I love Versailles. Even the in your face bold  French Baroque interior design. Despite not liking gold anything, Versaillas is one of the places where I could move right in.

Then there is the chateau de Maintenion.

While decked out in whatever style and updated in the twenties there is a sense of cosy about the place. I find a warmth and strong connection to the homey large chateau.

If I had to determine what my style is that would be cosy and warm. A place where I feel comfortable taking my shoes off and run around in my flannel pajamas. Not a place where I am scared to spill my drink.

Here I share my style, my tips and advice in making a home feel like home.

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Tips for Antique Shops and Flea Market Shopping

Tips for Antique Shops and Flea Market Shopping

When I was a little girl I was given a lot of hand-me-downs. The sad part of being the baby.  Since then I had absolutely no interest in anything old, vintage, or used. I had to have new things.  Fast forward to the last few years, life changed dramatically. I left...

5 Simple Tricks and Tips for Decorating

5 Simple Tricks and Tips for Decorating

When coming up with how you want to decorate your home there are a few things you might want to consider. Sure, it’s exciting picking out colours and lamps oh, and throw pillows, but sometimes it can become overwhelming if you follow trends or fads and not trust your...

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 grab a cup of coffee, take off your shoes, and relax

I find decorating incredibly intmate and personal. When it comes to creating your own style I think it is necessary to tap into that part of you that shines the brightest.

For me it has nothing to do with “contemporary” or “modern”, I go with my gut. What connects with me? What calls out to me and makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

I think of decorating kind of like falling in love. Each space is new and excited, and has a story to tell, but so does your soul. Merging the two, while ignoring the fads, leads you to design that is uniquly you.

That’s my philosphy that I’ll be sharing.


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I’m Christina, a lover of all things literary, historical, and cozy. Settled in the picturesque grassy countryside of Normandy France, I embarked on a new chapter in the middle of the pandemic, because if COVID-19 taught us anything it’s that life is short and we should go after our dreams….


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