Friday Favorites – Weekly Inspiration

Welcome to Friday Favorites, a series where we share our favorite decor, design inspiration, fashion finds, TV shows, recipes and more!

It’s a big day here on Maison de Cinq because today marks the one year anniversary of Friday Favorites! 

The best part about this series is how it’s increased our community here – I love that you all love reading it as much as I love creating it!

So, in honor of the anniversary and to thank all of you for the support, I’m hosting a giveaway of $100 gift card! The winner can choose a gift card to Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Nordstrom, or J. Crew (I chose these because they are your four favorite stores!)

In order to enter, first make sure you’re subscribed (if you’re not already you can do so here). Then leave a comment below (don’t forget to include your email or I can’t contact you!) You have until next Thursday, July 21st at 11:59p PST to enter. I’ll pick a random winner and announce it in next week’s Friday Favorites!

And I’m extra excited about today’s Friday Favorites because it’s going to be all about French favorites – in both home and fashion!!




Sharing one of my favorite French-influenced homes by one of my favorite designers, Brooke Giannetti.


A few of my favorite French-inspired items for the home: these terracotta jars remind me of French confit pots (and are priced so well!), I just ordered this basket which is a great price for the size (plus, wouldn’t it make a great planter?), and I love the idea of a French greeting on the porch with this cute doormat or this one which comes in several sizes. And I’ve been looking for different French chairs for the living room and love this one but this one is super similar for a great price!

For the table/kitchen: I love the chic feel of French wine glasses and these are on major sale! And are you familiar with the store EtúHome? They sell lots of French-inspired decor and tabletop items. Some of my favorites are this adorable linen bread basket,  these French mason jar vases are the best, and for summer it doesn’t get much more chic-French-picnic than this pitcher and glasses.



A few things that capture the French essence: Love this simple pull-on satin skirt (over 30% off and could be dressed up or down so easily) or this pretty linen version. This drapey silk top is so stylish, this long sleeve blouse (on sale) has classic style, and I love the easy-breezy feel of this linen top (30% off).

And of course, stripes are always a French favorite! This sweater oozes chic summer style (and it’s 40% off today!) and this version is cute (and priced so well!) And is there anything more quintessentially French than espadrilles? I love my wedges and my fave flat ones are on sale!

Makeup and jewelry are always understated: this dainty layering necklace is perfect for understated elegance, this lip tint gives a subtle pop of color, and if you’re a fragrance person and are in the mood for a splurge, this eau de toilette smells amazing and this popular Chanel fragrance evokes the French riviera.



A new movie called Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has just been released today and I’m dying to see what it’s all about!

A few more good ‘take place in France’ movies in case you haven’t seen them: Midnight in Paris (a delicious and very non-typical Woody Allen starring Owen Wilson), Paris Can Wait (amazing scenery, and food, and wine), and A Good Year (this time gorgeous scenery in Provence).



Why not make a French-inspired dinner? Steak is a classic bistro dinner and this Grilled Steak with Garlic Chive Butter makes it a little simpler and it looks amazing! An apple tart is a classically French dessert and this one is pretty and super easy. 

And have you ever tried a French 75 cocktail? I’m intrigued (how good would this look in my new French wine glasses?) 😉



Love this Instagram account full of beautiful photos of France!

20 French Country Style Homes

Why eating lunch at your desk is banned in France 

Ten of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in France 


And if you haven’t checked out all of my French-inspired posts, these are two of the most popular: Antique French Olive Jars & How to Get the Look and How to Find French Farmhouse Antiques for Less.


Happy Friday!



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  1. So grateful for all your wonderful ideas. I have very little gifting in decorating sense and you’ve given me SO much help. You’ve helped me gain confidence and shown me what to look for. Thank you and happy anniversary!

  2. Thank you all the inspiration!

  3. Tonya Schoepf says:

    Love French decor, I adore the side chair with cane. Thanks for all the French decor ideas and sites.

  4. Aren’t anniversaries the best?!?! I look forward all week to settling down over the weekend for Friday Favorites. Thank you very much for all of the hard work you put in to give us this weekly treat. It’s like a trip to the candy store! It looks like a lot of us appreciate you. Enjoy your 1st anniversay.

    1. That’s so kind – thank you! And I’m so glad you enjoy it Janet!

  5. I realize that I am a bit old but in my dreams, Brooke and Steve Giannetti would adopt me. 🤣

  6. Sheila, I always love your style and choices. You show me new and interesting web sights with such unique items. Thank you for sharing such beauties!

