First Stop in Normandy

9.28.2013

Hi y'all! How are you? I am back and the jet lag has hit, but the trip was so worth any jet lag I have now. We saw the most beautiful countryside and French towns with the cobblestone streets and very old buildings. The purpose of this trip was to treasure hunt at the brocantes and antique shops. I had a list of a few main things I wanted to find and did find all but one of them and can't wait till they arrive here. I will be moving things around a bit when my stuff gets here like I normally do.
 I have missed visiting with y'all and am slowly getting back to it.

Normally on Saturdays I share instagram snaps from the past week. Well, since I was in France for eight days I thought I would start with one of the great places we stayed and these are iphone pics since my point and shoot that I took with me quit working after just a few snaps. I thought it was the batteries, but it was the card which only had 39 shots on it. Not sure why it quit working. Many of these were shared on instagram and thanks to y'all who followed along.

When we pulled up to the gate to the first place we stayed in Normandy and I saw this house my jaw literally dropped open. At first I thought we were staying in this house, but it is the family's home. It looks like something you see in a movie or magazine, but this is real life for this lucky young family.

They recently had these buildings renovated on their property and just opened for business a few months ago. We stayed in this one. It has a kitchen and dining room where we were served breakfast on the bottom floor and our rooms and another kitchen and living room were on the second and third floor.

This is the end of the building.

Here is a close up of the date of this building.

This is another beautiful guest house on the property. A couple of us were going to stay in this cottage, but then we ended up all staying in the same one. We got to tour this one and my oh my is the room gorgeous. Sorry, I didn't get any photos. I was going to take some later, but we didn't get to go back in.

This is at the opposite end looking back at the family's home and another guest house.

This is the view we had, two mornings while staying here, while walking up the driveway to get in the van. I wish I could have seen the inside of their home. I bet it is extraordinary since the decor in the guest houses are.

This was Shirley's and my room. This whole place was exquisitely decorated. I asked the owner if she decorated it and she said yes, with the help of an architect from Paris.

Every attention to detail was over the top. Loved the houndstooth bedding and the drapes were out of the same fabric, but I don't have a photo.

Loved their logo monogrammed on the linens.

The window over the beds goes to the bathroom. There was no large mirror over the sinks just the large window. We would pull the shades down for privacy and close the shutters on the windows and the room was nice and dark. We had two small magnifying mirrors in the bathroom to use next to the sinks. I think I would hang an oval mirror over the center window so there was a larger mirror to use in the bathroom, but we really enjoyed this place. I mean who wouldn't?

 While this place was filled with new decor it was still very comfortable.
It was rough staying in such a nice place, but somebody had to do it. wink

If any of you are interested in a trip like this you can find out more info from our wonderful French hosts at Sunday Brocantes blog by Cat and from our US host Kim @ A Beautiful Home blog. Also Cat has shared a post with some great pictures that I didn't get.

Now, back to finishing the laundry and I must get some groceries.

Much more to come and enjoy your Saturday!

45 comments:

  1. Looks so beautiful! I can't wait to see what you bought!

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  2. Gorgeous! I can tell you hd a rough time of it....ha,ha!

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  3. Looks like we are all getting back into the swing of things. I miss France already!!! lol

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  4. I am so excited you are back. I am looking forward to all of your posts. This looks like a wonderful place to stay!
    p.s. my master bath is done and I did a reveal....take a peek when you have a chance.

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  5. Hi Kim!
    How exciting for you. I can't wait to read your future posts and find out what treasures you found.
    Thanks for stopping in and visiting my blog!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Fondly-Lisa

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  6. How lovely Kim, and welcome home!!!

    xo Kat

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  7. Welcome home Kim! Oh my goodness, just breathtaking. What at trip. Can't wait to see and hear more about it.

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  8. Gorgeous exteriors and grounds and you captured them in that perfect glow of twilight!

    Welcome back, Kim! Can't wait to see the next collection of your photos from la France!

    Poppy

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  9. So happy your home and posting these photos. Love this place. I am thinking the herringbone and houndstooth would look great in our master bedroom...hmmm.

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  10. How exciting, and what a beautiful place. I have not been to that part of France. It's another world, isn't it? Can't wait to see what you got, and I know how good the food was:-)

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  11. Your photos look amazing! I never would have guessed they were from your phone! What an incredible place to stay! The linens are so gorgeous!

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  12. So glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip so much. Sounds like you'd love to go back! Maybe you can plan another trip some day. I bet you're counting down the days until your purchases arrive. I know I would be! I had to laugh when I read that your wrote, even though everything was new, it was comfortable. Did you mean old???? LOL!

