St. Antonin Noble Val Sunday Market

local market

Summer time is here again and the Sunday market at St. Antonin-noble-val is hotting up, so if you are planning a holiday down this way in the next few months make sure you wake up early on Sunday mornings and drive down there as soon as possible to grab your parking place!


Lovely fresh local fruit and vegetables, assortments of cheeses and local honey, and then a sit down for a well earned drink – cappuchino for me or a nice cool beer from one of the local bars is very refreshing.

Are you in holiday mood yet?

We now have our vacation home ready and waiting for you just 10 minutes drive from St.Antonin-noble-val here in South West France. More of this later, but if you would like to take a look, “CHEZ MACKENZIE” is here on “HomeAway”


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Scandinavian Saturday


I love Saturday nights because there is usually a delicious Scandinavian Nordic Noir series to watch on the TV! At the moment it is the second series of The Bridge, so with this in mind, I thought I would show you a few photos of a truly gorgeous Swedish home that I found on one of the blogs I follow – Bliss



Those old horizontal wooden planks as wall cladding are just the thing for my living room – better start hunting and collecting them now, as I’ve got a feeling they are not the sort of thing you can by at your local building suppliers!




The photos were originally in the Swedish home decor magazine Hus and Hem All in Swedish of course – you’d think watching all this Nordic noir, my knowledge of the Swedish language would be quite good by now – alas NO – but I can distinguish the difference between a Swedish and Danish accent so that’s something I suppose!

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BILLY! Who the f*** is Billy?

Denise Mackenzie:

Think this will be useful and interesting as IKEA seems to be quite dominant in our house!

Originally posted on It Was Weekend. And I Was Bored.:

Coming back to what my blog originally was focused on: interior, design and a breeze of Scandinavian – all in this post today. Kinda.

Das, worum es auf diesem Blog ursprünglich mal gehen sollte: Einrichtung, Design und eine Brise Skandinavisches – alles in diesem Beitrag heute. Mehr oder weniger.

Who the f*** is Billy?billy

He’s Billy →

But why is he called Billy?

I thought, it could be fun to share, why are IKEA products called the way they are and what some of the Swedish product-names actually mean.

Warum heißt Billy eigentlich Billy?
Und wer ist eigentlich Paul?

Ich dachte, dass dass es vielleicht mal interessant sein könnte, warum IKEA Produkte so heißen wie sie heißen und was manche der schwedischen Produktnamen im deutschen bedeuten und habe das deswegen mal ein wenig zusammengetragen.

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Hand Painted Turquoise Frames

A selection of my Turquoise Hand Painted Frames. Such a difficult color to describe and paint!

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Weekly Photo Challenge Habit Seize the Day Every Day

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “HABIT”

Well this is a photo montage made by me, of the habitual daily tasks of waking up and going to bed and a little bit of positivism – yes “seize the Day”!

And of course – Repeat…Repeat…Repeat…Repeat…


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Instagram kittens

I’m getting to grips with Instagram and SNAPSEED – my two little kittens Tillie and Tiger are perfect models!

Anyone else using SNAPSEED as a photo editor?

If you are taking more and more photos with your iPhone or iPad as I am doing – I do urge you to try SNAPSEED – your photos will improve so much – give it a try!

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On a Wet Stormy Friday Aftrenoon…..


Well, I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in South West France we have had an AWFULL LOT OF RAIN this afternoon!

So much so, I couldn’t even walk to the workshop.

Never mind – I have my trusty ipad and lots of things from the summer antiques markets pleading to be photographed in our lounge – here we go!


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Polishing My Vintage French Storage Jars

Sunday I decided to give a good clean and polish to the Aluminum storage canisters I found at one of the summer ‘vide greniers’ (flea markets) I love to frequent around here in south west France.



I think they have polished up a real treat!



Here they are in my Etsy Vintage Shop – 3rdshelffromthetop


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Danish Decor Neutral Style


I’m continuing my quest for neutral cool decor and came across this lovely Scandinavian home – not surprising, all homes from that part of the world seem totally beautiful!

These photos are from the home of Danish designer Michala Wiesneck have to admit that I had to look her up – well, I’m no ‘fashionista’ but must say, I like her style and love her fashion photo shoots – more like fine art than magazine glamour.


Well, I think at 61 years old these clothes are a bit too young for me – BUT – I am proud to say that I could still get into them as after the weight I have lost this year – now back to the same weight as when I was 25 years old!

Anyway – I digress. What I love about the fashion shoot above is the back drops. They could adorn the walls of any living room – LOVELY!

Well back to Michala’s House tour:


Keep an eye out at your local Flee Markets, and you will find stuff like this above.



I just love these NEUTRALS – white – black – grey – brown. So calming and you can still add a splash of color as in the painting.



Found on Bliss blog

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Country Chic Australian Style

If I ever get the chance to go to Australia , then I am going to this country retreat near Melbourne. It just looks so amazing – be inspired!

EST Magazine

When Pos Sampieri sent us the images of her beautiful new labour of love, Orchard Keepers, in Victoria’s Red Hill, our heart skipped a beat. Within minutes we were scanning our diaries furiously to find a date that we could book an escape to this idyllic country retreat an hour out of Melbourne. We had to get in quick before we shared it with you (so sorry – but we couldn’t help ourselves) as we know you’re going to love it as much as we do.

Set within established gardens and overlooking surrounding vineyards and orchards, the 4 bedroom guesthouse and separate Workers Cottage sit beneath a giant Sequoia tree. After leaving the corporate world behind her, Pos set herself the task of restoring what was once 3 separate cottages that hark back sometime between the 1890′s and the 1950′s, and committed herself whole heartedly to the entire process.

Working closely with Sue Carroll from Montreaux & Trove in Melbourne, Pos has created a sophisticated and elegant country retreat that she quite rightly refers to as ‘country chic’. Mixing antique pieces with lashings of white paint, layers of linen, concrete surfaces, pale timbers and a collection of ceramics, Orchard Keepers is the definitive of country chic in our opinion.

If your looking for the ultimate country getaway – whether its with family or a group of friends – you can’t go wrong here with Orchard Keepers….but its our little secret right?

Book here quickly if you want to see for yourselves!












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