Shop and dream Paris style
If you love French interior design and bargain hunting, Paris is the place where your shopping daydreams come true. Claudia Strasser takes us on a winding tour through the Parisian flea markets finding decorative pieces all along the way.

FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course - Module Trumeau Mirror.  In this module, you will expand your woodworking skills even further and learn how to produce moulds for reproducing decorative mouldings and how to age mirror glass. You will also learn how to apply and distress casein paint in such a way that it will have a flaky finish.  At the end of this Module, you will be the proud owner of a beautiful over-mantle Trumeau style mirror like the one in this image. 

This FARRAGOZ Moodboard was created using the sample board of Finish F122. Learn to create this finish in the FARRAGOZ Online Patina FINISHES Course.

Learn how to MAKE, APPLY and DISTRESS your own casein paint, oil paint, tempera, gesso, decorative mouldings and many more in the FARRAGOZ Online Course! No expensive branded products are used.

Drawing inspiration from nature's pink patina ~ Shells and other objects found on the beach.

Nadia Galinkin completes yet another exquisite piece! This Colour Wheel is one of the 7 Objects that students of the FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course can make from scratch. Even the paint is made from scratch and then applied and distressed to look authentically old! Well done Nadia! We are most impressed!

Things that bring me joy ~ Vintage French teaching aids, handpainted tile, green Linn ware pottery, lab glassware, shells, feathers, papyrus branches, FARRAGOZ patina paint sample board F148 from our Online Patina FINISHES Course.

Vintage sewing thread and FARRAGOZ patina finish F142.

I've been wanting to use gesso to add ornate decoration to blown-out eggshells for some time now, but somehow never got round to it.

The Salle des Fêtes ~ the former ballroom at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris

FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course - Module Clock Face.  In this module you will learn how to make wood stain and casein paint from natural products, using original old recipes, and learn how to apply these in order to get the desired end result. You will also learn how to transfer images and patterns onto a casein painted surface and finally, you will learn how to distress and treat this surface for it to look authentically old and chipped.  While you are experimenting with all of this, you will be making a lovely clock face.

A Farragoz scheme board with inspirational images, objects and paint samples.

Patina and textures in shades of grey ~ feathers, pewter and worn grey paint. More like this at

From our studio - Paint Finish by FARRAGOZ.

A 1712 Venetian bureau cabinet, on sale at Sotheby’s, New York.

After all these years, I still find infinitely more pleasure from searching markets and attics for possibilities to transform, than looking at real antiques. For one thing, centuries old antiques are generally out of my price range, but mostly, as beautiful as they may be, I see them as reference and research. For me, the challenge does not lie in acquiring antiques, but in creating something from nothing.

The art of ornamental shellwork, initially a European tradition, has been around since the early 18th century. I have developed a passion for this art and a while ago I decided it would be rather fun to combine it with my passion for producing trumeau mirrors. See the process and results HERE.

A few of my favourite things that bring me joy and inspiration today - Vintage maps, books, green porcelain, Ladurée boxes, wildflowers, FARRAGOZ patina paint sample board F176 from our Online Patina FINISHES Course.

The patina on these mirror frames was created using the homemade traditional paint recipes and ageing methods from the FARRAGOZ online courses. The one frame used to be a shiny white plastic frame and the other was made from scratch.

Detail image of an exquisite antique hand painted harp from the Musee Carnavalet. For more images and info on patina at this Paris museum, see my blog post.

We love Sandrine Singleton's painted frame! She created this gorgeous patina using the methods and recipes of paint finish F133 in the FARRAGOZ Patina FINISHES Online Course.