la Brocanteuse

Jan 26, 2011

L' Orangerie

We call it  the Orangerie,
 but mostly people refer to  it as  the Conservatory
it does not matter..
it is where inside meets outside

I had so much fun today..
Well known and hugely  talented
 photographer and stylist
~Henrique Wilding~ 
was here  in my abode
to  take some pictures for
 a South African magazine 
April 2011 issue of "Garden&Home"

The focus of the article is on "re- invent" 
and how to use something in a "new" way..
Over sized chairs upholstered with  vintage German grain bags were used, cushions made from original  French la Poste mailbags, 
and original French documents (circ 1800)
displayed  in antique hand blown French domes.

I enjoy to share what I love  -
 all the above and also old French monogrammed linen
 and bibelots.
Most is found in Europe and I visit small villages in  the French country side, to find and bring back to fill my 
Brocante Armoirs..

After the very talented people  left
 I picked up my little digital Canon 
and took some pic's of my own.
just random images of what I like today..
for tomorrow the vignettes may change again.




accents of black and white to echo the floor

 Thank you to my friend Jurita
 who sent these Aloes from their farm.
 I could bring the outside in.
 There were enough to fill some baskets in a passage as well.

Aloes can actually survive  without water displayed in a basket like this for about two months! After that they can still be transplanted and will grow with little water needed. the drier  the soil, the  better.


This genus is native to AFRICA and is common in South Africa's Cape Province,  the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighboring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula and the islands of Africa.

Aloe has been well known for centuries for its healing properties.  Both oral intake and topical dressings have been documented to facilitate healing of any kind of skin wound, burn, or scald .  Situations to try it on include blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athlete's foot, fungus,  conjunctivitis,  allergic reactions, and dry skin. The raw plant is best, but commercial preparations can also be used.

Once a year each plant  display a  single orange flower

We are going through a heat wave at the moment.
A lot of time is spent in the Orangerie
which opens to the pool  directly outside.

When all the doors open up, it is  an extension of the veranda where we enjoy most meals in summertime

 it becomes a drop off zone for pool towels, books,balls 
and even the dogs prefer to lie here and nap
 on the cool  white marble and  black slate floor. 

I have a weakness for these old oversize chairs..

"as is" is perfect for me

a fun hairdo..
some dried dodder ~ a plant that grows in the river

 even if I  plant only one tree..
it will always be a olive tree...
and then a fig...
a lemon tree
and another olive tree




Looking forward to see the photographs that was taken, and will share once it has been published.
Henrique also took some pictures of  favorite armoirs and bits here and there-
 she promised to let me have it to share on my blog..
thank you Henrique!


I simply know this succulent as "bergrosies"
translated directly ~" mountain roses"
like the aloe, just picked and left in the  flat sink bowl 


Gail said...

So gorgeous, thanks for sharing the beauty!!!!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Wow, you must have had fun today, your house looks so beautiful I'm sure they didn't know where to stop!
Intriguing plant that aloes.

Divine Theatre said...

Dear Colette,
I was, um, wondering if we could trade houses. That'd be great! Or, if you like, you can simply decorate my house and I will come back when you have finished. In the meantime I will be in your conservatory.

p.s. Where can we buy a copy of that magazine?

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Congrats on the magazine article. Your home is absolutely gorgeous!!

henriquewilding said...

Dear Colette, It was my privilege. I enjoyed every minute. Thanks for being an inspiration to all, and living your dream. You have true grace and style, which translates so beautifully in your home. I could spend hours admiring all your treasures. Seems there is something with a history, and memory in every inch. Look forward to many more visits! Pictures are on there way.XX

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous room! I would love if you would show your whole home- I just know it is is to die for!

Acquired Objects said...

I like that you call it the orangerie and you have a gorgeous home! I didn’t know aloes flowered mine never have maybe because I water them, time to stop.

lvroftiques said...

Oh Colette your orangerie is beautiful! So many beautiful elements. I'm feeling very inspired! The aloe in the baskets is calling to me!
Congratulations on the magazine article. I hope you'll keep us posted on when it will come out? Vanna

Sharon @ Roses and Rust said...

What a truly magical room! I can't wait to see the Garden and Home article. I hope you will show us more of your home over time. I'm sure every room is as beautiful as this one.
x Sharon
PS I haven't forgotten the Iced Tea recipe - I will send it later today.

LaPouyette said...

Brilliant post Colette! Beautiful pictures, love the "Hairstyle" of the 'Lady'!
I do like aloes and tried different varieties for several years - here and there - to have them at our place, but never any success, unfortunately! Given up for now...

La Brocanteuse said...

