IPS in French Property News

IPS in French Property News

Check out my article in the latest edition of French Property News. Click on this link below to read the PDF: French Property news article Here’s a quick sneak preview of the text too, for those of you who prefer to get a taste of it and have a quick read on the blog itself… Read more about IPS in French Property News[…]

Long Distance Home Decor

The Challenges of Decorating a Home 3000 Miles Away About 15 years ago, a friend and I met in Bordeaux to spend a couple of weeks shopping for antiques and basic necessities for a shared ownership home in France. We had no idea what we were doing but we learned fast. Our motto became “We Read more about Long Distance Home Decor[…]

On Restoration Challenges and Comtoise Clocks

Any restoration project brings its share of challenges, especially in old French properties with their individual quirks and charms, and some out-of-the-blue discoveries too. Those finds that instantly leap out at you, that you know will just fit so perfectly in your new holiday home in Provence. That was certainly the case when we were Read more about On Restoration Challenges and Comtoise Clocks[…]

Easter is Flea Market Season in France

Easter is Flea Market Season in France Transforming a beautiful old French holiday home sometimes requires a lot of patience and some persistent bargain hunting. Luckily there is no shortage of markets and garage sales around France that you can plunder to kit out your new des res. Our magical transformation is in that lovely Read more about Easter is Flea Market Season in France[…]

French flea markets – garage sale heaven!

French Flea Markets Back home in the States we have garage sales. When hunting for cool furniture finds in France, you should head straight to the many flea markets, which present no shortage of quirky items and bargains to deck your new holiday home out with. It AMAZES me what Dan, Francesco and Arcadio have Read more about French flea markets – garage sale heaven![…]

It all began in Todi, Italy

It all began in Todi, Italy this past December. My friend and I were shopping for a new fractional ownership property in Italy and coming up seriously short-handed. As we sat in a marvelous enoteka (a petite wine-tasting bar/bistro) in Todi, Umbria, the owner Christina joined us for a spell. Our talk turned to finding Read more about It all began in Todi, Italy[…]

Arcadio, Dan and Francesco visit le Muguet

Safely home following my December Todi trip, the emails (and Skype calls) between NY and Italy began. Yes! Dan and Francesco were willing and able to take charge of the remodel/decor work at le Muguet. As I began to outline what might need to be done, an associated budget and time frame, my ideas and photos Read more about Arcadio, Dan and Francesco visit le Muguet[…]

How do you decorate a Medieval Renaissance period property in southern France?

I began to get seriously excited by the obvious talent which Dan & Francesco were sharing with me long distance. While my “eye” for irresistible homes abroad is pretty finely tuned, I’m the first to admit that adding “eye candy” to my fractionals is best done by visionaries like D & F. For example in an Read more about How do you decorate a Medieval Renaissance period property in southern France?[…]

Decorating your French country home

Houses Speak to Us Houses talk to us. It might take time to hear their voice, to adjust to their symbols. They tell us about previous lives, different occupants. Decorators are often chatty people, full of their ideas, who might fail to catch what the house is trying to say. Dan and I always try Read more about Decorating your French country home[…]

Furnishing a French property share in Vers

Despite Francesco’s current weakened state (due to a bad infection he got in the hospital while recovering from eye surgery) we have been active at Le Muguet with various projects to make the house even more beautiful than it already was when we left in April. Jacques Antzak, a local Vers upholsterer, has been sewing Read more about Furnishing a French property share in Vers[…]