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Feb 27, 2011

French Inspired Interiors

Trendy, old-world, elegant, rustic.
You probably can't go wrong 
with French-inspired style decor.
Oh la la.

 A framed chalkboard panel with an Eiffel tower is a very smart idea. 
 I hope the drawing is made with a permanent ink.
If you have a toddler with a chalk in hand, that may become a different 
kind of art all together in a matter of minutes.

Beautiful vintage fixtures, antique chandelier and lots of natural light. 
The cabinet doors are recycled windows from elsewhere in this home. 
So soothing and elegant.

Too cluttered for my taste 
(I would definitely start putting things away immediately!). 
Yet, I adore the old-world charm of this kitchen.
I love the juxtaposition of the modern metal backsplash 
and the vintage-looking La Cornue stove.

Neutral palette, huge crystal chandelier, ceiling medallion, Louis XVI chairs. 
The inviting and relaxed atmosphere seems perfect for small dinner parties.

How about this home office with a RĂ©gence style desk and 
a gorgeous Trumeau mirror? 
I love the combination of red, black, and pale blue. 
I don't know that I would have the courage to do it, but...

Modern Parisian-hotel chic.
Stark white walls.
Gold accents.
Black French doors. 
Minimalistic perfection.

European country look mixed with contemporary white cabinets. 

The beautiful upholstered settee really makes this library.
I love the black Ikea bookcases (yes, Ikea) 
and the very smart floral skirt along the bottom. 
It hides a storage area underneath. 

A mix of old and new in this Paris bistro inspired kitchen. 
And the bike. You know this image wouldn't be complete without the bike.

Now I need a croissant (or two).
May you have an inspired week, my loves.


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Feb 22, 2011

French Beauty + Giveaway Winner

Happy Tuesday, loves.

Of all the images floating around online, 
these are top of my list.

They are from the 
Chateau de Moissac-Bellevue in Provence, France.

Can you believe that you can actually STAY at this spectacular place?
(if you have quite a bit of dinero, of course).

And now...

given that I may have possibly put you in a French state of mind, 
allow me to announce the winner of the fab book
"The French Room":

The winner is....

Comment number 1 

Claudia B. from Casa de Berry.

Congrats, Claudia!

Please email me your address.

Thank you all for participating!

Next giveaway (in March): jewelry.

Have a wonderful day,

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Feb 18, 2011

Serenity Now




That's what I feel when I look at these images.

Hope my weekend is as relaxing 
as the ambiance in these rooms.

Have a wonderful weekend, my loves.


There's still time to enter The French Room book giveaway 

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Feb 16, 2011

Designer Watch: Melanie Coddington

I really love the wall colors in all these rooms.

They feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable.
They say "elegance" with a quiet, subtle voice.

These rooms were designed by the very talented 
Melanie Coddington.
Lots of inspiration on her site.

Changing subjects:
Don't forget to enter The French Room book giveaway 

Have a wonderful day.
Remember that inspiration is everywhere.

Hugs, my loves.

Feb 15, 2011

The French Room Book Giveaway

I looooooved browsing through this book at Borders last week.

If you like France, or French inspired anything...
you will love this book.

If this is not completely your style, 
not only this book may change your mind 
but it will look great on your coffee table.

The photos on this post do not do justice
to the outstanding quality of the images in this book.

So, I'll be giving one copy to one lucky winner.

Anyone can participate, you too, my international friends!

To be included in this giveaway:
1. Follow my blog (let me know you do in your comment below).

For additional chances to win:
2. Tweet about this giveaway.
3. Link this post to your blog.
A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, February 21.

Good luck!

Many hugs,

Feb 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Love can come from different sources: 

your sweetie, your family, your friends, your dog.

Love is everywhere. 


I'll be spreading some love with another giveaway.
Come visit me tomorrow :-)

Hugs and kisses,


Feb 11, 2011

Provence Heaven

It's no secret to those who know me that I love Provence, France.

I adore the simple, rustic style that 
somehow looks chic without much effort.

This beautiful property is a vacation rental.

I love that super modern kitchen surrounded by all the stone!
(and the asparagus look tempting too).

Happy Weekend, loves!

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