Vintage Linens

Vintage Linens, Vicki Archer, French EssenceMy love affair with vintage linens started with my first visit to Provence in 1995.

I could not believe the beauty and the availability.

That French families would sell complete vintage trousseau at their local flea markets for very little, seemed unbeliveable to me.

I have come to understand that the French don’t appreciate the vintage in the same way as I do… at least when it comes to linens.

Very often they prefer the new and the modern.

I am happy with that… it makes my quest for the embroidery an easy one to fill.

I still search out sheets, pillowcase, serviettes and nightdresses whenever I can.

I believe that my collection will never be complete.

The delicateness of the finish, the lace work and the texture of the linen… calls to me every time.

I can never say no.

My lovely friend Sharon at My French Country Home is having a month of giving and this week I am so delighted to say, it’s my turn.

I have offered a pair of my vintage linen pillowcases and an embroidered sheet to be won by one of her readers.

All that is required is that you visit her blog, leave a comment and be a subscriber to My French Country Home and French Essence.


I would so love you to win…  click over to My French Country Home… xv

P.S I am off to Paris for a couple of days… if there is anything I need to see or that you would like me to explore… do tell…

131 Responses to “Vintage Linens”

  1. Penny says:

    Sorry, my blog address was incorrect, love the give away and have followed your lovely blog for years.

  2. Julie says:

    Hi Vicki
    Hope you are well? Thanks for the chance in your fab giveaway. Ciao Julie

  3. Anita Rivera says:

    Good morning Vicki!

    I too love French linens, so much that I have TOO MUCH! But what a gorgeous giveaway from two very generous ladies. Anita

  4. Sue chinner says:

    Love France the beautiful linens. The food ,people, style always in finished business!!!!!!

  5. Patricia Jordan says:

    Gorgeous linens!

  6. grammygoodwill says:

    This is such a lovely giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win. Enjoy your trip.

  7. I have subscribed and crossing my fingers for the gorgeous linens. Your website is gorgeous. In fact, I had subscribed in the past, as getting your updates feels so very decadent. Kindest regards, Carolina Elizabeth

  8. Claudia gori says:

    I ha ve bene Follonica tour blog forum teste and i ha ve to day it Island alleata interessino. I love vintage lìinen and sound ne happy to sin. Thanks a lottare. Claudia

  9. MJM says:

    10 yrs. ago, I was lucky enuf to be in Isle Sur la Sorgue on a Sunday…saw some french linens at the Sunday market, but didnt buy them. Have regretted it ever since.
    Would love to win some–
    Love your blog.

  10. Nancy says:

    Oh, Vicki!
    I love linens too!
    Beautiful to look at and use!
    Count me in!

  11. Sonya says:

    I love all things French,especially linens.

  12. If I win I will gift it to my sister. I love linens, but she is over-the-moon when it comes to quality lines. And we both love anything French.


  13. Jennifer Canfield says:

    The French always have a way with beauty and that certainly includes their linens. I discovered them at a flea market in Provence in 1999 yet sadly did not purchase any. I did purchase a vintage quilt though
    . I have yet to return to Provence yet hope it will be 2015. Would Love to be the recipient of your lovely gift… Merci beaucoup! Jennifer.

  14. Carol says:

    Oh thank you for your generous give away. I already subscribe to both French Essence and My French Country Home. I would love to own your treasured linens. I also own your books and enjoy them very much!

  15. brenda w says:

    My grandmother’s heritage was French Hugenot, and in a recent whole house remodel I loved receiving your blog- and while I don’t have a chateau, just a simple farmhouse in the south here in America, the inspiration of the colors of France and the natural linens, even the French gray I used on my walls just feel right and peaceful. Thank you!

  16. Sharon says:

    Vicki, how wonderful for you to live in Provence, I only dream of living there but was in heaven on my visit. Scenery, friendly people, smells, oh lavender, & the markets oh my gosh, the neatest little shops, nothing like it in my country. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Judy Parsons says:

    I am a new collector of French linens. Thank you for the opportunity to have one of your lovely linens.

