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Love French Style is a French home and interiors blog by content writer Katie Anderson. Discover inspiring French homewares, recipes and design ideas plus lots of Breton stripes.

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Kitchen Design and Decor – Tips for Foodies

If you love your food, chances are you also enjoy cooking up a storm at home too. Being able to prepare whatever you want yourself doesn’t only save you money, but it can also be healthier and more conducive to a happy life. Therefore, having a well-designed kitchen and space to cook in is so Read the full article... The post Kitchen Design and Decor – Tips for Foodies appeared first on Love French...

If you love your food, chances are you also enjoy cooking up a storm at home too. Being able to prepare whatever you want yourself doesn’t only save you money, but it can also be healthier and more conducive to a happy life. Therefore, having a well-designed kitchen and space to cook in is so important so here we will be exploring some of the best design and décor tips to make your kitchen like that of a pro.

Space for Preparation

Making sure you choose materials that suit the way that you cook as well as your needs is a great grounding. For example, if you are one who works closely with acidic foods or foods known to stain, then it is highly advised that you choose a strong surface such as granite to stop the development of stains and scratches. You should also customize your worktops so they’re the perfect height to work from.

Having the right equipment to prep food is the best way to protect your surfaces. We find a combination of chopping boards is best, some plastic for things like meat, some wood for veggies, pizza rolling or bread. The trend for natural wood surfaces is still big in kitchens, this link can provide you with the best walnut cutting board to keep your kitchen safe, clean and oh so stylish in one.

Get Yourself a Butcher’s Block

A legendary item for your busy kitchen! Butcher’s blocks can either be installed as an under-mount into your kitchen island or can exist freestanding. It provides an area to prepare ingredients that you may want to keep separate due to their strong flavours or contamination, for example, garlic, chili and meat. They are a very handy way to add extra space for prepping food and are also extremely versatile. They are also a great way to add a chic but modern tone to a kitchen design and nice and convivial too.

Keep Things Clean with Stone

Using stone to line the walls of your kitchen (especially by cooking elements) doesn’t only look modern and neat, but it also gives your kitchen an elegant appearance. Using a slab rather than tiling is a lot easier to clean as there is no grout for dirt and stains to build up in. The slabs used as backsplashes are usually made from the same materials that line the countertops of your kitchen. While this design is more of a high-end option, the benefits of how sturdy it is and how clean it keeps your kitchen are highly praised.

Install Refrigerator Drawers

Yes yes yes! Having drawers that keep your food refrigerated are brilliant when it comes to keeping everything fresh and cool. They are a fantastic must have storage space for your kitchen. They can be designed to appear the same as all your other drawers which makes them look neat and tidy as they don’t have to stand alone. They are perfect when it comes to having that extra cool space to store beverages and drinks, or can be a great way to keep meats and other potential contaminants separate from your other produce.

These tips are just a handful of what you can do to customize your cooking space to not only look good, but to function better too. Putting in the time and paying attention to detail really can make your life easier, and you will be able to impress all the guests that step into your clean, zen, fun, professional space.

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Getting Your House in Order

2019 started with a bang for us, a traumatic, serious illness for one of us, then flu for two of us, then more serious illness – all washed down with a good dose of anxiety about it all in the weeks that followed. Not the best start to the fresh new year, but we are Read the full article... The post Getting Your House in Order appeared first on Love French...

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2019 started with a bang for us, a traumatic, serious illness for one of us, then flu for two of us, then more serious illness – all washed down with a good dose of anxiety about it all in the weeks that followed. Not the best start to the fresh new year, but we are all still here to tell the tale thank goodness. Thankfully, I have the best family and friends in the world ( in my view ) who helped me put it all into perspective and move on but I was taken aback how hard it hit me. Thank you so much all of you!  During these times, I don’t know about you but I find a great deal of comfort in my home, in changing things up, moving things around and, once the spring days appear and the rays of sunshine flood in – a lick of fresh paint to start anew.

If you happen to be in a similar situation and had a hard start to the year, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope, like me, you can enjoy your home and the cocoon it offers you. I get about 10 requests to guest post on my site daily at the moment with links to some peculiar items that I don’t think you need in your life. So, I told them all no, and with all this in mind, here are my 5 REAL tips to getting your house in order – both your home and your head! I hope it helps.

