So, I’m probably understating it when I say we are living in unprecedented times. The devastating impact Covid-19 has been having on families the world over is almost too horrific to be believed.
Some of us are in lockdown at home, others are choosing to self-isolate and so many of us are grieving. For loved ones, for freedom, for peace of mind and for lost jobs, amongst a myriad of other things.
And then there are those grieving for postponed adventures. While a cancelled vacation may not be the worst thing in the world at the moment, I do feel for anyone out there who’s missing out on their dream of travelling to France. This is especially true if you’ve been unable to get a refund on elements of your trip – that really sucks!
It’s safe to say that none of us will be travelling too far in the foreseeable future. And for those of us who aren’t currently planted on French soil, it’s hard to say when we’ll be able to get back to France. But one of things I love most about the strength of French culture, is the fact that you can transport it to every corner of the globe. So today I thought I’d share five ways to bring France into your home. For these unusual days when you can’t actually leave your home.
Can’t Travel To France? Bring France Into Your Home
- Open up a book about France. Pop yourself on the sofa with a cup (or a glass) of something yummy and let your imagination take you away. Recently I’ve been drawn to the beautiful images that are generally found in coffee table books. But you might turn to a memoir, a novel or a guidebook. Regardless of your volume of choice, you’re sure to feel closer to France just a few pages in.
- Dig out your French – or French inspired – linen. There’s something comforting about the softness of linen. And like humans, it just gets better with age. Whether you choose apparel, sheets, pillow slips, or a simple tea towel, linen is an easy way to bring France into your home.
- Spritz on your favourite French perfume. You all know I’m a fan of French fragrance. I wear it almost every day of the year. But I’m doubling down at the moment. Wearing my best French perfumes always lifts my spirits.
- Cook up a French feast. I’ve been trying some recipes from a brilliant new French cookbook recently (stay tuned – the review is coming soon). Admittedly, supermarket shortages and delivery restrictions have made it difficult to get my hands on every single ingredient. But even with a couple of comprises, a plate of French flavoured food can take me back to France in a moment.
- Add an element of French style to your stay-at-home outfit. Personally I prefer to dress stylishly and comfortably while I’m working from home (which I’m lucky enough to be able to do). I also do my hair and makeup every day – even if I’m not turning on my video camera. It just makes me feel better. And when I want take it up a level, I add something French to my outfit. Whether it’s ballet flats, a scarf or a striped top, a little French style goes a long way.
I’d love to know. Have you been doing anything recently to bring France into your home? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Sending you love, wherever you happen to be in the world.
And until next time – au revoir.