We took a trip to the countryside in the Loire Valley this weekend and began talking about our ideal living arrangement, spending time at both our Parisien apartment and a dream home in the countryside. Where would we have our cottage? How would we design the interiors? When can we move in?!
Sadly, our dual home lifestyle is still just a dream but in the meantime we’ve collected a few things that can remind you of the country in your apartment, and the city in your country home.
Champagne is essential in both the city and the country, and what better way to bring a little country elegance to your apartment than with a gorgeous stainless steel garden bucket repurposed as a champagne cooler. These ones are from Le Prince Jardinier and their royal crests lend a fabulously luxe vibe to an otherwise utilitarian object.
If you’re staunchly against monarchies, you could always use the bucket as a spittoon during a tasting of wines from your region.
Paris has streets filled with style but not everyone is a rake-thin Chanel-wearing model; most Parisiens express their own brand of subdued personal style with a few carefully chosen garments and a little creativity. We recently discovered and fell in love with the Gueules de Paris blog which documents street style in Paris with a greater realism than the street photography of Tommy Ton or The Sartorialist.
We think it’s quite representative of the clothing we see on the streets every day, and the little stories that come with each photograph are like windows into the lives of those being snapped. Get your Paris street fashion fix while having a glass of wine in your country garden.
Sitting by the fire, sipping a hot toddy and relaxing with friends is what country escapes are all about. We love this quirky enamel mushroom mug and the way it reminds us of the forest floor with a hint of Alice in Wonderland. Pick one up over at Modcloth to add an earthy feel to your morning coffee.
Perfect for a courtyard-facing Parisien apartment to add a bit of the outdoors to all that concrete while doubling as a place to stash your LSD.
Do these chairs look familiar? They should because they’re dotted all around Paris’ parks including the Tuileries and the Luxembourg gardens, just waiting for you to sit down with a croissant to survey the beautiful surrounds and people-watch.
These timeless Luxembourg chairs are designed by Frédéric Sophia and have just been revamped by Fermob in new, bright colours so what better time to adorn your garden or tiny balcony with a few bright pops of colour with a French classic.
Ok, it’s a tiger but with a little imagination, this rug from Paris-based design company Moustache could be a mountain lion or any other beast you might find wandering the countryside wilderness. In an ideal world, we’d have one of these gorgeous pieces in front of the fireplace in our country home AND our Parisien apartment. Maybe one day…