One of my favourite things about French people is their general knack and savoir faire of making things look beautiful. This ranges from buildings, to vitrines (shop windows), to patisseries, to clothes, and of course to the people themselves! Often designs are simple yet elegant and as well looking good give off a rustic, traditional vibe which works so well for interiors. To get to the point, I am a big fan of French country style! Luckily this can be satisfied by visiting the numerous flea markets and antique fairs held every week across the major cities to the small rural villages. Sometimes these markets can be fantastic and sometimes they can be absolutely terrible, but that’s the game - you never quite know what you might find.
Now (as a recent subscriber to Netflix) I enjoy cosying down in the evenings and watching a good film or TV show to relax. That being said, when it comes to the design of the living room, I don’t necessarily want the focal point for the room to be the TV with all the furniture positioned around it. I have some friends here in Lyon who don’t even own a TV, and prefer to spend their evenings tucked up with a good book or listening to music. I wish I was like them! So as a compromise, what we were on the hunt for was some kind of doored TV unit, in which we could place our TV and hide it away when not in use, in an attempt to bring out our more cultured, book loving selves.
With this idea in mind, off we went one week to the marché aux puces with a view of finding a TV unit. With some help we eventually came across this beauty, which, I kid you not, cost us a grand total of €5! The unit was a classic example of French country style and what’s more, came with an unbelievable price tag. Granted, it needed a bit of TLC, but with a sanding down and a good old clean, it came out looking good as new.
When we purchased the unit, it came with beautiful glass panelled windows which unfortunately we managed to break during its journey back home. Rather than replacing the glass, we thought some material could also look good as a door and would also add a nice touch of colour to the living room.
Along with our stone walls, I think it is one of the items which people seem to comment on most when visiting.
Take a look and let me know what you think.