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!

How are all of you? How’s your weather? We’ve had one of the coldest winters I can remember, and I’m so ready for spring! It’s been hovering in the mid-40’s in the daytime and we’re due for the biggest storm CA has seen in a decade! (And just to clarify, steady days of mid-40’s is not normal for CA, even in the winter, haha!)

And today is a little bit of a special Friday Favorites! Special, you say? Yes. Because today I’m talking French-inspired everything!

Though my decorating style has been morphing slightly with more rustic elements, I still describe my basic style as French farmhouse or European-influenced. And I know that’s what a lot of you gravitate to (probably why you’re here, right?) So in today’s Friday Favorites, I thought I’d focus on some of my favorite French finds, both in fashion and in the home!

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THINGS I LOVE IN DESIGN/DECOR

A French country style home that’s lovely and unpretentious. See the whole tour here.

A few things of my favorite French-inspired items for the home: this adorable side table (on clearance), this reasonable coffee table, this gorgeous console table is on sale for less than I’ve ever seen it!, this classic gold mirror, these French dining chairs are an amazing price!, and my favorite doormat (on sale!)

For a French farmhouse feel in the kitchen: this wine decanter feels very elevated and is a steal at $15!, I own and love this pretty linen runner, as well as this marble mortar/pestle that looks like a European antique but sells for waay less (they are hundreds). These onion baskets have a great European-pantry look, this rattan gardening basket would look amazing on a counter or table, and I just bought these woven trivets and I love them!! (They would also look great hanging).

 

THINGS I’M WEARING/LOVING/WANTING

And since we’re on the subject, is there anything chicer than a French woman? They have a simple and understated style that I just love. I’m sharing a few things that I think really capture that essence and/or that I’ve recently brought home and love.

French-inspired fashion finds: A good trench coat is such a French staple and perfect for mercurial spring weather. This classic one is 35% off  and how great is this short faux leather version?! (above)

Did you know ballet flats are back?? I’m a huge fan so I couldn’t be more excited! These are a classic, and these are a great price plus they have over 2K reviews!

This pretty blouse has a great drape about it, this crisp cotton one feels fresh and current, and I’m loving how chic this little silk polo shirt is!

And stripes are always a classic when it comes to French style. This casual cotton sweater is a great basic (love the tan color), and I own and love this quintessentially French tee which would be perfect with these cropped jeans (one of my favorites and 25% off).

And of course, you have to throw on some delicate gold chains! Layer together this coin pendant with this pretty chain (these are 14K gold-filled, not plated and mine have never tarnished!) for the perfect casual chic look.

 

THINGS I’M WATCHING/READING/LISTENING TO

A new British show has begun at our house this week called Safe. I heard about it over on Instagram and it is good! Fun to watch, with lots of twists and turns. It’s creator is the mystery writer Harlan Coben so if you read him you’ll get an idea of what to expect. Everyone is questionable, haha!

 

THINGS I’M MAKING/EATING/DRINKING

My search for more delicious comfort food continues and I heard of this viral Creamy Tortellini Soup on Instagram. And this Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup also came highly recommended – we’re planning on one of these tomorrow!

I always serve soup with a Caesar Salad and my favorite childhood recipe, something we called “Parmesan Cheese Bread.”

Though I don’t have a recipe for it, this one is closest to what I do except I just load the bread slices on a baking tray and bake at 350° for about 8 minutes. You cannot imagine how delicious toasted cheese and mayo is together! I used to beg for it when I was a teen, and mine do the same!

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

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And if you missed it, this week I shared 7 Things to Do to Make Your Kitchen and Bathrooms More Beautiful (and they might not be what you think!)

 

Happy Friday!

Sheila
xo

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Oh and if you’ve missed any of the previous Friday Favorites, you can find them all here!

 

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