More photos of the crumbling remains of the Rothschild family chateau in my neighborhood. Every single zinc window casement on that upper floor would sell for around 1,000 euros at a brocante or antique fair in France or England.
The once-grand chateau in ruins, apparently due to years of legal wrangling over the property.
Faced with the twin issues of a weakened economy and the need to protect our environment, green home decor has achieved new importance. And what's the ultimate in recycling furniture? Why antiques and vintage furniture, of course! Julie Isore at Agape Deco in Paris and Di Overton at Ghost Furniture in the UK artfully take past-its-prime furniture and revamp it to blend with any decor. Because most of this furniture is well-made and sturdy, with a little attention and care, it will continue to stand the test of time. Sometimes all old furniture needs is a bit of freshening with paint or layers of beeswax.
The 78th Foire Natonale aux Antiquites a la Brocante et aux Jambons
My favourite French brocante - affectionately known as "The Ham Fair" - begins earlier than usual this year. It starts Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. and continues daily until 7 p.m. through Sunday, March 15th. More than 800 dealers are participating. Stop by and visit my friend Blandine Bavoux's Jolietrouvaille stand at 10, rue de la Gaite.
Tickets are available at the gate. Take a taxi from Paris or the RER A1 train direction Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Croissy, then walk the short distance to Ile de la Chatou. But don't count on finding a taxi to take you back to Paris, unless you arrange your return in advance.
The Creative Entrepreneur giveaway
Leave a comment here about what you're doing to help make your home greener for a chance to win a copy of The Creative Entrepreneur. I'll draw the names from a hat on Monday, Feb. 23rd. Bonne chance!
Photo of my friend Gunnar's stand at a recent brocante at Bastille. I'll let you know if he'll be at Chatou.
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