About Us

Where it all began...

Me: ’I’ve just bought some more paint. I really NEED to paint the hallway stairs….and the kitchen tiles…….and the dining chairs…….’.  

Husband: <rolls eyes>

Husband: ’What’s that new armchair doing in the dining room?’. 

Me: ‘Oh, I just picked it up at a brocante to reupholster’. 

Husband: ‘What about the other two that are in the dining room, the one in the living room and the two in the garage? Shouldn’t you do those first?’. 

Me: 'Hmmm….’

A snippet of the regular conversations in Lesley and I’s households, and one of the reasons behind the creation of Velvet Pear Vintage. We now have a valid excuse to buy paint and visit brocantes!!

Thank you for visiting Velvet Pear Vintage and welcome!  It seemed appropriate for us to introduce ourselves to you, and give you a little more information about our business. We are Lesley and Fiona, two Scots living in the French Pyrénées. 


Lesley and I met through mutual friends and it wasn’t long before we discovered that we both had a love of art, interiors, design….and picking up a paint brush! We spend an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest and in brocantes and it was inevitable that we would end up turning it into some kind of business, much to the relief of our husbands. 

We are incredibly excited to be able to expand our business by being stockists of Wise Owl Paint, one of the best regarded chalk paints in the business. Wise Owl already has a huge following across the pond and is starting to make its mark in Europe now too. We are also very fortunate to be able to sell the very well known and well regarded Cling-On brushes. An essential for any chalk paint project! Not only that, but we now also stock Woodubend - decorative mouldings to add a little something extra to your project. 

In the near future we hope to be able to expand Vintage Pear even further with more decorative bits and pieces for your interiors. Watch this space!

But for now we best get back to the brocante and pick our next project………

Thanks for reading and we hope you like the site as much as we do. xx