16 Aug 2013

Le Petit Bijou… Part 5

Le Petit Bijou - Vicki Archer

Le Petit Bijou, our village house is up and running… The planning and restoration have taken some time… finally, the doors have opened and we have welcomed some wonderful guests already. I have loved every moment of this project… and although one part of me is sad that the building work is over… I am so happy with the result and excited to show you…

The old door above is no longer in use… but it wasn’t something that we were prepared to part with… the stone surround has been repaired, the walls strengthened and the paintwork touched up a little… the hardware is as we found it..

Le Petit Bijou - Vicki Archer

The entrance to Le Petit Bijou is through the ‘garage’. It is a garage but not used as one… For now it is an entry hall… a place to leave the bikes, the baskets and the shopping caddy… On the left hand wall is a painted iron stand that once graced a florist shop in Paris and above a mirror frame and wall lights that we found in the brocante at L’Isle sur la Sorgue

The copper pots, with their metal leaves, were handmade in Avignon… the urns are from our garden… We found them in southern France, way back in ’95… shipped them to Australia and then sent them back again when we moved to Europe in 2000…  These urns are back where they started…

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On the other side of the ‘garage’ is a bench… a place to throw down the hats and baskets… or whatever else needs to stay put at the end of the day… Le Petit Bijou is right in the centre of town… the Wednesday market is a minute away and all the boutiques, food shops, restaurants and cafes are close by… it’s easy to wander on foot, with shopping basket or the rolling caddy to buy whatever you need…

If you are brave enough to bicycle then there are beautiful promenades all around…

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Passing through the ‘garage’ there is a tiny entrance hall… with a sweet commode and mirror that we found at the deballage in Avignon…

A visitors book, so that we can have a reminder of all our guests, is coming… For the moment, I have placed a collection of vintage pharmaceutical bottles…

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Opposite is the guest powder room… The sunburst mirror and the floral watercolour were both found in the flea market at Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

Collecting the furniture, the paintings and the decorative objects has been the exciting part of this project… and finally unpacking and arranging them… well truthfully, I felt like an over-excited child unwrapping her Christmas presents…

For me, this past year has been all about, what would look pretty at Le Petit Bijou… what would make it feel like a home away from home… what would make it feel welcoming and comfortable… We want our guests to feel as if Le Petit Bijou is their home in Provence for however long they stay…

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Walking though the small passageway you arrive at the sitting and dining room… off to the right, through an opening, is the kitchen… All one space… all open plan… The dining table and chairs are at the end of the room and the seating area is to the left as you look through the entryway door… The painted bibliothque, my favourite piece, anchors the room and houses some of my much loved leather bound books and small paintings…

To the left hand side of the dining room table, large ‘orangerie’ style double doors open on to the pedestrian street that leads into the village…

The terracotta tiles, in the entry way and the living area are the same that we used in our farmhouse restoration… Fortunately, we had enough left over to finish the living room, kitchen, entry way and garage.

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The kitchen peeking off to the left has panelled cupboards on one side, hiding the refrigerator, freezer and microwave… the pots and the pans… and all the glassware… There is also plenty of space for food shopping… all those mouth watering delectables that French markets are so famous for…

Le Petit Bijou - Vicki Archer

I have always thought that your home should be your ‘castle’… there should be no happier or more comfortable place… and it is the small details that make home feel like home. I like to be surrounded by objects that ‘speak to me’… that feel welcoming… that amuse or enchant me… Le Petit Bijou has not only many of my treasured pieces that I have collected over the years but also newer acquisitions that have now found their place.

Leather bound books… simply for the look and the feel of them… that worn patina and the deliciously musty scent of old paper… Pretty patterned vintage china mixed with sparkling white French porcelain… Touches of ornate gilt and crisp embroidered linen set a pretty table… A beautiful linen ‘thank you’ tag from one of our first guests… already Le Petit Bijou is creating it’s own histoire… The smallest details make me smile…

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The kitchen is galley style and the right hand side is where the practical bits live… the dishwasher, oven and the cook top… all housed in panelled cupboards to match the armoire style cupboards behind… The bench top is made from a local stone… the name escapes me and all I remember is that it is unpronounceable… but I liked the grey shades and the markings… The stone has a softness too it despite the strength of colour… The square shaped sink is made from the same stone and the lever handle taps in brushed nickel are the classic French style…

