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Maison de Lamond French trip

Excitement…mixed with anticipation as Mum and Dad, aka Chrissie and Richard, hooked up the trailer this week with GB badge adhered and said au reviour to go on the annual trip into the hills and byways of Normandie and surrounding villages, following Papa’s packed schedule of stops at Brocantes and Vide Greniers…not to mention the necessary patisserie stops for delicious essential carbs!

It’s almost a national pastime that the French love visiting second hand markets and Brocantes – they hate throwing anything away, they are a nation of recyclers and a lover of objects that are both useful and beautiful and serve purpose in life .. Whether it be a truffle jar, a larder cupboard or a linen press.. Things are kept, passed down and cared for, hence the abundance of an eclectic mix of beautiful objects that I completely adore – there is nowhere quite like France..

Now don’t get me wrong, trips like this aren’t all sunshine, antiques and vino.. But what you do discover are unusual items you simply can’t discover in shops and this is what drives us to do the lengthy miles… It’s soo worth it – the feel, the scent, the colours of the fabric on the Louis chair you’ve picked up at an Attic sale in a village in the Calvados region, that is what makes us tick… And that’s what we can’t wait to see sitting in our little shop…

So next week sees the return of the mama et papa explorers and I can’t wait to see what they’ve found… So do come and see us this month ..

Love Rebecca Lamond..

A floral frame created for a wedding at Stydd Gardens in the Ribble Valley

It has been a busy week for us here in Ribchester!  Last weekend was beautiful weather for a wedding, and luckily that’s exactly what Stydd Gardens was hosting!  The on-site marquee was put to good use as the wedding venue, the whole team here at Stydd pulled together to decorate it.  Maison de Lamond produced some beautiful floral displays, created by upcycling picture frames, jugs and bottles to create our ‘floral frames’.  Our neighbours, Fullaloves Wines provided specialist wines and bevarages for the evening, which culminated much more quietly than usual due to the bridal party’s decision to have a silent disco – and it looked like great fun!

Florist Carl Wilde

This week has also seen a celebrity visitor to the site – the florist Carl Wilde (as seen on This Morning!) who visited Lancashire to host a ticket-only floral demonstration session followed by afternoon tea.

hand painted dressing table

Finally, some news that was both good and sad for us – the beautiful mirror-backed sideboard that you see to the left here, which has been a showpiece of furniture in our shop since opening has been sold!  We hand-painted it in a french style with a bespoke ‘Maison mix’ of Annie Sloan paint then gave it that shabby-chic look, finished with gold wax, and leaving the drawers in walnut with their original handles really made the piece stand out.  We’re happy that the new owners will love it as much as we did, but we had become attached to it!  We have plenty of ideas for a new showpiece of antique furniture to take its place that we are very excited about – watch this space!

mirror backed sideboard hand painted in a french style

Au revoir!

Maison de Lamond are busy making beautiful unique home interior Christmas florals with the Maison oh la la twist by combining vintage items to the pieces…
Lovely table arrangements, beautiful wall hangings and fireplace corners to name a few, orders are being taken now and samples can be seen or bought from the shop, so come and see them to help make your home extra special this Christmas…
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table decoration
floral table decoration

Oh my GOLLY goodness we have done the big last push today and…..moved in, literally inclusive of the kitchen sink (for the workshop), and if I don’t burst with excitement first we will be ready….ish and opening this weekend! Come and join us and grab a beautiful bargain piece…..I’m told by all who have had a sneaky peak that our first stock items will sell fast!

Team Lamond! Step nearer everyday…. Not all team members are qualified to operate power drills!

Under construction our lovely shop ‘Maison de Lamond’, website to be updated soon as well!

Maison de Lamond - under construction
Maison de Lamond – Under Construction!