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Add some colour, create a bespoke bed..

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in En France | 0 comments

Just a reminder that we can paint our French iron beds to order. Create something bespoke to match your room which cannot be bought on the high street.

These are some of the colours of our most recent stock, but the painters have a wide range of options, so just email us if there’s something that you really want.

Paint a bed to order

4ft French Small Double Green Bed

Antique French Bed Blue Grey Double

 

Ral 7031 ‘ Blue Grey ‘

RAL 7031

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Beds for photographers, photo shoots & window dressing…..

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in En France | 0 comments

We have beds in various conditions, from our pristine refurbished beds to extreme shabby chic.

This bed comes high up on the ladder to extreme shabby chic, but we love it, and love its look… This really does take years to create and even comes with its own eco-system (moss!).

The bed came from a small village called Cartelegue and was in the house when the present occupier purchased it 12 years ago. He left the bed in the barn attached to the house until we purchased it last month.

Rusty Shabby Single Iron Bed Rusty Shabby Single Iron Bed

 

Cartelegue

The village where this bed was purchased.

 

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‘Whereabouts in France does the bed come from?’

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in En France | 0 comments

‘Whereabouts in France does the bed come from?’…..

Is one of our frequently asked questions.

So in response to your interest, we will be sharing with you some of the beautiful places we go to, stories we hear, and people that we meet.

The most memorable place on our travels in October was a beautiful building in the medieval town of Pons, just south of Saintes in the Poitou-Charante.

From Wikipeadia:

‘Pons is one of the main towns in the southern part of the Charente-Maritime.Halfway between Saintes and Jonzac , it is the largest economic center of the Land of Haute-Saintonge .

Perched on a rocky promontory which stands proudly its iconic tower, bathed in its lower part by the various arms of the Seugne , this medieval fortress and former Protestant has an important heritage together making it a leading tourist destination.’

The seller was renovating a ancient Cognac store in the old town, which sat on the bank of the river Seugne. Cognac barrels would have been brought up from the river at the bottom of the garden and left to rest in the cavernous rooms inside the building. These spaces are now being converted into a living rooms and an enviable spa area.

We purchased a few beds from the lovely owners, who delighted in showing us the work they were doing on such an amazing house.

Below is one of those beds which will be listed shortly. A large single shabby chic bed in claret, {and bottom} A 19th century glass shop sign featured in the photo.

Shabby Chic Single Iron Bed

 

French 19th Century Shop Sign

 

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Dating Our French Iron Beds

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in En France | 0 comments

During our stock buying trip to France this summer we came across this fantastic factory advertisement from 1905.

It is from a Parisian furniture shop, F J Genin, showing the various styles and sizes of metal beds they were selling in April 1905.

Many of the styles we buy and have in stock are illustrated on the page.

1905 Paris Manufacturers Advertisement



We are often asked for beds larger than 4 ft 6 (or 140 cm). We never see them; wider beds are a more modern trend.

We stock the size options shown in the advertisement – 90 cm (3 ft) ; 100 cm  (3 ft 3”) ; 115 cm (3 ft 9”) ; 125 cm (4 ft) ; 140 cm. (4 ft 6”).

Below is one of our beds in the style of the bed on the top left of the page [ no 504 ].

 Bespoke Bed Base For Iron Beds

 


For more iron beds click here

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Before and After – 1940s Repainted French Bed

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in En France | 0 comments

Its always a joy to see new life in one of our French beds. To see discarded and unfashionable items turn into something we would love to have in our home is such a bonus of our business.

The ‘shabby chic’ look is very much in fashion, but not for everyone and a cripser, renovated finish is chic and elegant.

Here are the before and after photos of a 1940s Louis XVI style bed we have listed this week. It has been sandblasted, powder coated in matt grey, and heat treated to leave a durable finish. The brass has been cleaned but left with an aged look and a base has been added, so all you need is your mattress.

The bed will take a small double, 4ft by 6 ft 3″ mattress so is ideal for a luxurious single bed, perfect for a small double for your spare room and great for any smaller bedrooms.

We hope you like the results…..we love them !

 BEFORE

Small Double Iron Bed 1930's Louis XVI Style

AFTER

 

Renovated French Bed Industrial Style – 1940s, 4 ft

Renovated French Bed Industrial Style – 1940s 4 ft Small Double

 

Here’s a link to the bed with more photos and details.

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Looking For Shop Display Ideas Or Film Props ?

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in En France | 0 comments

Much of our stock is perfect for shop display or television and film props.

