Author: Philip

FAMOUS FRENCH LOVE AFFAIRS – Charles & Yvonne de Gaulle

She told her family “it will be him or no one”. And in volume 1 of his memoirs he wrote “My wife, without whom nothing could have been achieved”. Yvonne Vendroux married Captain Charles de Gaulle on 7 April 1921. She was a model wife and mother and followed him wherever his career took him. The only time she was separated from her husband was between 17 June 1940 and June 1943 when she and the children fled to England to escape the Germans. They were finally reunited in Algiers. Fifteen years later she became the first lady of France. Yvonne was undaunted by difficulties but she did not enjoy being a politicians wife. Nevertheless she supported him fully when he won a second seven year term. Although a dutiful wife and mother in public, she was very influential behind the scenes. “The presidency is temporary, the family permanent,” she said to Richard Nixon in 1969. After Charles’ death in 1970 she lived a quiet life at the family home at La Boisserie. On 8 November, 1979, one day before the 9th anniversary of her husband’s death, she passed away in a Paris military hospital. She is still revered in France as a symbol of moral rectitude and marital fidelity of a long gone...

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Lay-By Options Now Available At Cottonwood

Due to public demand we are now offering Lay-By to our clients. All you need to do is pay a 30% deposit and then commit to 3 convenient monthly payments. No interest is charged and this facility is also available on all sale items. Please visit our store in Fourways for full details. French furniture has never been more...

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Famous French Love Affairs – Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

For most of French history royal marriages were more about convenience than l‘amour. And so too started the relationship of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. She was all of 14 years old when she was married off to the dour and ever so serious Louis-August. He himself was only 15. The reason for the match was quite simple: to strengthen ties between Austria and France. Despite the fact that he was more interested in his collection of clocks and padlocks, her patience was rewarded and his libido was sufficient enough to enable her to fall pregnant and bear children four times. But it took seven whole years before the first child arrived. The other three followed in fairly quick succession. Perhaps it was because Marie Antoinette’s mother had sent her brother Joseph to find out what was going on. He described them as “complete blunderers” in bed, but his straight talking obviously produced results. Despite Louis’ lack of desire, Marie Antoinette stood by her man throughout their marriage (helped by having one or two dalliances on the side). And when the French revolution came she walked to the guillotine with her head held high. We believe Marie Antoinette would have found the French beds and headboards you will find at Cottonwood very romantic. And so would...

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Famous French Love Affairs – Napoleon & Joséphine

You can hardly describe the relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais, a six years older widow with two children, as the model romantic love story. It was turbulent from the start. Just two days after their wedding on 9 March 1796, Napoleon left on a military campaign to Italy. Josephine, who was left behind, was not one to let grass grow under her feet and soon started an affair with one Hippolyte Charles, a lieutenant in a Hussar regiment. Napoleon, understandably, was not impressed. To help himself get over it, he soon started an affair of his own. Josephine is not known to have had any subsequent affairs. But unable to have further children, Napoleon divorced her. Despite Josephine’s indiscretions, Napoleon’s last words are said to have been “France, the Army, the Head of the Army, Josephine.” In which French beds these liaisons are said to have occurred is not known, but you can be sure that they would have been similar to those found right here at...

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Modern and Vintage

We are passionate about creating idyllic spaces that enchant and entice. To create the perfect home you need to take your individual style into consideration. Sometimes people living in a space may have conflicting ideas about the home décor, you may adore vintage pieces while your partner prefers a modern feel. Blending styles can be tricky, we know this well. However, there is a way to combine even the most drastically different...

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