Chateau Malmaison, The Bonaparte Home

When we lived in France we lived just outside the city limits. We had vehicles and we were able to explore the surrounding areas quite a bit. One of my favorite places just outside of Pairs is Chateau Malmaison, Josephine’s house. There are signs for this chateau, as it is tucked away in Rueil Malmaison. There is an informative audio guide that tells quite a bit of Josephine and Napoleon’s story, that revolves a great deal around this home.

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Josephine purchased this home while Napoleon was on his campaign in Egypt. DSC_0240

Unfortunately the house and contents were auctioned off, after Josephine died, to pay her debtors.DSC_0242

They have done an incredible job of finding objects from the home and returning them or replacing them. Just look at these chairs.DSC_0244

This is the entry way to the home, I could spend all day here.IMG_2757

I have visited this chateau several times over the years, and each time I visit I see something new. There are so many details that I adore. DSC_0247

Even just this corner has so much to see. DSC_0250

The paintings on the walls are gorgeous. DSC_0251

Because of renovations all of the shutters for this room had to remain closed, so I couldn’t get a great photo. The floral paintings in this room are so inspiring.DSC_0255

An obelisk tucked in the backyard, a nod to Napoleon and his Egyptian escapades. DSC_0259

Statues and art are everyday. DSC_0260

This floor has been my favorite spot since the first time I saw it. The black and white floor with such an interesting pattern is just the best thing ever. DSC_0261

One of the staff members saw me listening attentively to my audio guide and taking pictures as I went. The staff person moved one of the barriers to that I could get in the right angle to take this shot. He didn’t speak any english, but he looked so pleased to have helped me. DSC_0263DSC_0264DSC_0265DSC_0266

I used one of the large mirrors to grab a quick selfie. DSC_0268

More little hand painted lovelies.DSC_0270

This room is what inspired my green velvet obsession. DSC_0271

Mr. Helpful returned and closed these doors for me so I could get the full affect. DSC_0274

This is Napoleon’s desk, it has a shelf that you can hide the documents you are working on in a moment. There is also a passage way from this room to his bedroom upstiars.DSC_0279

This painted ceiling is so special.DSC_0286

A detail of a candlabra. DSC_0289

This detail of the wood floors is so simple, yet so stunning.DSC_0292

Wonderful afternoon light.

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A very handsome Napoleon bust, having a Mr. Dacrcy moment here. DSC_0310

One of four Napoleon Crossing the Alps that were commissioned, this painting is BIG.DSC_0311

Painted border.DSC_0314

Josephine,DSC_0317

Furniture detail.DSC_0318

The sconce with the painting detail, it is just gorgeous. DSC_0325

Unfortunately Josephine’s room was closed this visit. So the next stop were the gardens.

Here is a lemon tree, Josephine loved her lemonade.DSC_0327

Josephine was born on a Caribbean Island, and she brought her love of exotic plants with her. She was responsible for bring over 200 species of plants to France. At one time these gardens were amazing, they are slowly being brought back.DSC_0330

The grounds used to be quite expansive, while they are much smaller now than they used to be, it is still an oasis in a very busy world.DSC_0331

This statue was hidden out in the forest, there is always something else to see. DSC_0336

On my way back to the front I wandered through the gardens.DSC_0346

These gardens might not  be as grand as they once were, but they were still pretty beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in them.DSC_0347

I hope you enjoyed your tour through Chateau Malmaison.

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Brocante Treasures Back in France

Here are a few more of the photos I took while in Paris. Mont Valerian with the American Cemetery in the background.DSC_0026

From the park in Mont Valerian you can see this view of La Defense. I love the old buildings in the foreground with the super modern buildings in the background. This is so representative of life in France.DSC_0024

Another view from Mont Valerian, it was a beautiful day to enjoy these amazing views.DSC_0022

Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur and the beautiful flowers of summer time in Paris. DSC_0071

I woke up at 5:15 one morning so I could trek here, Sacre Coeur. The sun rose and the pink glow was stunning. There were not many people around that early in the morning and I loved having the area to myself. DSC_0076

This photo was taken from Montmartre facing north, away from Paris. DSC_0098

So. Many. Stairs. That day I made it my job to climb as many stairs as possible.

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Next stop was Notre Dame. The sun was still on its way up and I was rewarded with greeting the city as she woke up.

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I was able to walk right in the church with no line and listen to a beautiful mass. IMG_2532

Then an expat friend joined me for a climb up to the top of Notre Dame. It was great to have a friend encourage me up the 380 stairs and the views were totally worth it. DSC_0143

No hunch back sitings here with the bell.

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The views were so rewarding.DSC_0135

You can see one of the famous gargoyles with Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower.DSC_0139

Au Petit Bonheur la Chance is a wonderful little store on Rue Saint Paul. Unfortunately the day I went most of the stores were closed, they take their weekend on Tuesday and Wednesday. This little shop was open and they have so many wonderful collections.DSC_0153

You can follow them on instagram and see their treasures for yourself.DSC_0154

Walking through the Tuileries to visit the Louvre.