We have just finished renovating some vintage French wooden boxes and wine crates as well as some British antique trunks and blanket boxes.

We particularly love the small trunk with a Blue Star Line label on the side…which is unusual to see and has obviously travelled with the company famous for its Titanic connections.

 

Vintage Crates and Trunks

 

Selection of the boxes we currently have in stock

Blue Star Line Trunk 3

 

Our vintage British trunk / box with Blue Star Line label on the side

Check out our decorative interiors section for items which might provide a centre piece for your window display.

Also in stock and never listed are old beds which may be structurally unsound, but perfect for shop display, and of course available as at fraction of their normal selling price….so do contact us if you are looking for shop display shabby chic items.

Click here Here are some great shop display ideas from Pininterest

Vintage Shop Display Props

 

 

 

 

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Spring Cleaning…….Vintage French Storage Crates & Boxes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in En France | 0 comments

Spring Cleaning…….

Its the time for spring cleaning and with many of our finds still waiting to be listed, we will be making an extra effort to have as many new stock items ready for sale over the next few weeks. These will be available on our website and through our eBay auctions.View our ebay auctions

This week check out our ‘Kitchenalia’ section under ‘Interiors’ where we will be listing these vintage French storage boxes. Origianally used for French wine, bottles, flour, glasses and Champagne they make a rustic addition to kitchen storage or shop display.

The most interesting for us, is a champagne crate made for Henri Abele champagne, who are still based in Reims, France. This box probably dates from the 1950s. The company was founded in the 18th century and their champagne was served at the last super on board the Titanic before it sank in 1912.

Vintage French Crates &  Boxes

 

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Antique French iron plaque…even the simplest of items have a history

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in En France | 0 comments

Even simple items have a story and its always great fun to see what we can find out about our stock.

We recently listed this antique French iron plaque which we found in a street market in South West France in the autumn.

Antique French Industrial Iron Plaque

We loved the print on the plaque as it made reference to the Loire Valley and thought it was an interesting and quirky object…we thought it could be used as a shabby chic desk paper weight or simply as a decorative plaque.

The man we purchase it from told us it had been part of wine production machinery, but after a little research online, it appears to have been part of a large antique machine used to  sort grain.

After some further research we found photos of the same type of machine which the plaque was removed from, which just brings the plaque to life and can be seen through the link below.

http://www.leboncoin.fr/materiel_agricole/486004927.htm

Finally, we found this great vintage French postcard showing the company where the machine was used  in the town of Chaudron in the Maine and Loire region of France. The name of the company was E Pouplard.

Agricultural Plant Chaudron

This plaque is currently priced at £19.99 and can be purchased here

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Christmas Time Is Here Again…..

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in En France | 0 comments

All too soon for present buyers, and certainly not soon enough for children, Christmas is almost here.

If you are buying a spare bed for guests, replacing old bed bases with a new one or just searching for something unique for a gift, we hope you might find what you are looking for on our website, and we will be doing our best to populate it with as much of our new stock as possible over the next few weeks.

We will be especially pleased to add some new religious items to our website this week which may help to decorate your home for Christs birthday.

Here are some examples.

Religious Statue From LourdesOur Lady of Lourdes, Saint Bernadette

Marble Water Font Crucifix

Marble & slate water font and crucifix

Cloth Crucifix

Cloth crucifix, either a church wall hanging or maybe a priests surplice.

Click here for details of all new stock items.

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Buying Antiques In France……

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in En France | 0 comments

As the time has just about come to put the log fire back on, it seems unbelievable that only a few weeks ago we were basking in 35 degree sunshine at the French Flea Markets in Southern France.

Antique French Flea Market Antique French Flea MarketFrench Flea Markets

The Flea Markets are lively hive of activity with private sellers stalls as well as local shops. Some markets are 2 day events and stall holders will stay all weekend. It’s a good way to sell and for local shops to promote their business. Around lunchtime, a beautiful aroma of home cooked meals are heated up and a whole family will emerge from behind a stall to sit down and eat together.  

We buy from a variety of sources in France. We have been buying for almost a decade now and have a network of associates who source and keep items for us, as well as having local friends who recommend places and people to visit.

The second hand stores or ‘Brocantes’ are a half-way house between Antique and Secondhand shop.

French BrocanteLocal French Brocante

We also view local fine antique shops, many of which sadly are closing in the current financial climate, but also, and more positively its exciting to find a new shop with new stock.

 French Antique Shop StockAntique Shop Stock

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