Le Petit Bijou - Vicki Archer

Above the bench top are a couple of shelves that hold the china… the cups and saucers… the dishes and plates… the jugs and serving bowls… The cupboards are painted panels… not exactly as I imagined them but as so often happens, I think they work beautifully and are even better than those I envisaged…

The kitchen is small but efficient and well equipped… although with the choice of cafes and restaurants nearby I don’t know if I would ever cook …. And then there is Christiane, who is managing Le Petit Bijou… the most wonderful Provencal cook and happy to help…

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The seating takes up half of the living room and has a sofa, a pair of fauteuils and this tall painted armchair pictured above… The curtains are sheer voile ( the term voile comes from the French word meaning veil) as the outdoor shutters screen the sunlight and provide privacy… I liked the idea of having movement in the curtains… fluttering in the breeze… shadows dancing on the terracotta tiles… ambience…

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Le Petit Bijou is painted in shades of greige… colours that are very similar to the Farrow & Ball shade of ‘elephant’s breath’… the woodwork is paler, a colour resembling that of ‘skimming stone’… A neutral palette that allows for some colour on the walls and on the soft furnishings… The dining room chairs are covered in various vintage Toile du Jouy fabrics and the pair of armchairs are upholstered in an aubergine linen with a buttoned back…

Behind the tall armchair are the stairs that lead up to the first floor…

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On the large wall opposite the window and the glass doors are a serious of hand-pressed wildflower pictures… each one is slightly different… the variety of flowers and the shape of the bouquets… The pinks and purples of the petals and the foliage add a touch of colour and vibrancy…

We will climb the stairs next week… but in the meantime please email me if you have any questions or an enquiry about Le Petit Bijouvicki@vickiarcher.com

Have a fabulous Friday… xv

 

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128 Comments

Megan

Congratulations – it’s gorgeous. Love that dining table and chairs and those pink capped pharmaceutical bottles. Love that you have so many pieces which are special to you and meaningful in some way.

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Denise Hall

Vicki – as I imagined, your attention to detail is wonderful ………… counting the days until we are there! Denise

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Caroline Newton

Hello Vicky, Thankyou so much for sharing Le petit Bijoux with me and my family last week.We so enjoyed seeing it in all it’s glory! So glad you were missing your grandchildren,,!!! We hope we will see you in October next year in Perth when we are on our Bentley Ralley.

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Jacqueline

I don’t know what to say Vicki ….. I don’t think that I have the words !!
It is absolutely perfect. ….. I want to live there !!
You have such a talent ….. the choice of furniture, the kitchen { love those worktops }, the paint colours, those little decorative details that make a house feel like a home.
…… It’s beautiful. Bring on the upstairs, I’m desperate for a look !! XXXX

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Vicki

Jackie I will … I promise… but the getting it together with the photos took ages… and I didn’t want to drive everyone crazy with too many pics in one post… but I couldn’t not show you everything… so the answer is I will have them up next week asap… :) And thank you… I am always happy when I am creating a home… or talking fashion ;) That’s me…

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Vicki

It was a wonderful canvas to start with and I had a brilliant team of helpers… Thank you … :)

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Anita Rivera

Oh Vicki, you have captured THE LOOK of Provence. Yes, I know that Provence is about lavender colors, ochre, red, and all sorts of other bold and wonderful hues. But the Provence I love and know well is a subtle mix of earthy tones that you have put together here. The stone, the pale gray and beige, mixed in with the surprise of blushes, YES, you have captured it beautifully! These are the colors and textures I love to live with, and thank you for showing us. We have waited for this, and you have delivered. UN GRAND MERCI MADAME, pour ce tour extraordinare! I go by your fashion and interior cues….I DO!

MUCH LOVE VICKI ARCHER! Anita

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Vicki

Thank you Anita… Come and see for yourself one day… that would be wonderful… :)

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Anita Rivera

Oh sweet lady, I just saw you came to my post. All is well; I just had to have a second imaging done to verify that what was detected was normal, and it was. I got a “poetic” moment out of the worry, though! I guess that’s what we can do under such circumstances: think creatively and try to make poetry out of life’s uncertainties.

J’ADORE LE PETIT BIJOU! XXOX

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Vicki

I feel like that when I am there Corrina… I don’t want to come back to my house!!

