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The Cottage Journal French Home 2018

The Cottage Journal features decorating ideas, style tips, creative inspiration, and delicious recipes - and now you can enjoy every single page on the tablet! Create a warmer, more magical home with the beauty of nature and The Cottage Journal!

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Hoffman Media
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introduction

Bienvenue! Welcome to The Cottage Journal’s special issue of French Home, featuring a collection of charming homes filled with ideas and color schemes seen in French design.In this issue, we explore the idea of Ma maison est mon château, meaning, “My home is my castle.” The featured dwellings are packed with personal style that gracefully reflects the homeowners. Many of these French-inspired interiors have a simple color palette and minimal decorating, which leads to a classic, relaxed design. In France, there is a love and appreciation for natural wood, stone, linens, chandeliers, pottery, and generally clean lines. Throughout this special issue, you’ll find homes and gardens that exude this timeless style.An interesting feature on decorating with architectural remnants on page 17 is the perfect place to start your journey into…

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france’s best-kept traveling secrets

Images reprinted from The Best Loved Villages of France by Stéphane Bern. Published by Flammarion, Paris, 2014.Planning a trip to Europe is always a daunting task. How could you possibly pick only one place to visit when there is so much history, culture, and beauty to experience? Perusing French television and radio host Stéphane Bern’s book The Best Loved Villages of France may be the answer. Traveling to 44 of the country’s most beautiful and well-kept secrets, The Best Loved Villages of France makes a great case for visiting rural France—and not just the cities designed for tourists’ entertainment. Stéphane explores the towns through visits with people who tell about how each village embraces its history and tradition. Tour the fortress of Lavardin with its mayor, or discover treasures like…

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a bit of history

The sources for many architectural remnants are the ruins of old churches in Europe. Fragments of moldings can vary in color, size, and style. These particular pieces were found in France.Architect Michael Graves once said, “Architecture is not all about the design of the building and nothing else, it is also about the cultural setting and the ambience, the whole affair.” And that may be one reason today’s designers are so interested in collecting remnants of buildings from earlier times. Small pieces of moldings, an old mantel, a balustrade—they introduce a little bit of history and character to our homes.The shop Maison de France Antiques specializes in old architectural remnants from France. Co-owner Ginny Smith says, “It’s like Christmas every time we open a container. I love that every item…

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reigning   violets

Viola tricolor in all its many guises is a kissing cousin of the fragrant violet and earned the name pansy from the French pensée meaning thought.Unlike any other floral perfume in the plant kingdom, only gardeners know the true aroma of fragrant violets. Gather a nosegay of sweet violets, hold it to your nose, and breathe in. Even for gardeners, that unique signature scent came perilously close to being lost. If you have never sampled the essence of Viola odorata, you owe it to your nostrils to find those elusive flowers. Take one whiff, and you’ll understand the reason for the French love affair with these modest blooms.Violets undoubtedly won the hearts of the French long before Napoleon Bonaparte came on the scene. Some say that violets were the first…

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in the details

When asked to describe the style of her home, the owner responds, “Country French.” And when asked her personal style, she shares, “It’s casual and comfortable.” The intermingling of these two styles has resulted in an inviting home with French influences.As you enter through the arched door, you step into a light-filled hallway. The glass chandelier overhead is an antique thought to be originally from France. The grandfather clock and chest were both purchased years ago in New Orleans, long a source for French antiques.Just off the hall sits the living room. The homeowner explained the room’s color palette was influenced by the colors in the rug. The choice was either to go with dark colors or light, and she chose light. “I’m afraid of color,” she says with a…

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in quietness

Once a week for a year, Kerry Vaughan took a detour down a road that led absolutely nowhere in search of a “For Sale” sign. The fact that the road had no real destination was key, because she was seeking solitude. The moment she spotted a realtor’s sign, she pounced, even though the home had a considerably larger footprint than the downsized cottage of her dreams. Although the previous architect/owner had bulked up the cozy dimensions of what was originally a clam shack, as an interior designer and shopkeeper, Kerry knew exactly how to warm it up.In an intimate conservatory-like step-up alcove, Kerry placed a chaise lounge and vintage cement fountain planted with flowering stocks to echo the garden outdoors. An old French shop table holds a suitcase filled with…

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