Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Photos of the Petite Trianon

I could quite happily live in the Petite Trianon. This was built by Louis 16 and Marie Antoinette and was where Marie Antoinette spent a lot of her time. It was just so seriously gorgeous and many of the rooms were quite small and cosy.

This photo shows her bedroom with the fabric made especially for her.The furniture all matched and it was sold off after her arrest, but most of it was recovered and put back in the Petite Trianon (from recollection by Napoleon), except for the bed which was never found.



Next is the sitting room which was beside her bedroom. It had a panel which was on some sort of sliding track which came up through the floor to cover the window (you can see it reflected in the mirror - it's halfway over the window).



Lastly is a small sleigh, which looks much larger than it actually was. I don't think it would even fit a child in it (except for a very small one!). Very cute.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More France pics at long last!

I have chosen some more pictures to show you all - they're mostly cute buildings and some interiors that I'd like to reproduce in miniature if I had the time, patience and space! It was pretty much the basis for taking all the pictures I took in France!

These first four pics show some houses in the seaside Brittany town of Vannes (think I showed some pics of the old walled part of town in an earlier post).









Next is a row of tudor houses with shops/cafes beneath. Also in Vannes I think. Most of the places we visited had these old districts full of narrow cobbled streets and tudor buildings all on top of each other.



Next is a pic taken inside Chenonceau I think. It is a chateau in the Loire valley - called the ladies' castle I think, as it has mostly had women own it over time. It was all decorated for easter and looked great. It was a little disappointing as there wasn't much furniture but that was probably typical of the era for many of the chateaus.



Next is the bridge where my fiance proposed to me (that's him leaning over the rail). It was taken the day before he proposed.



Lastly is a picture of Versailles, not long before my camera died (dammit!). Luckily we didn't go anywhere with only one camera - my other half took lots of pics for me. It was truly spectacular and I will have to visit it again one day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Veronique Lux cuteness

Found this awesome website today: Veronique Lux. Such very cute vintage mini toys for a little French child's room. So cute. Here are some pics:



Monday, May 11, 2009

New love is grand!

Well, today I managed to secure one of these lovely little ladies!!!



She is so cute, and I am so enamoured!

Yes, I know it has nothing to do with minis. But I had to share!

I have been working on a mini project - the Greenleaf Spring Fling but can't show pictures at this stage - obviously! I am looking forward to getting back to my French shop as soon as I am done with the spring fling.