La Vie en Rose : My Parisian Pad Down Under

Les fleurs dans l’atelier | florals in the study

Les fleurs dans l’atelier | florals in the study

Lucky me, after two years LIVING in Paris, to land in Australia and move straight into a charming and cosy little haven of French style.  Apart from a fromagerie and patisserie missing from my doorstep, I may as well still be Paris!

Set in a tranquil, palm tree fringed Brisbane suburb is my friend Catherine’s maisonette, which I’ve come to spend the summer in.  Timing couldn’t have been better; as she was moving to tropical Seventeen-Seventy on the Great Barrier Reef, I arrived and moved straight into her French-inspired abode, landing happily with my bum in the proverbial beurre.

Catherine fell in love with French style during a trip to Paris and the Côte d’Azur 12 years ago.  Her modern townhouse acts as a canvas for what she calls “the classic elegance of Paris merged with the vibrant colours of the south of France”.

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Merging, or assemblage, is at the heart of French style. Meaning to group together found or unrelated objects, it creates a delicious, dynamic tension for which the French are famous, in their wines as well as lifestyle. A Chanel purse swinging off your shoulder and white sneakers on your feet … messy bed hair and a perfectly drawn red pout … vintage chandeliers against modern furniture … or a cheeky “Non, non, non, pas possible” could mean “Perhaps I will let you seduce me … but convince me first”!

The French have an innate ability to create an intoxicating mix of finesse and flamboyance with ease
— Catherine
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In a country full of architecture designed to withstand the harsh Aussie elements, it’s a treat to escape into a cocoon of French-style soft textures and feminine colours paired with modern furniture … while sipping a glass of champage, bien sûr.

create your own vie en rose :

RULE #1 : Embrace contradictions and be audacious with your personal style

  • Mix the old with the new - an 18th century dresser and ultra-modern lighting. 

  • Display exotic, eastern art alongside a pretty duck egg blue sofa. 

  • Pair chinoiserie pieces like blue & white ginger jars with bright pink peonies.

  • Create a balance between comfort and style - weave treasured, less-than-pristine family heirlooms in amongst your modern pieces.

  • Add orchids, peonies and roses for instant lusciousness and they don’t always need to be fresh; quality faux blooms are gorgeous too. :

Feeling the blues

Feeling the blues

Get Catherine’s look :

·          Maison & Jardin

·          Vanilla House

·          Anthropologie

·          Verandah House

·          Rylo Interiors

·          Magnolia Lane

·          Christofle Paris

·          Grovely Style Co

·          Fragonard

Shop flea markets, garage sales and antique stores for unique treasures
— Catherine

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