Bring The Cozy Comfort of Classic French Style into Your Home

Bring The Cozy Comfort of Classic French Style into Your Home

French country design is a classic and warm style of interior decorating that mixes cottage touches with elegant and thoughtful finishes. It’s a timeless look for a reason! If you want to bring a little France into your own home, here are a few ways you can enliven and enrich your space with classic French style elements– without importing an entire cottage from Provence.

Get Inspired

Start off your interior design makeover by getting inspired. Browse Google Images, Pinterest, and reference books to help you identify what particular elements of French country design you would like for your home.

Cut out or photocopy pages or magazine spreads that speak to you and assemble them into a collage. You can also use scraps of fabric or other textiles to help you bring all your ideas together.

We recommend the fantastic book French Accents: Farmhouse French Style For Today’s Home to get started.

Add in Creams

A hallmark of this style of decoration is soft pastel neutrals like creams, whites, light blues, and teals. These timeless classics all look great mixed together, so you don’t have to worry about perfectly matching your ecru couch to the eggshell walls. You’ve got some color flexibility and a little variety adds to the overall effect!

When in doubt, always opt for a cream or off white color.

Use Rustic Textures

A neutral color palette gives you more room to play with textures, so incorporate as many of the style’s trademark materials as you want. Unfinished or distressed wood, rough linens, canvas, worn rugs, and buttery soft leather all go hand in hand with this style. A little wear and tear brings the warmth this style is known for, so don’t worry about finding pristine items.

Go Antiquing

Speaking of well-worn items, French country style looks fantastic with antique finds. Rococo, Louis XIV, and similar styles all blend in well, but don’t feel limited to what’s authentic. Look for colors, textures, and designs that evoke the calm, rustic vibe of a French country cottage, and display them with pride! There are many amazing guides to French Antiquing if you’re interested in perusing the countryside looking for diamonds in the ruff.

Minimalism may be trending, but we think everyone likes a good cheval mirror.

 

 

Mix Old and New

You don’t have to reinvent your whole style to enjoy this look. Throw a slipcover on your current couch, reframe your art in some vintage frames, or paint your walls a mellow hue. Add in the design pieces that you really like to enhance the effect, and play around with your space until what you have works well with pieces you add.

Remember that you shouldn’t imitate the style, but bring your own personal flair to it! This will also ensure that you make it your own, incorporating elements that best fit your home and personality. 

Bonne chance!

4 Reasons Why Kindles Are The Best E-Readers for Travel

4 Reasons Why Kindles Are The Best E-Readers for Travel

Have you ever heard anyone say they wanted to take a covered wagon journey across the country and lose half their traveling party to Rocky Mountain Fever along the way? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

It’s a simple truth that modern technology has made travel easier and more pleasant– and the advent of tablets and e-readers is no exception. Here at The Loftus Guides, we’re big fans of the Amazon Kindle, because we think it’s an ideal travel companion for any twenty-first-century traveler. Read on for 4 good reasons why Kindles are, in our book, the best e-readers for travel.

Considering purchasing one? Here’s our take!

Kindles are lightweight. These things are some of the lightest pieces of tech you can buy, especially at such a low price point compared to iPads or laptops.

And that’s not even getting into the weight of taking even a single book with you. Books are heavy and bulky, and even if you bring a few only have little flexibility in your reading material.

You can tuck a Kindle in your carry-on without feeling a difference, and, even better….

The battery lasts forever. Seriously. On an e-ink Kindle, the battery life can last you weeks on end. If you brought a portable charger- read for a month completely off-grid. Covered wagon journey, anyone?

 

But if you opt for the more full-featured Kindle Fire model, your battery life isn’t as impressive, however you have an LCD screen and a host of apps you can use to make up for the decreased battery life.

 

Still, we’ve been consistently stunned by the battery life on Kindle e-readers.

 

Plus, they’re cost effective. You can get an entry level kindle for under $80, which is pretty mind-blowing considering the battery life and weight of these things. Buying a single Kindle is about the same cost as buying four regular books at a bookstore.

Read related: 7 Travel Journal Ideas to Perfectly Suit Your Personality 

 When you add in the sheer number of free or incredibly inexpensive books on Amazon (or wherever you like to buy books), the savings of switching to a digital reader are immense. For people who travel a lot, this can really add up. Plus, if you have Prime, you’re entitled to a suite of free (or next to free) books.

 

They’re flexible. When you’re choosing between Kindle models and deciding which is best for you, there’s a whole range of options you can select from. If you’re a no-frills reader, the entry level models give you all the space and flexibility you want at a low price point.

If you value having a backlit screen, you can get a Paperwhite model for not too much more money. For people who travel a lot, this can be a really helpful feature if your light source is unpredictable. For example, it’s nice to be able to read on airplanes at night without having to turn on those horribly glaring overhead lights.

And if you want something with more advanced features and reading options, the Fire model gives you the reading, bookmarking and scrolling power of a sophisticated tablet.

All in all, we think the Kindle is the way to go in terms of price, size, flexibility, and battery life. Do you have any travel tech essentials? Drop us a line and let us know!