The hallmarks of French culture are well-documented and almost universally admired, encompassing everything from fine art to fine dining and even finer wine. Paris has cast a spell over writers, artists and musicians from all around the world, while the sunlit southern coast remains one of the world’s most highly prized holiday destinations. Whether its the fashion houses, fresh produce or first-class chalets that inspire your envy, there are ways to introduce elements of French culture to your lifestyle – no matter where in the world you are.
The ambience of the French countryside was immortalised in Marcel Proust’s classic novel A la recherche du temps perdu. His flowing descriptions of the country town of Illiers in the 19th century perfectly encapsulate the bucolic charms of rural France, many of which remain unchanged today. Although importing cobbled streets and church steeples may be overly complicated, within your own four walls you can recreate that same sense of peace and tranquillity associated with the French Riviera.
Natural stone floors, rough painted plaster and high beamed ceilings lend an air of history and comfort, emphasised by copper pots and pans hanging visibly in the kitchen and woven baskets filled with fresh fruits or dried flowers. Juxtapose grandeur with simplicity by investing in a chandelier to hang between the rafters and selecting a Regency-style dining table and upholstered chairs. All you need now is the scent of freshly baked baguettes drifting from the oven and a jovial party of guests ready to settle in for the evening.