  18. Judy Lykins says:

    Love them with a spray of lavender !

  19. Clarice says:

    French linen sheets to crawl beneath….worthy of the very best dreams…of summer in Paris, naturally!

  20. Michelle Dann says:

    Bonjour, Vicki! Thank you for the opportunity to win the lovely vintage linens! I bought my first vintage linens at a Paris flea market, 19 years ago! They are none the worse for wear! I hope to some day visit you in St Remy!

  21. Nancy from Naples, FL says:

    Thank you for the link to another lovely window into living in France. What an honor it would be to share your lovingly collected antique linens. Thank you for opening your world to all of us. I can’t wait to follow your Paris walks this week. They will inspire mine after our stay at LPB in October. Enjoy the lovely Paris summer once again.

  22. Laurie says:

    Vicki, Thanks for introducing me to Sharon and My French Country Home. I did sign up for her mailings and the drawing. I have enjoyed finding vintage linens for many decades now, too.
    Regarding Paris, you are much the expert, but I did enjoy veal at lunch one day at La Rotisserie D’en Face 2 Rue Christine. So, I can recommend it. Have a wonderful week.

  23. I too am a lover of vintage linen and can never have enough. Such joy in the looking and touching alone. Love your blog Vicki, next best thing to living in France. Many thanks,Gail

  24. I always read your read posts but don’t leave a comment very often. This time I needed to agree with you about the old French linen, I too love it, my only hate is ironing it. Enjoy your trip to Paris .

  25. Olivia shamilova says:

    Just what I’m needing for my bedroom..for curtains…longing and hoping……..enjoy Paris……MY turn next week……Livvy

  26. Dawn Davidson says:

    Wonderful opportunity to have a little bit of France in England. The linen would be the finishing touch to my French inspired bedroom. So hard to find good linen over here. Well Done

  27. Catherine says:

    Love getting the subscription! And love the antique/vintage linens. Can never have too many linens!

  28. Anne says:

    Superbe photos qui me rappelle les superbes lits chez ma Grand-mère… Merci pour le sourire et le plaisir de mes souvenirs d’enfance Chère Vicki !

  29. Vicky from Athens says:

    The old French linens are simply gorgeous. So much so that I might be afraid to actually use them if I were lucky enough to have some. I’ve enjoyed your blog for almost a year now! Keep the beauty coming!

  30. Anne says:

    What a lovely offer! I, too, was immediately charmed by those vintage linens and still have some pieces I foraged a few decades ago.

  31. Lydia says:

    I found out they have opened the French version of Santa Maria Novella in Paris. It is Buly 1803, I believe.

    Have fun! I will be visiting Paris soon and would love your opinion!

  32. Emily Reynolds says:

    Count me in for the give away ….. What a thrill that would be ….. Love linens.
    You bring beauty into my life.

  33. Susie says:

    These two sites are an embarrassment of riches. I have a Southerner’s love of vintage linens and can understand your love for them!!

  34. cheri says:

    Fantastic giveaway and you are both royalty in my eyes. Thank you

  35. Dianna says:

    Beautiful is all I can say, and I agree with you about how wonderful vintage linens are. Thank you for sharing your pictures and thoughts.

  36. Mary says:

    Hi dear Vicki, your extremely generous giveaway is taking my breath away! I love vintage French linens (funnily I posted on some of my table linens just this morning), and would love a chance to have some for my bed so I can dream of France too!
    I’ve followed you for a long time – since your first book was published – and reading every post is a highlight of my day. Just visited Sharon too – she always makes me want to pack a bag and come back again to Provence – you both are fortunate to live there and we thank you for sharing your lives.

    Happy time in Paris.
    Hugs -Mary

  37. I’m a subscriber to you Vicki & MFCH as well. What a generous & exquisite offer you are so graciously giving. Heirlooms to behold. Thank you!

