Throughout history, art depicts royalty and nobles indulging in meats, breads, wines and grapes from a sideboard at grand celebrations. Sideboards, often called "credenzas," "buffets," or "servers," origins date back to 19th century Europe when the French adopted the idea of less formal meals. The word "bufet" meaning "bench" or "stool," has French origins dating… Continue reading French Sideboards: Popular Then & Now
Every room needs a decorative anchor. Something that makes the room design feel complete. That something is often a cupboard. Whether new, old or repurposed—one large piece can create essential storage and add loads of character to a room. Let's take a look at some classic French-style cupboards that elevate the idea of "everyday storage".… Continue reading Character Builder: French Cupboards Add Style and Storage
All presents are unwrapped, the tree, glitter and bows are ready to come down. But, how do you spur new life into your home after the holidays? Ring in the New Year with a touch of French Country style. Tip 1: Add Greens. Indoor house plants are a great way to add color and life… Continue reading 8 Tips: Refresh Your Home Post-Holidays with French Country Style
The holiday are here, and it's time tackle your holiday decor. This year make your front door sparkle with holiday cheer. Get inspired and learn some tips on how to transform your front door from "bah-humbug" to holiday magic. 1. Up the Scale A snowy French country wonderland is created here with large scale decorations.… Continue reading Decorating Tips: Make Your Holiday Door Sparkle
The holiday preparations have begun! You're planning your decor and drafting an invite list, but have you found the right dining table for the festivities? Discover five styles of French country dining tables that are perfect for everyday use, that also extend to seat a large group during the holiday season.
Up and down you go, but have you ever considered decorating your staircase? Sometimes those white risers with wood treads seem so predictable and unwelcoming. Stairs are an essential space in the home, but are often overlooked for their design potential. Let's get some ideas on how to transform those old, worn stairs—it just takes… Continue reading Design Trends: Playful + Patterned Staircases
For years, we've been fans of HGTV/Canada's interior designer Sarah Richardson. Her designs transform even the most tragic homes into completely stunning spaces. We've been missing seeing her style, so went see what she was up to, since her show doesn't air on our cable network. Well as expected, she's worked her magic again in… Continue reading Interior Designer Sarah Richardson Works Her Magic Again, Nods to French Style