Living in a house which is over four hundred years old makes you think of times past. We all see tastes change and at present there is an upsurge in French vintage brocante style, and I’m no different…it’s working it so you can give your twist on that, which is where I try to place the fabrics I use. Mostly very English they have the softness of colour which complements those treasured finds, be it from those who travel and find them for us, or those which you discover locally.
I have a great market in our local town. Half is a normal good food market, with breads, fish, cheeses, vegetables, etc, the rest is an eclectic mix of “finds”. From the house clearance ones to the French finds…and everything in-between! I usually head for the couple who have had a stall there the longest…they have things in boxes and it’s a rummage which could find a little gem for you, and on tables for those sweeter bits. They also have vintage bottles and a mix of fabrics and linens. Next door is a father and son who have the prettiest crockery and glass…it takes a lot to pass these without picking something up! Then there’s a lady who saves me vintage buttons of varying types and bits of lace and linens. It’s a wonderful start to my day…and I always visit this part before I think of food!