Say “Oui!” To French Country Ya’ll

French country Flair

 French country design often incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues. 

While many people are under the impression this type of design is too gaudy to fit with today’s tastes, I think that could not be further from the truth. French country design showcases elegant simplicity at its finest — and, if given a chance, could become the next twist on rustic design.

The easiest way to achieve the goal of French Country is through your color palette. While the dominant shade in each room should still be fairly neutral, French country’s dependence on subdued hues means you can stretch that definition a little bit further than usual. Focus on colors that are inherently warm and subtle — such as tans, creams, and soft yellows — to fill this role.

Choose Subtle and Warm Colors – 

Where your accent colors are concerned, you’ll want to choose shades that tune into French country’s traditional roots. Choose colors such as rust and antique white, which will infuse the room with a subconsciously historical feel.

Look For Furniture with Flowing Lines – 

With this in mind, you want to follow many of the same rules as you would when putting together a traditional rustic look. Concentrate on incorporating plenty of natural materials. The shape of these pieces. However, is where this aesthetic sets itself apart. French country furniture boasts a variety of sophisticated, flowing lines to add plenty of visual interest in addition to function and purpose.

Embrace Your Weathered Textures – 

One way to do that is through your finishes. Rather than having design elements that look as though they’ve come straight from the store, you want the impression that your rooms have seen a bit of history! When it comes to selecting flooring, furniture or even architectural elements like decorative wooden beams, choose finishes that are a bit distressed, or imperfect and rough around the edges.

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What’s In? Items made by hand using sustainable materials like jute, rice paper, and clay are popular in 2019. I’m seeing people needing these grounding elements in their homes as a way to feel more in touch with the earth and their roots.

What’s Out? When space has too many things going on–to the point where you can barely utilize a surface area for function–it creates chaos. I am a lover of eclecticism, and you’ll see it in a lot of my designs, but what I don’t love, and hope to bid farewell to, is “eclecticism on steroids!”

When Fashion Meets Home Design

Summer Casual Beige Rose Fashion Design
Summer beige rose home interiors
Summer Casual Beige hues home design

Open up a Vogue & Architectural Digest these days and it’s often really difficult to separate from the two. 

There’s never been a more exciting time to dabble in design and push those creative boundaries of your home and fashion or maybe combining the two. 

I vision this dress as a Throw Pillow (No-Sew) Cover for the sofa to add a pop of color. 

Peace Harmony & Happy Fashions!

Whether you live in it or live with it . . .

XO Cheryl

Home Is Where The Anchor Drops

Mystic Yacht ClubSix Tips to Interior Yacht Detailing

Tip one: Eliminate all dust

Before detail cleaning any of the interior spaces aboard, it makes sense to first start with a thorough dusting. use a vacuum cleaner or dust vac to remove any and all dust from the ceilings, bulkheads, partitions, windows, floors, furniture and beyond. A soft lint brush or ‘magic brush’ may also be used to remove dust particles. Don’t forget the tops of the doors!

Tip two: Wipe down all surfaces

Once all the dusting and vacuuming has been done, the process is typically repeated with a damp microfibre cloth and vinegar solution, depending on the type of décor or surface, collecting up any remaining dust and refreshing the surfaces.

Wipe down the cabins, starting at the top and working your way down. Begin with the deck heads, light fittings, bulkheads and any materials on the wall, then clean down the glass and window coverings. Drop down the blinds and pull the curtains closed. This way you will be able to clean the material well, and at the same time, you can check it is all in working order.

Next move to the cupboards and drawers, working down to the flooring. As you go, make sure all lights and fittings around the cabin are working properly and that any bulbs that need replacing are done so. All electrical items should also be checked, cleaned and in working order.

Tip three: Get to the finer detailing

It’s when you get down to this third clean that you really start to notice that you are aboard such an expensive and beautiful vessel. You will be expected to clean even the smallest of interior details, such as the grooves in the joinery, handles, screws, switches, and fastenings. You will also bend, stretch and fit into spaces you never expected to fit. Step three is where you will need toothpicks, cotton balls, and toothbrushes!

Tip four: Getting under the floorboards

Given the glamour of the luxury and superyacht industry, many don’t realize that cleaning will even is expected to the underneath of floorboards when detailing a boat/yacht’s interior.

You must generally clean out the bilges under the yacht’s flooring, not only for good housekeeping but for additional storage space. Stagnant water and grime can collect in the bilges, and you must give these oddly shaped spaces a good clean before storing bedding, tableware, stationery and more in well-sealed vacuum-pack bags.

Be sure not to overfill the bilges with vacuum bags, as this makes for uneven and dangerous flooring! It’s “art” getting everything to fit and can certainly take several frustrating attempts! A Professional Organizer will be able to help you organize the bilges on board.

Tip five: Restocking the yacht

Part of detailing the yacht involves restocking the boat/yacht for guests and crew. While detail cleaning is a great time to refill guest compendiums and bathrooms, as well as the laundry, bar, condiments, etc. so that everything is in the rightful place when normal business resumes. The galley, crew mess and crew cabins will also have to be tackled as part of the detail clean.

Tip six: Final checks

No detailing task is complete until the chief steward or captain of the vessel has taken a look over every cabin on board, with each responsibility expected to have been taken care of.

When checking the cabins for cleanliness, I always like to sit on the floor, at the desk or on the bed. This way you will get a clear perspective of what the guest will see.

Glass and mirrors are probably the least favorite and most troublesome items for the interior detail cleaning. These streaks are simply annoying, and just when you think you have them all, the sun changes direction and you see more from the different angle. My advice here is to do a good clean with soft soap. Dry the glass surface well with a soft, lint-free cloth, then do any polishing after that. I recommend using Microsoft clothes which are better than the terrycloth which leaves dust and lint behind.

And remember, you should never have to use harsh cleaning solutions or chemicals on the fine and very expensive interior materials. Wherever possible, do use minimal cleaning products, or adopt a green-only policy on board.

Peace Harmony & Happy Boating!

XO Cheryl

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