5 Happy Inspirations: Vive La France!

28 February 2012 0


Today was a pretty exciting day. I started a French conversation course after a ten years break of actively using French. I felt like a freshman at university. My bag, my French book and an outdated vocabulary were just the things I needed to travel back in time and be happy and laid-back after a long office day. So from now on I will be attending my French course every Tuesday evening and since I am in the mood, it is inevitable to make a ‘5 Happy Inspirations’ post with a French ‘je ne sais quoi’. Alors, on y va!

1. If you love Paris but live somewhere else (just like me), think of bringing Paris to your home. For example with this stunning wallpaper depicting a historic map of Paris as seen on Design*Sponge.

2. When I think of France, I also think of the French countryside style. I love the use of antique mirrors in varying shapes, rustic linens and worn textures for the touch of an easy-going countryside life, as seen on Rose & Rust.

3. Don’t want a bold statement? Opt for a decorative cushion with a France inspired print, like this Paris Icons cushion by John Lewis

4. Nothing beats a fresh baguette from a French boulangerie. To be honest, it is one of the first things I do when in Paris. Baguette galore seen on Life Love Paper.

5. Close your eyes, think of Paris. I imagine Haussmann facades and airy apartments. Wooden floors, old fireplaces, high stuccoed ceilings, contemporary furniture. As seen on Marie Claire Maison.

Vive la France!

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  • Reply Lauren 29 February 2012 at 00:43

    That truck full of baguettes is stunning! I am always in the mood for France!

  • Reply Cyndi Murdoch 29 February 2012 at 02:20

    I’m ready for a French lesson – it’s been eons since I’ve had any formal classroom French. I’m excited for you as you renew your interest and your French conversation….. Kudos.

  • Reply Kathryn @ TikiBoo 29 February 2012 at 05:51

    I tried to learn French again but I think I’m too old! Loving that wallpaper!

  • Reply Olivia 29 February 2012 at 09:24

    très jolie sélection !

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 29 February 2012 at 10:08

    Thank you all:-) I felt so good after my French conversation course, I just had to pull this little selection together:-)

  • Reply AtelierDecor 29 February 2012 at 10:19

    your blog is amazing! we love it

    greetings from madrid

    Atelier Decor

  • Reply holly@hvhinteriors 29 February 2012 at 10:20

    Vive la France! Je suis complètement d’accord 🙂 Très belles inspirations – j’adore le papier peint! Xx.

  • Reply Bojana 29 February 2012 at 10:55

    🙂 As I’m planning my Paris honeymoon, I’ve been thinking about revising my French, which I learned in both high school and at university. So this morning, on the bus to work, I was reading my high school lessons when the memories started flowing back. I came home, totally decided to take a French course and then I saw this 🙂 This post is almost like a sign from heaven that it’s exactly what I should do 😀
    P.S. When I close my eyes, I think of La Duree and Chloe :))))

  • Reply Miss B. 29 February 2012 at 11:15

    Oh man, you’re making me want to go back!

  • Reply Sam Henderson 29 February 2012 at 12:42


  • Reply Statements in Fashion 29 February 2012 at 13:34

    How exciting!! The best of luck to you in your course…sounds like fun:)

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  • Reply C.B. 29 February 2012 at 13:35

    J’adore le papier peint et les miroirs! Absolument superbe. I can’t wait to go to Paris this summer. I’ve never been to France and I think that for a French Canadian, it’s a must to go back to the land of our ancestors…..so I’m doing just that this year. Love your blog. Bonne chance avec tes cours de français!

  • Reply Dentelline 29 February 2012 at 19:36

    Thanks for sharing Igor!
    Have a good evening!

  • Reply Anna - Canoe Design 1 March 2012 at 17:20

    Congratulation and Bonne Chance!
    Love the Paris map wallpaper. What a great way to have a feature in a room, and if you don’t have a headboard then why not make your whole wall a headboard. Such a wonderful idea!
    I am with you on the baguettes…no matter how much I try, they never taste quite the same when I am not in France. Nothing better than a fresh baguette tartine with some butter…YUM!
    Lovely inspiration, thanks for sharing.

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