Hi, I’m Fiona, the green loving girl behing Emerald and Jade.
Launched in 2021, Emerald & Jade Loves shares our family life here in rural France and beyond. If you love flowers, travelling as a family and bright colours inside and outside of your home, we hope you find inspiration here.
We left Bristol, UK back in March 2018, to move to Western France. More specifically, we moved to the Vienne, in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine.
We moved into our 1790 French farmhouse several months later, and have since been settling into our French life, working on the house, the gites and the gardens.
In 2021 we are looking to start our potager and cut flower garden, as well as continue improving our home and holiday cottages.
Born in Versailles, France, I mostly grew up in the French Alps, with a few years spent in Ireland. At the age of 18, I left Grenoble for the UK, in order to start university.
Barry grew up in the UK, but always had a love for new cultures. He has been settling well into French life, running his own business Le Jardin Contemporain and picking up new French expressions daily.
Barry and I have both moved around a lot throughout our lives, and have enjoyed travelling together since we first met. My family have also emigrated all across the world over time, so it’s no wonder I’m drawn to travelling and exploring. I’m thankful my family share my love of adventure, and we love any excuse for a day trip or travels someplace new.
Siena and Hugo were 7 and 4 when we moved, and are now fully bilingual and thriving off the French countryside air and open spaces. They also love having three cats and being surrounded by wildlife. They’ve had their fair share of travels and can’t wait to be on the move again once covid settles.
Why Emerald & Jade Loves?
I’ve always had a creative streak. Back in primary school I tried to start a newspaper (and I got in trouble for using the photocopier without permission!). I also roped my friends in to hold a stall selling handmade bracelets at the village fair. More recently, I successfully rang my own events floristry business Emerald & Jade Flowers.
With our move to France, followed by the dreaded Covid, it has been a tough time for creative businesses. Whilst I am not currently working as a florist, my creative soul remains drawn to all things colourful and creative, which I put to good use in our home.
Being always drawn back to writing, Emerald & Jade Loves is my latest creative venture. Sharing our French journey as a family, and everything it brings with it, from flowers, colourful interior design and travels. As and when things settle down covid wise, I also look forward to incorporating more travel.
As well as keeping up with our journey on the blog, come and follow us Instagram.