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Dear Blog…..hello.  It’s been a while.

So, we’ve finally moved and the stress and chaos involved is almost (does it really ever end…..) over.

We (me) are in the process of settling in to an early 1700s hotel particulier.  I’m in love with the soaring ceilings and open spaces not to mention the original cobbled stone courtyard at the center of the building.

Being in a smaller village is a welcome change of pace.  One of my favorite things is wandering the narrow streets and seeing history before it has been covered up or remodeled.  Seeing buildings that date back to medieval times amazes me and I love every minute of it.

In addition to everything else that is happening, a showroom space for the shop is in the works.  Those visiting Provence and wanting a taste of the brocantes will be able to get their fix in between weekend events.  The space will be ready by June 1….but May is the real goal.

If you are wanting to stop by to shop be sure to let us know as visits are by request. We are within 15 minutes of St Remy de Provence and 20 minutes of Avignon and Arles.

Be sure to follow along with our daily inspiration on Instagram and I will work on popping in here a bit more frequently!

Simone

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Ready for the weekend?

I am.  It’s nice to finally be over being sick and I’m looking forward to heading out in the Provencal countryside again.

Much is happening here and I will be sharing as things progress.  Our time in the city is finally winding down and I am already dreaming of the countryside.

Next week starts a buying trip that will take us to Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley.  I love being on the road and going wherever the road and whim takes us.  Traveling with a friend makes it all the better.

Follow along with us on Instagram for daily doses of our journey.

The shop is loaded with new finds, with more to come over the weekend.

Happy Weekend!

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French Creativity

French Creativity

French Creativity

There are SO many things to be found in a brocante.  So many things whose original purpose were unknown to me.

I choose and buy based on a feeling.  Whatever I am drawn to and fits within an aesthetic that I am going for is fair game.

Bringing in a load of finds and cleaning, debugging (often) and repairing them is all part of the process and allows me to relive the excitement of the original find.  Arranging them or working them in to vignettes is the icing on my brocante cake.

What often bursts my brocante bubble (and what I wasn’t prepared for) is the literal nature and lack of imagination that can exist here.  Please understand that I am not saying that they aren’t creative, because they are, very much so.

French creativity often follows the path of their ancestors and traditional pursuits. Painting, masters in carving, gilding, needlework and the list goes on and on.  The creative arts are celebrated here far more than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of Italy.

What I am referring to is the use of something in a form other than what it was originally intended for…..and that is splashed all over my decorating world.

The Joys of ‘Out of the Box’

That ‘out of the box’ thinking that is so prevalent in the US (and other younger countries) is what I miss.  We have no history when it comes right down to it, so we make our own way.  We consider anything early 1900’s to be antique.  Should you stumble on something from the late 1800’s it is a small miracle and one to be greatly celebrated.  1700’s?  That is reserved for museums.

I miss that spirit. Oh how I miss that!…..and it grows more and more so as time goes on.

I love that an antique mirror frame is just as precious to us without the glass.  It is celebrated and proudly displayed, chips and all.  The question I am most often asked here is ‘why do you have that frame without a mirror?’.

This has been one of the greatest hurdles in adjusting to my life here.  Luckily I have cultivated a group of French dealers with a similar approach.  They feed my creativity and my soul.  I am thankful for them each and every time I am graced with their presence.

As I think of the future and what I want to do with the possibility of a week long group shopping trip, this concept is front and center in my plans.

The Brocante Society

Many of you have seen the phrase “Brocante Society” used in my blog and social media sites.  This is the where that comes in to play.

I want these trips to be the embodiment of that concept.  A group of creative souls that embrace and thrive on the thrill of the adventure.  One that shares and motivates those that participate to grow and expand their creativity.  One that allows all to be more enthused when they return to their own homes and lives.

Sound interesting?  If you are wanting to learn, to see France, to visit brocantes, drink wine, eat wonderfully fresh food and bask in the French sunshine (disclaimer—this could end up being rain—after all it is France….) then get on the list.

Things are about to start happening!

….and NEW items will be in the shop Friday evening!

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