Patrys’s Pretty Pretty house

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the

people in your life who

WANT you in theirs;

the ones who ACCEPT

you for who you are.

The ones who would DO ANYTHING

to see you SMILE and who LOVE

you no matter what




It is with great excitement and anticipation that we await the opening of the doors tomorrow of Strand Trading Post – G O   F R E N C H  

Dave and Patrys just unpacked their stacked containers filled with the most beautiful antique French furniture and smalls!!   Silver, crockery, chandeliers, linen, old paintings – o my word it is stunning!!!

A little peep into the shop

Another peep

It was a hectic few days – unpacking, decorating and and and …

Do you spot Dave at the back  (Sorry he is not for sale!!)




Well done you guys for bringing a little of Europe into our homes!!




Patrys and Dave’s pretty pretty home

I was invited into Patrys and Dave’s beautiful home – what a blessing!!!.  Thank you so much – 2 very special people that make you feel very special!!!   Around every corner in their beautiful house there are so many interesting finds – I’ve could of spend the whole day browsing (yes their house is like their beautiful shop – Strand Trading Post – Go French!!! – Yeahhhh

 Dave and Patrys go to Europe twice a year to source antique furniture and linen for their shop – Belgium, Holland and France


I was blown over by this book-case – enormous and stacked with the most beautiful old books and finds


The study

The old artists used this beautiful dolls as images for their work


This little angel reminded me of Markgoed:  Feast of the Angels – I felt at H O M E!


Another still corner in the lounge – a beautiful vintage painting of Jesus Christ

Beautiful antique Armoire in the lounge


Old ribbon and twine


Always movement in the K I T C H E N – did you notice the busy hands outside the window?


Old Willow enamel mugs


Old French knives with a life time’s stories and secrets


The H E A R T  of the house – pretty kitchen

Early morning sunshine


The lady of the house – P A T R Y S


Vintage paintings – the one with the old man and woman is a reproduction of a famous old master and can sometimes be seen in paintings as a painting on the wall


A Vintage painting of two french women enjoying tea – look at the beautiful chandelier


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