Bonjour, I am Si from the FrenchByDesign blog. France is my home country, so it’s only natural that when sweet Christina asked me to guest post in her “Design Traveler” series, I chose a bed and breakfast located in Southern France. Ready? Pack your bags, we’re heading to the beautiful Cathare country, a few miles away form the gorgeous village of Carcassonne.
Welcome to Camellas-Lloret, a culmination of a love affair with France and a desire by a couple, Annie and Colin, to share it.
Located in Montréal, a picturesque village, 15 minutes away from the gorgeous village of Carcassonne, and on the route of St Jacques de Compostelle, Camellas-Lloret is an 18th century family home fully renovated with two main focuses in mind: authenticity and comfort. Annie and Colin host this Maison d'Hôte [BnB] with brio: from morning croissants and café au lait, to evening drinks on the terrace, they will make everything they can to make you feel at home. Bon voyage!
The lovely Claudia from The Paris Apartment was sweet enough to offer you my wonderful readers a signed copy of her new book - Paris Flea Market Style. This is Claudia's second book and I was so excited when I received a copy. It is beautiful and full of great information for those of us who love Paris and the flea markets there. I read it cover to cover to soak up all of the information for my next trip, I will definitely be slipping it into my suitcase to use while I am there.
If you aren't able to make that trip to Paris just yet to fill your house with amazing goodies you can find some of Claudia's finds on her One Kings Lane sale this week too! Please take a minute to check it all out. I am dreaming of these beauties!!
To enter to win please visit Claudia from The Paris Apartment and leave a comment below letting us know what is on your wish list if you were shopping in Paris. For an additional chance to win tweet about our giveaway (it's easy just hit the tweet button below) and leave a second comment! Our winner will be chosen at random Thursday the 14th.
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There is no need to trade places and I am sure it is no mystery what I would like to do if I could do anything. Live in Paris, own a beautiful apartment in Paris while I am still young enough to really enjoy it! I love the idea of a slightly worn exterior with a beautiful interior awaiting a special touch.
Beautiful vintage wood floors and molding everywhere!
A sweet little Vespa to run around on...
I would shop all day at the fleas to furnish it with the most fun and beautiful pieces!
I would spend my evenings in beautiful gowns just lounging around and relaxing with friends and family, almost no need to go out!
My lovely friends at Rocq Macarons have been nice enough to offer another giveaway here on the blog. This time it is for their heart shaped macarons in their Sweetheart Collection, perfect for your Valentine (or for you if you want to keep them all to yourself). The heart shaped macarons are available in multiple flavors, these are raspberry, peach mango, strawberry and red velvet. The red velvet is new to me and to.die.for.!
Each little piece of heaven is gluten free and made with all natural ingredients which makes them all the more appealing.
To enter to win your very own box of these little goodies please visit the Rocq Macaron shop and leave a comment below letting us know your favorite. For an additional chance to win tweet about our giveaway (it's easy just hit the tweet button below) and leave a second comment! Our winner will be chosen at random Tuesday February 5th.
If you are local to us here in Southern California you can find Rocq Macarons in Whole Foods Markets or you can visit the Rocq Cafe to grab a few on the go.
Our second gift in our Holiday Giving Series is from Rocq Macarons! As you know Macarons are one of my favorite things in the world. Rocq Macarons are the best and make wonderful gifts, I sent them to all of my clients last year as a Thank you gift during the holidays. They are generously offering two of our readers each a box of these amazing goodies.
For your chance to win a box of the gluten free little lovelies please visit Rocq Macarons and leave a comment below telling us about your favorites, for an additional chances to win you can tweet (easy to tweet just hit retweet at the bottom of the post), follow us here on the blog or ontwitter or blog about our giveaway. The winner will be chosen at random on December 3rd, 2012 .
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I spent most of the day yesterday trying to empty out my china cabinet and get ready for our new wood flooring to be installed and I started thinking about how lucky I am. I have waited 4 years for the flooring I wanted, after pulling up some damaged wood when we first moved in, I am excited. But I was really thinking more about all of the wonderful pieces I have accumulated over the years. I LOVE dishes and when I was on a trip to Paris about four or five years ago, I found out how very much fun it could be to buy beautiful pieces while I was there and bring them home with me. I fell hard for Astier de Villatte and my life has never been the same. Each trip I have taken I have bought pieces and brought them home with me, very carefully. I have a large collection now and although I don't use it as I should, each piece seems to hold a wonderful memory for me. There are many other beautiful pieces in there too but each of these is like a little treasure to me.
As I have been going through emptying out our kitchen and now the china cabinet I have realized something else too, I need to buy only what I love, not what is a good deal or something I may never use. I have donated boxes and boxes of pieces over the last few weeks that have never been used or were still in the original packaging. So this project or combination of projects has given me the jump start I need to spend more wisely and maybe just maybe start using those beautiful pieces I have been sheltering from my loved ones for fear of breakage.
Do you use what you have? Do you save the best dishes and glassware for only special occasions or do you use them everyday?
Wouldn't this be just perfect for a Monday morning? I think yes, and the hydrangea in the background make it just about perfection! Wishing you a wonderful start to the week, because you know that makes the rest so much better.
Would this not be amazing to drive through the countryside with the top open and a fabulous picnic in the trunk? I can just imagine it!
How is the week going so far~ it has been quite busy here but I am excited for a fun girls weekend, breakfast with friends and some time to relax and maybe do a little shopping for things I really don't need. Maybe even finish the book I am reading.
Oh and there were a few questions from yesterdays lifestyle board- just drop me an email and I will point you where you need to be...
On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a wonderful dinner hosted by Andrea @ French Basketeer. It was a beautiful evening with perfect weather and an amazing meal. We were welcomed by the candle lit stairway and walked into the heart of the space, a covered loggia. Everything was just perfect from the rosemary in the ice buckets (I will be using that one thank you very much!) to the singer who entertained us for the evening.
A beautiful table with vintage dishes, silverware and linens.
It is all in the details... the water bottles were to die for! These are the Christian Lacroix glass bottles for Evian.
Andrea made a wonderful meal that I am still telling my family about. I must make that Burrata with peach and tomato.
I will say that the desert table was my next favorite. Each creation was a wonderful temptress, and the display was really perfection.
It was so perfect to get a chance to talk with Andrea after the meal and meet her sweet little babies. Andrea, it was beautiful and the food was fantastic, thank you for including me!
I love a good party and this one was filled with a great group, great food and in a beautiful setting. I think that each time we visit with another we have the opportunity to learn so much and take a bit of that experience along with us to share with others. It is also an amazing thing to meet people through blogging and be invited into their lives and homes in such a special way, who would have guessed what a small world this has become.