Monday, September 28, 2009

New Book...French Essence

For sometime now I have anticipated the release of Vicki Archer's latest book French Essence. It does not fail in satisfying my love affair and enthusiasm for all things French! I have enjoyed living vicariously through Vicki's blog and her first book My French Life, which was released in 2006.

French Essence continues Vicki Archer's "love affair with France and in particular Provence" where she lives. "It is a written and photographic celebration of this".

"Vicki Archer reveals the underpinnings of that famous French ambience and sense of style, and offers inspiration to all of us who want to understand the beauty, experience the lifestyle and emulate the interiors of this exquisite part of the world."

To celebrate today's release of French Essence - I share some images I LOVE.....

"I like to think that in France there is a sixth sense - a French sense" Vicki Archer

This book is truly like taking a holiday! With Vicki Archer's inspiring words and Carla Coulson's stunning photography, French Essence is absolutely beautiful...a book I will love reading time and time again!

You can read further here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kitchen details...

I always manage to find so many kitchen images I love. It is the detail in this kitchen I love the most. The way the subway tiles extend to the beautiful ceiling with the built in spaces to display everyday items and large stoves - because I love to cook!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

French village house...

After finally recovering from the flu I thought it would be lovely to take a small tour around this lovely village house. It was once the ugliest in the village before a four year renovation transformed it into a beautiful space. The living room is simply furnished with four chairs and items from the antique markets. The beautiful inherited chandelier completes the room.

The stairs opening up from the street level lead up to the living room. Simple iron balustrades and linen curtains...

Flea market finds...

The terrace opens to a courtyard and pool below.

Thank you all so much for your lovely well wishes over the past week!

{images Skona Hem, photographer Clive Tompsett}

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Coastal inspiration

I could sit in one of these chairs this morning...soaking in the sun! I have caught the flu this week and have been feeling a little miserable. I think sitting here would help make me feel better!
Hope you all have a lovely day {or evening}.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

On the market...

Cedar Springs is a secluded home situated on 114 acres of beautiful Byron Bay hinterland. From what I remember this prestigious property was once owned by Paul Hogan (aka Crocodile Dundee). Approached via a long private driveway this home has been extensively restored over the past few years. Well I thought you may enjoy a peek inside...

the grand entrance and stairs....

the garden room overlooking the pool

the formal dining room...

This has to be my favourite part of the home...imagine relaxing by this pool. Well I would be happy just to occupy the guest house for a weekend.

More images and the floor plan can be seen here...enjoy!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009


...these two images

...and that today is the start of spring!

(Image 1. Whitney Stewart & Image 2. Country Living Magazine)