Lavender Wands Lourmarin
Caroline LongstaffeInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Lavender Wands at La Maison FRANC in Lourmarin

By Caroline Longstaffe: When Philippe Franc, the owner of La Maison FRANC first came to live in Pertuis, near Lourmarin, his neighbor welcomed him with a gift, a lavender wand or Coeur de Lavande. It was a defining moment and the first step in a story which led to the opening …

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Last Minute Shopping
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Last Minute Shopping! My Stylish French Box

Christmas Shopping You may have left your shopping to the end because you are looking for that perfect gift for a special lady in your life. My Stylish French Box is the answer for the Francophile or anyone who dreams of visiting Paris. The next box (No. 9) will ship early in …

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My Stylish French Box November 2018 1
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

French Delights in My Stylish French Box

You’ve got Mail Who doesn’t like getting a beautiful package in the mail? Some gift boxes provide clues about their contents. There is the telltale cardboard shape of a book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. At Tiffany & Co, their packages in Tiffany Blue – Pantone 1837 (trademarked) tied …

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My Stylish French Boxes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

My Stylish French Box: Luxury Products Delivered to your Door

Maybe it was a seven-year itch or natural progression, but in 2017 Sharon Santoni added “My Stylish French Box,” a curated subscription box, to her already rather full plate. The box concept was born from her love of sharing favourite brands and ideas, and a desire to help smaller French …

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Candlebox Provence Orgon Selection d'ete
Inspire: Art & Culture

Candlebox Provence Artisan Handcrafted Candles Made in France

It’s easy to get lost in the steady stream of beautiful images on Provencal-themed Instagram feeds. However, when these things come together – artisan techniques, made in Provence and gorgeous photos – I had to find out more about Candlebox Provence. Then suddenly I was almost embarrassed, the Candlebox atelier …

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Chocolate heaven in Provence @Vauclusedreamer
Julie WhitmarshLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

I’ve found my chocolate heaven in Provence! 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: I make no bones about it – I love chocolate & last night sat with a glass of wine & my latest purchase from the wonderful ‘Chocolatier’ La Cour aux Saveurs in l’Isle sur la Sorgue. Back in February I was staying there (in …

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Provencal Artisan Traditions Lavender Fuseaux Provence
Ginger and NutmegInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Provencal Artisan Traditions Fabrics and Lavender Fuseaux

It was a solo visit for Nutmeg. Ginger had no interest in the Souleiado fabric museum in Tarascon. The display provides a historical overview of their fabrics and methods of textile printing.  The lighting in the small museum could be improved, and the information provided could be more explicit. The history …

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Pottery in #Montpellier Ateliers Saint Roch @VaucluseDreamer
Inspire: Art & CultureJulie WhitmarshShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Visiting a Potter in Montpellier

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Anyone who really knows me will say I’m not really a city person. I’ve always lived in small villages or on the edge of small market towns and although I enjoy spending the odd day in a large town or city – I usually can’t …

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collection-loft Atelier Romain Bernex #Provence #ceramics
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Gorgeous Ceramics by Artisans at Atelier Romain Bernex

In 1998, Marie Pierre and Cyrille Huyghues Despointes started Atelier Romain Bernex.  They had a common vision to open their ceramics studio. The slightly crazy concept was triggered one spring evening by the light of a glowing ceramic kiln. Marie Pierre and Cyrille brought to the project passion for creation …

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