Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bienvenue! Step into My French Studio...

Bienvenue tout le monde! Etsy Ireland kindly asked me to guest post today and to introduce my little French atelier,so I thought I would share it with you lovelies also. Welcome to my studio sweet studio! Two weeks after moving into our loft apartment and my little studio is finally up and running. I have been living in the South of France for a year now, in a surfers heaven on the west coast between Bordeaux and San Sebastian. I work as a girl's surfwear graphic designer for Rip Curl here in Hossegor, so leisurely weekends in my studio are greatly anticipated during the busy 9-5 week. Oh how rude of me to keep you talking at the door, won't you please come inside...

Et voila! Meet my new studio! I am head over heels in love with my new desk, the built in lightbox is the best invention IKEA have ever concocted. The lamp is also from IKEA. The chair is from a local vintage market, the inspiration board is down to two hours work of framing foam board with a foam board frame covered in vintage floral fabric. Tuilips are from The Boyfriend :)
I probably spend more time on my inspiration boards than I do on my paintings! I squirrel inspiration from everywhere, romantic photography, whispers of antique lace, vintage trims, illustrations, pictures from my blog all goes up there :)

Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue... well these definitely tick the blue box! It was love at first sight! Although they were a dreary mahogany brown in the market I knew they had oh so much potential, two coats of satin finish powder blue later and nobody need ever know their dirty little secret! These drawers are the sanity behind my studio, all beads, threads, needles, scissors, and general miscellaneous "ugly things" go in there. 

When I get tired of gazing at my inspiration board I can swivel around to fling open the balcony doors and let the beach in. I grow lavender and beach daisies here and in summer the smell is amazing. The Boyfriend grows cooking herbs and salads in driftwood boxes on "his side, so depending on where I sit, I'm either daydreaming of fleeting romantic moments...or just plain hungry!

Thank you for visiting everybody, if you would like to see more of my surroundings and design inspiration in France please do pop by regularly as there will be plenty more where this comes from. To see my work you can visit my website or my Etsy shop. Have a nice day :)


  1. WoW!!! So envious of your gorgeous place to live:)

  2. o hi, I wondered where you lived! I live on the med side of the Pyrenees, but I spent the summer along the coast at Hossegor, Biarritz, St Girons etc.....
    You are one lucky lady to live so near to the beach, *sigh*

  3. I didn't think I might be jelous of somebody's living place as I live on farm at the border between Kildare and Wicklow, but you place is amazing and so inspirational!

  4. what an awesome studio! i love your inspiration boards...C.O.O.L

  5. That door, the lightbox, those blue drawers, the view...I must confess I'm more than a tad jealous!

  6. oh i love your blog ... so glad i stumbled upon it.

    cheers and many blessings.

  7. Wow!! love your studio tour, i particularly love your front door its magical and the beach view is perfect im very jealous my sea of concrete isn't a pretty sight.. I can see how you could lose many an hour in your studio



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