One of the many advantages of living in a relatively small flat in Paris is that my storage space is limited, which in turn means that I don’t accumulate a lot of useless stuff. (BTW, this actually goes completely against my nature, so it has been an ‘interesting’ learning curve — to learn to think hard before buying!). Basically I have been trying to stick to quality rather than quantity.
I love, love, love this French website I discovered recently as it sells simple household items that have been around for generations and have one thing in common: quality. Most of the items are French-made or from neighbouring countries. Every single thing on the website has a story and is guaranteed to be useful for a very long time. Here are some of my favourites: the great Duralex glasses I wrote about a while ago, the cast iron “cocotte“, the swipping pan that actually looks nice just hanging in the kitchen.
My other favourite is the chestnut chair which is made in my region, the Limousin, so I have a little sentimental attachement to it! Unfortunately the website is only in French at the moment, but it is pretty easy to navigate, especially with google translator.
I LOVE this shop! You’re right — everything is so utilitarian, but cool. Such simple, French design. What a great find! xx
Utilitarian! That was the word I was looking for! Perfect way to describe this site…
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Beautiful! Definitely a great find! xxx
While you are on lovely French household things! – can you recommend anywhere I could get childrens hot chocolate bowls online? My friend has been looking for some for ages but despite lots of googling, nothing has come up. We have an image here in the UK of little French children supping their “chocolat chaud” from bowls and dipping their croissants in! Perhaps it doesn’t really happen?! x
Ha! It actually does really happen. My children are so used to dipping their croissants that I have to stop them dipping them in orange juice, if there is no warm milk/ hot chocolate in front of them. If you want simple, white bowls, check out the Maison de la Porcelaine: http://www.maisonporcelaine.com/toute-blanche–2/complements-de-table–3/bols–38.aspx. For something a little bit cheesy and old-school French we have these bowls which you pick up at every French sea side resort: https://babyccinokids.com/blog/2011/10/14/breton-bowls/
Emilie thankyou so much! I’m going to try and order her the personalised bowls for each of her children for a surprise Christmas present! Gilly x
i’ve been wanting to get some of the duralex glasses for ever and never know where to find them although they are so common..MERCI!