The Thursday Three- “un peu tôt”

???????????????????????????????There  is an interesting rapport réciproque” or mutually beneficial exchange of antique and vintage pieces between the UK and France that is enjoying another surge in popularity right now.

Nostalgic fabrics, textiles and homewares with a vintage French feel are everywhere in the UK and in France, one of my favourite affordable French shops has been making an English cottage style armchair in a range of linen covers for a couple of seasons.

I noticed last year that they are running British vintage style themed features in their catalogues and French buyers are looking for quintessential pieces to create that English country cottage or 19thc gentlemen’s club ambience.

A number of recent French interiors mags have featured these vintage English circular white cotton crochet cushions-above– which are still easily found in the UK and  look great in any period interior.

Genuine faded French vintage textiles like these square pillowcases –left- are much sought after by Brits.Unfortunately this is pushing prices up on both sides of the channel , so I am now widening my searches in France and the UK to include vintage clothing with great prints  that I can use for cushion covers and pillows, like this painterly linen-below.


I love the idea of  French chic finding it’s way to Britain and British vintage finding it’s way into stylish French homes .

So, those of you renovating and/or restoring rooms  on both sides of “La Manche” keep looking for those perfect home pieces that make the difference between so-so and sensational.

Vive l’entente cordiale!


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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2 Responses to The Thursday Three- “un peu tôt”

  1. Osyth says:

    In a previous life, in England, I used to have a little shop on Ebay which specialised in antique and vintage fabrics from either side of the water … my biggest sellers were always the wonderful French pieces I found and resold to the English though oddly I had a decent market in country house antique curtains to France. Whichever way you cut my life it is not complete without vintage fabric ….


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