Today I’m pretty excited about my post. The other day I shared with you all on Instagram that I had totally cleaned my house. It was beautiful. And of course, you might agree, when your house is that clean, it needs to be documented!! So I bring you..
While it was clean (the hour after I cleaned it… it’s not nearly as clean right now…) I decided I needed to snap pictures of it for my French house tour. See the thing is that I had wanted to do a French house tour for a long time but some stuff stopped me. For starters, I’ve never had a house quite as cute as the one we’re living in now. Secondly, I had it in my mind that it needed to be beyond perfect. Fresh flowers, little extras everywhere, you know the drill. But then I decided, that’s not life. I don’t always have fresh flowers. Actually hardly ever! Our house is lived in. It’s real, it’s us, and it most certainly isn’t always perfect. If I waited for perfect, I’d never get it done.
That being said, these pictures are definitely more ‘perfect’ than our day to day lives around here. Backpacks in the entry way, little pebbles everywhere (we have a pebble path that wraps around our house=never clean floors), papers on the counter, you know, the usual. So just don’t think we live like this all the time. I wish.
And fair warning — picture overload!! I hope you enjoy them!
French Dining Area
My mom hand-painted the beautiful Bon Appétit sign. I mean, seriously? That’s some talent. And I bought that table with my own hard earned blogging money and it’s my favorite piece in the whole house. It’s beautiful.
I forgot, any house tour of ours needs to come with a disclaimer. The life of a basketuer and his family is an interesting one. We sign contracts to play for a team only for one, maybe two years and then we move again. In fact, we’ve been married 6 1/2 years and have lived in 6 houses in France. This is the prettiest one we’ve had by far and my favorite. If you watch House Hunter’s International, you may have seen my family in one of our other houses here. Yep, that’s us, in case you were wondering.
All that to say — the mismatched chairs, the tiny/no space kitchen, most of the furniture, the tiiiiiiny oven and things like that — those are not our choices. We get a house that is mostly furnished and we have to make the most out of it. Some of the things here I have bought — the table, the black & white blanket, the rug — the rest we work around. Just thought I’d throw that out there. 🙂 Since we know we’re going to move soon, we usually don’t buy a lot for our house. We will be in this house for two years, so we’ve done a little more.
It’s small, but not the smallest we’ve ever had! The chevron my mom brought from the States when she visited and it’s mean to line drawers. But it looked so cute I couldn’t resist! I think it really brings the kitchen together. And all our stuff sitting on top? Ya, that’s because we have next to no storage. And for a big, hungry family, it kind stinks. We make it work somehow!
French Living Area
I absolutely love my subway-ish poster with all the city names. I love items that have a special meaning and since we travel a ton, it’s fun to have this one with places we’ve been and places we’re dying to go. So far I’ve hit 5 on the list.
The pictures around it, that you can’t see very well, are pictures of places that we’ve been that we’ve taken and small posters from a street vendor in Paris. So we’ve got London, Sweden, Paris, and Amsterdam represented in personal pictures.
You can’t see him super well, but I adore my little owl that hangs out on the book shelf. He’s just so smart and cute. Thank you to my friend Lorraine, I probably wouldn’t have bought him!
Well, that’s all I have for today. As I add more or fix up other rooms, I will share them. On my list of to-dos is the boys room which needs a ton of help, and my office which also needs a ton of help!
So what do you think? Is it what you imagined a little French house would look like?