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  13. Welcome home Kim! Your photos are beautiful!

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  14. What beautiful grounds and lush lawns!!! The estate is gorgeous, how lucky to stay in such a place!!! Amazing trip, can't wait to see all your treasures!!!

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  15. What a dream come true to be shopping in France with like minded friends and to sleep each night in a historical building.

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  16. Don't you love that everything is SO well-tended and perfect. Just beautiful!!

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  17. Gorgeous photos Kim!!! What a fabulous place to stay. Glad you're back safe.

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  18. Very very stylish and restful bedroom. Beautiful pictures.

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  19. My goodness, that looks like quite the place! Can't wait to see more photos :)

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  20. Kim,
    Oh what beautiful pictures. What a beautiful place to stay. I cannot wait to see what treasures you got over there. So glad you got home safely and had a great time.
    Kris

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  21. Can't wait to hear all about your trip! I know that you had great time!!

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  22. Welcome home, Kim. I can't wait to read more about this. Those guest houses were amazing. What a beautiful room.

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  23. I am so glad you so enjoyed your trip. AND that you found the table and other items. Can't wait to see then in place. The room looks so nice!

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  24. Kim, glad you had a fabulous trip. I knew you would! Kim H sent a note today. Said you found your table. Yipee! I can't wait to see photos.
    This guest house looks lovely. What an amazing estate. Thanks for sharing the photos. I'm off to see the ones posted on Cat's blog.
    Welcome Home ~ Sarah

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  25. La Belle France! No other way to describe her. French country style is a way of living, not just decorating, and your lovely auberge illustrates what words cannot describe.

    Your trip must have been a trip of a lifetime...to buy treasures at French flea markets AND to stay in beautiful one-of-a-kind homes are the epitome of luxurious living life to the fullest.

    Looking forward to seeing more about your amazing voyage...

    Judith

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  26. How gorgeous! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful experience. Looking forward to see all those treasures you got.

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  27. glad you had such a great trip and made it home safe and sound!!

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  28. What a gorgeous place to stay. I am so glad you had a good time and found everything (save one thing) that you wanted. Can't wait to see more! xo Diana

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  29. Welcome home...and I'm glad you and your companions had safe travels. Now bring on the pictures...can't wait to see more.

    Rita

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  30. I will be reading all your posts on your trip to France! I was following closely on instagram too Kim, its just great to see even the simple shots. thanks

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  31. Hi-new follower here-I was lucky enough to visit France as a teen, but I would love to back as an adult! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Sounds like a fun time in a beautiful place. Enjoy yourself !!

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  33. Such picturesque place!!! I agree with the room, simply beautiful and that monogrammed logo tops it all! Thanks for sharing Kim, can't wait to see the rest of your adventure!

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  34. Wonderful pictures Kim! Thank you so much for sharing. I grew up in Germany and my parents would take me all over to see different places. I loved it!

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  35. This is a lovely place! What a wonderful trip! This room is stunning; I love the houndstooth bedding!

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  36. Welcome home Kim! I so enjoyed your instagram shots of your trip, and was drooling the whole time! Paris has been my favorite city so far in my life. I'm about to go to Italy for 2 weeks, so I will have to see if it compares! I love your brocante trip and cant wait to see what you bought.Good tip about the camera card. I have a 1G card, might have to get a bigger one. Any other tips for me? Thanks!
    xo Nancy

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  37. They do it right in France don't they? The place you stayed in looks amazingly beautiful and the inside such a stunner! You are one lucky gal!

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  38. Wow.....absolutely gorgeous! I bet you were pinching yourself when you were there.What a lovely place and decorated beautifully! I so enjoyed your photos on instagram!
    xx
    Anne

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  39. So pretty! I would have been content vacationing on those gorgeous grounds, but I'm sure you had lots to see and do as well.

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  40. Loved seeing your pictures Kim....looks like you guy's had a great time!

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  41. We did stay in the grandest of places thanks to Cat and Kim....it is so hard to actually capture the beauty of this "Manior" in pictures...the entire estate was breathtaking both inside and out...so hard to leave that place!..

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  42. How terrific! Looks like my kind of trip! Anyone planning a return visit?!
    Glad you had a wonderful time!
    Barbara

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  43. That is one gorgeous guest room...thanks for sharing, Kim!

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  44. I'm so envious of your trip, Kim! I have dreamed of going to France for forever. Someday... Until then, I am thoroughly enjoying your pictures. The place you stayed in is gorgeous!! So happy you're sharing your experience with us. :)

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