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My French Noël - 7 ways to add French flair to your home this Christmas 2020 / 2021

The holiday season is around the corner and it's time to start thinking about how to decorate your home this Christmas. Why not add French flair with these simple and stunning decorating ideas. 1. The French Christmas mantle piece Welcome le père noël in style by adding French accents to your fireplace. Display candlesticks, glassware and silverware with Christmas lights and branches to make a sparkling impact. This elegant fireplace is beautifully decorated with wicker baskets overflowing with pine cones, a garland adorned with lemons and limes and matching wreath hung from the antique French trumeau mirror, a pair of finials and a Louis XV armchair.  Silver mercury glass candlesticks and ornaments shimmer on the mantle piece and look fabulous displayed in collection.  2. A Christmas mirror Gilded...

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8 ways to create your French garden for 2020

Designing a classic French garden can be achieved with ease as long as there is a delicate harmony between nature, architecture and art. Follow these eight steps to create a beautiful, timeless and elegant French garden. One – Adopt a French garden style that suits your space and climate France has many climates and regions to draw inspiration from, so it is important to choose the right one for you.    The most renowned and photogenic French garden regions are as follows: Lush gardens of the Châteaux of the Loire Valley Grand symmetrical parterres, avenues of lofty deciduous trees and meticulously espaliered fruit trees are commonplace in the French gardens of the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Trimmed hedges border...

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Exploring the Cinque Terre, Italy

The Cinque Terre is a must-visit destination for those who love the outdoors, hiking, the seaside and all that the Mediterranean offers. The five villages are all within a beautiful National Park and they are together a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend at least three to four nights to be sure that there is time to visit each village. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are accessible by foot, train, boat (weather dependent) and car / motorbike for those who have experience driving on narrow and steep roads. The preferred way to visit the villages is by hiking the world famous coastal tracks from village to village. You can then get back with the ferry or train (both are...

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The hidden jewel of Portofino - La Cervara

La Cervara is a fourteenth century Abbey that is now a hotel set above the buzz of the Portofino esplanade. The panorama is breathtaking across the bay of Portofino. Believe it or not, Pope Gregory XI (the last Pope of Avignon) regularly stayed here. It has been a retreat for religious, artistic and military leaders. The honeymoon suite, otherwise known as 'the prison' was where Francis I, King of France was imprisoned following his defeat in Pavia in 1525 by Charles V, King of Spain. The estate has had a turbulent history. Over the past seven centuries it has been abandoned, pillaged and restored several times over. The glory days of the monastery were during the sixteenth century when it led ten...

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L'art de vivre - make every day beautiful

In the south of France, the French are experts of l'art de vivre. They are able to make the everyday life beautiful with carefully selected décor.  Our pair of French mid century urns Our marble top butcher's table Our set of garden chairs were made in Paris in the 1920's The French masterfully create beautiful spaces, both indoors and out. Meals are never rushed and there is always seasonal produce in abundance on an effortlessly chic table setting.  Our 18th century kitchen buffet French linen Chunky French cutting boards and Artisan ceramics The dining room at Ett Hem in Stockholm is a welcoming and chic space to linger over a late breakfast or long lunch.  Our bronze Louis Philippe lustre Our extra-large butcher's table...

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