Perfume and antiques...

There are many things I like and a lot of them can be summed up into two categories: it looks great or it smells great. When I look for things to add to my home, I quite often don't actually go looking for them but stumble upon them and more often than not this will happen at some antiques market, vintage shop or brocante. There is something great about spending time in such a place, looking through all the treasures and suddenly spot the one thing you're convinced you've been searching for all your life...

When we visited Grasse in Provence, I came across this fab brocante which is located on the Place aux Aires. It had the most wonderful collection of quirky items, fantastic furniture pieces and of course antique perfume bottles. Unfortunately I hadn't travelled in a big van, so I was rather limited in what I could take home, but Monsieur decided that I could choose one of the beautiful and now rare blue bottles as a gift and souvenir (see it here) which is now sitting very nicely on my bedside table.

The second category is of course related to everything perfume-y. Grasse has a history of perfume making and a visit to the Fragonard Factory and museum was an absolute must. Whilst photography isn't allowed in the museum, the factory part proved quite photogenic in itself. The huge copper kettles looked imposing and the clean white walls were the perfect backdrop - though I'm not sure that aesthetics was what they had in mind when it was set up. Anyway, their "scent of the year" for 2013 is Lily of the Valley as the "flower of good fortune" which I love! The delicate scent of one of their candles now fills parts of my home and is a beautiful reminder of our visit...