In search of the secrets behind the je ne sais quoi of all things French, we turned to Céline of Frenchy Fancy, a blog whose beautiful images often land on our inspiration posts. After chatting with her about her home decor style, favorite shops, and morning routine, we're feeling tempted to buy a one-way ticket to the City of Light.
Frenchy Fancy's Céline, a Parisienne through and through, shares her thoughts on...
Her current apartment:
We've been here for two years, but we've lived in Enghien-les-Bains for seven. We love the town a lot because it's only 10 minutes from Paris, while still being in the country. Life is so great here! Our apartment is 65 square meters [about 700 square feet], and it's a Haussmann-style three-room apartment on the fourth floor—with no elevator (ouch!). I live with my partner Richard, our son Robin, who is about to turn one, and our cat Khadgar.
Her home decor style:
I have a lot of trouble describing our style, because we don't limit ourselves. If we like something, we find a way to work it into our decor. We have Italian things, Nordic things, stuff from the flea market, and also mass-produced. I need to be surrounded by things I love, regardless of the style. I love seeing a photo of my son next to an illustration or a fine art print. I love my Beni Ourain rug from Morocco as much as our little chair, which was found on the street. In fact, I think our apartment is a reflection of us, our past, our travels, our passions.
Her favorite spot in her home:
I love being in my living room, because that's where we're most often all together. Robin's toys have invaded our decor, but I love watching him while tranquilly sipping a cup of tea or having a drink with friends.
Her favorite home goods stores:
I shop online a lot, and I have a lot of shops I love! Le Petit Florilège and Connox for pretty objects, Juniqe for really pretty posters (their selection is the best!). I love Smallable for things for Robin. Besides those, I also love walking through inspiring home stores in Paris, like Maison M, Home Autour Du Monde, Caravane, Le Monde Sauvage, Jamini, and Merci. [Find more of her favorites on Frenchy Fancy.]
Her morning routine:
In the morning, we get up to give Robin his bottle around 8 am. All three of us try to eat breakfast together. On the menu: Homemade granola and toast for Richard and me, and a breakfast biscuit for Robin. He's a foodie, so he never skips a meal with us! It's very important to me to share meals as a family. We always did that at my parents' and I want to recreate that for my son.
Spending time at home:
Since the birth of our son, I've been working at home to spend the maximum amount of time with Robin. Richard leaves around 9 am and comes home around 7:30 pm, sometimes later. It's true that in Paris, people work late and spend a lot of time commuting. Before, I used to come home around 9 pm, and now I ask myself how I did that for more than two years!
Cooking at home:
I love cooking at home. We have groceries delivered, and then buy fresh things at the market, which is just below our place. I cook small traditional dishes (beef bourguignon, lentils) and Richard makes good fast dishes. His speciality: Pasta à la carbonara. It's so delicious!
Having friends and family over:
Every weekend we host friends or family. We love getting together for a drink, or we make a huge pile of crepes to snack on. Our living room is pretty small (about 180 square feet), so we add a bunch of different chairs to accommodate everyone. We have it "à la bonne franquette" [simple, without fuss] as we say in France!
For cleaning, I'm lucky to have a cheri who helps me a lot. We try to share the chores. For example, I hate vacuuming, so he does it, and in exchange I do the dishes. I admit that there is one thing we never do: clean the tiles! It annoys me because it takes so long and the next day, they're dirty again!
Storage in a small space:
When we moved into this apartment, there was no storage. We had to buy some because we have so many things. Our books are everywhere in the apartment: on a little table next to the couch, on our bedside tables, on our radiators. For our clothes, we do what all Parisians do: We sort them according to the seasons and vacuum-pack the rest. It's really convenient when you don't have enough room! We try to maximize our space, and put storage bins under the cabinets and beds. I also try to declutter often, which allows me to give some things to flea markets or charities.
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