a french touch to a room …

by Sharon Santoni

Today I am happy to be invited by Anita at Cedar Hill Farmhouse to join in a small group of bloggers talking about French design.  This is set to be a monthly affair and I am honoured to be included.


Our March  theme is a detail that speaks of French design, and for me nothing does that better than an open fireplace with a mirror above.


I remember when I was looking for my very first student flat in Paris, I had a little wish list tucked inside my bag, and there at the top of the list were nine letters f i r e p l a c e .


Today in our home we have two big fireplaces downstairs and another in my bedroom, we get through a lot of firewood, and of course there is some extra cleaning and maintenance involved but it is all so worthwhile for the instant glow and warmth added to the atmosphere.


Here are my favourite selection of French fireplaces, some taken in friends’ homes and others that I just love.


If you’d like to see what the other bloggers are suggesting as their French touch, then pop over and check them out here

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Savvy Southern Style

French Country Cottage

Confessions of a Plate Addict

photos 1 & 3 Le Grillon Voyageur; 2 & 5 Le Clos de Mondetour


Sharon March 30, 2014 - 11:17 am

Lovely photographs and thanks for the links to some blogs that weren’t on my radar!

Kim March 30, 2014 - 11:44 am

Yes, love a pretty fireplace in a room and do love those French mirrors. Glad to have you in our group.

TERESA ALFONSO March 30, 2014 - 11:49 am

Hi Sharon,

I really enjoy this page. Thanks so much!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs March 30, 2014 - 12:19 pm

I am in awe of your beautiful home in France….Your fireplaces are exquisite and your wish came true with those fabulous 3 fireplaces….I truly enjoyed reading an article featuring your home that I picked up in France while on a shopping trip in Normandy with friends and bloggers.

Confessions of a Plate Addict March 30, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Such a lovely post! I enjoyed studying each and every photo! So nice to be in this wonderful group with you!…hugs…Debbie

Betsy March 30, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Beautiful as always….I love that big wall clock!

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon March 30, 2014 - 2:38 pm

I love the first photo.

Mariecapucine March 30, 2014 - 4:19 pm

It’s beautiful !
I love ♥♥♥
I love the French countryside but especially the taste of some people.
Thank You Sharon

Courtney March 30, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Absolutely gorgeous- I love fireplaces too! We have one large wood burning fireplace in the living room and heater fireplaces in the bedrooms- I love them all! Happy to be touring with you!

Rondell March 30, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Omg, just beautiful! I’ve so much about France’s history so I love seeing pictures of the country, I’ll be back… enjoyed it so much!

debbie hoy March 30, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Hi just to say I love all of your post’s and I live in France and own a lovely B & B in the Dordogne, if you want to look at my website feel free to enjoy the gallery, sure you will like the decor, and carry on with your love of French things, it really is as good as it seems, hope you get to come over x

Linda March 30, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Sharon, this post is lovely. I also enjoy the warmth, sight and sounds of a wood-burning fireplace. It won’t be long before we place some birch logs in it to look pretty for the summer, but for now, early spring near Seattle is cool enough to have a fire in the fireplace some evenings.
I looked at each blog you recommended and have enjoyed each one. Thanks for sharing.

Vicky from Athens March 30, 2014 - 10:41 pm

How warm and inviting all of the rooms are! I could be most happy and comfortable in any of them. Above Debbie Hoy above mentioned her B&B in Dordogne but no website for me to see. I hope to go there next year (my paternal roots are there!) and would love to see her website!

Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse March 31, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Just stunning images Sharon!! Thanks for joining me for the fun event.

Carrie March 31, 2014 - 8:32 pm

I am so excited about this new chapter for all of us. I have a complete section on my computer of images from French homes. I was born in Orleans, we left when I was 2. Last year, at nearly 50 years old, my husband and I returned to France for a quick visit. We canvassed it as much as we could. Today I follow as many blogs about France as I can find. I want to transfer as much of France’s beauty into my life and home as I can. Thanks for becoming a part of a larger group. Now I have yours and more to search from for inspiration.

Kathy March 31, 2014 - 10:15 pm

I do love fireplaces. We have two – this house is old and we’ve not had them looked at to see if they’d work…would be my dream – the rooms pictured are absolutely gorgeous – looking forward to more!

Kim Hites April 14, 2014 - 9:07 pm

I love that you gals are talking about French design. I agree that an open hearth and mirror above is so quintessentially French! I’m headed to Provence in May but will be back in Normandie in the Fall.

Donna August 1, 2018 - 9:59 pm

Beautiful images. Lovely french country furniture and I adore the vintage french Trumeau mirror as well.

Helena July 31, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Great room, thanks for sharing! I’m using the excellent blankets from the store https://magiclinen.com/linen-bedding/linen-blankets to decorate the entrance hall. I think to make it more comfortable with good quality pillows and blankets


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