In A French Country Frame Of Mind - une femme d'un certain âge

In A French Country Frame Of Mind

Gien blue and white mug from My Stylish French Box, with French press coffee maker and vintage French poster in background. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

They’ve begun demolition on the house next door, so amid the noise of jackhammers, I’m dreaming of the few days we’ll soon be spending in the French countryside.

French Country Charm At Your Doorstep

In the meantime, I love having little things around our home that remind me of France, and the charm and slower pace of French country life. I’d really been looking forward to the May My Stylish French Box, as the theme is “blue and white.” I love that color combination, finding it both fresh and tranquil. (Someday I’d love to re-do our decor to incorporate more blue and white.)

Opening the May 2019 My Stylish French Box. Details at une femme d'un certain age.
Beautifully packaged: My Stylish French Box "Blue & White" box for May 2019. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s always such a pleasure to open and discover what Sharon has included in these boxes. The first things you notice are how beautifully arranged they are, and the wonderful fragrance when you lift the lid.

Fragonard scented candle and antique embroidered linen from My Stylish French Box May 2019. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This time it’s courtesy of a lovely Fragonard candle. It’s in a porcelain pot with a cameo lid, which can be re-used once the candle is finished. That’s an antique embroidered linen napkin to the right.

Letol Jacquard scarf from May 2019 My Stylish French Box. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

There’s a gorgeous Jacquard stole from Létol. That intricate pattern is woven, not printed. It’s a beautiful piece, 100% cotton (so not too heavy) and environmentally friendly.

Gold necklace with blue stone from Bohm Paris. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

There’s a pretty gold necklace with blue Swarovski pendant from Bohm Paris…

Le Pompon blue and white artisanal textile pouches from My Stylish French Box. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Some lovely pouchettes from Le Pompon…

Contents of My Stylish French Box May 2019 "Blue & White." Details at une femme d'un certain age.

There’s also a notebook and weekly scheduler (which I plan to put to good use!) from Constance Desanti Papeterie. The pretty mug at the bottom right (and in the top photo) is from Gien, part of their Bluebird collection. And the little sachet is an extra gift for being an annual subscriber.

These boxes make wonderful gifts for a birthday, housewarming, or any special occasion. Sharon is currently taking orders for the August box. These boxes usually sell out, so don’t miss out.

The Magazine

My French Country Home Magazine. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And if you are a fan of French Country life, decor, food, or gardens, you’re going to LOVE My French Country Home Magazine.

Images from My French Country Home magazine.

This is an absolutely top-notch French lifestyle publication, full of interesting articles and gorgeous images. And my good friend Tish Jett is a regular contributor!

Recipes in My French Country Home Magazine.
Photos of Deauville in My French Country Home Magazine.

It’s published 6 times per year. You can subscribe to either the print or digital edition here.

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  1. Sharon
    June 4, 2019 / 4:45 am

    I am in St Paul de Vence right now – about 15 min from Nice. It’s amazing here!! I might not leave!

  2. Judy
    June 4, 2019 / 5:23 am

    Yes !! St Paul de Vence and ‘Eze in the south of France are not to be missed. Gorgeous!!!

  3. Judi
    June 4, 2019 / 6:40 am

    I’m curious about whether you like your Bnunwish French Press shown in top photo – I’m in need of a new one and looking for real-world feedback…thanks!

    • Susan B
      June 4, 2019 / 6:45 am

      Hi Judy, I love it! It makes enough for several cups, and the double wall keeps coffee warm longer.

  4. Lee Ann
    June 4, 2019 / 8:02 am

    We visited the Fragonard museum/factory/shop in Grasse a couple years ago. Delightful and so interesting! The ladies in the shop were wearing the most beautiful print blouses, and of course, I had to ask if they sold the blouses. Alas, no. Oh, well! I brought home enough souvenirs otherwise!

  5. Jacqueline
    June 4, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Love, love, love Fragonard, and often order from them, but also I try to stock up when I am in France. What fragrance is your candle?

    • Susan B
      June 4, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      It’s called “Ma Fougassette” and has a lovely, slightly sweet floral fragrance.

  6. June 4, 2019 / 11:35 am

    Aren’t the boxes beautiful, month after month? We just bade farewell to some visitors (who didn’t want to go home!) and I will have to tell them about Sharon’s boxes. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Sylvia
    June 4, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    Beautiful – especially the scarf – can it be bought separately?
    Thank you – enjoy your blog

    • Susan B
      June 4, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      Hi Sylvia, thanks! I’m not sure whether the scarves are sold online, will do some research…

      • Martha Debs
        June 6, 2019 / 7:36 am

        Susan, I am also interested in the scarf. Would you be able to tell us which one it is from Letol? (Each Letol scarf has its own design name.) Thank you so much.

        • Susan B
          June 6, 2019 / 7:41 am

          Hi Martha, according to the tag, this one is Antoinette. Hope that helps!

  8. June 4, 2019 / 2:57 pm

    That is lovely. Our métro cars and buses are that French blue. I notice both the “bee” glasses and my pet Duralex tumblers. I gave away all my crystal because it didn’t really correspond to my entertaining in a little flat and I wanted it to benefit a charity (Le Chaînon) which helps homeless women and others in crisis get their lives together. Only Duralex tumblers (they are very pretty for industrial glass, and space-saving) and I kept my flutes for bubbly.

    You know at least as much as I do about decorating, and will remember to keep colours evocative of mid-century California style as the French touches, though the latter are also authentic there. As is the exiled Bauhaus, common to California and Tel Aviv.

  9. sf-dre
    June 5, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    My apartment decor has lots of blue and white, I wish I remembered to order this box. I too would be interested in the scarf and the pouches.

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