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Proven-Salle Blogs


  • How to Buy Antiques in France

    If you’re a French antiques lover and are about to start planning your trip to France, then this guide may well be for you! France is a fantastic destination for antiques shopping, with all kinds of markets taking place all over the country. But where are the best markets and how do you shop smart? Read on to find out....
  • Types of Wood Carving on Antique Furniture

    Carving on antique furniture has been performed for many years. It was originally introduced by the Ancient Greeks, who created sculptures, architectural details, and furniture. Over the years, wood carving has become more sophisticated and intricate (this is largely due to power tools helping to speed up the process and increase the accuracy). Read on to understand more about some of the world's most popular carvings. 
  • Ile de Re Travel Guide

    No wonder Ile de Re is the number one holiday destination for Parisians. Located over a causeway from the city of La Rochelle, this stunning French island oozes class whilst retaining its characterful charm. The white buildings sit beautifully against a backdrop of blue skies, and the pretty pink Hollyhocks add colour to the cobbled village lanes. If you think this sounds like the perfect holiday destination for you, then please read on to discover more about this beautiful, laidback island.
  • My Business Story

    I’m Ffion, the face behind the Proven-Salle business. I’m a wife, a mother, paint and upholstery enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur. In this month’s blog, I thought I’d share a little about my business and how it all began.
  • Top 10 Tips for Upholstery

    When I started out on my upholstery journey, I wish I’d been given a concise list of top tips for making the work so much easier and avoiding costl...
  • French Country Decor Styles

    Have you ever found yourself trawling through websites, trying to find French Country styles but then receiving results that all look so different?...
  • Different Styles of Furniture Leg

    Furniture legs can tell you so much about the origins and history of a piece so, when buying furniture, they are always the first thing I look at. In this blog, I aim to share with you a bit of history regarding six of the most popular furniture leg styles.
  • Top 5 Tips on How to Shop for Fabrics

    I often receive messages, asking where I buy my fabrics from, and how I choose them. The answer to both these questions is “it depends”. Since that...
  • The Three Main French Louis Chair Styles and How to Identify Them

    French Louis style chairs are very popular, but did you know that there are different types? This blog aims to share with you the three main types of Louis chair and how to identify the differences between them.
  • Interview With Molly Coath

    In this week’s blog, I’d like to introduce you to the lovely Molly Coath. Molly is a very special Interior Designer, who has recently been a contestant on Series 3 of the Interior Design Masters show on BBC1. Read on to find out more...
  • Key Design Features of The French Country Farmhouse Style Home

    Find out about the key design features of a French Country Farmhouse style home and how you can achieve this look by considering six main areas.
  • What Are The Main Styles of French Furniture (And How Have They Evolved?)

    Take a stroll through the history of French furniture styles, understand what influenced them and how they evolved over time.