Friday, September 5, 2014

Summer projects completed and a look ahead



Happy {almost} weekend!!

I have a few photos to share with you today.

The one above and below are quick photos that I shared on Instagram this summer.  I really did not get many projects done over the summer, with the kids home, but I did manage to get just a few things accomplished.  The first was the addition of white subway tiles in our kitchen {more photos coming on that later}.  I also decided to take one bank of cabinets down and replace it with open shelves.  I am so happy I did!  I really love how it opened up that area of the kitchen, and freshened things up overall in there.


I also did a little makeover on my vintage arched windows, in the dining room...


{photo via my instagram page}


I love the white walls with the grey floor in our dining room, but the white arched windows really did not show up well against the white.  So, I decided to go ahead and "chip" away the white paint, wherever it came up easily...which turned out to be quite a lot.  I then sanded it lightly and just left it.  I am quite happy with how the natural wood looks.  This isn't the best picture, but I will try and take more soon, as I also bought some new dining room chairs and have been working on changing things up a bit in that room.  {my sister wanted the dining room chairs that matched my grandparent's table that I have and, well, they were never really my style, so it all worked out really well and everyone is happy!}

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I added these lovely sets of vintage French forks to the SHOP this week...




I love how there is detailing on the front and back of the forks.




I have more to add to the shop and will try and get some of it done over the weekend.  I don't know where the time goes lately, but I don't seem to be getting nearly as much done as I hope to each day :)  I'm sure you can all relate!


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I am now taking deposits for my April 2015 group tour to Normandie, France!  You can read all of the details about my tour *HERE*  

If you have dreamed of shopping the French flea markets and visiting the most beautiful villages in the French countryside, then this is the trip for you!!!

We will be starting out the first day of our tour with lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, situated right next to Luxembourg Gardens.  Then we will take a stroll though Luxembourg Gardens, as it is one of my favorite places in Paris.  Afterwards, we will head out to Normandie and the gorgeous 18th century, seaside manoir where we will be staying.


{spring in le Jardin du Luxembourg}

Cat and I have designed the group tour to end on a Friday, so that you can choose to tack on the weekend in Paris, on your own, if you choose.  The last day of the tour will be a day fully escorted at the 'Paris Flea Market', but we thought that some people might want to stay the weekend in Paris then.  Paris is an easy city to get around by taxi, metro, or bus.  However, when heading into the countryside, you definitely need a car, and for many people, you really need an escort, as well.  That way you are sure to find that hidden gem of a roadside brocante or lovely chateau with the best cidre and calvados tasting...all the things that only a local knows about.  That is why I am so happy to have Cat and Alain heading up my tour!  What better way to see the French countryside, than with Normandie locals leading the way?!!

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Speaking of Paris, I am going to throw one more Paris photo into this post :)  I have so very many photos of France that I have never shared here on the blog {I'm a little better at sharing them on Instagram, but I know not all of you are on IG}.  Travel/landscape photography has really become a love of mine over the last few years.  Besides the flea markets, nothing makes me happier while in France, than to be outside walking around and snapping photos!!


{early evening light in Paris, Pont Neuf bridge} 


Well, this post turned out a little longer than I had intended, so I will sign off now :)


Have a great weekend!

Tracey



p.s.  you can still shop the SALE in the Flea Market Finds section of the shop until next Thursday.  The shop will then be closed until Monday, October 6th, while my husband and I are in Tuscany!  We are trying something a little different this time around and will be shopping the Italian flea markets!  I hope to have lots to share with you in the shop on October 6th.  I will try and post a few photos while I am gone.






Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sale!




Hello!

I just wanted to let all of you know that I am having a sale in the Flea Market Finds section of the shop!  Making way for new items!  Every single item in that section is on sale and there are a lot of wonderful things still available...here are just a few...























Hope you are all having a great week ~

Tracey







Monday, August 18, 2014

Brocante Shopping and Photography Group Tour to Normandie, France April 2015



Bonjour!  

I hope you all have been enjoying a wonderful summer!!  I had good intentions of blogging over the summer, but life just seemed to get in the way.  My kids and I had a very busy summer, but it felt good to step back for awhile and just focus on them and our family time.  With school starting this week, I will be back to working on photographing new items for the shop, traveling, and hopefully posting on occasion :)




Today I am VERY excited to announce my first ever group tour to France for next spring!  I have been asked many times when I might be hosting a group tour to France, and it is finally happening!

I am teaming up with my friends, Cat and Alain, from Sunday Brocantes, to put together an amazing one week tour in Normandie, France, for spring 2015.  Cat and Alain are amazing hosts and truly know all the best places to go in Normandie!  I am so happy and elated to be working with them on this group tour {it wouldn't be happening without them}!!!

