La Vie Est Belle & Charming French Inspired Finds!

La Vie Est Belle & Charming French Inspired Finds introduces a book by Henrietta Heald (all photos from this lovely book © Ryland Peters & Small) I have been savoring for weeks now. Let’s discover it together!

French farmhouse design inspiration. La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…Photo: © Ryland Peters & Small. Praise for the book La Vie Est Belle as well as Charming French Inspired Finds!

At this very moment, it is 9:30 a.m., and the light in our house is very dim as the rains pour and pleasingly create a drumbeat against metal gutters.

(Obviously, these photos were snapped the day before!)

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The percussion tickles my ears and complements clapping thunder.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Praise for the book La Vie Est Belle as well as Charming French Inspired Finds!

What a gift that no visible lightning interrupts the visual feast the pages within this lovely title supply.

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La Vie Est Belle is a Visual Feast!

Thank goodness there’s a feast since I am forever ravenous!

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Hello Lovely Studio. Praise for the book La Vie Est Belle as well as Charming French Inspired Finds!

Here’s the gorgeous book:

La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…photo: © Ryland Peters & Small.

On the table beside me, a pale blue-grey mug designed by Thomas O’Brien is filled with fresh mint and ginger tea, warming me to the core.

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Enjoy this Beautiful Book With Tea

I sliced the ginger root and bruised the mint leaves myself, preparing a potion to nourish the wholeness of my spirit, body, and mind as only nature, love, and maybe books can.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Praise for the book La Vie Est Belle as well as Charming French Inspired Finds!

At times the ground vibrates beneath my feet and only enhances this divinely sensual milieu.

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To be swept away by the rich beauty of pages honoring the sophisticated simplicity and rustic elegant character of France is a gift. What a pleasure to share it with you lovely souls.

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La Vie est Belle is for the Francophile, certainly. However, it’s also for lovers of country style and history.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Praise for the book La Vie Est Belle as well as Charming French Inspired Finds!

La Vie Est Belle Shares the Art of French Living

Each chapter delights with interior design, recipes, culture, flea markets, architecture, and French culture.

My favorite aspect of the book…and I know you won’t be surprised…are the French farmhouse renovations and transformations.

French farmhouse design inspiration. La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…Photo: © Ryland Peters & Small

In the third chapter of the book which highlights Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine, we’re treated to an exploration of color palettes with a discussion of natural light and how it affects the fashion in which colors are used within different regions of France.

The courtyard with shutter above reflects an example of the use of quiet and misty blue-greys which are used masterfully by the French to calm and soothe.

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French Farmhouse House Tours Inside

In a French farmhouse on a rocky ledge between Mougins and Grasse, is a 1950’s home which appears to be two hundred years older, thanks to the genius of its owners, the Schouten family.

The image below of a beautiful arched entrance is but one example of how they wildly succeeded in their efforts.

The book’s author writes, “The original exterior walls, dating from the 1950s, were made thicker and faced in local stone to give them a rugged appearance. Reclaimed shutters, painted soft sage green, open to reveal a gently arched doorway.”

French Farmhouse design inspiration. La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…Photo: © Ryland Peters & Small.

Chateau Gignac Featured in La Vie Est Belle

One of my favorite chateau tours in La Vie Est Belle allows us to enter the rustic elegance of Gignac, a home restored by the Jouberts and located in the Luberon.

In the double-height entrance hall of this restored home (below), we see a very sparely furnished space. With only a French settee and an antique console table, the focus may remain on the cobblestone floor, the sculptural staircase, and the richness of rustic stone.

La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…Photo: © Ryland Peters & Small.

The masterful mix of greys in an upper hall of the chateau are delightfully interesting and impossibly tranquil. Grey and white marble tile adorns the floor, various shades of grey on the walls, and creamy plaster mouldings work magic in their harmony. I can’t stop staring and studying the composition which could easily go wrong were it infused with sweetness rather than the blessing of natural, sensual, timeless warmth its restorers have bestowed here.

La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…Photo: © Ryland Peters & Small.

Lovely French Garden Inspiration

Of this charming sanctuary of a peaceful garden at a home in a hamlet south of the Seine valley, author Henrietta Heald writes:

“Secluded corners designed for relaxing are a feature of the garden. Here the decorative approach is simplicity itself; a small circular metal table, geraniums in a Versailles planter and wire birdcages adorning the walls.”

French Farmhouse Design Inspiration. La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019.
La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald, Ryland Peters & Small 2019…Photo: © Ryland Peters & Small

Treat yourself to a copy of this glorious title from Henrietta Heald if it doesn’t already grace your bookshelf.

Carve out quiet time to savor it and immerse yourself in the beauty even as you become more enlightened and intrigued by all the mystique.

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When the author turns her attention to the island Île de Ré, off the West Coast of France, I couldn’t help but think of Charlotte Reiss, whose IG feed introduced me to the magic of the place.

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Remember Charlotte’s French farmhouse kitchen (below) near Bordeaux?

French farmhouse kitchen by Vivi et Margot near Bordeaux. Photo: Charlotte Reiss. #frenchfarmhouse #kitchen #neptunekitchens #floatingshelves #terracottafloor #reclaimed stone
Photo/Design: Vivi et Margot.

While a trip to France to score antiques and authentic finds would be ideal, fortunately we have sources like Vivi et Margot for French homewares and French inspired finds to discover online.

