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Exquisite threads Callot Soeurs

So for those of you who follow my escapades on Instagram you will know that last weekend I happened upon a cache of the most incredible 1800s silks. A trunk that had been hoarded lovingly by a collector friend of mine for many many years. For some reason, last weekend she decided that the day [...]

Toile de Beautiran Guido Reni "le char de l'Aurore"

Raphael and I went on a 'date' a few months ago.  It wasn't meant to be a date, it started out with me wanting to catch the incredible 'Les chafarcanis' exhibition before it closed and in my fervour I think it must have rubbed off on him. "We'll go together" he announced, "and book somewhere nice [...]

Mini Muse Buying Trip

One of my New Year resolutions is to try to let go of a few things... beautiful things that I've been collecting over the years. My friend Corey once told me, when you walk past something and you don't 'see' it anymore then it's time to let it go... it's easier said than done. This 'carottier', [...]

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I always find this time of year tricky. The ultimate sense of anti-climax after the Christmas holidays, taking down the decorations and the trepidation of stepping into a new year in which we have poured so many hopes and dreams. So I wanted to look back and be thankful. For the laughter; the many friends that [...]

The French Muse Ruth Ribeaucourt

Is there a colour that makes your heart quicken, that makes you feel an aching in your soul? For me that colour is Indigo. It is the colour of the bluest Provencal sky, the colour of the Atlantic ocean that I remember from my childhood days living by the beach in Donegal. It is an ancient [...]

The French Muse Ruth Ribeaucourt

1700s silk - embellished with tiny hand stitched darns. The dealer laughed when I started taking photographs - she turned the textile over to show me the other side, the 'real' side, an incredible Indienne print. "This is the 'vrai coté" she informed me with a smile. I was photographing the silk and wool underside of the [...]

The French Muse experience private chateau brocante

  I'm not going to add many words other than to say - the photographs speak for themselves. Love and care and incredible attention to detail went into making this château a magnificent, adorned creature. The last 15 years have not been kind, no heating, no running water, a leaking roof, and various robberies which [...]

The French Muse experience private chateau brocante

Have you ever suffered from Chateau fever? Symptoms are insomnia, palpitations, severe sensations of extreme excitement and a fierce desire to get up at an ungodly hour, in the dark, and drive for hours until the gates of the chateau are once again in sight. Yep - we all had it bad! We forgot any [...]

The French Muse experience private chateau brocante

I didn't know it was possible to lose your heart to a château - but now that I am 300km from it and looking back at my photographic memories - I am aching to be back there walking its halls. How did we come to find ourselves brocanting in a crumbling chateau? When one of [...]

The French Muse experience antique brocante

To walk through the antiquaries boutiques in Isle sur la Sorgue is to be surrounded by beauty. There are certain boutiques whose owners just have that very special something, a gut instinct for enchantment, often pulling together unexpected items to form magnetic spellbinding vignettes. Their eye and unique touch picks out objects - the ones [...]

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