When I see a century-old mirror, with layers of flakey paint revealing its original oak frame, I can’t help but wonder... Where has it been hiding all these years? Did the owner paint it duck egg blue to go in a nursery, then black to match the fireplace when it was moved? How did it find its way to this flea market in Burgundy, decades later? It’s these stories that fascinate me.
With a sculptor for a great grandfather and gifted painters as grandparents, I grew up surrounded by people passionate about creativity. It fuelled a childhood obsession with colour and texture which grew steadily over the years into a love for interiors.
While studying for a degree in Interior Design, I renovated several properties of my own - restoring and painting furniture, and collecting unusual antiques and decorative accessories on my travels. Trips to France were the most inspiring. I fell for the effortlessly chic interiors, accented with wares which celebrate their long, colourful histories. Friends and family began asking about sourcing pieces for them, and so fulfilling my desire to keep shopping for all things beautiful, Maison Claire Interiors was born.
I travel all over France scouring flea markets and brocantes for unique and interesting items – some are practical, others are just pretty, many are of considerable age. The objects I sell show signs of their life story, it’s what I believe makes them so appealing – the linen napkins embroidered with the original owners’ initials, the bistro chair that spent so many summers in the French sun, the foxed glass on the mirror that sat in the barn loft for all those years…
I invite you to visit Maison Claire often – my stock is mostly one of a kind but regularly updated. As well as the online store, I occasionally exhibit at antique and home fairs and will give details of these on the Events page.
If you have your heart set on something that is no longer available or are looking for a specific item, please visit the Contacts page and drop me a line - I will do my best to source something for you. Stock items are available for magazine and stylist shoots. Please do get in touch with your details.
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Finally, thank you for visiting my website. I hope you get the same joy out of your Maison Claire purchase as I get out of hunting it down for you!
Very best wishes,
Maison Claire Interiors