la Brocanteuse

Mar 18, 2013

French linen

My interview with SA magazine  
 about collecting French linen has been published 
and currently available on shelves nationwide.
(April 2013 edition)
For  readers that are  logging onto my blog  via the article, thank you, welcome and if you would like your name added to be informed about upcoming events, feel free to contact me via

Sharing some previous published images  on this blog of my French linen and finds...

Soon it will look like this again, with all the sorting and preparing for the next upcoming event at 

26-28 April 2013 
Paarl Franschoek rd(R45) 
9.30 - 4pm

The image below was taken the day of the magazine interview, with some of the linens we were getting ready for a event in December 2012.

Image by Henrique Alexa Wilding photography

 vintage lace on old bobbins

old French documents for framing

original old French La Poste 
(postal bags) re purposed as cushions 

found at Brocantes  and in attics 
in the French Country side

allowing me to stock my own 
pop-up Brocante
at events

with original old hand monogrammed linens:
 drap (sheets), serviettes,nappe(table cloths)
chemises, torchons (dish cloths) and chanvre table runners( farmers linen)

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NanaDiana said...

Congratulations on the publication. Your blog is so very beautiful and I am glad you are getting some recognition- xo Diana

Jacqui said...

Congratulations!! Beautiful posts always. I love reading your blog!!

Pura Vida said...

What pretty old things, I loved looking

The Blue Farmhouse said...

For a moment I thought I was taken away to "linen heaven"...beautiful Colette and congratulations to you!


Anonymous said...

J'Adore reading your blog, you have always magnific images. I'd like to live near you.
Bisous, Babi

noreen said...

congratulations on the recognition in SA Garden. I will later today pick up a copy at the bookshop.

How does one clean delicate vintage baby clothing?

Super super blog!

Cathy said...

Hi Col! Time has flown by since I last saw you. Will be rushing out tomorrow to buy the G&H. Hope to catch up soon. Cath xx

Sopa Azul said...

It's a real dream!!! Thanks for showing us these beautiful images. :D

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helle said...

I cannot find my jaw, dropped it after the first one or two images!!! Sooo beautiful:)


Burlap Luxe said...

Congratulations Colette,

The magazine feature I am sure is grand, I would love to have a copy, in fact I find so much more interest in the European magazines and all their wonderful brocante.
I am in awwwwwww! Over the stacks and stacks of linens you have and the beauty you create from them.

Love the pillow cushions and the fine black welting around them. If I were your neighbor I would be buying one of each from you and sharing my time with you sorting while talking you out of pieces :)

Looking forward to seeing and hearing about your next holiday.


Sharon Lee Johnson said...

I was so excited to see your gorgeous face beaming out at me when I opened the latest G&H! You can tell you are in heaven when surrounded by all you lovely linen! X x Sharon

noreen said...

That was such a lovely article with the beautiful images in SA Garden.

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Col for taking the time to visit. It's just so me over here and so hard to visit you and not leave with feeling that I wish I were your neighbor, one who could visit in person.
As for your creative beauty I adore your spirit in all you inspire.

Keep inspiring all the beauty of your European finds, they inspire the best of all things French brocante the French have a saing for what brocante means to them " not quite valued, but not quite worthless"

You have the best of what is valued.
A beautiful inspiring life to you.


Curtains in My Tree said...

I will be looking for the magazine this weekend for sure

Oh I want to touch everything you posted about

Divine Theatre said...

Congratulations, my friend! I wish we were neighbors! I could help you sort!



Julie said...

Hi Colette.
what a Great news!!
Heavenly photos.

Julie x

Unknown said...

Look at all these great linens. There are so many ideas in my head for these! Great blog!

-Brittany Ruth