  7. Wendy Webb says:

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! That is exciting! I so enjoy seeing what you share with us! Always such beautiful finds!

  8. You have inspired me so much, from fashion to decor. I even painted my kitchen a new color and wow has that made a difference! With an open concept, it is so restful now on the eyes and pleasing to look at from any room. Have gotten so many compliments. Thank you!😊

    1. That is the nicest compliment – thank you so much Patty!

  9. I love your site and enjoy all of your decor. I’ve gotten so many ideas from you. You get my creative juices flowing! Thank you.

  10. Cyndi Macsherry says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I always enjoy and look forward to your Friday Favorites. Thank you for the movie recommendations. Been looking for something to “ take me away”! France is the first place I plan to visit once I retire in 2-3!years.

  11. Great post, love your taste and style. I love anything French and am in love with Paris. Have been there multiple times and hope to go back again. Once you have been there it gets in your blood, such an incredible place. Thanks for sharing.

    1. And I’ve only been once so obviously, I NEED to go back!!

  12. Congratulations on a year of Friday Favorites! I always love all of your beautifully curated French inspired suggestions! I look forward to your newsletter every week!

  13. Congratulations on your one year Anniversary and thanks for sharing all of your gorgeous French inspired favorites! You’re an inspiration!

  14. Cyndie Baker says:

    Look forward to your posts and Friday Favorites each week as we have such similar style! Thank you for the time and effort you put into each post and Happy Anniversary!

  15. To be honest, I was not thrilled with Friday favorites🤷‍♀️A couple of other blogs that I subscribe to do the same thing. It involves quite a bit of clicking on a link (which is usually too expensive) But….I love the home tours that you include🙌🏻🙌🏻Truly hope to win and thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Congratulations on your first anniversary and thank you for sharing all your amazing decor ideas. The listing of your sources is very helpful and greatly appreciated. I look forward to each and every one of your posts!

  17. Kelly Allen says:

    Congrats on your first year of Friday Favs. Love all of your inspiring ideas. Looking forward to watching Mrs Harris goes to Paris.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Excited about this giveaway eventhough I read you from across the waters!
      I found your website when looking for inspiration to decorate the house we just moved in. My favourite sections are the house tours and recipes ; ) sometimes it’s been almost a (fun) challenge to find look alike pieces.
      I must say the whole family is happy and pleased with the final result on how the house and garden looks. Visitors always compliment on the style!

      1. That is so nice to hear! Thanks for the kind words Stephanie!

  18. Teresa Brownie says:

    Congratulations on 100 Friday Favorites posts. I always look forward to looking at all the fun and pretty things you find. I especially love the stripe shirts and sweaters you have shared this year. I am a sucker for stripes!

  19. Sheila, my life has gotten so busy I have unsubscribed to many blogs but not yours! I love your style and the Friday faves are great. So many ideas!

    1. Aww Jennie – that is perhaps the nicest compliment anyone could give me. Thank you! I so appreciate you staying – I know how hectic life is and how valuable your time is!!

      Good luck!

  20. Mary Anne McWhirter says:

    you bring such joy to my life….and I can’t wait for your ideas each week….Such an inspiration….If you can’t go to paris….you bring paris to us!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Sandi Biquet says:

    I really enjoy your posts and the French inspired goodies that you post. Thank you for doing a give-away.

  22. I love French Toile and seeing it here

  23. Nice round up of French picks! I’d ad Serena to your movie picks, the old and the new, loved them both!

    1. Oh love that movie (I think you mean Sabrina?) If so, loved them both especially the original!

  24. Diana Bardin says:

    I really enjoy your Friday Favorites! Congratulations on doing it for a year!!

  25. Sheila…loved this All things French favorite post and really look forward to your Maicon de Cinq Friday favorites every week! Especially todays…congratulations on your first year anniversary of ideas!

  26. I look forward to your email every Friday with all of your favorites! Its the highlight of my week! Thanks for these emails!

  27. Love getting your beautiful ideas and seeing your gorgeous home! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Love Friday Favorites! So much inspiration!
    Thank you, Sheila!

  29. Congratulations on your anniversary of Friday Favorites! I always look forward to seeing the wonderful items you find. I also love your other posts, and your beautiful home. Thank you for all you share. You are a wonderful inspiration in so many ways!

