French Country Decorating

Then + Now: What is French Provincial Style?

French Provincial style originated in the smaller cities and the countryside outside of Paris, mostly during the 18th century. Country manor homes were decorated with furnishings that emulated the highly-prized and valued furnishings found in the Parisian markets. While manor owners were often affluent, they could not afford the pricey Parisian pieces. The demand for… Continue reading Then + Now: What is French Provincial Style?

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10 Beautiful French Libraries, Plus Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld’s

Collecting and displaying books is like creating a window into your sole. Each piece of fiction or non-fiction opens up an idea, transports you somewhere or supports a creative pursuit. If you've always dreamed of creating a home library to exclusively display your books, here are some French-influenced libraries to get inspired. Karl Lagerfeld, legendary… Continue reading 10 Beautiful French Libraries, Plus Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld’s

French Country Decorating

French Sideboards: Popular Then & Now

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