Coffee cup

NIKO LE PIRATE logo de la marque BlaBla

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Joséphine, knowing that we like French products, chickens and cats, offered us two sweet coffee cups for Christmas. Amongst the design available, I would naturally prefer the little hen and it friend the cat. But what is terrible, and you shouldn’t tell her, it’s that I hardly dare to use them because I don’t want to break them ! Nevertheless,  they are perfect for 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Espressos. It’s an exciting discovery which I recommend to anyone who visits the South East.  Continue reading

Pot holder

LARTIGUE 1910logo de la marque Lartigue 1910 (tissage de linge Basque)


I had lot of French presents this Christmas. I’m really touched that you think of the “Petite Rousse” and help her to find new “pride and joy” !  My cousin Cécile gave me two pot holders  from Lartigue 1910, a French company near Biarritz. They are beautiful with red and camel stripes and I like that they are sewn on the diagonal which make them bend as a clip to catch the hot serving dish. I present them to you with a serving dish from the new collection Toulouse of Pilluvyt, a favourite of the Berry region.
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Black fig reed diffuser

ESTEBANlogo de la marque ESTEBAN (Paris Parfums)


Because the young generation have fallen in love with Yankee candles, it would be good to remind them it that in France we have artisans perfumers who create fragrances for several years. Esteban fragrances are subtle and I like to smell them in my house, lying on the sofa with a book. My favourite fragrances are black fig, orchid, “esprit de thé” and cedar. An invitation to escape.

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Vintage 70s Carafe

LA CARAFELa Carafe brand logo

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It’s the vintage carafe from our French school canteen in the 1970s! I prefer the orange one but it comes in several modern colours. With a maximum capacity of 1.3 litres, it’s light, unbreakable, easily washable and Bisphenol A free. It was under the Christmas Tree; not for me but for my sister in law. This carafe is perfect for dining on her terrace or in her garden, during summer in the Landes.

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Megeve handbag

GRUNENBERGERGrunenBerger 1854 Paris brand logo


I don’t know what I ever did without it for so long! When I met Lina Grunenberger to talk about her products, I was very interested in the relocation to France of the manufacturing of this bag, but I didn’t need one at the time. A few months later, I began a new job and took the subway every day, and I needed a zipped handbag. I ordered the MEGEVE handbag, made in France. It’s the perfect handbag. You can put a laptop inside, you can zip it and the handles are just the right size for all coats or jackets. I love the simple design and the soft brown leather.

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Chamois knife

FONTENILLE PATAUDFontenille-Pataud Gilles, Thiers-France, brand logo

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Le Chamois is the legendary companion of French mountain folk.
With it’s juniper burl handle, it was the perfect gift for both of our fathers. Mine has it in his pocket almost all the time whereas my father-in-law never uses his! It is now our knife and it is the perfect knife to go on a hike with or in a Parisian kitchen.

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Knitting yarn

FILATURE DU VALGAUDEMARFilature du Valgaudemar brand logo

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It would seem that knitting is fashionable again. I know a person who brought back knitting yarn from Peru recently. In January 2016, I wrote an article about the company “Bergers Cathares”, which offers an original option to adopt a goat. This is another factory recommended by the same friend. This factory doesn’t breed its animals, but remains vigileant on the origin of fibres and animal shearing.

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Red dot bowl

ARTGILLESPoterie Artgilles brand logo

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I’m back in Savoie! This summer, I discovered pottery at the Maison de la Savoie in Paris. Opened by two Savoyards lovers, this shop is worth a visit if you’re in the area. You can eat delicious local produce  and buy local handicrafts. I visited this shop while I was moving house, so I bought only two small bowls, but I liked everything! My red dot bowls are perfect for slices of dry sausage (from Savoie of course) to enjoy with drinks as appetizers.


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Chic table knives

OPINELOpinel brand logo

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For many years, Opinel has made different kinds of knives: table knives, kitchen knives, knives for kids… And my Savoyard friend knows that! Marlène lays her festive table with table knives in a variety of different wood. It’s beautiful, it’s solid, and it’s French. The next time I visit her, I hope to go to the museum at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to buy some table knives and replace my Laguiole knives, made in PRC (People’s Republic of China). Now I have better sense than to fall for that!

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Stuffed toy Smarty

SMARTY LE RATSmarty le Rat brand logo


The Petite Rousse met Smarty in 2015, at the “Made In France” show. And she fell in love with this little rat and Nadia, his mother. Nadia puts all of her passion and heart (and it’s a big one) into her creation. Nadia told us about their story, and took time to listen to ours. Nadia and Smarty were the “ray of sunshine” on this grey Parisian November day. Today Smarty protects Titouan with the dedication of his mummy “Thank you Smarty! Your big eyes hypnotize Titouan and calm him, it is impressive”.

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