Brocantes-Part 3 of the Loire Valley Chronicles-an invitation

Brocantes-Part 3 of the Loire Valley Chronicles-an invitation

So…you saw the fabulous Moulin Bregeon, and the rooms in the homes in Linières-Bouton…all those fabulous pieces of furniture and pieces of art, china and accessories…all of them…came from the local Brocantes in the Loire Valley.

There are architectural artifacts such as beautiful tile, windows, doors, stone, & beams

I want to know from all of you…yes, you designers, architects, home retailers and people restoring or renovating your own home…are you interested in coming to the Loire and joining a group to tour around the country side, check out the brocantes to buy what strikes your fancy, and put in a group container to ship back home?   

Yes, we would stay at the divine Moulin Bregeon and a nearby chateau (if we get enough people). Yes, Jonathan Robinson would share his artistic eye, and his insiders knowledge of where to go and what to look for. Yes, we would be looking at architectural artifacts as well as furniture that is both in great shape, or that would need a bit of TLC to bring it back to life. Yes, we would get to visit some of the areas fabulous grand homes and chateaux.

All kinds of furniture and accessories

The two dates we are looking at are-April 22-27-sandwiched between the International Furniture Show in Milan (SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE -April 17-22, 2012) and the Furniture and Interior Decoration Show in Paris (AMEUBLEMENT ET DECORATION-April 27-May 8, 2012)…and/or…in September around the once a year Durtal Brocante (an fabulous annual antique fair I attended this year).

Right now we are looking for a head count of who might be interested in joining us to put together a package especially for you! It would truly be a once in a lifetime tour/buying vacation; a magical escape to another time and place; plus the opportunity to find many one of a kind, old world crafted items that would make your home or project truly unique.

and all kinds of art, linens, accessories and chairs of all sorts!

What do you say? Are you interested? If you are, please leave a comment below and we will add you to our growing list and keep you in the loop as we work out all the details. Come on, raise your hands and get counted!

Check out the video slideshow below to catch a glimpse at some of the fabulous finds I saw when visiting there this past month. Don’t you want to go?




  1. Andrew Horn 11 years ago

    Absolutely interested in the April trip! That week is my birthday!

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      so glad to hear Andrew. Let’s see what we can do to make it play out just right. It would be fun to celebrate with you

  2. Brandon Smith 11 years ago

    I planned on being in Milan for Eurocucina anyway… Could skip Maison in January and tack on a few days for the Loire Valley 😀

  3. Barbara 11 years ago

    Oh to be able to come and find treasures to bring home but unfortunately my home is a tad far from where your container will arrive. I am sure it will be a lovely trip.

  4. Irene, please keep me on the list if you end up in September. April break is already booked!

  5. Those tiles really are beautiful! I wish I had something like that in my home… We’ve been thinking of re-doing the bathroom, maybe I could do something in there?


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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      the tiles are truly fabulous and very old. I want to do something in my bathrooms with them! They are fab

  6. Jennifer Duchene 11 years ago

    How wonderful this looks. Keep me posted and if possible I would love to join you.

  7. ABC Dragoo 11 years ago

    Wow! Looks incredible. I love it sandwiched between Italy & more France…

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      come and join us Amy. Would love to see you there! I think you’d love it

  8. Isabel Dellinger 11 years ago

    definitely interested…September works better for us

  9. Beryn Hammil 11 years ago

    I could easily fill a container with the beautiful antiques I love from France. But then what would I do with all of those lovely pieces? Hmmm….

    Thanks for inspiring our imaginations yet again!

  10. What a beautiful art collection! And I love those chairs… My best friend loves antique stuff like this, and I know those would be RIGHT up her alley.


  11. Patrice 11 years ago

    Hi friend, Well put together blog. I will post a link on my tumblr page.

  12. Douglas 11 years ago

    It’s an amazing place, n’est-ce pas?

    I personally moved all of those granite blocks to the side of the grange using one of Jonathan’s antique wheelbarrows.

    Mon dieu! C’etait dur.

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      Oh, I’m sure it was a heavy project, but what a divine place to work!


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