The town of Montagnac, like almost every other town in all of France, has a weekly, outdoor market. In any region, market days vary from town to town, so that they don’t overlap, meaning you can shop at a different one every day of the week, if you desire. The Montagnac market is held every […]
Our Master Bedroom
It’s impossible to choose a favorite room at Le Bijou, but I have to admit, I adore our bedroom. It is cozy, despite it’s massive stone walls, and a truly comfortable refuge to wake up in, as well as to come home to. Details – mixing fabric patterns: I have always been one to mix various patterns […]
Here’s looking at you!
There are many houses in this region with ornamental, sculpted faces added to their façades. I love the way this personalizes homes – often with a bit of humor – and frequently with a jovial smile. Some of these faces are amazingly expressive. Most are quite old. Once you start looking for them, you find […]
It’s the little things…
Last Fall, we were at the house in Montagnac for five weeks, so we had a chance to relax and do some exploring that we hadn’t been able to do during our first time living there. Our first trip there (after we had bought the house) was jam-packed with back-to-basics decorating. This more recent trip, […]
Bon Appétit en France!
(Note: This story was originally published on April 24, 2016.) Early evening on the terrasse When we’re in France, no matter how much we have on our daily schedule, there is never any question that taking time out to eat well is de rigueur. In fact, it is one of the things we love most […]
Medieval to Comfortable with a Coat of Paint
(Note: This story was first published on April 23, 2016.) The kitchen as it looked when we first saw it It’s always the same – you buy a new house thinking it’s “perfect”, then move in and find out that it doesn’t feel perfect at all, if fact it’s a bit depressing. We had planned […]
Just Do It!
(Note: This story was originally published on April 20, 2016.) A magnificent home for sale in France – just the kind we had always dreamed of, with enough rooms for visitors, a bit of land for eating al fresco and gardening, a swimming pool… Sometimes we have dreams for years and years, but don’t know if we’ll ever […]