I’m going to Provence and Paris soon.
One of the things that I’m going to be looking for is whether or not or not our Americanized vision of shabby chic French is actually something French people do in their decorating.
I’m not so sure.
I’ve only been to France once, and I’ve only been to Paris and Normandy. I’ve seen beautiful cotton lace, I’ve seen lovely textiles, and I’ve seen well-worn finishes on furniture. I’ve also seen classically elegant rooms like this one.
What I’m not sure about is all of the things I see on American blogs using layered laces and trims, chippy paint, and white, white, white. I’m pretty sure that there is more to French decorating than that.
I feel as though I’m going out on a very thin limb here, and maybe I’ll fall off with a big thud. Or maybe not.
I’m eager to find out what people are buying in Provence and Paris and I hope to post photos for you to see.
Or do we care?
My mother-in-law did, and as a result, my house is full of beautiful Provencal furniture and dishes from France. And none of them is painted white or is chippy.
I can’t wait to find out. That is one of the reasons for travel — to find out what one does not know.
Are you with me on this?