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5 Ways To Create Your Own Slice of Parisian Heaven

A Non-Frenchie's Guide to Becoming a "Frenchie" in HK

5 Ways to Create Your Own Slice of Parisian Heaven

by Jobie Soo

Photo credit: Margaret Zhang
Photo credit: Margaret Zhang

“A chaque oiseau, son nid est beau”

To every bird, its own nest is beautiful.

There’s no better way to describe the essence behind the French home-making decorum than this beautiful proverb. To French people, home is more than just a place where you eat, sleep and repeat. They put their heart and soul into making it a cozy “nest” with their own unique Parisian touch – chic, sophisticated, and a bit of je na sais quoi.

That’s why, if you want to truly and fully indulge yourself in the “frenchiest” way of life, the best place to start is your HOME.

Although it’s no “chateaux and castle” in Hong Kong, having your own slice of Parisian heaven in this crowded city is not really a far-fetched idea. If you think your place is too small (I know, this is Hong Kong after all) to french things up, remember – living like a true “Frenchie” is always about quality, not quantity. That means you don’t need a big fancy house or lots of fancy gilding to make a statement. The only thing that matters is having the right and well-coordinated interior elements. Pay attention to the little things and tiny details here and there, and you’re halfway there!

So, here are some “Frenchie” tips to create your own perfect Parisian paradise! Enjoy!

1. Paint the walls white.

Photo credit - Vogue Australia
Photo credit - Vogue Australia

Consider this the rule of thumb as the first step to everything: it’s always a good idea to go for plain white walls as the perfect backdrop for a Parisian themed home.

Photo credit - Crosby Studio
Photo credit - Crosby Studio

White is arguably the most easy-going color of all. Like a blank canvas, white walls leave room for creativity and let the interior elements speak for themselves. Besides, French people are known to be minimalists, and nothing says more “minimal” than the color white.

2. Mix vintage with modern.

Photo credit - Daily Dream Decor
Photo credit - Daily Dream Decor
Photo credit - Pinterest
Photo credit - Pinterest

“Out with the old, in with the new” is never a “Frenchie” thing - they love the new and embrace the old.

Learn to let things age. Mirrors, frames, wooden table etc. Or do some antique shopping and bring a rustic vintage edge to your modern crib!

3. Crystal and glass for glamour and class.

Don’t go overboard with tacky-gold furnishings because it will easily ruin the subtlety of the Parisian theme. Sometimes all you need is glamour and class, something that strikes the perfect balance. Try adding some crystal-ware and glass-ware (or even silver) for a little sparkling glamour. My recommendation? Baccarat and Christofle.

Photo credit: Baccarat
Photo credit: Baccarat
Photo credit: Christofle
Photo credit: Christofle

They are the perfect brands to showcase the glamorous side of the French Art de Vivre - classy, elegance and modern. Visit their page on our French Guide website and check out their exquisite craftsmanship.

4. Drapes are the “drama queen”.

Photo credit - Daily Dream Decor
Photo credit - Daily Dream Decor

If you want something bold and loud in the room, drapes are the perfect candidate.

Photo credit - The Cottage Market
Photo credit - The Cottage Market

Get a set of curtains that can liven up the tone of the room, with a color that speaks to your character. Just make them dramatic and let them be the star of the room.

5. Pick some flowers for the room.

Photo credit - Daily Dream Decor
Photo credit - Daily Dream Decor

Flowers have that undeniable power to bring a room to life. So for the final finishing touch, the last element you need is a bouquet of flowers on the centre of the table. And viola, perfect aesthetic achieved at your own Parisian paradise!

Photo credit - Achitectural Digest
Photo credit - Achitectural Digest

If this is your first time doing a home makeover, don't panic; instead of doing the entire place all at once, it’s better to start with your room first because it is where you define your own personal tone. Slowly work your way up to the living room and the dining room so you can play into the personal theme that matches your room.

Ready to french things up? I know I am! 🙂

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