Saturday, 21 January 2012

Provence en hiver

We visit Provence frequently in search of vintage French treasures to sell on our website and one of our favourite places is the Camargue. Beautiful at every time of year, it's especially stunning in Winter. Free from the Summer heat and mosquitoes you can truly appreciate the wildlife and the breathtaking scenery. The famous white horses and pink flamingoes are an amazing sight as you drive across this ruler flat landscape. We particularly recommend the drive from the beautiful town of Arles, following in Van Gogh's footsteps to the sea side resort of Saint Maries de la Mer, where he loved to paint. 

These pictures were taken with a vintage Pentax SP100 camera by Dazzle's resident photographer John. Shot on FP4 film and developed the old fashioned way, sometimes vintage really is best!

The light in Provence is perfect for black and white photography, throwing long shadows which bring out the texture and contrast of the subject.

Hard to conceive of when you visit Provence in the Summer, but it does actually snow here too!

We will be going on our next buying trip to France in February, so keep an eye on the website for some more gorgeous French armoires, antique mirrors, French beds and vintage chandeliers.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Dazzle Vintage Furniture - January News

Dazzle would like to wish a Happy New year to all past, present and future customers. We have big plans for 2012. We will be expanding our range on the website to include more affordable French accessories and lots of vintage French lighting, including chandeliers, wall scounces, candlesticks and candelabra. Coupled with our authentic French armoires, French beds and antique mirrors, Dazzle provides all the must have ingredients to create a fantastic French chic inspired home!

January is a great time for a revamp. What better way to beat the post Christmas blues and reinforce the feeling of new beginnings than to shake up the one place we spend the most of our leisure time - our home. Help to enforce those New Year resolutions by throwing out the old and bringing in the new. Our living space is often seen as a reflection of ourselves, not just of our tastes, but of our personalities and our outlook. Changing these essential spaces can have a surprising impact on positivity, energy and output. 

You don't have to spend a fortune on your revamp with new furniture, paint or wallpaper, often just adding a few well chosen accessories can totally change the look and feel of a room. A modern space can be transformed with a vintage chandelier, table lamp or mirror, adding a startling contrast and a sprinkle of romance. 

Design trends for 2012 emphasise comfort, elegance and affordable luxury, with bright colours contrasted with sumptuous fabrics and lots of light. Think velvet, silk and wool paired with crystals, silver tones and huge mirrors. 

Happy 2012!

Vintage French crystal 3 arm chandelier. 

Vintage French alabaster lamp. 

Detail from vintage French candelabra. 

Detail from vintage French candlestick. 

Detail from vintage French candelabra.