Wednesday, February 29, 2012

5 Happy Inspirations: Vive La France!


Today was a pretty exciting day. I started a French conversation course after a ten years break of actively using French. I felt like a freshman at university. My bag, my French book and an outdated vocabulary were just the things I needed to travel back in time and be happy and laid-back after a long office day. So from now on I will be attending my French course every Tuesday evening and since I am in the mood, it is inevitable to make a '5 Happy Inspirations' post with a French 'je ne sais quoi'. Alors, on y va!

1. If you love Paris but live somewhere else (just like me), think of bringing Paris to your home. For example with this stunning wallpaper depicting a historic map of Paris as seen on Design*Sponge.

2. When I think of France, I also think of the French countryside style. I love the use of antique mirrors in varying shapes, rustic linens and worn textures for the touch of an easy-going countryside life, as seen on Rose & Rust.

3. Don't want a bold statement? Opt for a decorative cushion with a France inspired print, like this Paris Icons cushion by John Lewis

4. Nothing beats a fresh baguette from a French boulangerie. To be honest, it is one of the first things I do when in Paris. Baguette galore seen on Life Love Paper.

5. Close your eyes, think of Paris. I imagine Haussmann facades and airy apartments. Wooden floors, old fireplaces, high stuccoed ceilings, contemporary furniture. As seen on Marie Claire Maison.

Vive la France!

14 comments :

  1. That truck full of baguettes is stunning! I am always in the mood for France!

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  2. I'm ready for a French lesson - it's been eons since I've had any formal classroom French. I'm excited for you as you renew your interest and your French conversation..... Kudos.

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  3. I tried to learn French again but I think I'm too old! Loving that wallpaper!

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  4. Thank you all:-) I felt so good after my French conversation course, I just had to pull this little selection together:-)

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  5. your blog is amazing! we love it

    greetings from madrid

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    http://atelierdecor.blogspot.com/

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  6. Vive la France! Je suis complètement d'accord :) Très belles inspirations - j'adore le papier peint! Xx.

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  7. :) As I'm planning my Paris honeymoon, I've been thinking about revising my French, which I learned in both high school and at university. So this morning, on the bus to work, I was reading my high school lessons when the memories started flowing back. I came home, totally decided to take a French course and then I saw this :) This post is almost like a sign from heaven that it's exactly what I should do :D
    P.S. When I close my eyes, I think of La Duree and Chloe :))))

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  8. Oh man, you're making me want to go back!

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  9. J'adore le papier peint et les miroirs! Absolument superbe. I can't wait to go to Paris this summer. I've never been to France and I think that for a French Canadian, it's a must to go back to the land of our ancestors.....so I'm doing just that this year. Love your blog. Bonne chance avec tes cours de français!

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  10. VIVE PARIS! VIVE LA FRANCE!
    Thanks for sharing Igor!
    Have a good evening!

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  11. Congratulation and Bonne Chance!
    Love the Paris map wallpaper. What a great way to have a feature in a room, and if you don't have a headboard then why not make your whole wall a headboard. Such a wonderful idea!
    I am with you on the baguettes...no matter how much I try, they never taste quite the same when I am not in France. Nothing better than a fresh baguette tartine with some butter...YUM!
    Lovely inspiration, thanks for sharing.

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