My

French Farmhouse

Décor Philosophy

 

To create a true French Farmhouse feeling one must let go of the American obsession with perfection and embrace imperfection. The French are not typically interested in “bigger, better, faster” and this is evident in their surroundings. Homes are old and LIVED in.

A French Farmhouse will hold worn surfaces, well-read books and tattered furniture that appears to have been enjoyed for generations. Its kitchen will smell of herbs and the next savoury meal. Its bedrooms adorned in textiles that have been handed down from generation to generation. A French Farmhouse is lived in, art is cultured there, food is created there and a mystery should unfold in every room. Family is celebrated in this space with heirlooms displayed for enjoyment and big harvest tables where meals are celebrated three times daily.

We stateside Francophiles CAN recreate this look, but it won’t happen in the aisles of Homegoods. It will happen when we “trouvé”… when we find our Farmhouse look is gathered, treasured and perfectly imperfect. These posts will reflect my own French Farmhouse style has evolved over the years and how I am creating this signature look here at our new home; Sur le Rocher in Door County.

French Cooking for Children, Curried Eggs

I'm craving my garden.   Craving the colour, the tastes and the time out there together with my children. We plant, we weed, we smell, we admire and then we create. Store bought produce tastes like... winter. In my impatience for those experiences this Spring, I dug...

The Days of Wine and Roses – The Curse of the Creative

The curse of the creative. I think a lot. A lot. My poor brain. I work so hard to turn it off. There are multiple obsessions... I ponder my business and how to support my oil team, I ponder my patisserie and what kind of equipment I'll need... what kind of menu I will...

Wanted: Farm for Sale

    Wanted: Farm for Sale. The wind is howling. It's January and the colour of the sky hasn't changed since dawn.But it can't stop my excitement."Can't stop the feeling!" This. Is. Our. Year. We're in the final, final stages of a four-year plan that...

French Farmhouse Elements

  So here it is. My living room. In all, it's so-called glory. I've been sitting on the post for three weeks because... confession... I'm a perfectionist. There. I said it. As if you didn't know. Maybe I didn't really know. Maybe my desire to do this stupid post...

Perfect Farmhouse Flower Arrangements

There's no magazine-picture-perfect house with six kids, a hubby and a farm but you can have Perfect Farmhouse Flowers. Style it up as I may... stay on top of it as I might, there's always an overripe sock (on a kitchen counter) today's stack of junk mail (right where...

Potager…The Garden at Sunset

Dusk in the Jardin Potager. I love those words... jardin potager. They are so romantic and descriptive to me I can hardly stand it. But you have to swear to me that you will pronounce it "poe-tagh-ay" - soft "g" and all that. Never say "pot-ig-er". Ever.  ...

Pallet Pig Pasture

This little piggie went to pasture. Thanks to our new Pallet Pig Fence! Oh, my goodness. I've lost my mind. I love pigs. It's silly I know, we've raised chickens for meat and eggs, rabbits for meat, have dairy goats, grow lots of veggies but having pigs makes me feel...

I’m Still Here…

I'm still here... and I'm OK. Thank you to those who have reached out to check on me. We're on the home stretch here with this sweet baby due in less than six weeks and the strong, spring demands of farm life. But can you believe it? It's almost over but as every...

Shiny Brites! My Shiny Brite Collection!

So.... wanna see my holiday pride and joy... A little peak at my Shiny Brite Collection? I thought you'd never ask. What is a Shiny Brite?  Only the most fabulous of all vintage Christmas ornaments.  A mon avis.  Shiny Brites! Even Wikipedia knows about them for...

Ten Year Old Boy Birthday Party Ideas

Ten-Year-Old Boy Birthday Party Ideas Five kids.... That's a whole lot of outgoing cash five times a year via birthdays. But not here. I'll let you in on a little secret... the way we do birthdays around here... First...Birthdays are a BIG deal to me. It's the day God...

French Country Christmas

 This is a repost of a blog post written about two years ago... to get into the Christmas Decorating/Pinning Spirit I thought I'd bring it back front and centre. French Country Christmas: The Parisienne Farmhouse... Noël Unbelievable: it's our second Christmas here at...

Basic Distressing Technique

Here's a fun one which originally posted last October 2014. If you loved it... enjoy it again and if you haven't... it's new to you! I've been trying to think of another fun video since the great response from the "Mom Makeup Tutorial"  and then I remembered my...

Potager Week Five

Oh my goodness. Where has four weeks gone! I have SO MANY video clips and photos to share and I am behind, behind, behind. Well, that happens with exploding cats.  One gets behind with her hobbies. So forgive me.  I'm delayed and thus for a few weeks while I get...

Potager Week 2

Today it's short, sweet and cold. Like... freezing. Like the tarp that goes under our pool is covering my precious strawberries, the rosemary are draped in beach towels, the leeks covered by vintage tablecloths and I am just plain saying a prayer for all the lavender....

Week by Week in my Potager

It's that time. The temperatures are leveling out, the wind has mellowed and the spring plantings have called. Our whole schedule changes now as a family as we switch from "Hit it Hard" - our motto for the first quarter to "Get Outside" our motto for the second...

Tres Simple Terrariums

Or as we say on this side of the pond... EASY PEASY TERRARIUMS Inspiration.  It is a wonderful thing. I have a handful of things that inspire me.  It's not my style to feel threatened or inferior (I'm well aware of my shortcomings)... I'd rather be inspired by...

It’s a Different World

The other day my husband lamented the mud spatters on his jeans as he loaded the kids in the truck for church group. --------------- It's muddy here on the farm. And that's an understatement.  It's a quagmire. A bog.  A disaster. We went from freezing temps and tons...

Think Spring – Top 7 Garage Sale-in’ Tips

Top 7 Garage Sale-in' Tips I realize it's not Siberia in ALL parts of the country so while the rest of us are waiting for temps to reach over fifteen degrees I know some of you lucky dogs are gathering up your quarters, gassing your tanks and hitting the roads for the...

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