So. Today we’re headed to France,
where I recently traveled vicariously
via this Netflix show:
Monty Don — our somewhat disheveled yet delightful host —
zips around the countryside
in a cute, little Frenchie car,
showing us all sorts of beautiful French gardens,
IN-cluding Claude Monet’s famous property in Giverny . . .
. . . which he immortalized
in hundreds of Impressionistic paintings, like this one:
Even G.O. experienced wanderlust while watching,
so who knows?
Grab that passport + cross those fingers!
Anyway, today we’re headed back to France,
courtesy of one of my favorite blogs, Remodelista .
We will be staying in one of two boutique apartments
which is in the Champagne region
northwest of Paris.
Let’s have a look-see at those boutique apartments,
where we’ll be staying while in Rheims.
They each contain plenty of French antiques,
including this peg rack:
Isn’t the hanging mirror charming?
Coincidentally, I had seriously considered
getting a similar French peg rack
for our canned ham RV, like this one, at $40.88:
Anyway, speaking of mirrors,
there were seemingly dozens in the apartments —
the most beautiful of which
is this stunning 100 year-old barber’s mirror:
Omigosh — what a dream,
to design an entire bathroom around that mirror!
Bravo for the twin pedestal sinks
+ the tile excellence!
we have the very same tile floor
in our main bathroom of the Dutch colonial!)
I’ve always wanted a “floral tile” floor like that,
+ after my semi-exhausting search,
we finally found ours on Amazon.
The Frenchies used leftover tiles in the second bathroom,
which is equally as charming:
I’m in love with plain, Jane square subways,
+ we’re seeing sinks like that all over the internet.
Extra points given for the wall-mounted faucet
+ the chippy, white door!
One of the bedrooms has another French peg rack,
a beautiful floor, more mirrors, navy comforters,
+ a game board** that I MUST HAVE!!
** (Another full disclosure: G.O. loathes leaning artwork,
while I find it extremely stylish.)
What say ye?
While we ponder that,
+ I make a mental note to lean something, later,
let’s check out one of the kitchens:
How do I love thee?
Let’s break it down, left to right:
a. hanging soap dish, b. pretty cutting boards,
c. antique brass faucet, d. penny tiles,
e. attractive accessories, + f. another mirror!
That’s a stellar range hood, too,
+ I’m all on board with the wall-hung, accordion light fixture:
Would you check out this unique Frenchie electrical outlet!?
There were several throughout the apartments,
+ I think they’re a dream!
Other views of the kitchen showcase yet more dreaminess,
including the highly-coveted (by me) SMEG refrigerator:
WHEN WILL I FINALLY GET MY SMEG????
Anyway, I’m also quite fond of the interior window,
used here to separate the kitchen work space
from the dining area:
Last, but certainly not least,
check out their reclaimed cabinet kitchen island:
Sadly, our current island is not of the vintage persuasion,
but I did have one in my long-ago apartment
in which my boys + I lived during the nineties.
I built it above my late, great retail store,
Omigosh! Look at that horrible photograph!
Look at all my “stuff”!
If you’d like to see more of it,
then please, check out this blog post,
+ have fun going down memory lane with me!