  38. barbara says:


  39. Mai says:

    Dear Vicki: Your blog is absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring! I have just discovered it and will be visiting often. I will now be able to bring a bit of French country charm to my Southern California home. I loved Provence and hope to return in the next few years.

    Thank you for so generously sharing!

  40. Katherine says:

    Thankfully notifications arrive daily for both yours and Sharon’s blogs. You both deliver a gentle voice about style and living in France that makes me want to move.

    I love the look of linen treasures – especially if several patterns are layered together. The thought of someone lovingly embroidering them so many years ago – and now here they are preserved, so lovely.

  41. Susan Carter says:

    Love the linens and would love to win them.

  42. Cecelia Weeks says:

    I too love all things French … have visited twice and hold Provence very dear to my heart … since I am unable to live there, I must do so vicariously through others … Thank you for sharing!

  43. Maria Pedro says:

    Hello Vicky, wath a wonderfull giveaway! I foud your blog a while a go a I find it wonderfull. It really is beautifull and inspiring.

  44. Susan Gosman says:

    Thank you so much for making this possible. I am now a subscriber to both My French Country Home and French Essence.

  45. have already left a comment on Sharon’ blog + now leaving one for you + thanks so much.

  46. I have started to collect french linen which I adore. I actually don’t mind the ironing so long as I am in the mood.
    Always so inspired by Sharon’s blog. I think I am going to be loving yours as well.
    Best wishes lily.

  47. Cécile says:

    Dear Vicki,
    so nice to know your website now! Really happy to follow you from now on! I am french, but I love old linen too, fongers crossed!
    Have a nice stay in Paris!

  48. Debbie V. says:

    Be still my heart! My fingers and toes are crossed!!! I enjoy reading your blog.

  49. Sharon White says:

    Vicky, I am a fellow Australian and have devoured your blogs for many years now along with your 2 books. I too love the quality and beauty of old linens. I love all things French and cannot wait to visit Provence again.

  50. I’ve been a follower of yours and now follow your friend. Lovely blogs!

  51. suzanna says:

    oh my gosh, can old subscribers qualify? I am gasping here…my dream to live in France, why even get to visit……I can barely breath here, these linens are divine…..I’m totally speechless Vicki……wow…….they surely shall out live me……one day I shall make it to France some how some way……Xo

  52. suzanna says:

    OH MY GOSH: in small print you are headed to Paris, I feel frozen in envy…..though I am not that type, but hey, my heart jitters in pretense I am with you there….WOW WOW WOW……I was reading a book today on the beach, “The Paris Wife” hee hee

  53. anna says:

    I love everything french, this blog is an inspiration.My home is french provencial /opulent parisseine!!

  54. Marian says:

    French linens – Sweet Drems!

  55. mari says:

    I have a collection of lovely vintage linens. Would definitely love to add some French ones. I visited Paris for the first time last year and somehow managed to leave without any. Crazy, yes?!

  56. Lee Kirch says:

    I’m so excited to have found your blog thru Sharon. Your photographs are exquisite. I already feel like “the winner”, just being connected. Merci……

  57. Dee Poquette says:

    Dear Vicky,
    I follow you and Sharon daily. Love both of your sites and look forward to reading each one. I was lucky enough to win a beautiful dish from Sharon a few months ago. What a miracle it would be to win something from you. I too collect antique linens. Love your book and am using it to help prepare for my sons wedding in Oct.
    Dee Poquette

  58. Galiene says:

    Thank you for the chance at your lovely give-away!

  59. Judi says:

    I just subscribed to My French Country Home – what a great blog and opportunity. We were recently in France and so disappointed I did not pick up any gorgeous linens – maybe my time has arrived! Thank you for your generous offer! (and a great intro to a new blog friend!)

