For me, a very slow love. Not ever been a fan of wobbly legs but solid pieces of old furniture I can do, especially with a lick of paint! I remember Sheryl being quite perplexed, when I asked her to help move all the furniture left by the previous owners of our French wreck. Personally I wasn’t interested in any of it.
There was obviously a lot of tat, the good stuff had been removed sneakily just before we got the keys. It was also quite a chore moving a lot of personal documents, books, 4000 empty wine bottles, pretty much everything left by a family, long gone. The old doctors hat was still on the rack, his pipe by his chair. Funeral picture in the hall and reflected in the mirror in the salon. I found it all a bit morose. A little sad. I wanted to clear the decks of the feeling of death as soon as possible.
The newly deceased doctors wife had been dead some years but in the barn, her painting studio, it really looked like she’d just stepped out of the door.
My whole plan is to modernize the wreck to with an inch of its life. I’m not really interested in preserving a building in need of so much work. However, I will happily browse the Brocantes for lovely big solid pieces to bring alive yet again.
Brocante is a sustainable way to introduce furniture into your home and often better made. I’m looking forward to discovering all France has to offer, as I mix old with new.