Note to self: I should do that more often! :)
So here is a French tour of our home, filled with lilac, handmade stuff and a little bit of happiness. I could say that our home’s style is a mix of this and that – some dreaming of the beach Cottage, romantic and delicate Shabby Chic, white and airy Scandinavian.
We finished the house almost three years ago and we filled it with lots of lovely simple things that we like. I will highlight the decorations/transformations we’ve made ourselves (me and Mr. Dreamy) with links to their original posts, just in case you love them too and want to make some of your own! :)
First I gathered some of my favorite French vases, pitchers, painted jars, jugs, baskets and even a cupcake stand and filled them all with these lovely-and-delicate-all-time-favorite-flowers! Below you can see a Frenchified group hug :) All that amazing lilac in one place, before arranging the vases in strategic points around the house. Can you smell that heavenly fragrance? :)
I used the French pitcher, some Shabby Chic candle holders (from Ikea, all painted and distressed), a Shabby French sign (made from wood, painted and distressed, decorated with decals), a Shabby wooden board and a French clock (also handmade) and rapidly styled the dresser under the stairs.
Then I used a small enamel pitcher, also from Ikea, to which I added some faux rusting on the edges with paint and a French graphic (I’ll show you soon how to make one yourself) and placed it on my kitchen table. Yes, the same table that I painted, distressed and decorated with decals with another beautiful French graphic! :)
On the counter top in my kitchen I put some lilac on this lovely Shabby cupcake stand that I use a lot in my home for all kind of things … beside holding cupcakes and mini tarts :) On the left you can see one of the French made pots with some small lemon trees I planted last year and on the right the painted jars I’ve made to reorganize my kitchen. Lots of handmade goodies as you can see! :)
In the living room I put some amazing lilac in another enamel pitcher from Ikea and placed it on my coffee table using for styling a round wooden plate I painted and distressed a while ago. When building the house we opted for lots of open spaces, so here is a view of the kitchen from the living room.
The coffee table* from the living room is from Ikea but of course I revamped it with a little painting and distressing! :) I used some of the amazing milk paint from General Finishes* and even added a cottage style table top, made from reclaimed wood. Hopefully I’ll show you how to also do that soon! :)
P.S. As you can see the lighting was kind of poor, so I had to switch on all the lights to do this photo-shooting.
Note to self 2: I should learn how to use my camera other than on automatic mode! :)
By the window I used a flower stand from Ikea and I filled a basket with some more of that beautiful lilac. This is definitely one of my favorite places for reading … by my French windows that I absolutely adore! :)
In the bedroom I put some lovely lilac in a small milk jug with French touches for an extra aromatherapy session :) I arranged it on my nightstand with a Shabby candle holder and a simple but beautiful lamp from Ikea. And one of the books I’m reading right now – The China Study, a life changing book that I highly recommend if you plan to become vegetarian someday or are just looking for a new, eye opening perspective on health & nutrition.
In the office I used a simple white pot filled with lilac, a beautiful white angel and my essential oils reed diffuser with its beautiful French script angel wings. And my lovely French table painted with milk paint* that I’m sure you already know by now :)
I had some broken lilac branches and decided to keep all the little flowers and let them dry in a lovely basket tray that I have painted white a few weeks ago.
Aren’t these delicate beauties just amazing? :)
Only after writing this post and mentioning all these handmade decorations around our home I have realized how many of them are created/transformed by me and Mr. Dreamy!!! That’s another bit of extra happiness for me, if I may say so :)
It’s so easy to add a little bit of charm and character to your home, wouldn’t you agree?
What about you, do you love making and adding handmade items to your home?
What about that extra happiness, where do you like to find it?
As you can see around my home and my blog, I’m in love with all things French, so I’ve created a special board on Pinterest called Frenchified ♥, for beautiful French things with Shabby Chic, Cottage and Vintage touches. If you want to contribute to this board and pin your favorite home decor ideas and DIY projects, all Frenchified and beautified, please follow me on Pinterest and leave me a message below with your pinterest ID. I will gladly add you.
Happy pinning! :)