Normandie is one of my favorite areas of France...so full of beauty and charm...











Here is a quick summary of what the tour will involve:

Tour dates are Friday, April 24 to Friday, May 1 2015

If you would like to join me in France, your trip will begin in the charming Normandie villages, and stunning seaside resort towns, and concludes with exploring the world renowned Paris Flea Market, fully escorted and assisted.

While in Normandie, take walks in small local villages, discover French country farms, cider mills and chateau's, spend a morning experiencing the beauty of Monet's Home and Gardens, and absorb the culture of Northwest France.  The highlight of the trip will be a day-long excursion to one of the largest street fair flea markets in France in the beautiful city of Amiens - attended by 80,000 visitors with over 2500 sellers.  While shopping at small brocantes, exquisite antique shops and the Amiens flea market, purchases are collected and prepared for delivery back home after the trip concludes.  When not shopping, guests partake in local culture at farmers' markets, stylish bistros and fabulous restaurants for wine and tasting menus.  This tour also includes a focus on photographing some of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France," the most beautiful villages of France!  Learn tips and tricks on taking better landscape photos, or just come along to soak in all the charm of the French countryside.

Here are just a few photos I took last year at a roadside brocante, while in Normandie...










Included in your 7 day/7 night package:

* transportation from the Paris airport out to Normandie and back to Paris at the end of the tour, and all local transportation throughout the tour {airfare to and from your destination to the Paris airport is not included and is the responsibility of the tour guest}
* 6 dinners and 7 lunches at bistros, brasseries and fine restaurants
* 7 nights accommodations in a classic 18th century seaside Normandie manoir, with a full service spa facility, beautifully decorated bedrooms, large private bathrooms, WIFI, breakfast each morning in their lovely dining room, and sea-view outdoor spaces to relax, as well as, walking distance to the beaches and charming shops
* stops at dozens of shops, markets, brocantes, warehouses, and vintage sources
* expert assistance with the purchasing, packing, and transporting of your items home
* expert French speaking native to translate, negotiate, assist and share local cultural information during your stay
* an exclusive visit to Cat and Alain's gorgeous home, Rabbit Hill...with a 5 course hosted lunch!
* time spent in some of the most beautiful villages in France, with tips and help on improving your landscape photography skills

Price:  $3700 per person / double occupancy
* double occupancy is two people in a room with two single beds or one double or queen bed, as requested.  Please email me at frenchlarkspur@yahoo.com for pricing on single occupancy.
{airfare to and from Paris is not included and is the responsibility of the tour guest}

Please visit Sunday Brocantes for frequently asked questions on group tours *HERE*


Here is a peek at the lovely 18th century seaside manoir...



{photo used with permission from Le Manoir}



{photo used with permission from Le Manoir}



{photo courtesy of Sunday Brocantes}

The spa at Le Manoir...


{photo courtesy of Sunday Brocantes}

Payment information:

To make a reservation in my 2015 group tour, a $500 non-refundable deposit holds your spot, with the remaining balance paid in full by February 24, 2015

I will begin taking reservation deposits and signed contracts for the group tour on September 1st

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the tour contract, please email me at frenchlarkspur@yahoo.com

{please note that the tour will be actively paced and require a good deal of walking or time on your feet}


I would absolutely love for you join me in France!  Space is very limited, as I am keeping the group fairly small for the best experience for all :)


Have a great Monday ~

Tracey


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Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy June and some lilacs!



Happy June!

Just popping in to wish you a lovely new week!  And, to share just a couple of lilac photos :)

The bush in our yard, that I picked these from always blooms later than the other lilacs, and it is such a treat to be able to get a second round of blooms!




I have been very busy trying to get caught up on my gardening, but I will be taking some more product shots this week, and will have more new {vintage} French items in the shop next week!  Including some of the gorgeous hemp sheets seen in the first photo, and the mini antique French books above.


Wishing you all a wonderful day! 


Tracey






Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Beautiful Cassis, France



Today I bring you a few images from beautiful Cassis, France.  While in Provence, we decided to take a day trip down to this lovely coastal town.  One of my favorite things to do while on vacation, is have a leisurely lunch by the water...and if you throw in some delicious white wine, well, I'm pretty darn happy :)  Cassis is home to a number of vineyards and they are known for their wonderful white wine.

Lots of great restaurants around the port...






This next photo shows you some of the charm you experience while wandering the streets of Cassis...

no front yard, no problem, you can still have a garden...




Only an hour and a half drive from where we stayed in Apt, to Cassis.  Well worth it!


Be back soon ~

Tracey