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Paris is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and it was just as beautiful as I remembered. I know the world is a scary place right now, but I hope that I am never too afraid to explore.

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I’m Back

I had an amazing trip to France at the end of June and beginning of July. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my adventures and loot shoots from France. I have so many more photos and stories that I am anxious to share with you. Here is one of the first photos I took while in France. Flowers and the Eiffel Tower are pretty representative of Paris to me. I will have more pictures and stories for you soon.

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Now I am busy unpacking from a family vacation, when I got back from France we went on a 2 week family road trip to see both of our families. We just got home last night and it was so nice to sleep in my bed after 3 whole weeks away. Now to organize my treasures. I will let you all know when I  have new listings on Etsy.

Going Back to France

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you that I am headed back to France next week on a quick trip. I will be visiting friends, sight seeing and of course, shopping! It is almost exactly 1 year since our family left France to move back to Texas.  We completely loved our time living in France and I am so happy that I get to go back.

I will be visiting as many of my favorite spots  as I can and collecting as many treasures as I can. I will aslo be taking pictures and sharing on my instagram @BrocanteTreasures.

As I was going back through our photos here are a couple of my favorites. Loot shoots and sight seeing are how I worked my way across France, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. This trip will only be in France, but I will have some new adventures I can guarantee that.

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The Green Room

 

I took a few pictures of my Green Room today. I wanted to participate in a few hashtag parties and I realized this room fit a lot of different criteria. I also really love this room. Almost every single piece in this room is vintage and or thrifted. These pieces were gathered in Colorado, Texas, Spain, France and Belgium. The dark green velvet armchair was the first one I found. Next I found the two lighter green chairs. They are the same color buy different styles. The last chair, with the wooden frame, was found in Waterloo, Belgium. The pair of Paris sketches were found at a market in Barcelona, Spain. The hand written verse in the yellow frame was done by my friend, B & H Handmade Designs. The burlap and lace lampshade was found discarded on a French street as just a metal frame and I hand sewed the pieces on.

I love this is the first room you see when you enter our home. Even when everything else is a disaster, I am able to get this room to look good quickly. It is such a nice place for my husband and I to sit at the end of the day and catch up.

I hope you enjoyed this view into our home.

 

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Road Trip to Greenville

Our family took a road trip from Texas to South Carolina last week. It was a long 15 hour trip, but it was worth it to be a part of the wedding of our good friend. We got to spend time in one of our new favorite cities, Greenville, South Carolina. Here are a few pictures from our trip. You may have seen some of these on my Instagram account, @BrocanteTreasures.

The giant gorgeous house is a vintage beauty that is for sale just outside of downtown Greenville. We love looking at houses and are always up for a quick real estate look when we are in a historic area. This house is listed for just $300,000, but when I talked to the realtor he said they have estimated the necessary renovations at an additional $350,000! The house is amazing and someone will have quite home when they are done.  The very last picture is most of my loot shoot.  I did have one more great stop on the way home in Georgia. When we are on a road trip I do my best to find stores to stop at when we stop for lunch, sometimes it works out. If you search “vintage” in the map then interesting stores pop up.

We are so thankful to have visited Greenville, been a part of the wedding of a dear friend, and had a little adventure. Our kids are amazing travelers and we all had a great time. I hope you enjoyed following along. Now I have to get ready for the Gypsy Market, shopping starts Friday!

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Texas Adventures in a Small Town

Living in Houston is great if you love shopping for vintage and antiques. This weekend we got to drive out to Hempstead, not even an hour out of town, and we got to shop at the Vintage Market Days of North West Houston. I had never gotten to attend a Vintage Market Days show before, but I had heard good things. When I spotted this pair of gorgeous chairs I almost tripped. I love these chairs, but the $1,200 price tag meant I had to walk away with nothing but this picture. They did a great job styling the chairs with the doors.

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These yellow chairs almost came home with me. I LOVE the yellow, and they were in great condition, but we are a family of 6 so four chairs just wasn’t going to cut it.IMG_0553

The best part of this trip was getting to see our friends from 27 Cutoff! Matt and April used to live in Houston and then they went and moved to Arkansas. Now Matt makes this gorgeous furniture and they travel around as a family to sell it. IMG_0559

Their sweet daughter painted this sweet Fruits of the Spirit. Don’t forget to snag your 27 Cutoff swag if you see them.IMG_0564

Across from 27 Cutoff is Bobby Boyd Designs.  These pieces are all hand-crafted from repurposed ceiling tins. I didn’t bring these pieces home, but I will show you what I did buy when I get them hung up. I also got to chat with Bobby himself and that was a lot of fun too. IMG_0562

At the end of the shopping trip we got to have dinner with April from 27 Cutoff and Brandy, another friend from Houston. Between our three families we brought our 11 children and we had lots of fun eating Mexican food. IMG_0566

Getting out of Houston every once in a while is so important for me. The chance to get out of the city and enjoy a little bit of the country is refreshing. IMG_0565

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into a Vintage Market Days show and a small town Saturday night.

 

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