I love introducing you guys to my friends.
Audrey Friedman, owner of French Vintage Home, and I met years ago at an event in Dallas. We bonded over our shared love and passion for France so we decided to meet for lunch. We’ve been meeting regularly ever since and have become fast friends.
Audrey has been such a generous supporter of A Taste of Paris and ME and I know you will find her Frenchie story fascinating.
Audrey made her mark in industry by creating, building and then ultimately selling a linen company. In the midst of her busy work-a-day life she found herself traveling the world to visit family and for adventures of her own.
In 1998, Audrey visited a friend in the Dordogne region of France and fell in love with it. She began toying with the idea of buying a holiday home there.
While looking and working with her agent, she came across at 15th century chateau in a terrible state. The agent tried to talk her out of buying the property but Audrey had vision and knew the place would be spectacular when completed.
When Audrey began, there was no running water, no indoor restrooms and a kitchen that was just a hull; cooking had previously been done outside.
The restoration was done, quite remarkably, in 1 year. Audrey credits an extraordinary architect for the process going so smoothly.
The chateau was back and stunning as you can clearly see. During construction, many of the townspeople came to thank her for restoring this magnificent place which had been in ruin for over 100 years.
During the busy year Audrey made many friends and had a full social calendar attending and hosting her new neighbors but on Sundays, things were just too quiet. In small town France, everything is closed on Sundays, except the flea market.
Audrey made a trip to the market and with the first treasure found and purchased a new business was created.
Since that time Audrey has been seeking out the very best that the French brocante has to offer. She imports these amazing goods and sells them in her Etsy Shop and on her website French Vintage Home at very reasonable prices.
I know many of you like myself, are seeking the perfect treasures to go under the Christmas tree for family and friends.
Let me tell you, French Vintage Home is a great place to look but don’t delay, the best is going fast!