Wednesday, November 17, 2010

French Essence is a joy!

I finally received my copy of Vicki Archer's new book, French Essence. If you haven't ordered it yet, do it now. You will be in for a stunning collection of visual treats that will make you want to schedule your next vacation in Provence. 

Vicki weaves a warm story throughout, giving us little glimpses into the more laid back style of life with the locals. An Australian, Vicki and her family purchased their home, Mas de Berard, in 1999, where they spend a portion of the year; they spend the rest of the year in London. Vicki focuses on ambience: in her own home and in occasional forays into Saint-Remy-de-Provence and Avignon.

Carla Coulson's photos are both stunning and captivating. The book's large size qualifies it to become a coffee table book, but one that will certainly be earmarked with use.

One of Vicki's "exterior" rooms:

 A little vignette:

Lovely objets combine with everyday items:

Le Chocolaterie de Puyricard's chocolates:

Christmas is a special celebration in the Archer home.

Gathered here are mercury glass ornaments: 

A commode top in Mas de Berard's dining room:

Scenes from romantic Avignon begin with the
paint boxes in Cezanne's atelier, located nearby:

Shutters on a home in Avignon:

 Vicki describes herself as an "interiors junkie". I am sure many of us can relate!

"As a nation France has chemistry, as individuals the French have spark."

French Essence can be purchased from Vicki Archer here.


  1. Dear Ann, So glad you are featuring this book.

  2. OK, thanks for sharing, because it's a given. I have to have that book. I've been missing stopping by. Life has been a whirlwind for the past two weeks. It's good to get out again. Mona

  3. Gina- You'll love it. Frankly, your home also deserves its own book!

    Mona- Nice to see you! Funny, your home is NOW in a magazine. A celebrity if I ever saw one!

  4. I cannot wait to receive my copy of this fabulous book.

    Leeann x

  5. I read Vicki's blog and am anxiously awaiting my copy of the book. Thank you for this little preview - it really looks as fabulous as I anticipated!