Attention to detail on shutters and windows at the Palace of Versailles.

Sharyn Kentrotes created this beautiful green patina on wood using homemade paint and stain. The traditional recipes and step-by-step methods to recreate this and 25 other finishes is available in the FARRAGOZ Patina FINISHES Course. 

Inspirational curiosities to be found in Paris antique shops.

Nature's beautiful way of adding patina ~ Montmartre, Paris.

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.

Enjoying the rich patina and magnificent details on boiserie and furniture at Paris museum ~ Musée Carnavalet.

Inspired by the chalky green paintwork on French country woodwork in the Auvergne, this scheme board was put together.  

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

This little Jeanne d'Arc statue stands in the church in Chilhac, France.

These are a few of my favourite things ~ Mother nature's generous gifts of small treasures with patina and textures to inspire, alongside a most treasured drawing of myself, done by the renowned British artist Paul Emsley back in 1990. View some of Paul Emsley's exquisite works at

Beautiful over-mantle mirror and other treasures at the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt (Saint-Ouen Flea Market) in Paris.

We love the colour palette of the Dauphin's bedchamber at the Palace of Versailles.

Spotted this beautiful crest in an antique shop on the Quai Malaquai in Paris.

Nature's beautiful way of adding patina ~ In the courtyard of Musee Carnavalet, Paris.

Insider Tips on how to recreate French grey patina on wood. HERE are the 11 steps I followed to create this grey paint finish.

Constantly collecting and photographing interesting vintage and antique objects to study their patina.

I made a postcard stand for my postcard collection! See why and how I did it using FARRAGOZ recipes and methods HERE.

Interest in Italian painted furniture continues to grow: A set of two polychrome commodes surpassed a $12,000 high estimate to bring $16,000 at Christies, New York, 2012

Learn how to emulate patina of antique painted furniture, using FARRAGOZ recipes and techniques. More details HERE.

Learn HOW TO MAKE THIS AND THE PAINT to paint it with as well as 4 other beautiful pieces in the FARRAGOZ Online Course.

Hunting for treasures at the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt (Saint-Ouen Flea Market) in Paris.

This magnificent paneling in the Palace of Versailles.

These are a few of my favourite things ~  Old prints, model sail ships, leather boxes, pebbles, seashells, dried flowers, distressed painting using recipes and methods from the FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course.

A Cassone is a large marriage chest that was one of the trophy furnishings of rich merchants and aristocrats in Italian culture.  These beautifully painted and gilded works of art were given to a bride by her parents as their contribution to the wedding. It was filled with the personal goods of the bride and placed at the foot of the bed in the bridal suite.