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 My bag, my French book and an outdated vocabulary were just the things I needed to travel back in time and be happy and laid-back after a long office day.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!


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

  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.

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

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

  5. your blog is amazing! we love it

    greetings from madrid

    Atelier Decor

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

  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 :))))

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

  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 I'm doing just that this year. Love your blog. Bonne chance avec tes cours de français!

    Thanks for sharing Igor!
    Have a good evening!

  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 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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