I'm starting a new series of posts featuring YouTube channels I've found interesting and which I think others might enjoy, too. Some were recommended by friends; some I just happened upon in the almost-random way one does online.

Today? Chateau Love.

The writers (producers? hosts?) are friends of ours, so I would have subscribed in any case. But this is also an example of what I wrote about yesterday, of how excellence and enthusiasm draw me into an appreciation of subjects that I might otherwise give a miss.

Our friends Vivienne and Simon have recently started their own vlog (video blog), featuring life at and around their château in France. Without meaning in any way to diminish Simon's many contributions, I'll focus on Vivienne in this introduction because she's clearly the hostess and narrator of the vlog, and because we've known her longer and better.

Vivienne is an artist. I mean a "real" artist, whose paintings have been exhibited in Paris. Now that sounds really impressive, and it is, but you do have to bear in mind that for a number of years Paris was her home. She's an American, married to a Brit—but they've called France home for a long time. When I say she is an artist, however, I mean much more than her paintings. Vivienne puts beauty and elegance into everything she touches, whether it's a small, temporary apartment, a huge French château, a simple meal, a feast for the neighborhood, or a birthday Easter basket for an enchanted guest. Our tastes differ in many respects: not only am I incapable of the amazing feats of home decor Vivienne achieves, but also I wouldn't want that for our house. It's not my style. That does not stop me from standing in awe of the beauty that looks as if it could be in a museum. What she does with food, now—that's welcome in our house any day.

Watching the Chateau Love videos, you might assume that Vivienne and Simon must be wealthy. I assure you they are ordinary human beings with ordinary human struggles and no trust funds! Vivienne is incredibly talented at finding bargains as well as making something both useful and beautiful out of items the rest of us would casually toss in the trash. (See the "Louis XVI coathooks" in Episode 2.)

Vlogging is a new project for them, a bit of pandemic-and-lockdown-stress relief. I'm also excited to watch the growth of Chateau Love as they gain experience and new equipment. May this be a very long-running show!

Below are the first three episodes. So far they have each been just under 30 minutes long, and published on a once-a-week schedule.  As a bonus, you can hear music by Vivienne's talented singer sister, Ashley Locheed. And you can occasionally catch glimpses of Janet & Stephan's flower girl—much grown up.

Episode 1: Romance, DIY, A Dodgy Haircut & Who We Are!

Episode 2: Dramatic Bedroom-Bathroom Reveal, DIY Chateau Bed, Cheesy Meltdown, & Winter Wonderland!!

For some reason the second video is not playing here on my blog, though the first and third are. You can see it on YouTube itself by clicking on the title link. I'll leave the embedded video up while I try to find out what's going on. 

Episode 3: Wine Tasting, Vineyards, Plants, Cheese & Pony Pedicures!

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Episode 4 is available today. Wait till you see what they did with the pool area!

Posted by SursumCorda on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8:25 am

Watching Vivienne’s videos is a feast for mind ,body and soul.

Posted by Katie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 3:35 am

Watching Vivienne’s videos is a feast for mind ,body and soul.

Posted by Katie Gaston Pollock on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 3:36 am

Thanks for the comment, Katie. I'm glad you like Vivienne & Simon's stories.

Posted by SursumCorda on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 5:08 am

I absolutely love Vivienne's style of decor! Very whimsical and upscale. I also love her appreciation for beautiful things and good food. Her sweetness and gracious spirit make her so enriching to watch. And Simon is so supportive in her endeavors and seems to really enjoy his wife and family. It's nice to see people functioning with humor and love. Excellent combination! I wish they were in New Jersey so I could visit. Chateaux overnight is on my bucket list!

Posted by Michelle on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

[I wonder, if where they live they have any good Bible teaching churches. If not, maybe my husband ( a Calvary Chapel pastor) could help plant a church there.] Sorry for that. My musings are sometimes a temptation to me. "Chateaux Love" is my guilty pleasure.

Posted by Michelle on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 8:59 pm

You could always try, Michelle. :) I remember a missionary family I heard speak several years ago. They got a lot of ribbing from Americans, and found it hard to raise funds, because they were serving in France and not in Papua New Guinea or "darkest Africa." Their point was that the Gospel is needed as much in France as anywhere. Indeed there is a case to be made that these days there is more Light in Africa than in Europe.

Posted by SursumCorda on Friday, October 01, 2021 at 6:12 am
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