Thank you to each and every much appreciated comment. The pleasure is mine to share..xo Col

Burlap Luxe said...

Congrats Colette!!
How exciting for you and well deserved.
Your home deserves to be feature in the U.S magazines as well.

Thank you for your beautiful visit to my place, leaving a comment was the best.

Beautiful inspiration

Dianne said...

What an honour Colette!! I'm so very pleased for you.You have the most amazing collection of beautiful furniture and objects. I was so inspired to see those suculents just sitting in a flat bowl that I have gone straight out and created a similar effect in a low terracotta dish with small pebbles in the bottom.
beautiful post

Mna thompson said...

Congratulations! You have a gorgeous home. Love everything. Have a great weekend. Mona

Schwanennest said...

WHOW !!!! Dear Colette, your home is really the most wonderful home I have ever seen - it´s just magical !!!!! I am sure it will appear in many, many more magazins !
Love, Jesica

And all the best for your beautiful, little girl at school ! Isn´t it painful to see, that we can´t prevent our Babies from growing up to little ladies ???? :-)

la fourchette said...

Love, love, love this! I can see why they wanted to do a magazine article - simply (and I mean that) fact, I'm having my bags packed as I type. You'll like me, really you will. I'm *very* easy to get along with, I'll put everything back where I find it when I leave a room and...I cook! Oh yes...and I have a small dog...but he's smart and funny - you'll like him, too.

Just teasing, of course...(unless you say the word and then...I'll be on the next flight!) Felicitations on the article! You have a new follower in Aix en Provence.

Melissah said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

Karena said...

Colette, I am your newest follower and absolutely love your site. Congratulations your home is stunning!

Do come and join my amazing giveaway from Splenderosa!

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Splenderosa said...

No, Colette, I am your newest follower ! As you said on my blog "I am so happy to have found you." Kindred spirits here. Beautiful post, & I love the cloches with vines, so creative. I am the jewelry designer with the giveaway at Art by Karena, who commented just above me. This is just SO much fun, isn't it?

manon 21 said...

tout est magnifique!!
tu as des fleurs comme sur le stand de Paris sur mon blog.



Richard Cottrell said...

Love the domes. I have a collection. You might like my blog, please stop by and take a peak. Thanks, Richard at

renilde said...

Dear Colette, beautiful photos of wonderful treasures, I love the black and white theme (that treasure box looks splendid)and the aloes fit so perfectly, enjoy, love x Renilde

desde my ventana said...

Ohhh Colette, your Orangerie is an amazing place.I'm sure you spend so many time there ...
Hugs from a cold winter in Spain

Tricia said...

Congrats on your upcoming feature Colette- so exciting and well deserved. I may have to make the journey to visit you some day and see your amazing home for myself. ;)
Your 'orangerie' is the perfect inspiration for my sunroom that's awaiting furniture and new life. Your settee would be perfect in my space.
Ah,,,thanks for sharing.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Outstanding! Is that a Pierre Frey black and white toile on the chair? I think I have a brown and cream version. I love the china it is next to...and soooo many other things.
Mary Ann

designchic said...

Oh Colette, it looks gorgeous...know you must be thrilled!!

Shel said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I look forward to see your graceful home in the Garden and Home.

Unknown said...

hello Colette Wonderful I liked every single one off to dream fay xx

European Chic said...

Greetings from Paris!

toves sammensurium said...

What you are showing here,is perfect for my little outdoor space as well.Just what I am looking for,as we are planning to finnish our outdoor loggia with a fireplace etc under our veranda here.Too bad you can´t get too much stuff like this in Norway...but I´ll make it somehow:))
Thanks for the inspiration,this was a wonderful post and I am your new follower for sure:))))

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Congratulations on the magazine article. It is very well deserved. Your home is always beautiful and inspiring. L'Orangerie is wonderful. Your posts are always exquisite. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Mélanie A. said...

Congrats on the magazine article . I love the ambiance , your place is gorgeous ,and you can smell the joie de vivre inside.

noreen said...

Lovely lovely pictures. The first one reminded me of my grandma's old eiderdown. They lived in a town in the Little Karoo. When we were young and visited them during the school holidays, their housekeeper would serve us black coffee and hertzoggies whilst we all got under their eiderdown until it was time to get up for breakfast.

Jacqui said...

A beautiful South African Blog! How blessed am I to have found it! Gorgeous pics. I am a South African living in England - wish I could obtain that magazine,

Jurita said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely pictures with us! This is absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD! I just love what you did with the old French mailbags x

Unknown said...

Hello Colette,
you are going on my links too!!!
Domes, birds, and quirky things...
love your style
(powder blue)

S xx said...

Absolutely stunning!
Thanks for sharing.

sacha xx