March 5th, 2013

Its only when you return from a buying trip that you start to digest and process all the inspiration and ideas from the trip – so much to take in as always at Maison Objet and then the inspiration of just walking the streets of Paris looking at window and store displays.  Here are just… Read More »

March 5th, 2013

We had our laptop stolen about half way through our trip so sorry we didn’t get to blog for the last half of our buying trip! All of these purchases are now in the eCasa store in Daylesford so take a drive for Easter! Wonderful red and white vintage enamel cannisters found in a little… Read More »

January 29th, 2013

First job this morning was at La Poste to send some parcels back to Oz. Then off wandering around the right bank mostly.  Some gorgeous window displays – in particular the retailers of glasses, jewellery and fashion caught our eye today.  We called in at Astier de Villatte in Rue St Honore and also at… Read More »

January 27th, 2013

We ventured out early this morning to Aux Puces Vanves – another Paris flea market said to be mostly frequented by locals.  This one was very big for a street market and in the cold and rain this morning it was not frequented by very many!  Found a very nice fellow with buttons (bakelite) and gorgeous… Read More »

January 27th, 2013

Some images of Paris markets visited today including Jo fossicking in one stall

January 27th, 2013

Up early this morning and after breakfast out we headed off first to a Brocante market at Maison Radio in Arr 16.  Lots of lovely linen purchased and also some gorgeous little bits: glass doggie knife rests (so cute and the market stallholder kept laughing and going “bow-wow”!) and vintage French postcards with beautiful handwriting… Read More »

January 26th, 2013

Out walking in freezing cold Paris today and saw lots of great ideas.  Dressed for the cold today! Amazing shop in Blvd St Germain with garden stuff and taxidermy, found Betty the Barvelder in Paris! Also, lots of groovy shoes and other window display ideas.

January 24th, 2013

Quiet day moseying around St Germain today – but Robin has written his blog see:  http://treearchitecture.com/paris-under-snow/

January 23rd, 2013

We’ve now finished a big 2 days at Maison OBjet and have ordered some gorgeous new products from our existing suppliers and have found some exciting new suppliers and products.  We are now foot-weary but satisfied! Fab new tablecloths from Charvet Editions in France And some groovy olive oil pourers and cups and saucers from… Read More »

January 23rd, 2013

First morning in Paris and we found a Brocante market just a few blocks from the Hotel where we stayed our first night … an hour or so later we were trudging back to the hotel with 3 bags of gorgeous vintage linen for the store.

January 23rd, 2013

Arrived in Paris for Maison Objet to heavy and consistent snow – so we had to get out and wander around in it! Our apartment is warm and gorgeous and in a great location in Rue Mazarine in Saint Germain.  Maison Objet is huge (see map) and quite overwhelming to attack in 2 days –… Read More »

November 9th, 2012

We’ve just set up a Facebook page – so please visit and Like us! http://www.facebook.com/#!/ECasaDaylesford

November 7th, 2012

We received a bundle of Bonnie and Neal linen in store today including the gorgeous green linen tablecloth featured on the Spring cover of Country Style – makes you dream of a long lunch on a warm, sunny afternoon under the trees in the garden. Also have some lovely fragrant lavender bags (with lavender from… Read More »

November 7th, 2012

Don’t these colours take you to Provence? Jude from Cuscini has just delivered a huge bundle of cushion covers, table runners and napkins all made up from our gorgeous Souleiado fabrics.  Karen (our store manager) and I had a bundle of fun today changing one of the front windows into “Colours of Provence” – it… Read More »

November 7th, 2012

      We are always looking for gorgeous vintage bits and bobs for eCasa and here is a sample of some of the stock currently in store.  We found the old 50’s floral fabric on the cushion at the Paris Flea Markets on our last trip and the vintage French tea towels make really… Read More »

October 6th, 2012

We arrived yesterday to find another sign of Spring – Baa Baa Black Sheep! Isn’t he gorgeous?

October 1st, 2012

Look at this gorgeous breadcutter – we have 4 which just came into the store this week.  They are now most often found in France but in fact were made in Denmark.  All 4 are vintage and have great signs of loving use but are in fine condition for continuing use for many years to… Read More »

October 1st, 2012

I’ve enjoyed reading “A Story of Seven Summers – Life in the Nun’s House” by Hilary Burden over the last week – devoured it after picking it up last week at the airport!  A story of a magazine journalist previously living in London returning to her roots in country Tasmania and bringing a lovely old… Read More »

September 25th, 2012

You can have such fun with vintage chairs – revitalising them with fun fabrics.  I found both these chairs at auctions and then searched for some gorgeous linens to recover them.  We have a pair of the Edwardian armchairs which would look fabulous in a country house bedroom or sitting room.  And the Bird Chair… Read More »

September 25th, 2012

My husband Robin Larsen is growing his architecture and landscape design business and doing more and more projects in and around Daylesford – which is great because we can spend more of our week at our gorgeous home just outside of Daylesford!  He’s also publishing regular design blogs on his website:  www.treearc.com.au  Blog subjects so far… Read More »

September 25th, 2012

I hope you will love these gorgeous blogspots with a focus on living in France or French style: www.myfrenchcountryhome.blogspot.com.au  (this one also has a selection of apartments in Paris – “haveninparis”) www.inspiracionline.blogspot.com www.frenchbydesign.blogspot.com www.frenchcupboard.blogspot.com Enjoy!

September 25th, 2012

We thought you would all be interested in our favourite sites for finding gorgeous Paris apartments – we’ve been planning our January trip!  We’ve used all of these in the past and have been totally satisfied. www.nyhabitat.com www.guestapartment.com www.parisattitude.com www.apartrental.com Also, for those thinking of travelling further afield in France, and particularly to the South-West… Read More »

September 3rd, 2012

We were so excited last Saturday on a glorious blue Spring day that one of our lovely customers proposed to his wife-to-be in our store! We had been warned and we arranged everything on the counter with a beautiful posy of daphne.  What a gorgeous way to celebrate the start of Spring!  

August 31st, 2012

The garden is finally waking up from a long winter snooze…the daffodils, jonquils and erlicheer are making their presence felt.  Delightful daphne and heavenly helibores coaxed me into the garden in drizzle this morning to pick a trug full of flowers – followed by a lovely hour assembling some gorgeous little tussie mussie’s for the… Read More »

August 31st, 2012

I thought you would all love the gorgeous Paris or French related items in this special in the latest Homespun magazine including our gorgeous Paris necklace.  Some lovely stores are featured in this special.  Thanks to Homespun for including us:  www.completecraft.com.au/homespun Homespun Paris Special

August 30th, 2012

Great news – the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra is coming to Daylesford to perform it’s first concert in the Daylesford Town Hall next Sunday 9th September, 2012 at 2.30pm.  You can buy tickets from our store for $45.Daylesford Flyer

August 9th, 2012

We had a delivery of wonderful vintage stock in late July 2012 and most stock is now washed, polished and waxed and in the store in Daylesford!  The new stock includes: Fabulous vintage rolling pins, wooden spoons, bread & cutting boards and bread & carving knives Some delightful silver plate serving tongs & knives including for beetroot, butter and… Read More »