I have been to France twice in my life, and each time, I fell in love with so many things in this dreamlike country. When Cindy Cooper told me she was editing her book on French Country style, my heart rejoiced! For those of you who know me, you know I adore all things colonial and British (insert my affection for dainty treats and afternoon tea), but traveling to France expanded my list of “loves.”
My visit to the French countryside changed my life. Nearly every home is enveloped in an elegant and perfectly pruned rose garden. And if there is no garden, pots and planters filled to the brim with a breathtaking array of flora sufficiently fill the gap.
From luxurious castles, quaint farmhouses and charming villas, each kind of French home is enchanting in its own way. There is a fairy tale-like quality to every abode—I could truly get lost for hours simply strolling around gazing affectionately at each home. The exteriors are spectacular, but the interiors boast a glorious mixture of textiles in plaids, toiles, and floral prints that I cannot seem to get enough of!
And, my, oh my, at the darling little shops brimming with stacks and stacks of the plushest threads I have ever felt. Fabric remnants, quilts and blankets, place mats and tablecloths—be still my linen-loving heart!
Timeless is the best word to describe French style. Nothing is discarded, but rather carefully repurposed. Old farm tables find their way into the kitchens and office spaces. Mismatched chairs gather around counters and desks to add such personality. And delicate saucers make their debut at teatime or on beautiful wall arrangements. Treasures galore!
Thank goodness so many beautiful antiques have been imported into the US so that we can acquire wonderful pieces and add eclectic flair to our homes!
I adore anything beautiful, and I am always searching for ways to give items new life in my home. I am holding onto a vintage piece of blue-and-white linen from France that I just can’t quite decide what to do with. So, until I make up my mind, I’ll just keep admiring and refolding it, over and over again.