  30. Hazel Quintana says:

    Dear Sheila,

    I absolutely love French decor and style! I love, love Friday Favorites, I look forward to seeing what you’ll share. Happy Anniversary! It’s wonderful following your blog! Hazel

  31. Thanks for introducing us to EtuHOME this week. Looking forward to getting acquainted with their temptations.

  32. Love your posts/blogs! They are such a joy and great inspiration! Thank you.

  33. Thank you Sheila for doing all the work finding such lovelies for us to swoon over. Love your taste; I learn and enjoy each of your posts!

  34. Regina S. says:

    Love Friday Favorites!! I’m also loving those PB french wine glasses.

  35. Always great content! Thank you for sharing!

  36. Deborah Brandt says:

    Happy anniversary Friday Favorites. Can’t wait to see that movie and loving the espadrilles.

  37. Congratulations on year 1. Really enjoy your Friday favourites! I like how you give suggestions for less expensive options.
    Your house looks amazing. I will continue to read and try your suggestions.

  38. France has moved to the very top of my bucket list! Thank you for sharing so much of what is ‘French’ today – both in the country’s beauty and what inspires beautiful homes.

  39. Hi Sheila –
    We love France so much that we just bought an apartment there! I love your design ideas and have used them for decorating inspiration! Also love the Friday Favorites that include more than just design. How did I not know about the Nordstrom anniversary sale until this year?! Thank You and Happy Anniversary!

  40. Love your Friday Favorites.. I am hosting a dinner party next Saturday and was at a loss for a light summery side potaote… I will be making the Delish red bliss herb gardenpotatoes…. and I have been searching in all my vintage shops and garden boutiques for a French flower gathering basket… the kind that has a shallow basket with a big center handle… to no avail.. if you have a suggestion where to find one !!
    Cheers to Fridays !

  41. So many wonderful French ideas to choose from! Thank you!

  42. I always look forward to getting your Friday Favorites each week!! So inspiring and beautiful!

  43. Love all your blog posts, but Friday Favorites are a favorite of mine. I’ve purchased several chic things through it. Keep up the great work. 🙂

  44. Vicki Bray says:

    Going to France and London in after tourist season for 3 weeks! I love viewing your blog with all things French!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Fun to look at ! Sure would be Fun to win a gift card !

    1. Joan Huntley says:

      Yes, it would encourage my design style, I still haven’t finished my living room! Your site is so quiet, classy and elegant

  46. This kind of anniversary is really a fun one!! I ordered that doormat first thing, only 3 left at my Target. Love the cute doormats available now. Thanks for the heads up!! Enjoy your blog, wishing my home was as beautiful as yours, I do try. Love to have that gift card!!

  47. Danell Cline says:

    Friday Favorites are a favorite!

  48. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Continue showing what is happening in your home.
    I don’t know French and you are teaching me!
    Like your favorites.

  49. Congratulations on Year 1. I look forward to this every Friday. Best wishes for the coming year.

  50. First off, Thank-you for sharing your beautiful taste on Instagram! I enjoy looking at your account and love Friday Favorites! Have a fabulous weekend!!

  51. French inspired anything is my taste so I love pouring over your blogs! Thanks for keeping it fresh and up to date!

  52. Mildred Hoppe says:

    Great post. That house in LA! I love all things Giannetti.

  53. Carol Heartfelt Whimsies says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a YEAR! I love your Friday posts—they always transport me! Congrats on the success of your hard work! I can tell you love what you do!

    1. Aww thank you Carol! So appreciate you being here! 🙂


  54. Congratulations on your one year! 🥳
    Love all your (French) Friday favorites! I always look to it in my inbox each week!

  55. Look forward each Friday for your French finds, and inspiration. Marilyn Lee

  56. I love all of the neutral colors of your home and clothes. The French style is so soothing and calming. Thank you for all your great ideas. I am slowly changing out things in my own home and wardrobe to create that essence. Thanks for your inspiration.

  57. Thank you for the movie recommendations. And I enjoyed the french houses post as well.

  58. Jennifer Gurn says:

    Hi Sheila! Happy 1st Anniversary on Friday Favorites! Thanks for sharing all the fun finds every week. I ordered the French wine glasses today! Incredible deal! Cheers to you!

    1. Yay! It is such a great deal – hope you love them!


  59. Debbra Weber says:

    Great post–I hit the save to Pinterest on so many links you shared today. Thank you! Love your posts and content!!

  60. I look forward to opening Friday Favorites in my inbox!

  61. Congrats on your anniversary! Always a joy to read❤️

  62. Today’s post was full of your wonderful tips and suggestions. I especially liked the wine glasses and the french mason jar vases. Both would bring an old-world European flair to any tablescape.

