I have a serious ache…
And I’m not talking about the kind you get from eating too many Christmas cookies (though that may be forthcoming, too).
At the risk of sounding entirely obnoxious… It’s been over two years since I’ve been to Paris.
We lived there for about two years; my first son was born there; I made friends from all over the world; I ate way too many raspberry tarts; I had a beautiful, international church family; I took long walks along the Seine with Mr. Pax; I wandered through Notre Dame; I strolled through glorious gardens… I relished life there.
So this French Christmas tour is more than a fun blog hop (though it is certainly that, too); it’s a merging of two things very very special to me: my favorite city in the world… and my favorite time of year.
You can see French influence throughout my home on my Christmas home tour here.
And you can see more of my French Christmas touches in the dining room here.
But in the library this year, I wanted specifically to create a rustic chic Christmas look by channelling my memories of our Parisian apartment:
It was white and gray with punches of color and tall white bookcases…
We had chandeliers and an enormous gilded mirror (you can see how I made this one here)…
There were wood-framed velvet armchairs in the living room; they were a mustard color… but this red suits me better.
And I couldn’t resist adding this rustic tree stump. We haven’t finished sanding and sealing it, but I’m sure we will eventually.
In the meantime, I hope to relish this most glorious time of year… remembering that the good news of this season transcends countries and languages. And so I leave you with this:
Car un enfant nous est né, un fils nous est donné,
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given,
Et la domination reposera sur son épaule;
And the government will be upon His shoulder
On l’appellera Admirable, Conseiller, Dieu puissant,
He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, mighty God,
Père éternel, Prince de la paix.
Eternal Father, Prince of peace.
May your and your family have a joyeux noel!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for my final installment of French Christmas, and don’t forget to visit the other blogs for more French-inspired holiday decor… Today, French Country Cottage is also sharing her incredible home.