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une femme

Oh Vicki, it’s so stunning it takes my breath away. What a masterpiece you’ve created! Everything is so lovely and it all feels to “right” together. Beautiful.

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Katherine

I must have read this three times……. drinking it all in. Congratulations!
I cannot imagine visiting le petit bijou and ever leaving. What a beautiful and welcoming place. It is easy to see that your heart drove the design and decisions, and it speaks softly in ever corner.
Le petit bijou is a lovely lady indeed.

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cheryl cusack

forgot to add!! will you be posting the month’s that one can rent as well the cost?

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karen in ct

… Ta-Da …. fantastic reveal .. I love it all .. those floor tiles are charming and just put the cherry on top of it all … what a huge feeling of accomplishment you must have … congrats, it’s charming

Karen in CT

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Vicki

The floor was lucky… we just had enough tiles left over! Fortunately I didn’t sell them… that’s the joy of being on the farm… plenty of storage… :)

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Patricia Gilbert

Absolutely gorgeous! I read My French Life when it first came out, but only just discovered French Essence through Pinterest. Your guests are going to love living THEIR French lives in Le Petit Bijou. Félicitations!

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Vicki

Thank you Patricia… I think being right in the village is the easiest way to have a taste of French life… :)

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Mary

I’m ready to pack my bags and fly over! Wow, you’ve done a wonderful job here Vicki – everything is perfect and just my taste! The old pharmacy bottles are awesome, terra cotta floors divine, dining room gorgeous!

Perhaps when I’m next in the Languedoc visiting family, once again I can come to St. Remy – I loved visiting there when on my way to Les Baux a few years back. Next time I’ll want to stay much longer – and I would love Christiane’s tomato tarte!

Looking forward to seeing the upstairs at Le Petit Bijoux soon.
Hugs – Mary

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Vicki

I agree, Provence is so full of beauty Simone… and thank you for your lovely words… :)

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emily @ Town And Country Shuffle

Well done Vicki! It was more like a rough diamond when you started and you turned it into a real jewel… I love EVERYTHING about it and can’t wait to see the second floor next week. Would you ever take a video and post it on YouTube ?

warm regards,
Emily @ TownAndCountryShuffle

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Vicki

I would love to start making videos… and I will… I just need to get that organised!

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Colette Nel

Congratulations on a beautiful jewel…I will def add Petit Bijoux to my wish list. All is done so stylish and welcoming , thank you for sharing these lovely images with us. Enjoy this well deserved joy! Much love
Colette – Afrique du Sud X

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La Contessa

Where is the front door now????LOve that door!The tiles were the first thing I noticed…….beautiful and your jars with the pink tops OH MY!Beware they might disappear on my stay!!!!!!!!!The chairs are gorgeous……..and the linen purple with the BUTTONS!!!!!!!!You have just given me an idea for an old chair I have that I want to have redone!No need to ask “our opinion”in the upholstery area Vicki you definitely have the vision!This has been a Wonderful project for you and for us your readers to watch “THE BUYS” and listen to your ideas…………I can hardly wait to tour the upstairs!
XXX

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Garden, Home and Party

Wow. This turned out so well. It certainly looks inviting and cozy for anyone vacationing in your area. I love the subtle gray and the hint of pink in the floral upholstery pieces.
I love it!
xo,
Karen

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cheri

I am completely enchanted by your beautiful place. You have such exquisite taste that comes from the heart. Thank you for sharing.

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Anne

Who wouldn’t love to be your guest at this little jewel!
You have created a place both cosy, elegant and welcoming, I really admire this skill of yours!

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Juanita in OH

A heavenly piece of France! I LOVE the fact that staying at La Petit Bistro will make me not loose the French factor. Some hotels have a way of making one feel that they could be in any country. Everything is fabulous, a virtual feast for the eyes and sole. What are the six cylindrical items on the dining table? Are they salt and pepper shakers? Thank you so much for opening your magnificent home to us. Have a great weekend.

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lisa thomson

Spectacular, Vicki! How beautifully you’ve decorated this charming Le Petit Bijou. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I look forward to our upstairs tour.

