2019 – the year’s round-up

by Sharon Santoni


Bonjour from Normandy! My 2019 round-up

  I’m writing this with a smile on my face. We are at the end of a big busy year and I’m so looking forward to closing the office for a week, while my team and I enjoy some quality family time, and relax.

While my children were growing up, the mantra I repeated the most often was “work hard, play hard”.  And that’s what this year has felt like at MFCH. We have worked hard to improve our boxes, the tours and of course the magazine, but we have had a lot of fun pulling everything together too!

A large part of what we do here is highlighting the talent around us.   In the magazine we are always on the lookout for awesome photographers to supply the breathtaking photos that the magazine is known for.    For our boxes, nothing makes me happier than sourcing an artisan creator for our curated collections of French treasure. And here on the blog, I try to showcase the people and places that I enjoy as I live my everyday life here in France.

But today above all I want to thank you my readers for making all this possible!

The Tours

This year for the first time we ran a total of five tours.   Twice to Provence, twice in Normandy and Paris, and our newest tour destination to Burgundy.   I so loved meeting each of our clients, and sharing with them my favourite addresses.  We drank a lot of champagne, we visited some jaw-dropping homes and gardens, created floral art, took cooking classes and of course found time for some shopping.

I was particularly touched to have so many return clients this year, some for the fifth time!  A huge merci to you all!  I am already looking forward to our  MFCH tours in 2020.


The Box

Our boxes have been delivered to all continents this year, and that is very exciting.  My Stylish French Box has become a true ambassador for the finest French brands, and I am proud that we curate collections including items from iconic names as well as creations by smaller artisans, who I am fortunate to discover here.  Thank you to all our box clients for your continued custom and enthusiasm for our boxes.

The Magazine

The MFCH Magazine started in January.  Who knew I’d ever publish a magazine?!   And why didn’t anyone tell me what it would really involve?!     Seriously!   Yes it is a crazy intense project, but I love it and all the new doors that it has opened for us here.  A massive thank you to everyone who trusted us and subscribed to this project.  Thank you for your patience as we found our feet on the digital and print distribution, and for all your emails telling us how much you like it.   You are the best!

The blog and our social media

The blog remains at the heart of everything we do here, no matter how much we evolve.  I am ever grateful to people who stop by to read me, and to check out our social media.

We have Instagram pages for the blog, the box and the magazine, and that is a great way for hearing about our latest news or entering our regular giveaways.

This year on Facebook we created the MFCH community group which is open to anyone who has bought our box, been on a tour or who buys the magazine.  I love to stop by and see the messages shared here, the excitement around an imminent box arrival, or compared photos of an MFCH tour. If you don’t belong to this group yet, you can apply on the page directly.


So as the year draws to a close, and I am already excited about 2020, I just want to say one big, massive, heartfelt

thank you with mistletoe

We are closing the office for the Holiday week, but of course keeping an eye on emails in case there’s anything urgent.   We’ll be back in 2020 with our batteries recharged, and ready to bring you more of everything French!

I wish you all a very happy Holiday season, take care, enjoy time with your loved ones and stay safe.


suzyred58 December 24, 2019 - 5:51 pm

Dear Sharon,
You are welcome! I loved the magazine, the box I ordered, and your blog and Instagram.
Have a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year!


Leslie Lord December 24, 2019 - 6:48 pm

Merry Christmas and All the best for 2020.
I enjoy the luxurious contents in the beautiful boxes
Am wearing the Gisel B pearl necklace almost every day it is so versatile and I get many compliments on it. Wrapping my Petrusse scarf around my neck on cold winter days…
Thank you again

Emm December 24, 2019 - 6:51 pm

Happy and peaceful holidays to you. And it’s so nice to see a picture of Da Boyz–give them some extra ear scritches from me.

Carol December 24, 2019 - 7:48 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon! I love your blog, your magazine and most of all the French Box.
Have a good break! Looking forward to your blog in the new year.

