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.

Pressure and a Mid-October Garden Review

Mid October Garden Review | Easy Peasy Sun-Dried Tomatoes | What to do with Late Tomatoes A vulnerable moment. Everyday life has been incredibly thick as of late. The cow and calf are not doing as well as we would have liked and we've been battling mastitis on and off...

10 Ways I Stay Organized (and Sane)

I receive quite a few questions on how I "do it all"... I find it terribly embarrassing.  No one "does it all" and there is NO secret sauce for success, sanity or organization.  But... I did get to thinking that there are a handful of habits I could share with you...

OUR NEWEST PROJECT! | My Second-Hand Drawing Room | THRIFTED STYLE |

Well, the "pretty room" as we've always called it is JUST about finished and I couldn't wait 'til it was, to share it with you. Life is going by SO fast with all these projects and I've been so neglectful in posting here. I figured with a new space, I should celebrate...

Chamomile Dreams | My Chamomile Harvest

https://www.youtube.com/embed/e_GLqU6IBZI Yes, I'm still here catching up on posting my Youtube content. This video has to be one of my favs. The harvest was INCREDIBLE and I still have a winter's worth of tea to drink even after all the braiding and garland with this...

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

https://www.youtube.com/embed/XF84KrfwbZQ The Lake Isle of Innisfree BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,And live alone...

4th of July Design. Come Thrift with Me.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0HPW-auhdg8 Life moves so fast, and I've been dreadful about posting our latest videos here on the blog, so humor me this week as I get caught up. The 4th has past us, but who doesn't love a good trip to the thrift shop no matter what...

Flowers for Christmas

Flowers for Christmas

It's that time. I've got plaid on the brain. Thoughts of Shiny Brites and cookie decorating and of course, a house brightened with hundred of Paperwhites and plenty of Amaryllis. The year has been long and draining, like you, I'm tired. The wonderful things, the...

How to Make Lavender Infused Honey | Lavender Honey Latte Recipe

How to Make Lavender Infused Honey | Lavender Honey Latte Recipe

August gardens mean lavender, lavender, and MORE lavender. My "Phenomenal" lavender (talked about here) is bring SUCH beauty to the every day and I knew it was time to share my tips for a gorgeous lavender honey latté. (But be kind:). My Nikon is headed out for...

Wildflower Remedies

Wildflower Remedies

I look for excuses to use my flowers in, on, and for just about everything. I never have to look very far. My cousin came to visit last week for my birthday and made me a most delicious cake and like a true friend, she let me decorate it with black pansy, wild...

Garden Fails and Successes

Garden Fails and Successes

Gardening is always about next year.

That’s my quote and I stand by it.   I don’t say it to take away from living in the moment and enjoying the heady scent of a rose or the dirt under your fingernails… In fact, any garden has wins and fails every year and while the wins bring the most delight, it’s the fails that teach us to hone our skills and become our very best gardener. And that’s what I set out to do this year – become my very best gardener.

We Got a Dairy Cow!

We Got a Dairy Cow!

It's Monday. We have record high temps here in Door County, a well pump that hates us (IE: no running water), brakes on the truck that are not cooporating with Joel's mechanic skills and I've hit my wall after going non-stop since February 28th in the garden. But...

January Planting Guide by Zone

January Planting Guide by Zone

January Planting Guide by Zone and other January Ponderings... There's always something to do in the garden, no matter where you live and no matter what the season.   Some of you may be lucky souls in the throws of Spring and others, like myself and buried in feet of...