Behind the scenes with Susannah Cameron - Chez Pluie Founder


Non, je ne regretter rien.

No, I don't regret anything. Edith Piaf

I am a completely devoted Francophile. So much so that I left hometown Melbourne and a corporate career in construction to follow my French dream. 

Susannah Cameron and Hugh Cameron Chez Pluie founders

My background is architecture and construction, so for me Chez Pluie is a daily tonic combining my passion for design with my obsession with all things French.

Chez Pluie is a daily tonic combining my passion for design with my obsession with all things French.

French farmhouse kitchen with French decoration

Each week I hand select beautiful one of a kind pieces to add to our collection for our international clients. My love for the French farmhouse aesthetic and elegant interiors is fundamental to the pieces you find in our range. 

Each week I hand select beautiful one of a kind pieces to add to our collection for our international clients.

 Leather chesterfield armchairs French candlesticks and vignerons table

The most satisfying part of my work is hearing from clients when they unwrap their Chez Pluie treasures with the scent of Provencal lavender transporting them to the South of France.  Our customers write a new chapter for these old-world and artisan objects that find themselves in their new home - from New York to Hawaii, Berlin to Sydney.

The most satisfying part of my work is hearing from clients when they unwrap their Chez Pluie treasures with the scent of Provencal lavender transporting them to the South of France.

 

Blythe home antique French mirror by Chez Pluie

Our loyal merchants have decades of experience and source pedigree pieces - farmhouse tables, antique confit pots and mirrors, buttery linens and objects from cabinet de curiosités.

Antique French confit pots ochre orange glaze

Our loyal merchants have decades of experience and source pedigree pieces - farmhouse tables, antique confit pots and mirrors, buttery linens and objects from cabinet de curiosités.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue Antique markets in Provence

You will find me pounding the pavement regularly in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and at Sunday brocantes around the Avignon area. 

Current trends that I am excited about are metallic finishes and a sharp rise in demand for vintage ironstone and kitchen pottery. I love contrasting textures and colours - take a vintage Michel Dartois pineapple ice bucket and add contrast with clean lines of ironstone preserving jars, for example. 

Michel Dartois and Mauro Manetti pineapple ice buckets

Ironstone jam jars antique French

My favourite collections are garden planters, cutting boards and decorative accents where you will find classic garden urns, rustic cutting boards and authentic collectibles.

White antique French garden urn Medici Urn

French cutting board modern farmhouse decoration

19th century French sea shells French interior design decoration

The natural beauty of Provence is a daily sight for sore eyes. 

Village in Provence blue shutters and ivy

Rolling hills, craggy limestone, truffle oaks, endless rows of vines and lavender, olive trees and blossoming cherry trees are interrupted by bubbling rivers and winding country roads dotted with ancient stone houses with blue shutters. La Provence, je t'aime.

Driveway in Provence avenue of plane trees

Life in a village of 500 is very different to life in a big city. Summer nights are spent sharing apero with our friends in the square, dancing at fêtes and concerts in the vines. 

French lavender in Provence

Explore our full collection of one-of-a-kind and lovingly selected French homewares and artisan creations. We deliver worldwide from France.

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1 comment


  • Lyn Franke

    Love reading your newsletter/email Suz. Lovely handsome photo of you both. Noticed you used your home kitchen/shelves, lounge room I think? Love to visit you guys not too far away. Lots of love to the 3 of you xx??


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