Shopping in France
Recently I was treated to a sneak peek at Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France, and I have to admit it was a serious challenge to settle on just a few lovely images to share here.
The author, French lifestyle writer, Sebastien Siraudeau, is also the photographer. His lush pictures capture not only the charm of vintage pieces, but the creativity and passion of brocantuers (shopkeepers) who beckon customers with unexpected displays. Siraudeau sees the best brocantuers as new professionals, distinct from fine antique dealers and interior decorators.
So, in part the book is an homage to these talented dealers. Their approach to mixing periods, textures, and colors is intended to inspire. But at the same time, the book is a very helpful guide to vintage shopping in France, encompassing diverse styles such as industrial, elegant Old World, and rustic. Chapters cover Paris in great detail, as well as France's specialty regions from Normandy to Provence. I appreciated the appendix filled with addresses, web sites, and antique fair schedules.
For everyone not planning a trip to France, I think Siraudeau's photos and words will open their eyes to vintage pleasures awaiting in their own neighborhoods.
All images © Sebastien Siraudeau from Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France, published by Flammarion. Scheduled release, March 2008.