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.

There’s a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Liza

Bucket Sink DIY So this is our Bucket sink DIY. Yep, how to make a vintage bathroom sink with a brass bucket.   Joel and I are going to unpack how to make a bucket sink for the ultimate vintage bathroom sink. You can use your favourite bucket to make a copper sink,...

The Cold Calm Before the Garden

Allow me to pause from decorating, painting and wandering these halls, still stunned that this is our home... I have an announcement to make... It's Winter in Door County BUT The snow is receding. For now, that is. For someone who hates winter, I'm... adjusting. No...

Everyday Chateau, Episode III

Woohoo, baby, we are in full fixer upper mode around here! That is, in between the meals and the homeschooling and the oiling and the recipe testing... This vision for the kitchen is coming together and I have to stop myself from saying, "Slowly, but surely." as we...

Where Women Create

Or, at the very least, "Where this Woman Creates" WWC is a fine magazine run by the amazing Jo Packam and once I had the honour of being on the cover of Jo's food based "Where Women Cook" (found here). That was back in the blogging hay-day... but... Forgive my old...

The Rejected House, The Before Pics

If you missed it, you'll want to go back and get up to snuff because I'd love to share with you now the before photos of this French Farmhouse Makeover and why I rejected this house for TWO years! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to actually have something to...

How to Build a Cheap Pergola – Southern France Style

En plein air.... Plein air dining. One of the best expressions EVER.   Perhaps you know it best as al fresco.... or picnic... or just plain eating outside. Whatever you call it.   I love to do it.   Eating outside is one of life's true, true pleasures.   Few things...

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...

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