1.Start Afresh

Do you sometimes feel trapped by all your possessions? Have you got a kitchen cupboard that everything tumbles out of every time you open the door? A pile of receipts from Leclerc that actually stop you from opening and shutting your purse properly? A yoghurt machine that is taking up all the space in your cupboard so your plates end up with a new home on a worktop instead? Or, an empty loo roll in your handbag that doesn’t need to be there or indeed a small pile of cut outs from a a magazine that you planned to create an ideas board with and never did? Hi, my name is Katie and I am a hoarder!

The one exception to this is my kitchen table, where I work. I do always try to get into the habit of clearing it before I sit down and start writing, not always easy – the larger the table the more junk accumulates on it and sometimes I just get fed up of tidying. But, it does help clear my head if it’s a blank space an I feel being surrounded by plates and plastic dinosaurs a tad noisy. So, I am slowly working through other areas of my home that I find anxiety inducing from lack of space, could you do with doing the same?

Orderly Peace

On a random note, I accompanied the school to the library yesterday and they were learning about organising and arranging books. I thought what a useful tool this is for children to have in life, not just so that you can rest assured the toys get put away as they should be but so that from an early age, they learn to feel the comfort of an organised home and mind. Life is actually such a simple thing, why complicate it? I seem to swing like a pendulum from house proud to house messy. But at my core, I need to be peaceful. Do you know, I always enjoyed reading Beatrix Potter when I was a little girl, reading about Mrs Tiggywinkle and her big spring clean ha ha ha, I even tried to do it to a garden shed once! You may giggle but I do find the whole spring cleaning thing like scratching an itch, call me weird, and I am a virgo after all but I do feel so much better for a bit of organisation. Could you?

2. Fling open the windows!

You are not obliged to sing ” Oh what a beautiful morning!” as you do this but the very act of flinging open the windows while you clean is very satisfying. Whether you look out to a beautiful lawn with spring bunnies hopping around or to the house next door, get those windows open wide  and breathe! I do find particularly after winter, living in the countryside, having a log burner going all the time, two dogs, mud, weird dust that keeps appearing on the toilet seat??? Where the heck does that come from? That a huge clean and airing really opens everything up again so you can think clearly, find things and feel like you can breathe again!  Try it, it’s really quite therapeutic.

3. Stop Buying New Stuff!

I am so guilty of this. If I get fed up with the ways things look in my house, I pick up a magazine and plot items to buy. There’s always a real temptation to splash out on new soft furnishings – but stop yourself! In my view, while a pretty cushion looks nice, the gentle art of just moving around what you already own can really change the way you feel about your home. Remember, too much stuff is just suffocating and re hanging your freshly dry cleaned curtains will make you feel just as good! It will I promise!

So, wash fabric items, clean behind furniture, get rid of any junk and put things back in a new way and you may well love what you already have. And, stay off Pinterest and Instagram interiors stories for a while…

4. Exercise

A strange sub heading for what you might think is an interiors post. However, letting go of built up emotion, stress or anxiety through walking, running or swimming could be just the pocket rocket you need to plough on. I’m acutely aware as I age that stress is an accumulative thing and none of us have none, noone whatsoever and if they tell you they don’t, don’t believe them! You can manage your own personal levels of angst though and even use it to help yourself become a more focused and driven person.

So, if you ever feel like you go around in circles with your to do lists, or just can’t seem to get your shit together, take a long walk. I think walking releases so much stress and if you have a pet, all the better. We recently welcomed a second rescue dog, Winnie and the activity that having the two brings to our home ( and I am not just talking about clearing up the excited puppy piddles ) is as refreshing as a spring day. Ever noticed the calm your pet has after being out in the countryside sniffing and running about? You don’t have to sniff where other humans have been, nor piss up a lamppost but you can enjoy the sense of peace and use it to your advantage.

5. Mobile Phones

So, this is a bit strange as you may well be reading this on a device but I have noticed that in times of stress, I spend more time on my phone, which, in turn, makes me more stressed. Just something to think about….perhaps pop it on silent and out of sight once in a while…..

So there you have it, my current thoughts, place and state of mind. Not trying to preach but maybe this will help you too? Or perhaps you have something else to add? Muchos Lovos X

 

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Mimosa Memos – Episode 1 New Beginnings

Well hello there! Just for a bit of fun I have created a short audio book for your perusal! Mimosa Memos is a 5 part podcast about everything French with a little oh la la chucked in for good measure! I hope you enjoy listening X You can listen through this page or download Episode Read the full article... The post Mimosa Memos – Episode 1 New Beginnings appeared first on Love French...

Well being podcast, French lifestyle podcast

Well hello there! Just for a bit of fun I have created a short audio book for your perusal! Mimosa Memos is a 5 part podcast about everything French with a little oh la la chucked in for good measure! I hope you enjoy listening X

You can listen through this page or download Episode 1 to your device X

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A New Year, A New You?

