Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bon Voyage!

I’m headed to France tomorrow for our annual Brocanting Tour in Normandy and Paris.  Some lovely ladies will be joining me for a week long shopping spree for French antiques.  Cat, from Sunday Brocantes is a wonderful tour provider and I look forward to seeing her again and visiting her beautiful home, Rabbit Hill.  I’m especially excited to see her newly finished “barn room” this year.

Here is a photo of an upstairs hallway in the gorgeous manior that will become our home away from home for the week.


I can’t wait to stroll through the charming port town of Honfleur.


I will be posting pictures daily on Instagram so you can follow me there.

Some of you may know that I just joined the Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington and have a gallery space offering French Country antiques and décor.  I have been so busy that I haven’t had time to post the progress, but I will do better when I return!




Hopefully, I’ll find a lot more treasures in France to bring home for clients like these Empire sconces.


Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for some French inspiration.

Au Revoir,


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How Adventurous Are YOU?

Where will your next journey take you?  Do you dare to dream with your eyes open?  Follow your heart and see where it leads you.  NOW is the time to do something you’ve always wanted to do.


It’s 4 weeks until the Brocanting Tour to France: Normandie & Paris and there’s still time if you want to join our group for an exciting week of brocanting for French treasures!  With one spot still left, be daring and snatch it up for yourself!


Normandie is one of my favorite destinations in France with it’s quaint seaside villages and beautiful countryside.


Centuries old buildings and cobblestoned streets offer lots of inspiration for those of us who love all things French.


Stopping for a crêpe is always a must-do for me.


Leisurely strolls in lovely towns will awaken all your senses.


So much beautiful architecture to study.  We will spend lots of time discussing decorating tips, identifying French furniture styles,  and how to achieve the French Country look in your own home.




Market days are always fun.  The sights and sounds are amazing.


Do you love the many different shades of French blue as much as I do?


Hidden treasures await us every day…searching is half the fun!









And let’s not forget about our special hosted dinner at Rabbit Hill, the beautiful home of our tour hosts, Cat and Alain from Sunday Brocantes.




Can you picture yourself with us?


Drop me an email to request a contract and let me know you want to go! or give me a call (606)-424-8402.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

A French Guest Post from Sunday Brocantes: Extreme Eye Candy Warning! LOL

More than just a French vintage shopping trip!

How is your summer going mes amis?  I am so happy to be doing this post for my dear friend Kim Hites about our up-coming tour in the fall.  I remember how I felt at this time last year-- it was a melange of excitement and anticipation and a tiny, tiny bit of nervousness....  I was excited to be seeing Kim again and so thrilled to be working with her to provide our first annual French Vintage Shopping Tour.
Now we are quickly moving towards the next tour which is coming up in September.... and again-- I cannot wait!  We have so many flea markets and brocantes on the schedule to explore and a packed schedule of stops to our favorite shops and villages all around Normandie.
What treasures will we find?!
I have to tell you -- the other part of Kim's tour with us that I truly love is the visit to our private home and farm, Rabbit Hill.  We have lived in this 17th century farmhouse in a pretty little town for just a year this April ... a year filled with projects and settling in and it is our 'maison de rêve'....
This was a photo of our home this summer... We raised our American flag to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Normandie D-Day invasions.
Last year the gals came over for a very French lunch that took most of the day.... and this year in addition to a traditional (read long and relaxed!) French lunch there will be a private barn sale full of vintage items, furnishings and decor elements at barn-sale prices!
Not certain yet what will be on the menu-- Maybe I will let Kim chose her favorite French dish!  I cannot wait to have Kim's group at my home and in my kitchen this September!
Here is another fun addition for this year.  We have just finished a barn room 'renovation'... and we hope to have our lunch in this charming and glorious space that is currently serving as a harvest and drying room for 'Rabbit Hill Lavande'  my new farming endeavor this summer!
My long solid piece table (a French work table that is about 15 feet long and seats up to 16) has finally found a place (where it fits!) at Rabbit Hill.  Perfect for meals with family and friends!
Besides lunch and the barn sale there will be a chance to meet a few of the .... a-hem... "family members" of Rabbit Hill.  
The timing is tricky to meet 'the ladies' who are the tenant cows on the farm and by September they are all (all 12 of them) in their last month of pregnancy.  The field is just one BIG maternity ward!
So many wonderful things in the works... non?!?  So happy to share a little sneak peek with you! Interested in being a part of Kim's tour?  Drop her an email:  

Hope you are having a lovely summer friends!  

