying me with some lovely cards for my wee shop. She lives in the heart of some of the most scenic vineyards in this area hence inspiration is not a problem and I found it very hard to choose a selection as they were all fabulous and I plan on showing you some of her designs later in the week.
Like many locals they grow all their own vegetables and at this time of the year have a surplus so we were given a few to bring home. One of which was the lovely white object that I have photographed and plan to cook tonight. I had never seen one before, can you guess what it is?
I will reveal the name tomorrow but in the interim, happy guessing!
L x

Fairies in France

Photo:"Tinkerbell and the admiral" - Kees Terberg

I am not sure about you, but ever since I was a little girl growing up in New Zealand I have loved fairies and have always believed that they lived in the bottom of the garden.

So it was like all my dreams come true, when I stumbled across these beautiful photos taken by local photographer Kees Terberg, who I have featured in an earlier blog.

Photo: "Bee Orchids" - Kees Terberg

I think that this myabe my favourite photo - I love the colours.

This one is also very pretty, I love the wings.........

Photo: "Reflections" - Kees TerbergThis one is also gorgeous, I have a thing about waterlillies.....For more beautiful photos of very fabulous and of course, french fairies please visit this website.Bon weekend,
L xx

And the winner is.........

Photo: Dan Marty
The winner of the lovely Petit Coterie burlap pillow, according to is lucky number 32 which is rue who lives in Ohio, USA.

Rue, can you please email your address details so that Michelle can post the lovely pillow to its new home.

Thanks to all of you for entering and for the very entertaining comments that you left.

The one thing that I do not get is why burlap has not reached Europe but is so fashionable in the US.

I am on the hunt for an old grain sack and will let you know when I find one.

Merci à vous tous, et bonne journèe

L x

More burlap...

Photo: Country Living I have some chairs similar to this at Maison de Poitiers in the dining room and bought a couple of spares just incase one broke.

After seeing this photo, I am tempted to cover a couple in burlap. Trouble is that I have never recovered anything before in my life, so may need a hand. Any volunteers?
Bon mardi,L xps there is still time to enter the giveaway for the burlap cushion, details here.

Fabulous burlap GIVEAWAY

Photo: Petit Coterie

Hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. After 3 weeks of sunshine we had a rainy day on Sunday, which was nice as it has freshened it up a bit here.

Today as promised, I am offering one lucky reader, a fabulous burlap pillow courtesy of the lovely and very kind Michelle, owner of the gorgeous and almost french online store, petit coterie.

Prize courtesy Petit Coterie

All you have to do, is leave me a comment, stating why you deserve to win and I will announce a winner on Thursday morning.

Also a little good news for those of you in Australia, Michelle's pillows will be stocked by simple things small joys a new Australian shop which is opening soon in Highfields, Queensland.

Bonne chanceL x

It's the weekend..

Finally, it is the weekend! Hope that you all have a fabulous weekend.
L x

Finally I found her.......

As many of you know I have been searching for an old antique mannequin for some time now. The search was proving somewhat difficult as antique french mannequins are becoming more and more sought after by the day and the price is increasing with demand.Yesterday we started to clear out the ground floor as Mr FF is getting ready to start work on my wee shop which will contain gift type items that guests can take home with them and I will also use it as a showroom for my online shop, which has been neglected of late, as all efforts have been concentrated on getting Maison No. 20 up and running in time for the start of the summer season.We were busy loading items into our car,bound for the dechetterie (rubbish dump) when our neighbour Bernard appeared. He asked what we were doing and I told him that we were having a clear out and also mentioned that yesterday morning, I had bought a lovely picture to go in the hall of Maison No. 20 from a newly opened antique shop in the village, for what…

And the winner is......

Photo: Rodney Smith

.....................Shaz in Melbourne, Australia. Shaz is the owner of two lovely blogs Time Framed and It's What I love.Many thanks to all of you that entered, I really enjoyed reading all your fabulous comments.

It is ironic that Shaz won as this is what she wrote "Congrats on your 100th post. Lovely cushions, they are calling my name!. I didn't realise just how much I love pink (and duck egg blue) until a friend of mine was looking at my blog and pointed out that most of my posts have these colours in them - can't argue - it's there in black and white (well pink and blue actually!!!)".

I was going to use Mr Linky last night but as we were pushed for time, I found it quicker to create numbers for each entry and then got Mr FF to pick one. He picked No.11 which was the number of Shaz's comment so the pretty stripey pillows will be winging their way to Australia very shortly.

Yesterday I received a lovely email from Michelle,owner of Pe…

Today I am loving......

Photo: Petit Coterie
............these burlap cushions. Aren't they fabulous? I love them and I am now wondering where I could use them.

And to think that I found them due to the fact that the maker, Michelle, left a lovely comment on my blog.Michelle's blog is called petit coterie and the cushions are available to purchase on etsy.

I have started work on the interior design for apartment 3, so I am currently collating pictures and ideas at present.

I love the lettering on this one........but love the first three the best.
I had better go as I have a meeting with the mayor and I need to get off this blog!a demain et bon lundiL x