  60. sylvia Faye says:

    Your pictures of old ‘true linens’ are so lovely. Anyone who wins this gracious giveaway will feel blesses.
    I had wanted to spend a year in Provence with my husband (French-Canadian) and pour moi, I am Old South.
    I have you now as a favorite.
    With a grateful heart,

  61. Juliana says:

    This is such a wonderful giveaway! I hope to visit Provence someday and perhaps start my own little collection of linens. :) I love your blog!

  62. Ingrid De Maeyer says:

    gorgeous linens! Love the feel of them, brings back mixed feelings of nostalgia and ‘aaaah, this is what it should be like’ Needless to say we all want, want want the goodies you have in those lovely French cupboards for us! Enjoy your day X

  63. Wendy says:

    I so agree with you about the loveliness of vintage linen. Unfortunately, it is so much more difficult to find in England.

  64. Karen T. says:

    I am a subscriber to both Sharon’s and your blogs. I have also left a comment on her blog regarding this fabulous giveaway. The photos on both blogs of the linens are breathtaking. I would feel so fortunate to be the lucky winner.

  65. Sara says:

    Hi Vicki
    Vintage linens are beautiful aren’t they….
    thick & cool in summer and yet they give the extra warmth in winter…
    If you are going to Paris, do visit the Hermes rue de sevre store…the Petit H section is full of nostalgia and whimsical items in beautiful fabrics too…
    Say hello to Paris from me!

  66. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Vicki
    Have you been to Pousse Pousse in Paris.
    Its a tiny little eating place, Lawrence Aboucaya produces the most amazing raw dishes from green vegs, sprouts, seeds nuts and fruits. We are total raw these days and feel wonderful. All the wine bottles were given away when my sister Sue died two years ago. We juice organic fresh vegs and fruit instead.

  67. Delaine Stoner says:

    Loving the thought of French linens!

  68. Bridget says:

    I have also collected vintage linens for years but have never been lucky enough to own any French ones! After my first trip to Paris last summer, I can’t get enough of “French Essence.” Thank you for a beautiful blog!

  69. Debbie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway, Vicki! I moved out of an abusive relationship this weekend and am now in a beautiful little apartment. You have been a true Godsend in reminding me of my strength and beauty as a woman. I would love to have some beautiful french linens as I start my new life.

  70. Pam says:

    I do so love this blog…so lovely, so inspiring! Thank you for the opportunity to win the beautiful linens!

  71. Wendy Langille says:

    Hi Vicki, We live in a beautiful historic home built in 1825 which looks like a place you mlght see in France. I have learned alot from your amazing blog about styling and decorating and the antique linens would love our home. THANKS WENDY

  72. Nicole Moore says:

    Oooh! Pick me! :-) What a wonderful opportunity! I read both of your blogs, perhaps the closest to the French countryside I may ever get. I enjoy them very much.


  73. Jeanene says:

    I’ve followed your blog for quite some time now. I look forward to it. And I love vintage linens! The only one I currently have is a lace and linen table cloth that belonged to my great grandmother. She must have had a huge table, it’s too big for mine!

  74. Your two blogs are among a small handful I visit over the last few years…this clenches it…my reluctance to actually sign up and feel part of the community of appreciators of exquisite esthetics online. I live in Northern California but grew up largely in Southern Europe–Provence, Toscana, Catalonia–and happily peruse your sites when feeling a bit nostalgic. Thank you, thank you to both of you!
    …and yes I would be thrilled beyond belief to be the recipient of some french linens…


  75. Shelby says:

    Hi Vicki,
    Thanks for being part of Sharon’s giveaways. Love, love vintage linens and all things French so it would be amazing to win some from your collection. A special gift indeed.

  76. Manuela says:

    I’m from north of Portugal, Ponte de Lima, and i usually look for antique white linens at local markets too, they’re beautiful and full of those time marks we simply adore. I’ve got plenty too that came from my mother and my mother in law, but they are never enough. I still use them at my house, they make just perfect rooms. I could use some more, for sure. Great blog! Manuela

  77. Andrea says:

    What a great give away idea!