  63. Juanita Topete says:

    I look forward to Fridays now just to be able to see my email and look at all the beautiful French Country items/ideas you share with everyone.

  64. PJ Bailey says:

    I love your style and would love a gift card.

  65. Sandy Smith says:

    I always look forward to Friday Favorites!

  66. As always what a fun read and how great is our taste! Love it all. I am a devotee to Gianatti home patina farm I am so sad they are moving! I wish I could win lottery and buy that amazing estate!!
    Looking forward to their new adventure!
    Love my day off Friday coffee read. Thank you you for sharing!
    I would be happy to win a card since Nordstrom is taking all my money this month with sale!!

  67. Beth Powell says:

    Seriously, I think we are soul sisters! Everything about your choices are what I dream of!!

  68. Nancy Moore says:

    Great picks every Friday!

  69. Love all of your faves and tips!! And, the French 75 is my signature cocktail!! So delicious!

  70. I love all of the French inspiration in this post!!

  71. The French 75 is delicious and would definitely be tres chic in the wine glasses. Now I may need to buy some.

  72. Would love to win! I always love seeing your Friday favorites posts!

  73. Teddee Grace says:

    Always enjoy this Friday post. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  74. RayeLynn Fletcher Longhini says:

    I am always so excited to read your blog. I love looking at the high end furnishings but appreciate the more affordable versions. Keeping our fingers crossed crust our second trip to France will happen this September-October! We had r to cancel it twice because of the pandemic. We will get to revisit Govern and I’m excited to see it in the Fall. We haven’t been to Province and I am really excited about that week. Thanks for keeping my love of France alive each week!🌞

    1. Love hearing that! We are hoping to go in Sept/Oct too – fingers crossed!!

  75. Kathy Franklin says:

    I love your website and would love to see more French-inspired fashion. Please enter me in your give away.

  76. Jennifer Yaros says:

    Thank you for your vision and sharing. It inspires how I want my home to be. Beautiful and lived in, with character. Calms me in some ways. Which is needed. In thins busy life. Thanks again
    Jennifer Yaros

  77. Margie Mortensen says:

    Always enjoy your posts ! Love anything French!

  78. Ansley Hudson says:

    I love your Friday Favorites and I always look forward to your emails. I am also entering the giveaway 🙂

  79. Love the glasses, but French 75’s are always served in champagne flutes!

    1. Good to know! (those glasses did come in flutes – guess I’ll have to check that out!) 🙂

  80. Thank you for everything French!

  81. Love, love your posts on anything French.

  82. Suzanne Towles says:

    Loved this newsletter! Thank you for introducing me to EtuHome! A couple of years ago I was able to tour Patina Farm in Ojai. It’s stunning. I used their landscaping as inspiration for my own backyard! Happy Friday!

    1. I was there too! And if that’s the case then your backyard must be stunning!

  83. I love reading your page every Friday! So many great ideas! Thank you.

  84. I am adding some Coastal decor to my home after spending a holiday at the beach, so a gift card to Wayfair would really be great right now. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  85. Debbie lake says:

    I love your Friday favorites I have made so many purchases off of your post. Thank you!

  86. I love you site and style. I have gotten so many inspirations from you. I get so many compliments on my mantle which was inspired by you.

  87. I always look forward to your Friday Favorites! That apple tart is worthy of trying!! Looks yummy and impressive:)

  88. Love to read your blog as I am obsessed with anything French.

  89. Nancy Rowley says:

    I’ve been following you for a little over a year now and I so look forward to your Friday Favorites. You do all the leg work and find the most beautiful and affordable things.
    Thank you!

  90. Absolutely love this series. Thank you for compiling each week!

  91. Betty Bashaw says:

    I always love reading your blog. Inspiration is high with you, my friend!! Thanks for sharing all the goodies.

  92. Love your home and all of your fabulous finds. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  93. Julie Bingol says:

    Thank you, Sheila, for all the fabulous finds! It’s so fun opening up my Friday emails and seeing all the wonderful things you’ve chosen!

  94. Martha Freshley says:

    I love your posts and share them with my clients who are buying homes. You have great taste!

  95. Shelia,
    I so look forward to waking up to read your Friday post. We recently purchased a new home that was more ranch style but I wanted so bad to make it French influenced. Of course my husband was not on board so I did my own living room and kitchen in my favorite french blue colors, following your ideas as well as French magazines. Well a year and half later His family room sits the same. I’m looking forward to follow Pam Pierce.
    Thank you for a great blog

  96. OOPS! I’m trying to multitask as I make breakfast. I just read my previous comment — it is a mess! So I will rewrite it.
    Thanks for the post! Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is now on my “to watch” list!