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Marsha @ Splenderosa

“Vicki Style” is stamped on everything and, of course, it is all so beautiful. I love the floor I could see. But, I too, love all the personal touches. I believe you will have no guest who does not appreciate and love everything you’ve created. So ready to see the rest of it! xx’s

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pam@over50feeling40

Vicki, this is gorgeous…I love it’s understated beauty! You did an amazing job and you are so lucky to be able to enjoy it often. You have inspired me in so many ways.

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Leslie in Portland, Oregon

The ground floor of Le Petit Bijou lives up to the house’s name…Bravo, Vicki!! In the next round of photographs, please include one of the living room sofa…the tiny bit of it shown in one photo is intriguing. Admiringly, Leslie

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Phaze

These photos are absolutely gorgeous and who doesn’t love a bit of french country chic!
Beautiful post!

Phaze x

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Linda Carswell

Stunningly beautiful Vicki!!!!! What a FABULOUS apartment…..when can I move in..lol!!!!! You have an amazing eye for detail….what a delight it would be stay here….WOW!!!!! Linda x

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Esther George

I Vicki what can I say that hasn’t been said already? Does DREAMY count cause that’s what I feel. Every thing is just beautiful, you would need to stay way longer than a week and then you won’t want to leave ever. Thank you for sharing beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS have s wonderful weekend.

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Mary Jo

Oh Vicki, it is beyond scrumptious! I love how every detail, down to the chair covers picking up the beautiful peachy tones of the tiles is so beautifully delivered. I felt like I was opening Christmas presents myself looking at this. I hope that one day when life takes me to Provence I can book some time at your lovely Petit Bijou!

Have a wonderful weekend!
xo Mary Jo

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Katina Janakis

Congratulations Vicki! What a stunning, gorgeous transformation, and your attention to detail is impeccable! It must have been wonderful scouring the flea markets for all your fabulous finds and restoring them to their original beauty.
From your monogramed napkins, to the lovely plaster work on the walls…..I love, love it all, and have inspired me with my own project.

You are living the dream of many, and thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Katina xo

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Robyn Dunworth

Congratulations what an achievement the detail the colour and the inspiration you are sharing with everyone.

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Greet Lefèvre

Congratulations Vicki!! I have no words for it!!! Just gorgeous, in all the details! You are so talented! Perhaps one day, we will come over!!!
xx
Greet

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Clare

Looks absolutely charming, Vicki! Love it! Fingers crossed I get here one day soon ;-)
Congratulations. I look forward to seeing more of Le Petit Bijou.

Clare x

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Heather in Arles

There is nothing that I can say that hasn’t already been said…but Le Petite Bijou is even more beautiful than I imagined it to be. It really is the essence of the best of what Provence can be–your guests are lucky and wise too. Here is to many years ahead of happiness in this lovely home for all who cross its doorway.

And ps. Your photos are gorgeous! I think that the “making of” could be your third book, non? :)
Bon Weekend!

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Kim Grey

Everything in Le Petit Bijou is so incredibly lovely! You have created such an inviting, tranquil oasis. I’m sure your guests will feel like they are in heaven, staying there!

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BoxwoodTerrace

Oh my, I knew it would be beautiful! Congratulations — truly a little jewel box of a house. I hope to visit one day, but in the mean time I will savor the photos. Looking forward to seeing the “upstairs” All the best to you, Vicki.

-Deborah

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Karena

Dear Vicki I had no doubt whatsoever that you would turn Le Petit Bijou into a wonderful retreat! I adore l you have accomplished for this superb space!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer Series

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Shell Sherree

Just as elegantly comfortable and timeless as I expected, dear Vicki. And I love the aubergine chairs ~ one of my favourite design colours {a pizazz neutral!} I’m looking forward to seeing more revealed ~ all in good time. Bon weekend!

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margaret

Vicki, it is SIMPLY STUNNING AND SO UNDERSTATED AND STYLE PERSONIFIED. I love Provence, and hope to visit soon. Tres manifique

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trish Murphy

Vicki it is sublime!It is exquisitely styled and it has been such a
pleasure to view the photos.Thank you for sharing Le Petit Bijou! I adore the bottles they are such a pretty adornment.Trish

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isa

Oh, Vicki – what a poetic beauty and little love song your petit bijou is! You know I want to move in. :) It is just like you – elegant yet accessible. I love everything about it. While I love it all, the floor tiles and the bibliothèque tug especially strong at my heart strings! Congratulations on the gorgeous, gorgeous creation. I can’t wait to see the upstairs! xx isa

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Tracy Wood

As usual you have done a superb job Vicki. We were staying in St Remy last October/November and walked past several times. Thank you for showing us some of the interior can’t wait to see upstairs!
Best wishes,
xxTracy

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Toni Kelly

How can I describe my week at Le Petit Bijou? – Incredible, inspirational, impeccable, enchanting, perfection personified, tranquil, “heaven on earth”, “home from home”, all that I expected from Vicki and more – just not enough words to describe what a beautiful piece of paradise it is.

