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My French Life Vicki Archer

Vicki Archer’s My French Life is one of my favorite books…

Anyone who has followed Vicki’s Blog French Essence knows she revels

in the enchanted world she lives in on a seventeenth century restored

olive farm in Saint-Remy-de-Provence and sends missives via her blog

on her meanders through France and more far flung environs. Love how

Vicki describes adapting to the custom of choosing entry doors first…

before building the surrounding portal, how a length of admired vintage

passementerie could be re-imagined into her gorgeous bed,  how she

realizes, when led by antique store owner into a dimly lit treasure trove

off a winding Nimes street:

“In France I quickly learned that it is the things that are hidden behind

closed doors that are the most remarkable. Not everything is as it seems. “

My French Life Vicki Archer

Full of gorgeous photos of the restored farmhouse, the gardens and groves,

and surrounding town of St. Remy, dipping into Roman history, bull fighting

in Arles,  Provence cuisine, beauty secrets of French women and numerous

small and charming anecdotes…an absolutely lovely book…


My French Life Vicki Archer

Chemin d’eau…a waterway from ornamental pond to stone basin…

olive orchard and Les Alpilles mountain range in the distance

My French Life Vicki Archer

White gaura and lavender…

beyond the spilling water

My French Life Vicki Archer


Antique bed on cobbled floor…

In the property’s reconstruction,  original material was carefully

saved  “in a field cleared and designated the stockage” and

re-utilized as much as possible

My French Life Vicki Archer

My French Life is an inspiring glimpse into a world that evolves when one takes a chance,

a leap of faith, trusting one’s heart and instincts, and adapting as needed to fullfill

the dream and enjoying every moment of it…

My French Life Vicki Archer

Wonderful and plentiful photos of details

Photography by Carla Coulson

My French Life Vicki Archer

Couldn’t resist showing you the book cover under the jacket…

a photo of a vintage rosy quilt…

Also love that the book comes with a red ribbon

to keep your place….

My French Life Vicki Archer

Originally printed in 2006…My French Life is followed by

French Essence: Ambience, Beauty, and Style in Provence


Vicki Archer My French Life

School is out, summer around the corner…

Over the next few months I’ll highlight my favorite books

I’ve listed on my side column, just in case you need to add

one or two to your shelves…