Designing for the Francophile

Designing for the Francophile

Everyone’s favorite trade show to attend, Maison & Object, was in Paris recently. Even better than attending is designing for the Francophile, an ultimate dream project for just about any interior designer.  Held every year in January, Maison & Object brings together all the new products, design and talent throughout Europe. New cutting edge ideas and merchandise are sold; vendors and designers all gather in the City of Light and Love to discover and showcase new wares. Paris, France and all things French infuse a “joie du vivre,” or excitement for life, that is part of their culture and daily living experience. Check out the debut of this pendalogue shaped chandelier, now that’s a new take on a lighting fixture!


We recently finished a French-inspired traditional home, filled throughout with saturated colors, impressionist art and French motifs. The wife of the couple, a seriously fashion forward Francophile, was really fun to work with, she took risks and was very pleased with the results.

Look at her youngest daughter’s playroom, a scaled down version of a French café, complete with a princess phone, a chic color combination of pink, black and white. A tasteful, fun room that is whimsical and age appropriate for a young girl. We used Benjamin Moore 1352 Pink Dynasty for the walls and the black and white awning fabric was Designers Guild Pelisse. The rug was an inexpensive internet find, able to hide lots of dirt and fun times. Look at the mudroom from this project and see how we continued the color scheme, using a different playful French motif to cater to another important family member.

Playroom, French awning, built-in storage, pink and blackmudroom, dog wallpaper, black and white, wainscoting, porcelain tile floor

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