I envy anyone that is making the journey to this beautiful little corner of St Remy de Provence – it was a privilege to feel a part of it and I know for sure that it won’t be too long before we are back again – Vicki’s attention to detail is beyond anything, such a warm and wonderful feeling as you take the first step through the entrance.

And as for Christiane, what a delight – and the tomato tart is a must!

Rory finally found time to read your beautiful books whilst there, he is smitten!

Thank you Vicki – you have inspired me and our week at Le Petit Bijou left us feeling full of zest and totally rejuvenated – I love the new little additions, just beautiful!! xxxx

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Esther-D. Abad

Vicky I congratulate you on the outcome of the Petit Bijou. As to you through your blog you can say that your label is reflected everywhere. It is a refined Provencal style with a light touch Parisians (who can resist?). I remember the post where you talked about your hesitation to choose the pavement, now I see you’ve solved clay in Spain we call the tile when it is specific to the floor, to the ground floor and wood for upstairs. This has been our cottage for 30 years now because of a fortuitous breakdown we unified all wood.
Great choice of engravings.
Well now just need to know the petit bijou spot;-)
Esther Abad

Pd. As usual, the translation was made ​​by Mr. Google

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Barbara Anderson

Stunning! As a dedicated devotee to all things French this Texas Francophile would savor a stay at Le Petit Bijou!!!

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Blanton Brown

Please please please enter me into your week stay give away! I would just LOVE to come and bring ma mere,
Merci,

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Teri Suit

SO beautiful….a trip to Le Petit Bijou might be the perfect gift to ourselves in 2014 – as my husband and I both celebrate big birthdays. Have added a visit there one day to my bucket list! Will contact you.

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Ellen Secrest

So beautiful, Vicki! How wonderful it would be to meet you and enjoy Le Petit Bijou in person!!! Thank you for your lovely blog!

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Suzanne

Hi Vicki,

I adore your blog and look forward to your daily posts for ideas and inspiration. You truly understand what it means to live well, and you do it so beautifully!

I would love the chance to stay at your gorgeous home.

Thank you!

-Suzanne

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Christine

I have been following the creation of Le Petit Bijou and it is stunning. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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Daphne Elaine Beames

Oh Vicki
La Petit Bijoy is so perfect it is teary.
You have captured just the correct blend of Elegance, Provence, Soul and Instpirtaion – and those who are lucky enough to imbibe its French flair and comfort will make memories to last forever.
How you must have enjoyed putting this special package together – for, after all, it is the journey towards the end that is the most satisfying. How I wish it had been complete when we visited earler this year. But then… there is always tomorrow.
Go well and bask in this success – 6 years! Wow!
Cheers and love to you
Daphne

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Jennifer Johnson

Oops, forgot in my earlier email to inquire about your rates and availability. We may be able to travel to France in the next few months. thanks.

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Lila Levinson

Wow – you have done an amazing job giving this lovely home life and charm.

My husband and I love all things French and would be thrilled to win this to celebrate our 40 year of marriage!

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Maxine

Vicki I bought your first book My French Life when it first came out here in Melbourne. I am a devoted follower of French Essence. I love your style.
Le Petit Bijou is beautiful.
Maxine

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Peg Hubbard

What a beautiful, charming, inviting piece of paradise! My husband and I had a B&B in an historical old home in northern KY in the 1990’s, and we restored it before finally opening our doors. I know what a labor of love you have accomplished — sincere congratulations!

We still have our visitor book, and often open it to read the lovely and fun messages from all our visitors. I hope you enjoy yourselves as much as we did! You are now on our travel list — what a glorious place to stay while touring that beautiful part of the world!

