The Love of French Decor


I don’t know how it started, this obsession with all things French . . .

It could be the excellence of French craftsmen or the inherent ability of every French person to create rooms that make your heart pound. Perhaps it is the color palette of the country, colors that gently remind me of beautiful morning skies in a delicious dream.

This last weekend I had the opportunity to take a trip to the wonderful Chateau Sonoma. This store imports most of its inventory from France. It can satisfy the hunger for all things French.

The photos below do not do justice to this inspiring place.

This display caught my attention. I loved the depth of the reflection in the mirror. It was as if layers and layers of beauty were opening upon another magical room in a world beyond.




This architectural piece was gorgeous in person. And the painted French metal bed next to it was creatively decorated with branches, lights, and paper flowers.







Along a wall near the back of the store were these amazing French menus. They were displayed in creamy white mattes. I won’t tell you how long I spent admiring all the different menus, but let me just say that my hubby is a saint.

Wishing you a Beautiful Weekend!

25 comments:

Lori said...

oh Nancy, that shop looks just magical...what a wonderful place to visit and dream...thanks for taking me along with you!!!

LiLi M. said...

I love this shop! To me the love for anything French started with the language, which sounded and still sounds so beautiful in my ear that I took the first opportunity too learn it from books of my older brother. Beautiful photos again, thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend!

Mia Sophia said...

C'est Magnifique, merci! Avez un bon soir!

lorhen82 said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love French decorating too. I wish shops like this weren't so far away, because I would love to visit them.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Be still my heart!
Those pics are gorgeous--I'd love to see it for myself, but since I can't I so appreciate you sharing your visit!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Becky

Elaine said...

Just the French fix I needed. Such a gorgeous shop, you must have spent hours there. You didn't say if you bought anything.
I would love the bed.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Everything French is addicting, n'est-ce pas? That is why I became a French teacher! Beautiful photos as usual Nancy! Anita

cathymichaelsdesign said...

Hi Nancy,
As usual wonderful photos - I love the artwork on the wall behind the bed - do you have more detail on this - it's hard to make out exactly what it is.
Is this related to Williams Sonoma?

NeereAnDear said...

Quite stunning... I too like the soft muted colors and the simple yet elegant style....

The photos are gorgeous! You have fab taste Ms Nancy!!

HUGS TO YOU

JO

TattingChic said...

WOW! THat is absolutely beautiful!

LW said...

What wonderful pictures.
I would love to have a room like in the first picture with a beautiful wooden lady welcoming you in…
Wish I could hop a plane and come see for myself, you have some of the best shops near you…

Louise

Miss Sandy said...

Fantastic field trip Nancy, thanks for sharing the wonder and the beauty with us!

Janet said...

What an amazing shop! I love that first photo of the mirror's reflection. Just beautiful, and that bed is scrumptious!

Michelle said...

What a gorgeous shop! I would break the bank there. :)

Lana said...

Nancy ~ everything is beautiful! The menu is so adorable ~ I'd love it framed!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Nancy,
When I am in the mood for wonderful photography, elegant inspiration and interesting posts I come here. You are so right, I love the French style. I love visiting French blogs and the shop you discovered is beautiful.Karen

shiborigirl said...

Oh, boy - I really want that bed! You find the greatest places...

Hugs,

Kate

Oh, just wanted dot let you know my new cooking post is up if you are interested.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

There is so much to love about all of it!!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Nancy! - Oooh what a beautiful shop! Thank you so much for sharing this treasure. There is nothing like this where I live, which may be a GOOD thing! I'd be there everyweek, pocketbook in tow...Have a beautiful week ~ xo Joy

Jessica said...

It looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try to take a trip there sometime soon!

Jenny Fowler said...

The display is so pretty. Somethings about it are very appealing, the architecture for one, but also the colors are unusual and draw your attention. That's awesome!

bluemuf said...

Nancy, what a gorgeous store. I would never want to leave.

Hugs karen

Couture de Papier said...

Thank you for the beautiful photos the bed is stunning! I love mother of pearl too! thank you for visiting!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

One of my very favorite stores. Your photos are beautiful as always, Nancy. Love the menu!
xo~Tracie

Le Blog d'Annie said...

BEAUTIFUL VERY VERY