Well hello everybody! Happy New Year to you! Did you have a lovely time? We are feeling the cold and like we need to hibernate, save money and eat less pork and pastry goods. Did you make any NY resolutions? I’m not a fan, why lie to yourself? However, I do think that the new Read the full article... The post A New Year, A New You? appeared first on Love French...

Love French Style BlogWell hello everybody! Happy New Year to you! Did you have a lovely time? We are feeling the cold and like we need to hibernate, save money and eat less pork and pastry goods.

Did you make any NY resolutions? I’m not a fan, why lie to yourself? However, I do think that the new year is a fresh start and so a few promises to self can never do any harm. isn’t it time to shine? Whatever you’re up to, I hope this year is your year. Here are 5 little wishes from myself for myself x

Ditch The Procrastination

I am terrible for this, I truly am.  I promise to myself in 2019 just to go for it. That means applying for all the partnerships, collaborations and opportunities that arise and giving back the same opportunities to other people.

Wave Goodbye to Worry

Easier than it sounds, but I intend to stop worrying about everything all the time. It’s pointless and makes me feel crap.

Stop Dieting

I was SO ill after Christmas with some kind of gastric flu that I am just appreciating feeling well to be honest. Then, there were two funerals when we got back to France. So, no dieting, not at all I’m afraid this year. Just healthy, happy, wholesome living.

Save

As everyone does, I think I would really like to try to save money this year. So, that means reusing things we already have more and buying less new stuff. It has to be possible doesn’t it?

Take Time

Whether that is to look at the game, book or toy that my six year old is desperately trying to get me involved with or taking time to complete things properly, take care of house, home and health – I am ON IT!

Wishing you a happy and healthy year one and all, be your best self in 2019 X

 

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5 Trusted Skincare Tips for Winter Skin

Wow, it’s getting cold, isn’t it?! As soon as the winter rolls around I make sure I start my cold-weather skincare regime – after all, prevention is better than cure, right? It’s not just the freezing temperatures outside but also the drying effects of heating inside that can play havoc with skin. Here are some Read the full article... The post 5 Trusted Skincare Tips for Winter Skin appeared first on Love French...

winter skincare tips VaselineWow, it’s getting cold, isn’t it?! As soon as the winter rolls around I make sure I start my cold-weather skincare regime – after all, prevention is better than cure, right? It’s not just the freezing temperatures outside but also the drying effects of heating inside that can play havoc with skin.

Here are some trusted skincare tips to keep you glowing all season long.

How to Protect Against Cold Winds

Harsh winds can leave me with chapped, cracked lips and even windburn if I don’t prep my skin before I leave home. There’s no need to panic on blustery days, though, as a slick of petroleum jelly will do the trick.

You might have questions about this, like how should I apply it, and is petroleum jelly safe? Firstly, be generous with it on your lips, and don’t be afraid to reapply. As for the question is petroleum jelly safe, you can rest easy – there are no known common petroleum jelly side effects. It’s unlikely to cause a reaction, and more than likely to protect your lips.

Make Moisturising a Priority

winter skincare tips Vaseline

The dual effect of dry heat indoors and cold temperatures outdoors combine to strip skin of moisture. Keep yours hydrated by committing to a twice-daily moisturising routine. Slather on your moisturiser of choice in the morning, and then again at bedtime.

Keep an eye on how your skin is faring during the day too, and top up when necessary. Your parched skin will definitely thank you for it.

Follow a Simpler Skincare Regime

Following a focused skincare routine is important whatever the time of year, but in cold weather it’s even more crucial. Start off by using a gentle cleanser to remove oil, dirt and makeup, then apply moisturiser and allow it to settle in.

The final and crucial step, winter, spring summer or Autumn is to apply a broad spectrum suncreen and allow it to sink in properly before applying makeup.

You might also want to consider an overnight skin perfecting treatment of your choice, and regular chemical exfoliation to clear blocked pores and remove dead skin cells.

Stay Away from the Heat

There’s nothing more comforting than a hot bath in the cold winter months, but that can actually create more problems for your skin, particularly your scalp. Very hot water is a no-no at any time of year, but in the winter it’s even more of a shock to the system.

Go for a warm shower or bath, and keep it on the short side. Cool showers actually help reduce the chance of a flaky scalp, so if you can bear it, try to do that now and again too.