  78. Janet says:

    Love, LOVE linen! Love, love, LOVE your blog and Sharon’s. Your giveaways, and Sharon’s too, are so special and greatly appreciated. The one set of linen sheets I have are not (yet!) vintage, although I intend to have them become someone’s keepsakes someday. In the meantime, I would so gratefully accept a piece of vintage linen from you and Sharon.

  79. cammy Pollak says:

    such a lovely and generous giveaway. thanks for the opportunity! cammy

  80. Lucia Donahower says:

    Hello Vicki, have a wonderful visit to that beautiful city!. How generous of you to give away the linens. I also subscribe to My French Country Home.
    Have fun in Paris!
    Lucy in California

  81. Lucia Donahower says:

    Have a wonderful time in Paris! I would love to win beautiful linens from your collection.
    Lucy in California

  82. Deborah says:

    What a lovely gift from two of my favorite blog ladies! Would be thrilled to win these!
    Thanks for being a favorite part of my day!

  83. Liz says:

    We recently had a most pleasant afternoon drinking gin and tonics on the rooftop bar of the Hotel Raphael in Avenue Kleber. Lovely garden setting, views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. The hotel is old and beautiful with a huge stained glass window. Also had chocolate mousse in the Ralph Lauren garden on Bld St Michel. Not forgetting a glass of wine at the Royal Monceau., Phillipe Starck designed. Best toilets!

  84. Maria Moniz says:

    What a delicious giveaway … I love vintage linens … Your blog is filled with beautiful things that make me dream! Thank you

  85. kathryn killam says:

    I’ve only recently discovered these two sites… joined My French Country Home recently and saw this entry for French linens, so have now joined yours. As a Canadian who lived for many years in Europe, I miss the countryside, the special light, the smells, the essence and the timelessness greatly. Your sites help restore those sensations and evoke happy memories. I have a very small collection of linens and also of lace,,, collect handmade dollies that I am about to redefine into wall pieces. Thanks for the inspiration. Would love to be the winner of these stunning works of art, but living on the edge of Canada in Nova Scotia likely complicates such things… but good luck. I’ll continue to enjoy your offerings and live vicariously through your travels & finds! Kate Killam

  86. Rita H. says:

    I love all things that are beautiful and would love the chance to win the beautiful french linens. Thank you!

  87. Sophia says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway Vicki! Thankyou…..

    Enjoy Paris….my husband and I spent a few days there the other week, and had our annual ‘fix’, particularly staying in our beloved Le Marais. It was lovely and quiet!

    Best wishes, Sophia x

  88. esther says:

    I have never been to France and will probably never get there, but I love all things French and I think it is so sweet of you to offer this give away. Thank you so much for the chance to sign up

  89. Andrea Forbes says:

    Would love to win the linen and went to ‘My French Country home ‘ as I often do but it said I need to subscribe to your blog.I am an avid follower of your blog from Australia but do not know how to enter the competition as I already subscribe to your blog.Can you provide some guidance please.Not that tech savy unfortunately and never understand how to register for your comps.
    Andrea Forbes

  90. Pam says:

    How wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway!

    So thankful for Paris, France, My French Country Home and French Essence … *smile*

  91. Cynthia says:

    I don’t think I have ever experienced French linens before although I am a huge fan of glorious sheets! Where would one buy french sheets in the states? I look forward to reading your blog every morning, I absolutely love it as well as MFCH. have a lovely week!

  92. dee dee says:

    Sheets…my obsession! French linen sheets…a dream come true! Love waking up to your blog.

  93. Connie nesary says:

    Love your blog and experience of all things French

  94. Brittany says:

    Oh, wow, so beautiful!!

  95. McKristie says:


  96. Shane says:

    Oh these are divine Vicki!
    It’s been my dream to own a set of vintage french sheets.
    They are so special and I find it hard to imagine how anyone in their right mind could discard them in favour of a modern set….
    Thank you for your amazing giveaway on Sharon’s blog – you’re one of life’s generous souls dear Vicki.
    Merci à bientôt
    Shane x

  97. Rochelle says:


    Bought your book yrs ago and loved every page. Lived in Paris part time and thoroughly enjoy your blog. Many thanks.

