Wherever you are on July 14, lift a glass to freedom and declare, "Vive la France!" It is the country’s biggest national day…and the inspiration for many nations!
Today Marlene is celebrating the influence of France on the United States---from cuisine to architecture.
Marlene shares a variety of items for the home, all shoppable via text widgets.
This Washington and Lafayette sculpture stands proudly at La Place des Etats-Unis.
Th US and France have long history… It is interwoven and continues to this day. Our stature of Liberty certainly represents this closeness, as it was a gift!
This summer, we are revitalizing our souls!! France and her incredible beauty certainly help!
While we continue our own July celebrations of American Independence, let’s toast France with Bastille Day traditions and French Style!! Red White and Blue…fireworks and all!
French style is everywhere…in our gardens, homes, and joyously, Art sur la table!
L’Amour – L’Amour!!
Many of us choose picnicking, French Country Style with baguettes and wine, dining al fresco with charming checked linens, champagne, vin, cheese and luscious olives too!
Laguiole 24-Piece Flatware Set, Ivory (Pottery Barn) | Dalton Check Yarn Dyed Cotton/Linen Napkins (Pottery Barn) | French Striped Organic Cotton Napkins (Pottery Barn) | Gien France Filet Bleu Dinner Plate (Gracious Style) | Villeroy & Boch Manoir Dinnerware Collection (Macy's) | Bonne Maman (Amazon)
Sunwashed Riviera Dining Chair (Serena and Lily) | Antique Pair Shabby Chic Louis Revival French Painted Armchairs (1stDibs) | Louis Desk Chair (Pottery Barn) | Bernhardt East Hampton Oval Back Side Chair (Bloomingdale's)
Others may choose to celebrate with wine tastings or dining traditionally, even out of doors with French cuisine complete with Baccarat or Saint Louis Crystal, Limoges porcelain, vintage silver, and Louis chairs!
The Louvre Museum’s architectural details can be enjoyed on every piece of the porcelain Limoges collection created by Bernardaud!! It’s loved by generations…Francophiles or not!!
France’s art and architecture have inspired sooo much and so many! San Francisco, New York, Beverly Hills, New Orleans, Montreal or Quebec all bring her home to us, some even as sister cities!!
No matter where we live, aren’t we all transported immediately to France thru our many restaurants, bistros and patisseries that captivate us with her charms?? What would our dining experience be without her much loved cuisine?!
Menus, markets and cookbooks bring us her culinary tastes: Tartare, Mussels, Bouillabaisse, Pates, Pommes Frites, and wildly simple fruits or decadent desserts a la Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Pot de Crème too!!
New York’s Balthazar is one of the best-loved French restaurants in America (and mine.) This exceptional cookbook includes many of the French classics…from seafood to Coq au Vin and Cassoulet!! Then, of course we have our own Julia Child’s famed volume, now available leather bound!!
French style is simply everywhere…in our Gardens, our Homes, and certainly, Art de la table! Undoubtedly, on our bodies too! L’Amour – L’Amour!!
Classic elements of fabulous French décor share our daily lives. Some are so prevalent; we may not even realize they are French inspiration. These are only a few… Napoleonic Bees, Wheat, Fleur de Lys, Lavender, Provençal prints and decades old antiques!!
So, this July let’s travel vicariously to France in style and celebrate our freedom!!
Cheers!! À votre santé! xoxo MMK