Keep Fit and Hydrated

winter skincare tips Vaseline

As tempting as it is to hunker down under a blanket until spring comes, it’s important to keep up with your exercise regime. Working out will help flush out those toxins, which plays a big part in keeping your skin clear and healthy.

The same goes for staying well hydrated, as water will keep your skin – and the rest of your body – on top form. If a glass of water is too cold for you in wintertime, try fruit teas or a cup of warm water. That can help aid digestion too.

Follow these 5 winter skincare tips and your skin will be well prepared to face everything winter has to throw at it. x

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5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try

Well, winter is finally upon us isn’t it? Brrr. Time to cosy up your home space with warmth, texture and some beautiful scents. Here are 5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try this month – 1.Eucalyptus  Strangely enough, I almost always ask for perfume at Christmas time, because, for me, scent in the colder months Read the full article... The post 5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try appeared first on Love French...

Well, winter is finally upon us isn’t it? Brrr. Time to cosy up your home space with warmth, texture and some beautiful scents.

Here are 5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try this month –

1.Eucalyptus 

Eucalyptus winter decor

Strangely enough, I almost always ask for perfume at Christmas time, because, for me, scent in the colder months of the year is so important when there are so many less lovely smells around in nature. In my Whatsapp group with my besties we have been discussing perfumes and we all seem to like different things and associate memories with particular bottles of scent over the years. I love the way that a certain smell can cast your mind back to a moment in time in such detail.

Which brings me to one of my favourite smells of this season, Eucalyptus. When I am styling shoots, I often get Eucalyptus involved because not only do I love the blue green tinge to the leaves but the smell is just glorious aswell. Fresh, crisp and so very clean and green. My favourite way to display sprigs is in a tall glass jar with fairylights- I have two really lovely old sweet jars I got from an antique dealer a few years ago and they are just perfect for a few leggy stems of Eucalyptus. If cut flowers are not your thing, my new favourite way to enjoy the scent is with essential oils, although much stronger of course. These are so cheap to buy and can easily be turned into a fantastic room spray to add that rich warmth of Eucalyptus to your interior. Simply add about 10 drops to a small amount of some neutral alcohol like vodka and spray away ( being careful of the dog’s eyes! ). My current favourite combination is eucalyptus and lemon. So relaxing!

2. A Darker Palette

Dark Fireplaces

As you may have gathered from the many shots of my house on the blog, I don’t have lots of colour in our home. The reason for this is quite simply that I find too much colour a bit tiring to live with. While I absolutely love and appreciate it, I just prefer to limit colour in my home surroundings. So, in summer our house, which is painted mostly in white and grey is flooded with natural light. In the winter, when the sun is that much lower in the sky and the days are short, I do prefer to bring out a few of my darker toned accessories. This year, I took it a whole step further and actually painted the fireplace charcoal. Good lord we love it. This, a roaring fire in the woodburner and my copper wired fairylights on and I’m in 7th heaven on a Sunday afternoon! Try for yourself and see how much cosier your living room feels with some darker shades for winter.

3.BLING

Metallic candles

By bling, I am talking of course about table bling. We always bring out the candles for Sunday lunch and my favourites are second hand ones in gold. Here is a photo shoot I did for Pheasant Plucker and Son a couple of years ago and I just love the elegance a bit of metallic brings to a winter table.

4.Natural Wool

fabulous Fleece Company

Image : The Fabulous Fleece Company

So, right up there on my wishlist this season are some sheepskins! I know…but not your 70s type. What could be more belle than a rarebreed sheepskin from The Fabulous Fleece Company on your kitchen chair while tucking into your eggs benedict? These beauties start from £65 – WANTED!

While you have to be a tad careful of spillages and muddy paws on natural wool, I do love a pure wool rug for winter. Remember this piece on Sukhi Moroccan rugs I did? This beautiful rug has pride of place in front of my fire in winter, when I can get Wilbur off it!

Sukhi Moroccan Rugs

5.Lamps, the larger the better!

cosy lighting

Finally, a word on lighting. Every winter I have to add a few more lamps to our living room to account for the lack of light in the evenings. Either that or I need verifocals! The hands down simplest way to add lashings of cosiness is always in my humble view, with lamps. Opting for just ceiling spots is just way to cold and pendant lighting I always just find a bit too in your face. So, if you are going to add light, add lamps, go for natural hues on the shades and of course, the bigger they are, the better the diffusion of light. I love this French style lampshade in white or neutral from the wonderful people at John Lewis.French style linen lamp

Bisous X

OOh, PS, my very first Mimosa Memos Podcast will be live on the blog next Wednesday so keep an ear out and please let me know what you think of it! X

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