Friday, February 20, 2015

Interior design inspiration for 2015

Stuck in a interior design rut? Then fear not as I've been doing a bit of internet research to see what's going to be big in 2015, and I think that you're going to like it!

Green glamour

After all of the acid brights and pastel colours of the past few years, it looks like the colour green is going to be making a big resurgence according to the House Beautiful website.

The deeply sensual colour will work with soft wood tones and provide a sense of natural elegance to just about any interior. So with rich hues of forest green and teal you can provide your home with an enigmatic and bewitching atmosphere.

If green isn't your thing, then fear not as blue is also looking to be making something of a comeback by replacing greys and beiges as the wall colour of choice.

Old meets new

2015 is already looking to be something of a post-modern year as a big trend is emerging of having a mish-mash of old and modern styles in the same place.

This can keep things from looking too uniform or showroom inspired, and is a great way to inject a space with a bit of personality.

So hunt around in vintage shops for those chic clocks and mirrors which will create a great contrast to any modernist desks or beds that you may have. And if you're looking to upgrade your bed for the New Year, then check out this handy bed buying guide for some ideas.

Creative tiling

Beautiful tiles also seem to be making something of a comeback in 2015. With rustic folk patterns and even exotic Moroccan styles emerging, it's a great way to add a touch of charming atmosphere to a room and is a well overdue change from those stark white and beige kitchens of the past few years.

And if you're feeling somewhat financially stretched, then fear not, as there also exists some great tile effect wallpaper that will save you reaching for the grouting tool!

Industrial chic

And finally it's good to know that interior design fashion is nothing if not contradictory, as there looks to be a big resurgence in industrial themes.

Copper was a big hit last year turning up in a variety of unexpected areas. And metallics are looking to increase their presence through a proliferation of brass, bronze and deluxe golds.

But whereas there was something of a shabby-chic ethic underlying industrial chic before, in 2015 it looks to be strictly minimalist with sharp vectors and a hyper-sleek functionality.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Green with Envy

After last year's Marie Antoinette carnaval costume,
I am crafting this year's costume myself!

Can you guess who she is?
She's green with envy, has red hair, and was portrayed
by Uma Thurman...

Poison Ivy
I will show you my costume once it's done, but for now I'm in a green mood.












Till next post!

Love always,

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What I Would Like 2015 To Be Like...

Dear Santa
If you have been following my travel posts this year, you might have
noticed some of the destinations were listed as one of my wishes for 2014.

I am a firm believer in asking, envisioning and you will receive.
Let positivity run through you, dream about it, and it manifests.

So, I'm curious which of the following *wishes* will come true in 2015 :)

Let's start, and please join in on making a wish list for the coming year!
You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

First up, a travel destination. Because, things are just things, travelling
makes you richer.
I am planning on visiting the United States in 2015.
Probably a west-coast tour; Las Vegas, LA, San Francisco, etc.


Dear Santa
Then, I've asked for a Lady Dior bag for many years, but I'm sure it
will come to me one day very soon.

Lady Dior Bag

Then, as long as we're talking about accessories...
A Cartier 'Ballon Blue' watch.

Cartier Ballon Blue Watch

Then, I've got a few Louboutins, but what I really really really
would love are Christian Louboutin BOOTS!

Christian Louboutin Boots

But then again, a bouquet of beautiful flowers makes me just as happy.

Maison des Fleurs

Now this wish might seem a bit odd, but it is truly my deepest wish for the future.
Because I think that, we people as human race, will be judged upon how we
treat those less fortunate and can't speak for themselves.

I saw the documentary Blackfish many months ago, and it has changed my life.
I've become passionate about the rights of killer whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures.

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

Blackfish Documentary - Free Whales in Captivity

If any of you still have any tips or helpful information about this subject,
please leave me a message.
Or if you have seen Blackfish and you want to share your thoughts, please do so.

I still need to watch The Cove documentary.

I know I'm asking for a huge favour of you to sign this petition:
"Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes."

It will propose lawmakers to ban whales in captivity.
Over 1,3 million people have signed it already!

I will update on this subject later on and explore a bit more in detail.
For now, thank you for taking the time to signing the petition.

Dear Santa

Monday, December 22, 2014

French Madame's 5th Blogoversary!

And from my 27th birthday, to this blog's 5th birthday,
5 years ago from today I wrote the very first post for this blog (see here).

I had written my other blog's Paris Pastry for a while, but needed a creative outlet
for my passion for furniture, clothes, and the French lifestyle.

I would like to thank to those who started reading (at the time) French Mademoiselle,
and are still following French Madame from time to time.
Or those who simply just stop by because you stumbled upon it.
Merci Beaucoup!
I couldn't imagine giving up my two blogs.
Even with life being very busy and time-consuming at times.

As a celebration, I am inviting you to the 5th blogoversary party I'm hosting,
right here on this web space. Everyone is welcome!

To the party I am wearing this Lela Rose off-the-shoulder cocktail dress.

Lela Rose Dress

I am serving nothing but the finest champagne to my guests...

Moët & Chandon Champagne

Along with these chocolate from Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton Chocolates

And as centerpiece, this doughnut cake with mocha whipped cream! Delicious!

Donut Cake

And now let us take a look back at the most popular posts from the past year:

* The first 'Paris Photo of the Day'-post from 2014 was one of the most viewed ones.
The ever-so-sexy Moulin Rouge in the 18th arrondissement is still one of Paris' most visited attractions.

Moulin Rouge

[View here]

* One of the most popular, yet controversial posts I wrote this year was about the Instagram-famous,
Birkin-loving 'Blondie Luxe' profile.
Following the infamous 'Up Close and Stylish' post, I googled Blondie Luxe and was pleased to find out
she too, once wrote a blog. Not anymore unfortunately.
I adore her pictures on Instagram, not just the goodies she shows, but the photography in itself is worth
taking a look.

Blondie Luxe

[View here]

* My Marie-Antoinette costume for Dutch carnaval.
Excuse the not-so-flattering photos of myself, but you get the point of the costume.

Marie Antoinette Costume

[View here]

* I never get tired of looking at Ladurée macarons, and seemingly so do you.
Ladurée at Rue Bonaparte.

Ladurée - Rue Bonaparte

[View here]

* The vivid Mykonos in Greece was a favorite vacation destination for me in 2014.

Mykonos, Greece

[View here]

* And sadly, the tribute to my favorite designer Oscar de la Renta.
Departed way too soon.

Oscar de la Renta

[View here]

That's all folks! Hope to see you with me in 2015!

Much Love,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christian Louboutin 'Simplenodo' ballerinas

It was my birthday in November and I turned 27 years young.

I do not care much for birthdays at all - in fact, I just rather omit the whole day.

But it was a lovely day, starting with a huge French breakfast with my mother,
followed by buying various cakes from the city's best patisseries,
and ended with a sensational dinner.

My boyfriend spoiled me incredibly with these
Christian Louboutin 'Simplenodo' ballerinas

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

They're so me.
The patent leather, the bow, the model... I'm in love with them!

If every month has a color, November was RED!

Christmas Gowns

My friend and I in a backless gown with a high slit.

27 Red Flowers

27 Red flowers.

Hello December