Today was fabulous! We saw more french lavender, walked through some quaint towns, and found some amazing vintage finds at a brocante store.
Today we visited the towns of Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux, and Saignon. If you read my post yesterday you know that I didn’t buy anything at the brocante (pronounced bro-caant) market we visited. But today we found the most incredible store and I found lots of treasures!
In a few short days, we visited a lot of French lavender farms.
Today we visited lavender farms in Apt and Cereste.
But here is the thing. They are all different and the incredible French lavender smell is mesmerizing. The humming of the bees is tranquil and the lavender colors are beautiful. I could go on and on but I have to admit I totally underestimated the feeling I experienced at every farm.
The French lavender fields can vary quite a bit. Some are brilliant purple and others are more grey. The colors vary based on the type of lavender plant, location, and the growing stage.
Some filed are in full bloom and just stunning. Others are perhaps a week or so away from full bloom and not quite to their fullest bloom.
Either way, I have loved each one!
Oh, wait. Except for one thing.
If you have been watching my Instagram stories then you know that there are a lot of bees pollinating the lavender. Actually, it’s not a lot of bees, it’s a gazillion bees.
See how happy I look in the photo below? I am actually totally freaked out by the hundreds of bees that are swarming around my legs, waist, and arms.
Fortunately, they aren’t that interested in me and they are way more interested in the lavender. So no, I did not get stung. And our host, Tracey from French Larkspur, assured us we wouldn’t attract the bees.
Of course, she was right.
But if you look closely at the photo I am actually terrified!
When we were in Goult I found some adorable cards, and met the artist too!
A Brocante Shop
We found the most amazing brocante shop in the town of Bonnieux and I bought quite a few things.
The prices were great and look at the amazing inventory inside this charming vintage store.
There was a mirror on the far right wall and I forgot to take a photo of it but had shipping been available, I would have bought it for sure. (It’s on my stories on IG if you want to see it!)
I could have easily bought some of the glassware in this cabinet but I decided to wait until the flea markets this weekend. I am so excited to shop there.
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So What Did I Buy?
I bought eight green and white French Ironstone plates which are about 9″. I think they are perfect for salad and desserts.
I also found two French seltzer bottles that are smaller and so wonderful. I have never seen them in this size before! I bought a carafe that will likely hold olive oil at the beach house. The green french linen lavender sachet will be in our bedroom in Ventura for sure!
I bought eight French cotton napkins (they were €3.0 each which is a bargain!) and these will also be at the beach house. Of course, they will likely travel back and forth between Pasadena and Ventura quite a bit!
Styling My New French Vintage Finds
Of course, with new plates and napkins, we had to style them in our wonderful apartment in Provence! You can imagine how excited I was to see my favorite water hyacinth placemats. You have seen them on so many of my tables and they are just as popular here in France!
The apartment is so charming and was stocked with a few drinking glasses, both green and clear which made setting this table easy with my new green and white plates!
I popped a few of our lavender bundles into a marble crock to create the centerpiece and set the table with my new plates and napkins. They mixed beautifully with the serveware items in the apartment. I love the simplicity, yet sophistication that this french table offers. Chic, yet comfortable and homey.
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