Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Style Spotlight: French Country Eclectic

In June, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Normandy, France with my family. While we were there, we stayed with the sweetest French couple in their home, a chateaux that was built back in the 10th century. It was one of the most beautiful homes that I've ever seen, and I've been trying to pull inspiration from it since I got back. While it's probably not possible to transform your apartment into a 10th century manor, here is a list of some interesting things that you can learn from their style.

 Step One: Bring on the Green

One of my favorite things about the chateaux was the greenery. The home was on a farm, which inevitably leads to some greenery, but I really loved the plants around the house too. Some were a little wilted, but that didn't really pull away from the overall effect that the bits of green did. Everything seems a little bit more fresh when there are some plants around. 

 Step Two: Function Over Form

Because the chateaux was also a working farm, there was definitely a feeling that function came way before form. Things were mismatched and sometimes in various states of disrepair, but that really just added to the charm. Their home felt lived in and comfortable.

Step Three: Pay Attention to the Kitchen

Well, they were French. Things were a little messy and chaotic, but you could tell that a lot of wonderful things were being made in here. Even if you aren't big into cooking, having a little bit of French inspiration definitely won't hurt. So throw some bread in the oven, toss a towel over your shoulder, and yell out "oh la la!" when whatever you're making feels right. Maybe listen to this song while you're doing all this too.

 Step Four: Don't Be Afraid

One of my favorite things about this house was all of the color and ever changing styles. There were beautiful blue tiles in the bathroom, bright green accents on the walls of another room, and then draping red curtains elsewhere. It was clear that the people who had lived here over the years were not afraid of anything. They put up the colors they felt like at the time, they put out strange and fantastic paintings and decoration. It didn't matter if it didn't quite go together, because a home is not about impressing other people, it's about feeling at home yourself.

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