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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.

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...

How to Select Your Seeds

The time is here.  The black Sharpie is out... and the graph paper too.  I'm rounding up all the seeds I saved from last years plantings and pouring over my notes from last year and my dreams for this year. It's seed time baby. Once the Christmas tree is out with the...

Today in the Kitchen – Fried Egg with Asparagus & Prosciutto

Eggs.  Eggs.  Eggs. It's so funny because I "am not an animal person" but let me tell you...  If you are an animal that offers my family something -  I love you. My chickens are WELL taken care of.  Dare I say - spoiled.   (Which is why I am so mad at them right now....

Basic Distressing Technique

I've been trying to think of another fun video since the great response from the "Mom Makeup Tutorial"  and then I remembered my unpainted door... Hubby runs a kitchen cabinet makeover business and he does beautiful work... But since we are renting this little farm...

City Farmhouse Pop-Up Sale! BE THERE!

  So - if you are anywhere in the area of Franklin Tennessee on the 17th and 18th I insist you check out the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Sale!!!   I can PROMISE you it won't dispoint! My marvelous Momma will be there with all her amazing designs! These photos don't even do...

A Late Summer Morning on the Farm

 Sometimes but not often enough I get to escape outside to do the chores in the early morning.  Before children are running up and down the driveway... before the chickens have been let out...  It's so peaceful...  I'll load the baby in the stroller and we do the...

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