On a recent book store prowl, I spotted French Flair : Modern Vintage Interiors. Published by Flammarion and written and photographed by Sébastien Siraudeau, this 5 pound book has over 700 pages of design inspiration. Siraudeau photographed more than 100 locations in France to capture the look of brocante shops, guest houses, and those who love to decorate with vintage finds mixed with modern pieces. This book would be chez soi in the home of any francophile. The photos are exquisite, bathed in beautiful light. I love the photo, above, of the weathered building in Brittany engulfed in hydrangeas. If you are inspired to try the French vintage look in your own home, the back of the book has addresses so you can find each of these locations for yourself.
Une brocante (oon brokant) is half-way between un magasin d’antiquités and un bazaar, or junk shop. The famous flea markets, or marchés aux puces of Paris, like the ones at the Porte de Clignancourt or Vanves, are full of brocante stalls. They’re a great location to find a piece of France to bring home with you in a way that feels more authentic than anything you could find all shiny and new in a store. When you get your vintage treasures home, flip through Siradeau’s book for ideas how to set them off to best effect.