Vieille Branche (a colloquialism for old friend, for those of you didn't stick it out at the Alliance Francaise) is Brisbane's new source for rustic, provincially styled antique French furniture and smaller-scale homewares.
The idea for the shop took form last year when young couple, JC Lehuby and Jennifer Hillhouse booked a holiday in France for five weeks and came back five months later with a shipping container full of beautiful things. This passionate and talented duo—JC trained as a cinematic photographer and leather artisan and Jennifer is a graphic designer—was visiting JC's family in rural Normandy and fell in love with all the second-hand shops in the surrounding villages. The pair have eclectic tastes and are excited by all things old, French, and authentic so, when you go see and them, expect to find anything from 1700s dressers to antique farm tables, war-time icons, Napoleonic pieces, and Art Deco anything.
Back in Brisbane, the duo were joined by Jennifer's mother, Sue, a picture framer with a talent for bringing out the best in the collection of unique prints, and a vision for Vieille Branche (and its sharp online incarnation) began taking shape. Together this trio has created a warm, welcoming, and wholly unpretentious space in Newstead where even the novice antique enthusiast can come for inspiration, a bit of education, and accessible one-of-a-kind treasures. I especially love the gorgeous Mossy Antler closed terrariums by local florist, Chris Beavon, JC's own line of industrial hanging lights, the beat-up wire egg baskets make my heart beat a little faster and, obviously, I want all the French linens.
TUL Note: Catherine is a Brisbane-based blogger and purveyor of neo-traditional food, craft, and home-styling wares at The Spring Shop. For more recipes, DIY projects, style tips, and notes from around town, you can follow her at The Spring Blog.
Image credit: Vieille Branche