  98. Caroline says:

    There is nothing more beautiful, than a table dressed in beautiful Antique linen using beautiful china or climbing into a bed made with beautiful high quality Linen. Can’t wait to visit Paris and bring myself home a piece of French linen. Looks divine.

  99. Joane Gallant says:

    I love the smell of linen.

  100. April Dawn says:

    I have only recently discovered your blog and page. I have been “liking” all things cottage these days and your page was recommended to me!! So glad it was! Love your writing and lovely photos! Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips! Well done. The linens are so delicate and beautiful would be great to win!

  101. Nicole Robbins says:

    Love anything french/parisian visited once but it was entirely too short, did not get to truly appreciate the beautiful city it is.

  102. Leslie Robinson says:

    Sounds divine thank you!

  103. Nadine says:

    J’adore all things French & your gorgeous linens are no exception.

  104. Lam says:

    Just love it!

  105. Nadine says:

    Ooh la la! Simply divine.

  106. Mary LOU says:

    First time visitor. Lovely blog!

  107. Mary says:

    Who wouldn’t love to have these gorgeous linens. They would be loved at my home.

  108. Lynn Beck says:

    LOVE French linens ! Thank you for the opportunity to win !

  109. Carol says:

    Beautiful….would love to win.

  110. Csilla M Farkas says:

    Amazing indeed — I use a pair of vintage linen as curtains — or rather as romantic window-dressing: ) — oh, I wish I can still participate in the draw and try my luck…

  111. Debra says:

    Daydreaming over your stunning blog. Thank you for the love and inspiration you put into it.

  112. Jean Murphy says:

    Rich, beautifully handcrafted… You just can’t say no to!

  113. Vicki Pearson says:

    First time visitor! Beautiful blog ~ I’m a new fan :)

  114. Renée Zentmeyer says:

    There is nothing like the feel of vintage linens, them!

  115. Kiliki says:

    Your linens are Devine and so is your blog!

  116. Shirley says:

    The linens looks so elegant and lovely. There’s nothing like the beauty of vintage linens. Thanks for the contest!

  117. Becky Flory says:

    French linens make life richer!

  118. Whitney Kyle says:

    Planning a trip to France for next summer (fingers crossed) and have read about the Sunday market in L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue…is that the best place to find linen treasures?

  119. Kim says:

    Love French linens, hope to have a chance to win the giveaway. Beautiful :)

  120. Cynthia Kocian says:

    Linen – simply exquisite !

  121. Heidi says:

    Ooh, this is a Francophile’s dream giveaway – I would love to WIN! I am a long-time devotee of French Essence & My French Country House blogs…thank you for constantly providing me with my French fix, from miles across the seas here in Australia x

  122. julie chauvet says:

    Just so beautiful and reminds me of my mother in laws linen. Wonderful labours of love.

  123. julie chauvet says:

    Truly beautiful

  124. Jackie Jeter says:

    Already an avid Follower and Like-r of both blogs and Facebook pages. I adore the style, insights and photos. Please enter me into the antique French linens draw. Merci beaucoup!

  125. Amy R. says:

    Such beautiful sheets! I would absolutely LOVE a set of these :)

  126. Christina D says:

    These are very beautiful. I know just the right place to put these.

  127. Paula Good says:

    I have collected antique linens and lace for over 40 yrs. Then disaster struck! Fire! Fire! I’m also a costume designer and I lost EVERTHING. It’s been several yrs. and when I think back I still feel the arrow in my heart. I now sleep on plain cotton sheets. I’ll never be able to afford to replace my beauties. If I was to be so lucky as to win this beautiful sheet set I think I’d stay inn bed forever! I love your blog. It’s so refined and has so much charm!

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