Where It All Began {French Antique Shops}

Some of you may have heard about my shipping dilemma from California to North Carolina.

How I got my French Market Basket home from across the country.

Well today, I want to show you Where it all Began {French Antique Shops}.

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French Antiques Warehouse

When I travel with my hubby, and the Boys of Summer to tournaments,

I try to research the antique shops in the area.

I grabbed a Knoxville travel information guide at the Tennessee Welcome Center.

Under the places to shop I noticed an ad for a shop that specialized

in French antiques. We had some time before a game and my hubby kindly

took me  to this French Antiques Warehouse, called Willow Creek.

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A Beautiful French Meal and Dining Room

I cannot believe that it has been almost 3 years since I went to France with

fellow bloggers and friends. It was a trip of a lifetime for me that I will never forget.

One of the most unforgettable moments and places of this trip was being invited to

our gracious hosts and tour guides most gorgeous French farmhouse/manor, named Rabbit Hill.

Our hostess was Cat of Sunday Brocantes. She doesn’t blog anymore, but you can find

some of the most gorgeous photos on her Instagram (cat_in_france) and

www.sundaybrocantes.com for her foodie workshops. Cat is an phenomenal cook.

We were invited for lunch and must say it was one of the best meals I have ever had!!

Rabbit Hill/Normadie, France Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

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French Treasures Sneak Peek

Happy New Year everyone!!

First of all I want to thank all of my readers for your tremendous support.

I so appreciate you coming over for a visit and leaving such kind thoughts and compliments.

I treasure each one of you and your “friendship” ~ ~

~ ~ I am so blessed to have come to know so many wonderful people through blogging

~ ~ ~ ~ and gaining very special friends.

So here’s to a most happy, healthy and successful 2014!!

It has been such a busy time in this household lately . .

~ ~ the busy time of the holidays. .

~ ~ ~ ~ and being Atlanta bound the day after Christmas to retrieve my French treasures. .

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ that were waiting for me at Kim’s house!

Here are some sneak peeks!

Many of the “smalls” are up in the bonus room, waiting to be placed ~

~ ~ in areas after the Christmas decorations get put away!

Love the pretty inlaid design!

My “pride and joy” buffet 🙂

When I saw this cutie, it had to come home with me ~ ~

~ ~ it is now in a room that is getting a small makeover ~ stay tuned!

An Amazing Authentic French Farmhouse Kitchen…My Trip to France Part 2

Did I mention that one of the highlights of my trip was visiting the home of our gracious hosts…

…..and tour guides extraordinaires, Cat and Alain. See Cat’s beautiful blog Sunday Brocantes.

The day was picture perfect….not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky.


Welcome to Rabbit Hill…and the lady of the house…

…..our gracious hostess Cat…in her extraordinary gorgeous kitchen…


Notice the wonderful beams in the ceiling….these spectacular beams are throughout the house.

Can you spy some great bread boards to the right of the stove?…sigh…



As you enter the kitchen you immediately see this wonderful farm table that Cat uses for her food prep.

Her hubby Alain retro fitted the table with a sink.

Look how wonderful the table looks with the fresh vegetables and bread….

…..the bread was just picked up from the local bakery….Oh how I miss the bread in France!!


A beautiful antique chandelier hangs above the table.


Can you just imagine preparing your meal in front of this spectacular view?


To the left of the farm table is an area where Cat stores and displays her beautiful kitchenware.

I know your hearts are just skipping a beat!!!


As you enter the kitchen…to the right you will see a great chalkboard…

…..a show stopping cabinet atop a buffet and one of the corner cabinets that flank the door of the kitchen.

Also notice the great artwork done by her children on top the the chalkboard…so very cute!!


On this buffet was our delectable tarts made by Cat…Apple/Cherry and Pear..they were incredible!


Cat’s incredible French antiques are everywhere… she displays them all in the most beautiful ways.


At the other end of the kitchen…you enter through a doorway into another part of the kitchen….

This room is where they have their their everyday meals…their “breakfast room”

The refrigerator is at the other end of the room.


Did your heart skip another beat???…Now, as you can see…

…..even though most of Cat and Alain’s furnishings are centuries old…these furnishing are well used…

………..every day…as you can see the table is also used for rolling little cars!


The table “pre car” play….:)


Now who would not want to lie on that gorgeous tile floor in the kitchen…guarding the door!

Rabbit Hill Kitchen

And this is where I leave you…as Cat is making final preparations for our amazing lunch…

…..stay tuned for that!!!


It was a most memorable day at Rabbit Hill!!!

Is your heart still skipping a beat???!!!

And thanks to my friend Merry for the photos of 1, 8, 11, 13 and 15..

We all were constantly snapping away taking photos of this magnificent home!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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