Best of everything to you, Peg & Bob Hubbard

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Sarah

A few years ago my husband and I stayed in Barbentane and drove into St Remy for a wander around the town and the markets. I remember wandering the little streets with him, looking longingly at the sweet little houses – especially a couple that had the For Sale signs discreetly displayed in their pretty windows. I never imagined there would be an opportunity to stay in one of them and so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blood, sweat and tears in creating a little hideaway for us to enjoy. You have done an amazing job and I can’t wait to find the right time to stay at your Le Petit Bijou!

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Eva Munson

I want to enter the contest for the week stay at your hotel. I did not see how to do this and am most interested as I have a daughter who lives in Loches. I go there quite a lot and would love to take her and my granddaughter to Provence for a wonderful stay. Did I miss something when reading through. Eva Munson

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Joanne Newlund

Oh my! As I sit here in my home office, in the desert Southwest I drool over ALL of your pictures admiring your talent. I remember the lushness of the French countryside and LONG to visit again. You inspire me, talented woman that you are!!

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Elizabeth Garbellini

Have followed the restoration and renovation of Le Petit Bijou and to have the opportunity to stay and see it and feel the new life put back into it would be fabulous. Congratulations on a job well done!

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Jenni Butcher

Dear Vicki, beyond beyond beyond words! A masterful eye at work, charming but glamourous, each piece with a story & a place, gathered with care & passion. Huge congrats on the creation of La Petit Bijou and Happy 5th Birthday to French Essence. As die hard Francophile, raised in Australia & living in Africa, it is like a dream. I think if I stack all my books on French interiors over the ocean I may just make it to the South of France (will not of course, use any of yours!!). The kids will not give up on what is to be their next holiday! I think some French bubbles are now in order!?

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Janie

Even though I’m in Australia – no words seem appropriate other than –
C’eat magnifique!
To spend some time here would be beyond belief.

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Danielle Demeter

J’adore! I was directed to your site by My French Country Home, and I swoon! You clearly have a knack for the beautiful. Sipping a hot cup,of tea in the crisp mountain air of Utah, I travel in my thoughts to Provence and dream of a day when I can see it all for myself.
Good work. I’m already hooked on your site.
Xoxox

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Judy Parkin

Oh, this is EXACTLY what I am working towards! To me, this is the most relaxing, calm, meditative space. It makes you smile when you walk in the door! You did a wonderful job, and I truly hope I get to see it!

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Annick Aczd

J’adore! Si j’avais une maison dans le Sud, j’aimerai qu’elle soit décorée exactement comme “le petit bijou”, qui porte bien son nom. Bravo pour cette jolie décoration!
French essence, un site que je vais souvent visiter.

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Kim

Oh my, the house is beautiful! I visited St. Rémy a couple of years ago and LOVED it. I would love to go back to this area!

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Catherine Allaway

What a glorious job you’ve done! Its very inspiring. You have a knack – and I love watching and reading about your projects. Keep living the dream. – I’ll keep dreaming.

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Catherine Allaway

We will be back – one day – maybe this time we will try our luck in the South of France. I’m crossing my fingers, and making wishes… and dreaming!!!

Happy 5th Birthday by the way. You are an inspiring person, with a special place in our hearts.

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Judy

Congratulations on your 5 years!!! a beautiful spot!!! and a trip to Provence…heaven!!!!! Judy

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Carol Ann Peeler

I just happened upon your site and I am so happy. I was a French teacher for 30 years and during that time, I took many students to France. I love France, especially Provence. I have always dreamed of visiting St. Remy, but I have never had the opportunity. How wonderful it would be to spend a week there in your beautiful home. I can’t wait to follow your blog!

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rosemary underdahl

I had a dear friend, Barbara, who introduced me to your website four years ago. She loved all things french! Although she has recently passed away, every time I read your posts I think of her. Thanks, to both of you.

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Suzette

A dream week in Provence at Le Petit Bijou would be just that, a dream.
Let me start by saying “WOW”!! What an incredible gem you have created here. Having left no surface untouched, you have managed to create an oasis in delicate provincial tones, steeped in its rich history and undoubtedly held steadfast to the integrity of both its time & place. Again, “WOW”! What a dream it would be to photograph such an exquisite home and its surrounding location. As a photography enthusiast I can only imagine being able to capture such a beautiful place!
In the past 5 years I have attempted to devour every piece of French themed/ inspired literature I could get my hands on, in and around school. I just recently graduated from university with an art history degree, and wrote my thesis on Vincent van Gogh’s A Starry Night: itself, an exquisite nod the French countryside. My list of desires that pull me to southern France could go on for miles, just check out my Francophile board to say that a week in Provence would be a dream, feels like a sad understatement!

