Sunday, 28 April 2013

Inspiration No. 8 - French Inspired - Interiors & Recipes

I've had a busy week trying to sort out more of my mothers furniture, my home currently feels like "The old curiosity shop" and I simply have to start moving things out so I can move forward.  Due to this extra work I had little time to post last week and missed out on my  regular weekly inspiration post so I've been rushing around the Internet the past few hours to find some great inspiration for you. I wanted to focus on a French theme today, interiors, food and even a fabulous brocante tour in France.

French style is easy to re-create, it can be opulent or country depending on your tastes. I myself prefer a simple country look, probably as I have a small cottage with little space. However, I also love opulence and if I had larger rooms I may choose to bring some opulence into my bedroom. Whether you choose to have a small corner of  your home in this style or a whole house, I have sourced some images that should help you on your way...











Images via: 1|2|3|4|5|6

If you love antiquities, country fairs and France, Sharon at My French Country Home has just hosted her second Brocante tour in France and has another tour organised later in September 2013. You can read about day 4 of the current tour and see more images using the link above. The tour includes a French cooking lesson in this lovely kitchen below. visits to fairs, local dealers and accommodation is in an 18th Century ch√Ęteau in Normandy.




If you are interested in finding out more about the tour, please visit "here" or use the link above.



And now for some yummy traditional French recipes....

Cherry Clafoutis - Recipe can be found at Gourmet Baking

Creme Brulee - Recipe can be found here

French style may not always be exactly the way we envisage, my last post featured a typical Villa on the French Atlantic coast but its interior was quite a surprise and certainly there were mixed feelings about its interior. If you missed this post, You can read more here.  

I created a French feel to my bedroom with the simple addition of some old weathered shutters...Read more here.




We hope you have found lots of inspiration, I'm definitely going to make the Cherry Clafoutis. I would love to go on the Brocante tour too but NZ is such a long way from Europe, but who knows!


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17 comments:

  1. Beautiful! My favourite is the big gold mirror in pic 3 - divine! x

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    1. Thanks Vic, that mirror is divine!

      Lee :)

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    1. Thank you Rupert for your comment :)

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  3. pic 6 - omg... I would like to live there... with a golden mirror from the pic 3!

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    1. I think my favourite room too and that amazing mirror in image 3.

      Lee :)

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  4. This is fabulous! Cream Brule yammy:)

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    1. Thank you Anna, nearly finished the post on Mink, I am putting a lot of work into it :)

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  5. I love it all. Every picture has something wonderful to inspire. I would love to bring more into my home, so I study these pictures constantly. I would love for you to link this to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.
    http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/04/162nd-inspire-me-tuesday.html
    Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you Marty, would love to connect up and share this post, thank you for the invite.

      Lee :)

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  6. What is it about the French look that is so appealing!? These are such yummy images, the rooms and the treats!

    Cindy

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    1. I am not sure why the French style is so appealing, my post on my makeover of my bedroom re French shutters has been the most popular post on my blog and still gets new visits every day. I think that we love this style as it has character but can be opulent or country and it's so easy to introduce a little of it to our homes as it mixes well with other styles.

      Lee :)

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  7. Oh what lovely pictures!
    Choosing a specific French style and sticking to that is hard for me...I have a bit of this and a bit of that....
    If it were just me, I would choose a more rustic style than I have....but then much of what I have is handed down through generations, so it is anything but rustic.....
    Come for a visit...
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Most definitely I will visit your site Nancy. I too have a bit of this and a bit of that. I think mixing styles can add so much more interest to a home and I guarantee that the other rooms in the homes above have more of an eclectic mix too.

      Lee :)

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  8. Beautiful inspiration and I love your shutters! Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
    xx,
    Sherry

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    1. Thanks Sherry and thank you for letting us share our posts at your Open House Party, there is such an amazing amount of inspiration there each week.

      Lee :)

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  9. Hi,

    I am very impressed after reading through parts of your blog. With your cooking skills I think you could be interested in this competition I have found. You cook your national dish and then you have the opportunity to win an iPad mini or money. It could also be a good chance for you to let more people know about your blog since you will be shown on their homepage and in a cookbook!
    Here's the presentation about the competition:
    Competition: Win iPad or Money
    And here's their facebook page:
    Facebook Page

    I hope you will be win..

    Thanks

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