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.

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...

My Best Finds of the Season | 3 Things I NEVER Fear When Antiquing!

My Best Finds of the Season | 3 Things I NEVER Fear When Antiquing!

What a season we've had!  I have to share with you my BEST finds of the season and three things I NEVER fear when antiquing! Barn sales, junk shops, curbside, thrift shops, antique stores, and even birthday gifts!    I love the thrill of the hunt and the entire...

Digging Out of a RUT, My Fall Makeover

Digging Out of a RUT, My Fall Makeover

Who needs a Fall Makeover? You can never be too rich or too thin. Or so, said the Duchess of Windsor. Quite frankly, that sounds exhausting.   I'd rather simply be happy with myself and "count my many blessings, name them one by one." But allow me to speak plainly. ...

Summer Garden Tour

Summer Garden Tour

Summer Garden Tour                                         That's right, it's time for a Summer Garden Tour.  When all else fails, when the sunshine drowns out the...

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Can we talk about my non-existent stone windowsill, please? I have to confess, (here she does again) being an über creative person with waaaaaaaaaaay too much vision has its drawbacks.  Creativity ebbs and flows but when it flows, it's a beast.   Almost manic.   It's...