This month’s issue of Elle Decor Magazine (January/February 2014) is the International issue, republishing highlights from editions of the magazine outside the US. This issue is a lucky treat because it features both a French farmhouse in Normandy and an ultra-chic Paris apartment!

(See our take on the Normandy Farmhouse here.)

On to the apartment. Photography By Antoine Baralhe. Design by Sylvie de Chirée.

Midcentury Eclectic Living Room

Midcentury Eclectic Living Room

Serene Bedroom

Serene Bedroom

Glamorous Dining Room

Glamorous Dining Room

Midcentury Quirky Kitchen

Midcentury Quirky Kitchen

All the rooms are glamorous in gold and white, with an eclectic mix of midcentury and more traditional furnishings. My favorite details are the paper lanterns in the kitchen and the colorful pottery in the dining room, not to mention the low bookcase in the living room.

Here are some gold and white items from I Dream of France that would mix well in this chic Paris apartment:

 

Le Cluny Jacquard Tablecloths - Lemon Rust

Le Cluny Jacquard Tablecloths – Lemon Rust

 

Paris Ceramic Mug

Paris Ceramic Mug

 

 

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Lemongrass

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Lemongrass

Eiffel Tower & Butterfly Necklace - Antique Bronze

Eiffel Tower & Butterfly Necklace – Antique Bronze

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This month’s issue of Elle Decor Magazine (January/February 2014) is the International issue, republishing highlights from editions of the magazine outside the US. This issue is a lucky treat because it features both a French farmhouse in Normandy and an ultra-chic Paris apartment!

First up is the Normandy Farmhouse. Photography by Nicolas Mathéus. Design by Franz Potisek.

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Kitchen

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Kitchen

Love the classic green and white color combination. Elegant and earthy. Note the cooking pot and two wineglasses at the ready. It is a French home after all!

Normandy Farmhouse Green and Red Rustic Dining Room

Normandy Farmhouse Green and Red Rustic Dining Room

Earthy gives way to rustic in the dining room.

Normandy Farmhouse Elegant Living Room

Normandy Farmhouse Elegant Living Room

Softer greens and reds, and a stone fireplace mantel and overmantel.

Normandy Farmhouse Pergola with Pink Climbing Roses

Normandy Farmhouse Pergola with Pink Climbing Roses

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Bath

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Bath

Shades of green and white recall the kitchen combination. This is equally classic and elegant.

Here are some green, white, and red items from I Dream of France with an earthy elegance that would mix well in this farmhouse:

Couleur Nature Fig Red-Green Tablecloths/Runners/Napkins

Couleur Nature Fig Red-Green Tablecloths/Runners/Napkins

Couleur Nature Figs Red-Green Placemats

Couleur Nature Figs Red-Green Placemats

Laguiole Table Knives Ivory Handles Set of 6 on a Wooden Block

Laguiole Table Knives Ivory Handles Set of 6 on a Wooden Block

French Country Verdigris Metal Oval Bucket with Ear Handles

French Country Verdigris Metal Oval Bucket with Ear Handles

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Verbena

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Verbena

I’ll show the Paris Apartment in the next blog entry.

People often ask us, “Do you actually use the things you sell at I Dream of France in your own home?” The answer is OUI! Here are all the things we use at home regularly:

Sunflower Yellow French Coated Tablecloth, from I Dream of France

Sunflower Yellow French Coated Tablecloth, from I Dream of France

On our breakfast table, we use a round coated Sunflower French Country tablecloth in the Yellow colorway. We painted our chairs yellow, green, blue, and red to make an even more colorful statement. (OK, not all the chairs have been painted yet, but that’s another story.)

Sunflowers on Black Accent Rug from I Dream of France

Sunflowers on Black Accent Rug from I Dream of France

We have more kitchen sunflowers in the form of this looped-pile accent rug in front of the sink.

Beauville Ocean Blue Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Beauville Ocean Blue Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Garnier-Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants) Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Garnier-Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants) Tea Towel from I Dream of France from I Dream of France

A busy kitchen needs many towels! We have several from Beauvillé and Garnier-Thiebaut.

Fleur de Lys Metal Double Hook 7" - White - from I Dream of France

Fleur de Lys Metal Double Hook 7″ – White – from I Dream of France

In our dressing area, a pair of Fleur de Lys double hooks (one on each side of a wall mirror) as valet hooks make the morning rush much easier! No more balancing hangers on the door mouldings.

Quimper Faience Jardin D'ete Christmas Ornament

When we were married, we received many pieces of HB Henriot Quimper Faience in the Jardin d’Ete pattern, including a Christmas ornament.

This is just part one…we will update with more next time!

–Brett

The April issue of Elle Decor magazine is themed “the travel issue” and is full of luscious dwellings abroad. Capturing my heart is, of course, an apartment in Paris overlooking the Rue de l’Université on the Left Bank of the Seine. The apartment belongs to a glass and ceramics designer named Olivier Gagnère who has worked for Bernardaud among others. Ceramics are a particular passion of mine, and we were lucky enough to tour the Bernardaud factory in Limoges a few years ago. Peeking into the private home of one of their designers shows another facet of the creativity of this world. What a treat!

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

What I love: the liberal use of the colors lavender and tangerine; the striped Basque tablecloth (similar to our Saint Jean de Luz coated tablecloth); the wall collages of framed drawings, watercolors, and photographs; the bright red dinosaur perched above a cabinet; the pint-size kitchen with a full-size table set for four. These are among the best things in life…color, humor, breaking bread with friends. Wouldn’t you agree?