However, if I cannot go now, I will go eventually, and your dream oasis must be one of my stopping posts!

Ciao

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Patti Girardin

Vicki,

Le Petit a Bijou turned out beautifully! It looks warm, inviting and above all comfortable. In my opinion, the most important requirement for a traveler is a nice place to rest and relax at the end of the day. Your attention to detail is so appreciated and every photo just oozes charm and beauty. Thanks for sharing the process with everyone. I sincerely hope my husband and I have the opportunity to visit St. Remy again soon and that we can stay in Le Petit Bijou!

Patti Girardin

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lauren

what an absolutely lovely place. It would be an honor to get to spend time here. Just gorgeous.

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Judy

what a thrill it would be to stay in Provence for a week. Your Bijou looks wonderful!!! Judy

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Janiel Gammon

What an absolutely beautiful place. I have always wished that I could spend time in Provence, but to spend it in your beautiful Le Petit Bijou would be a dream come true. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

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San Nanez

As you can tell from my email address, my husband and I are true Francaphiles and love every thing French. Seeing your photos of Petit Bijou makes our mouth water. The last time we were in France, I drug my husband to all the flea markets. Your voice and comments on all the furniture, mirrors, linens, etc. that kept us informed of your purchases, made for a very special day. I looked with a different “eye.” As we say in the States “God willing and the creek don’t rise” we will have the pleasure of visiting in person. Until then, your email that I read first every day, will keep me longing for our next France experience. SN

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Douglas Porter

Stunning, I am in awe of the attention to detail.
I feel like the odd one out here as all other respondents appear to be Ladies, but Provence is a location I am eager to photograph.

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Felicity

A friend once said, “Style doesn’t shout” and I think that’s true of Le Petit Bijou. This little haven speaks softly through its generous but gentle styling. Congratulations!

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Lou harrison

So beautiful Vicky
Would so love to win the week and spend some time with you
Your place is just lovely and oh so French!
Regards from an Aussie admirer
Lou

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Tasha Frye

Vicki~

The photos are stunning. You continue to inspire my floor displays at my store, L’Arrangement~ fine home decor and floral boutique. Would love the chance to win and see Le Petite Bijou in person. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging and many sincere wishes for the next 5 years ahead!

Best~

Tasha Frye

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Victoria Hayden

Vicki,

Le Petit Bijou is gorgeous!!! This would be a dream come true to not only visit and stay in the Provence, but in such a beautiful place to stay as well!! So many wonderful little details…sigh, just truly gorgeous!! I am fulfilling my dream of finally going to France this coming summer, I will be visiting Paris and Normandy for a week on a vintage shopping tour…the opportunity to win a week stay in your beautiful place would be all the more amazing of an experience!!! I just want to soak up and savor as much of France as I can…I would be truly grateful and honored if I won this very wonderful trip!!! I already have been following along on your beautiful life and journey on IG…now subscribed here as well too!! Have a wonderful and blessed week!! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!! Thank you and I look forward to many more visits…and if I’m lucky, one in person too!! ❤

Victoria XO

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Sally

How utterly breathtaking! A work of art as well as a well thought out living space. The stuff dreams are made of! <3

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Fiona

Vicki….thank you so very much for sharing your journey in France….from the very beginning with French Essence, and now to….Le Petit Bijou. I feel so blessed that,thanks to technology, I can sit in my office in Queensland, Australia….and vicariously indulge in a Provincial life, even if in my dreams!

However, I can smell the delicious scents of your homes, and enjoy the beautiful romance of your decor.
One day I will visit….until then, see you in my dreams!

With gratitude…Fiona x

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Debbie

Dear Vicki,
Congratulations on your 5th year anniversary! I have read and thoroughly enjoyed both of your books .many decorating ideas, favorite perfumes and gardening tips have enriched my life! My girlfriend does a Fabulous after Forty blog, borrowed my books and was so moved by them that she had her husband take her to Paris for her 50th b-day! Thank you also for sharing your wonderful family and your house and yard team with all of us faithful followers! Here’s wishing your many more successful years as an author and a blogger!
Cheers!
Debbie

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