On Design

Parisienne Farmgirl

To create a proper French, English, or European Farmhouse feeling, one must let go of the American obsession with perfection and embrace imperfection. The French and their British counterparts are not typically interested in ‘bigger, better, faster,’ which is evident in their surroundings. Homes are old and LIVED in. I call the style ‘Old World’, and it can be enjoyed in various ways, from an east coast colonial to an attic apartment in the city’s heart.

A home designed with this Old World mindset 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 savory meal. Its bedrooms are adorned with textiles that have been handed down from generation to generation. This home 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 or cozy breakfast nooks where meals are celebrated multiple times a day.

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

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How to Identify a Maker’s Mark and Their History |EASTER TABLE IDEAS

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We’ve Started the Monet Tile Install! | Monet’s Kitchen Tile

We’ve Started the Monet Tile Install! | Monet’s Kitchen Tile

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Taking Care of Myself During Remodeling | From Chaos to Cuisine Part 7 | FRENCH FARMHOUSE

Taking Care of Myself During Remodeling | From Chaos to Cuisine Part 7 | FRENCH FARMHOUSE

Forward, backward, inward, outward, bottom to the top, makes no difference where you are, as long as you don't stop. Thinking of this scene from Alice in Wonderland (a personal favorite) I've decided I'm both the Dodo (for obvious reasons) and one of the many...

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So You Think You Wanna Lay Terra Cotta Flooring | Gird Your Loins

So You Think You Wanna Lay Terra Cotta Flooring | Gird Your Loins

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