Yesterday the lovely Sharon Santoni of My French Country Home fame featured La Pommetier on her blog. Sharon has followers the world over and last year released her beautiful book, My Stylish French Girlfriends which has already had multiple print runs. We featured on the day Sharon’s blog turned 6 years old – and for me it’s one of the original and the best in the blogging world.
Sharon had put a call out asking her readers about a life transformation of their own as she has transformed her life from mother of four to international blogging superstar and author as her children all grew up and flew the nest. I wrote what I though was just a little note from me to Sharon really just to tell her how much her lovely insights and photos of life in Normandy meant to me among the demands, deadlines and drama of working life in Melbourne and how they planted the seeds for our own move her in 2014. When she selected my note to publish on her blog, I underestimated the response levels from her very engaged, supportive and lovely community.
Among the notes of support and booking inquiries for La Pommetier today there was a few questions about things people saw in the photos, so here is a few of the sources and suppliers. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything else you’d like to know.
The little cushions of painted scenes of Normandy are by the super talented Genevieve Levy and can be purchased online here: www.maisonlevy.fr. For those thinking of coming to stay, the cushions with the umbrellas on the beach in Deauville are in our room “Le Jardin”. In our “La Mirabelle” room we have Genevieve’s cushions with the little red tractor on the beach – you’ll see these tractors here at Arromanches where they are used to take the fishing boats down to the water at low tide. The cushions in the photo are not currently available in her e-shop, but if you send Genevieve a little note via her website and ask nicely she may be able to get some for you. I had these cushions pinned on Pinterest for years before we arrived in France and emailed to ask if her if she could still supply them – it was a little wait for them to arrive but I love them. Genevieve has a store at 20 rue Taylor in Paris if you are in the City of Lights.
The bedhead is from a lovely store in Paris called Le Bout du Monde – its right between the Opera, Madeleine and the ‘grand magasins’ and worth a visit as they style everything so beautifully. They have also recently opened within Harrods in London.
The paint colour for the walls is Farrow and Ball’s ‘Light Blue’. Its such a soft colour and the paint gives a lovely chalky finish suited to old homes.
These Louis XVI chairs (we have a matching pair) we fought off antique dealers to buy while at the huge deballage at Le Mans (a giant antiques/brocante fair held each month). For me they are just on the border of chic and shabby with their wear and tear, but they are utterly charming and so many guests have told me they’ve peeked in the seams to see all the old stuffings and to leave them as they are. So they stay as they are.
The curtain fabric is English linen designer Kate Forman and is called Cameo Rose. They are triple gathered and double lined with both thick thermal lining and cotton lining to give them their really full fluffy look. Of course its the tie-backs my mother made that really makes the room look good (according to her).
The lamp bases are from Laura Ashley and the shades from a market in Aix-en-Provence. If you have time in your French itinerary, Aix is absolutely stunning. It’s Provence straight from central casting – cafes, markets, galleries, cobbled streets and chic boutiques.
The curtain and cushion fabric in this room in our two bedroom suite ‘L’Arro’ is called ‘Mozart’ and is made by an old French brand called Braquenie which is now owned by the veritable Pierre Frey. Braquenie has a lovely store in St Germain de Pres in Paris in an area filled with decorating and fabric and furniture stores around rue de l’Abbaye. Make sure you pop into the very bijoux Galerie Salon for the so chic Astier de Villatte ceramics and water colour maps of Paris, London and New York by Parisian/Norman dweller Marin Montagut.
The bed heads are antique Louis XVI that we were lucky to purchase from the artisan upholsterer that hung the fabric lining in our living room. I had been telling him what I was looking for and voila! he appears with these gems.
The side tables were a long ago purchase in Australia that came to Normandy with us but we have picked up something similar in zinc (minus the cute scallop edge) from a great decor store in Deauville called Kaprika.