Virginia Billeaud Anderson December 24, 2019 - 9:07 pm

You images are so lovely. Adore following you

Rhonda Reeves December 24, 2019 - 9:19 pm

Happiest of Holidays to all of you who made up the team! I have come to appreciate your country so much more through you. See you next year!

Leslieinlittlerock December 24, 2019 - 9:39 pm

I always love getting the magazine, reading the delightful blog and My Paris box was such a treat! All the best for 2020!

Brigitte December 24, 2019 - 10:03 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon, to you and all your family. I love reading the blog and social media. It is a gentle reminder to revisit France asap. Look forward to more in 2020.

Susie December 24, 2019 - 11:05 pm

I love the concept and the look of your boxes. Spend a lot of time in France and do shopping for friends and family while there, to say nothing of adding special Mariage Frère and unique spices to my own pantry each trip. If I did not have the privilege of travel there, I’d be first in line for your delightful boxes!! Joyeux Noël

Dianne December 24, 2019 - 11:39 pm

Merry Christmas, Sharon, Emily, Molly, Jean Christophe & Teddy and all on the team I haven’t met in person yet. I have such happy, delicious memories of the tours I’ve taken with you and also look forward to at least one more. The beautiful “blue” box was nothing short of breathtaking and so enjoy getting the magazine and settling in with a good cappuccino to dream & plan. All the best to you and yours in 2020!!!!

Colleen Taylor December 24, 2019 - 11:52 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon to you & your lovely family. I can’t wait to receive my holiday magazine. I did receive an email that it was running late. I sure hope it’s soon. The November edition was lovely so I’m anxiously awaiting. X

Gordon W Subject December 25, 2019 - 12:25 am

Sharon, i enjoy all of your great info of your homeland.

Judy December 25, 2019 - 2:53 am

Everything is lovely and so enjoyable! Thank You, Sharon

Phyllis Fenwick December 25, 2019 - 3:07 am

Merry Christmas Sharon, had to get your book, My Stylish French Girlfriends, then for Christmas got your book, My French Country Home, can’t wait to get into it. Thank You for inspiring us.

Nancy Brantley December 25, 2019 - 5:24 am


Hazel Lavelle December 25, 2019 - 1:59 pm

A very merry Christmas Sharon , and a good and peaceful new year !
Looking forward to your blogs in the coming year .
All the best to you and your family ‘.
Love Hazel from Manchester uk xx

Louise T December 25, 2019 - 3:58 pm

Bonjour Sharon,
Several magazines, websites, blogs and others, each try in their own way, to reach a certain clientèle. According to my taste, and to the taste of several other people who, like me, read and follow you, your magazine goes far beyond anything that is done in this area. France and its regions benefit from an outstanding ambassador. Through your choices of tours, discoveries, articles, etc., it is your personality that we discover. Quelle classe! And your thirst of sharing is proof of your success. What a great idea you had! Thank you for so many nice things. I wish you and your team a well-deserved happy rest! Au plaisir de vous lire en 2020! Louise T

Judy Lambert December 25, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Joyeux Noel as you gather together this holiday season. From Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada.
Thank you for sharing your touch of France with all of us!

Care Winscott December 25, 2019 - 7:58 pm

Merry CHRISTmas!
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, …And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Cathy Garrett December 27, 2019 - 2:42 pm

Happy Christmas to you and yours!

Lucia Donahower December 27, 2019 - 9:09 pm

Congratulations Sharon! It has been a wonderful year for you. I wish you and your team continued success in the coming year! I read your blog whenever there’s a new post and have both your books. I must tell you, I love hearing from you.
Many Thanks and Happy New Year!

Carol Granger December 30, 2019 - 1:41 am

Many congratulations to you, Sharon and your team, on your very successful 2019! I’m so excited and thankful that I was fortunate to find your website, your French box, your MFCH and the wonderful posts from your subscribers. I hope your Christmas was wonderful, shared with family and friends. Looking forward to my next “goodie box”. Warm wishes for an awesome 2020!

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