The best things in life are usually worth waiting for. For those with a passion for country French decorating, that often means waiting patiently—and searching tirelessly—for that perfect flea market find or antique treasure to deliver the warmth, comfort, and patina that are at the heart of country French style.
Glenys Slavik found just that kind of treasure almost two decades ago in the form of a piece of gray fabric, which she salvaged from a market in Avignon, France. Although Glenys had no idea at the time how she would use it, she brought all 3 yards home, confident that one day it would find its rightful place. And it did—18 years later—when she and her husband, Jim, built their dream home in California. The fabric was the inspiration for the color palette in the great-room, where it dresses lumbar pillows and reminds Glenys every day of her smart decision at that little French market.
We love this story not only for its happy ending, but also for its intrinsic message about the importance of the things we surround ourselves with. Even the smallest elements—a vase of fresh flowers, a framed photograph—have an impact on the way we feel when we step into our homes or greet guests at the door. So it makes sense that we should curate carefully, that the job of decorating should never be quite done, and that the search for hidden treasure is an ongoing affair.
That sentiment is shared by John and Denise Schultz, who saved elements from their travels for over a decade before incorporating them into their new Arizona home.
Orla and Gavan Duffy have also filled their Florida beach home with antique and reproduction pieces that remind them of their European roots. All while keeping things relaxed for seaside living.
We invite you to come along and join us for a tour around the country as we step inside homes that beautifully balance the past with the present.
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