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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bohemian Rhapsody


I know in my head that the best things in life aren't things. The best things are supposed to be experiences and relationships and junk like that - Right?!  But BOY, in my heart I would love to have one of these things!  I would also sell my pancreas for half the talent and imagination that Jeanne Bayol and Jean-Marie MarĂ©cha possess.


Deep in the heart of Provence, along the foothills of the Chaine des Alpilles Mountains, there are some of the most beautiful gypsy caravans in the world being restored by these two.  During the restoration process, Jeanne and Jean-Marie try to make sure and honor the essence of these marvelous pieces by staying true to the history that the caravans hold.  I can't help but feel a sense of mystery and enchantment of times past when I look at these sacred gypsy spaces. It seems to me that the idea of traveling towards the unknown is what inspires and sparks my imagination.  After all, isn't that what the gypsy's spirit entails? Jeanne and Jean-Marie want to capture just that in their restorations, which is what they call "a subtle mix of temporary and eternal." 



Apparently, it has now become quite posh to accessorize one's gardens with these lovely caravans.  Others, I've discovered, use them for a tea room, a guest house, a playhouse, or just a nice escape to sit and read a book. All are options I find simply delightful! 


Jeanne Bayol, a native of Provence, is a woman of many talents.  She can transform any event with her Bohemian touch, whether it be professional like fairs, seminars, or festivals, she can decorate private interiors, as well.  Her sense of color and creative taste have led her to design clothes that are genuinely unique and bear witness to the liberty to dress oneself in an audacious fantasy.  You can find images and information on those here.  She is also a prolific writer and those titles can be found here.



Photos courtesy Gipsybazar, Les-Verdines, and Jeanne Bayol

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8 comments:

Gingeyginge said...

They are beautiful,my mother and hers all before were born in vardos...

Pinecone Camp said...

Wow, that is really beautiful. Put me on the list for one of those too!

The Primitique said...

Oh wow. I want one. I'd use it as an outdoor bar. Maybe a cigar bar with wine. No shoes allowed inside. Optional netting to keep the skeeters out. OH, wow. I want one. ~Mindy (this music is perfect for dreaming!)

Yaya Chique said...

I tried to talk hubby into getting on and using it at shows. He reminded me they had wooden wheels and how was I going to transport it? Lol. Told him if there is a will, there is a way! Thanks for sharing.

URLlllovely! said...

Hey you, I love the gypsy caravan! I have a Caravan of my own, actually it's a Voyager, the ugly cousin of the Caravan, that could stand a funky makeover by these artists!

Thanks for showing me another couple of uber-interesting people! Your web-site and ETSY page sure have a lot of cool things here lately.

Keep on keeping on!

Bohemian said...

I adore vintage Vardos... and Jeanne Bayol is an Artistic Genius... I'm presently waiting on two of Jeanne Bayol's books that I ordered online... no matter that I can't read much French... I can escape into the Pages and lust after the pictures and write my own story in my head!

Dawn... The Bohemian

SucceedingatFailing said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I'd love to live in one of those.. although I'd imagine the price tag might be something you'd NEED to sell your pacreas for in order to own one :P

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Scrollwork said...

I shared your post on my Facebook page...to spread the dreaminess! Thank you!

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