Every girl, at some point, falls in love with France. Or at least the idea of it. The Eiffel tower, the sophistication, the thought of eating croissants and sipping coffee at a corner cafe. And the accent. That French accent. And if that love of France carries over into adulthood and crosses over into the architecture and design of the French countryside, how do you bring that home? What is French country decor? How do you do French country?
I have stumbled upon the answer. Actually, I practically jumped over chairs at the Haven conference to meet the woman who came up with the answers. Anita Joyce, the woman behind the Cedar Hill Farmhouse blog, has written a book. Not just any book. A book all about French country style and how you can achieve it in your own home. It is titled French Accents.
As soon as I began reading this book, I began to scour my home for French country details. Did I have any? Would I even know if I did have any? Did I fall in love with a piece of furniture, just as Anita did, that would forever define my style? The quick answer…. no. What I did realize from reading her book is that if you are a lover of French country style, French Accents will teach you how to achieve this style. What Anita may (or may not) have intended is that this can be a guide for achieving your style in your home.
Anita shares how to identify that stunningly beautiful French style, but she points out what she is drawn to and how to put it all together. This translates beautifully to any style. Because Anita’s style, her home, her blog, all came about because she fell in love with French country decor. Step by step, she takes you through her thought processes on choosing furniture and decor, finding those one of a kind pieces and pulling it all together, en francais.
So as I wandered around my house, trying to decide if I was French country and didn’t know it, I realized that I had my own style. And thanks to Anita’s wonderful book, I realized that there is a method to everyone’s madness.
You really must pick up her book. Her stunning home and one of a kind finds will draw you in with the pictures. But her honesty and clarity in how she pulls it all together is what really makes this the ultimate guide book to French country style. And hop on over to read what these other bloggers have to say about her book too.