  97. Thanks for the post! Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is now on nay “too watch” list!

  98. Gale Porras says:

    Always love to see the beautiful decor and personal items you have on your site. I get a lot of ideas from them and feel so “French “.

  99. Grace Burchard says:

    I love all of the French style/antique looking vases you use in your decor! Beautiful!

  100. Linda Genery says:

    I just love looking at how your things are put together. I have a home I have lived in for 48 years and have remodeled at various times in a very american county look.
    I am in love with French Country now and your site is so inspiring. One day …….I will have this look! Thanks!

  101. Janice Klein says:

    Love you’re posts. They are elegant and eclectic at the same time. So many inspirational and practical ideas from decorating our homes and ourselves as well as you’re post on Peonies and espalier,

  102. Connie Ragle says:

    Love it all! Especially thos wedge espadrilles 😍

  103. Love this site and the Friday Faves! LOVE the basket and have some bit need to learn how to decorate with them…

  104. Love, love, love the Friday Favorites!
    It is a such a treat to read each week.
    This year my best friend & I turn 60!
    Our husbands have surprised us with a trip to Provence and booked us on the French Larkspur tour this Fall 💜
    I have already ordered a few of the clothing items your recommended for our trip!
    Thanks for sharing all the best of the best of France!


  105. Debi Fountain says:

    Congratulations on your Anniversary!!! I’ve no doubt you’ll have many more!

  106. It’s a fun addiction to see what you have featured each Friday! I really enjoy your understated but friendly style in home and fashion. 🙂

  107. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I’ve enjoyed every post. It’s the first thing I look for in the morning as it starts my day right. Such great inspiration!

  108. Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary! I always look forward to your posts! Lovely inspiration ❤️ Thank you for sharing.

  109. I think I just spent my whole paycheck. Such great suggestions. Love the french skirt/ top and the basket on Mcgee and co. Had to start a list on my phone so I don’t lose these suggestions. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your post.

  110. Sara Ross says:

    I always look for your Friday favorites first thing on Friday Mornings when I check my email. You have such great taste and I love your posts! I have been looking at Espadrilles and love these at Zappos. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Keep up the great emails!

  111. Thank you for sharing your inspirations! Such beautiful style is always a comfort, and brings me wonderful memories of my time spent living in France.

  112. Love, love, love your blog & style!

  113. Michelle Miller says:

    I love your blog and have been following for some time now. You find the best products at great prices. Congratulations on 5 years!

  114. Mindy Bailey says:

    Love your Friday Favorites! Always give me great inspiration.

  115. Audrey Reich says:

    Love all your picks, especially the decorating tips and favorite French towns. I want to visit so much one day.

  116. Lisa Myers says:

    Always wonderful ideas! Love Friday Favorites.

  117. Cathy Gunn says:

    Hello! This is one of my never miss sites! You share so many good finds and helpful ideas. Love it all! We are symbiotic souls 💕 Wonderful giveaway, and good luck to all 😊

  118. Nancy C Bowering says:

    I have loved reading all your posts the last couple of years. I have them saved so I can go back and reread them seasonally. I’ve tried recipes, bought shoes and home items from your recommendations. Keep up the great blogs Sheila!

  119. Lisa Davidson says:

    I look forward to your charming blog every Friday – it was so helpful when I was doing a big reno project. Congratulations on your first year!

  120. Jen Borba says:

    I love reading your Blog and everything French. Thank you for the giveaway.

  121. I so look forward to reading your emails and trying to infuse more of the French style into my home.

  122. Maureen Sullivan says:

    I am setting up a small studio Airbnb. I love the olive jars and use of rattan-the flowers! You always seem on the mark for what I’m thinking.

  123. Julie Bissonnette says:

    Thank you for all that you do! Much appreciated, and please keep up the great work….!

  124. Love your blog and have used it for my own decorating inspiration several times. Thanks.

  125. Emme Waitkun says:

    Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite movies (Brothers Bloom and Stardust are the other two… not set in France, but sweet anyhow)! Your Friday favorites has become my favorite Friday morning thing to do before diving into work emails.. thank you!

  126. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a remake of the original (1992) Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris with Angela Lansbury. It’s a delightful tale with mystery, fashion and PARIS. The book was one of the series by Paul Gallico. Can’t wait to see it.

  127. Thank you for thinking of your readers with the giveaway! And for sharing your impeccable taste!