Terracotta hexagon tiles in a kitchen in France. French farmhouse design inspiration, house tour, French homewares and market baskets from Vivi et Margot. Photos by Charlotte Reiss. Come be inspired on Hello Lovely and learn the paint colors used in these beautiful authentic French country interiors. #frenchfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #designinspiration #interiordesign #housetour #vivietmargot #rusticdecor #frenchhome #authentic #neptune #farrowandballfrenchgray #kitchendesign #frenchmarket #summerliving #bordeaux #westernfrance #europeanfarmhouse
Photo/Design: Vivi et Margot.

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Don’t miss some surprisingly lovely French country finds in my very own Amazon storefront RIGHT HERE

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Charming French Inspired Finds

Ready-made Country French Country Cabinetry

71" Weathered French Country 4-Door Cabinet
Weathered French Country 4-Door Cabinet: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
French country cabinet or sidboard with weathered finish.
6′ Weathered French Country 4-Door Cabinet: FIND HERE..certainly lovely indeed.
Deville Russelle Sideboard
French Sideboard: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Wimberley 2 Door Accent Cabinet
Wimberley Accent Cabinet, Wayfair…certainly lovely.
French Blue Antiqued 4-Drawer Cabinet
French Blue Antiqued 4-Drawer Cabinet: FIND HERE...certainly lovely.

Country French Inspired Dining Room Finds

Saguenay Extendable Dining Table
Certainly lovely indeed!
Bleau 5 Piece Dining Set
Dining Room Set: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Saguenay Upholstered Bench. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Upholstered Bench: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Saguenay Extendable Dining Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Extendable Dining Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Croix 30" Bar Stool
30″ Bar Stool: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Gertrude Dining Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Certainly lovely indeed!
Gertrude Dining Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Round Dining Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Cheve Dining Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Certainly lovely indeed.
Cheve Dining Table
Dining Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Atchison Dining Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Simple Rustic Dining Table: FIND HERE
Parfondeval Double Pedestal Dining Bench. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Pedestal Dining Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
French country dining Side Chairs. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Set of 2 Side Chairs: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Country French Chair Ideas

Duffield Armchair
Duffield Armchair, Wayfair…certainly lovely indeed

Rustic Elegant Ottoman

Round Tufted Linen & Burlap Ottoman. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Tufted Linen & Burlap Ottoman: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Area Rug

Safavieh grey/beige area rug.
Safavieh Grey/Beige Area Rug, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

French Country Inspired Bedroom Finds

Parada Upholstered Panel Headboard.. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Certainly lovely indeed.
Parada Upholstered Panel Headboard. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Tufted French Country Headboard: FIND HERE…certainly lovely.
Parada Upholstered Panel Headboard. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Certainly lovely indeed.
Frech Grey Side Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Safavieh French Grey Side Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Letellier Upholstered Bench
Beautiful French Country Bedroom Furniture: FIND RIGHT HERE.
Safavieh French Country Upholstered Bench
Safavieh French Bench…certainly lovely indeed.
French country mirror
French Country Mirror: FIND HERE.

Country French Living Room Decor Ideas

French Country Wing Chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
French Country Wing Chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
French Country Wing Chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Profile of French Country Wing Chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Toulouse Wagner Upholstered Bench. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Toulouse Upholstered Bench: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
French country upholstered arm chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
French inspired accent chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Safavieh Oak Settee - French country loveseat. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Safavieh Oak Settee: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Letellier Upholstered Bench. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
French Country Furniture Finds. FIND FRENCH BENCHES HERE.
Francoise Coffee Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
French Inspired Coffee Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Friendly Priced French Country Accent Chair

French country arm chair
French Arm Chair: FIND HERE.
Linen French Accent Chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Linen French Accent Chair: FIND HERE.
Linen French Accent Chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Linen French Accent Chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

French Inspired Dining Finds in My Own Home

My dining room with French country Louis style dining chairs. Hello Lovely Studio. Visit the story for praise for the book La Vie Est Belle as well as Charming French Inspired Finds!
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24" Counter Height Stool. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Set of 2 Oval Back French Country Counter Stools: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Lilian Oval Back Dining Side Chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Oval Back Dining Chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Agda Classic Elegant Upholstered Dining Chair. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Classic Elegant Dining Arm Chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

French Inspired Kitchen Finds

Lisa Kitchen Island. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Kitchen Island: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Castille Prep Table with Marble Top. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Marble Top Prep Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Rustic Country French Dining Tables

Montreal Butterfly Leaf Dining Table. French Country Furniture Finds. Because European country and French farmhouse style is easy to love. Rustic elegant charm is lovely indeed.
Butterfly Leaf Dining Table: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Bree Dining Table
Bree Dining Table…certainly lovely indeed.
Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table
Valerie Farm Table…certainly lovely indeed.
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Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Loveseat
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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2 Comments

  1. Connie
    June 26, 2019 / 8:28 am

    All so lovely! I have her book (an earlier edition) and it is a treasured item that I purchased for myself while on a vacation. Found it in a store that featured French and French-inspired items. I love how it is a sort of “all in one” French book–recipes, color schemes, rooms to inspire and so much more. 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      June 26, 2019 / 11:55 pm

      Exactly! There’s so much delicousness inside! 🙂

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