All I can say is WOW!  Thanks Cat, for giving us this amazing upcoming tour/Normandie sneak peek.  The barn room is absolutely "swoon" worthy and I can hardly wait to see what treasures we bring home this year!

If your heart is beating fast after reading Cat's post and you're interested in joining our group this fall, drop me an email and I'll send you all the details for our tour on September 26 - October 3.  There is one available spot (potentially 2 if you want to bring a friend!) waiting for YOU!

À bientôt,

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Small Lavender Harvest

I have not been fortunate enough to see the vast purple lavender fields in bloom in Provence.  It seems as though I’m always missing it by a few weeks.  Hopefully one day I’ll plan my trip accordingly.

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But I have maintained a very small lavender garden in my own backyard over the years.  It consists of several mature plants that yield a nice amount of lavender that I enjoy harvesting and drying.

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It’s a source of pleasure every summer for me in late June to early July to clip the tall stalks and gently tie bundles up to dry. 


After a couple weeks, I spend some afternoons rolling the dried stalks between my hands to release the fragrant buds that I use to fill sachets.


I can usually almost fill a large Provençal tian with the fragrant lavender.


I absolutely love the scent of lavender.  I use it in my laundry and as scented ironing water.  It smells heavenly when sprayed on sheets before bed.  I always keep lavender linen water close-by.

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  There are lots of lavender items in the markets of Provence.  This is one of my favorite photos..a vendor in St. Remy with a lavender-filled cart!


There is never a shortage of this fragrance!  This photo was taken in L’Isle  Sur la Sorgue.


Do any of you have good luck with growing lavender in your area?


I’ll be sharing about a great brocante in Nice, France later this week!



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July and Happy Bastille Day (July 14)

Since these two Revolutionary holidays are so close together I thought I’d give a shout out to each one today. 

The United States and France have been allies for a long time and I for one am glad of the relationship.  Did you know a smaller version of Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty sits in the Seine in the shadow of the Eiffel tower?  It’s one of my favorite sights.


Most of us are aware of the US involvement and help in liberating France from Germany during WWII.  Just think D-day, the Allied Invasion and Normandy.


But did you know that France was instrumental in helping the US  defeat the British during the Revolutionary War which secured our independence as a free country?

France had been secretly aiding the American colonies since 1776 because they were angry at Britain over Colonial territory lost during the French and Indian War.  Ben Franklin was sent to France by the Continental Congress to secure a formal alliance.  King Louis XVI approved financial assistance to the American colonists only 4 days after Franklin requested it.  By 1777 France’s support had deepened and they provided more military armaments and loans to the colonists.  In 1778 Ben Franklin was back in France signing the Treaty of Amity and Commerce which recognized the US as an independent nation and promoted trade between France and America.  The Treaty of Alliance was also signed which made the US and France allies with the French deciding to back the US until we had full independence from Great Britain.  During the Revolution France sent as estimated 12,000 soldiers and 32,000 sailors to the American war effort.  The most famous was the Marquis of Lafayette who became good friends with our commander in chief George Washington.


In France, Bastille Day is a national holiday celebrated on July 14 to commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the Fête de la Fédération on July 14, 1790.


So here’s to two great countries who offer the world much in art, architecture, décor, style, beauty and class.  I am grateful for our continued camaraderie.

I’m proud to be an American.  God Bless America and Vive la France!

I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July.  Don’t eat too many hotdogs or too much apple pie tomorrow!!! LOL  I can’t wait for the fireworks!


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