imageThe verb peaufiner (poe-feen-ay) means «”to refine, polish perfect” or “to put the finishing touches on.” The word peau means “skin” and fine is a cognate for the same word in English. It entered the language in the middle of the 19th century to refer to having a meticulous grooming routine. Since we moved into our new home in mid-August, we’ve been working on little projects that peaufinent (poe-feen) each of the rooms. Our most exciting find was a huge, gilded French mirror that we discovered in an antique shop in New Bedford, Massachusetts for a song. I don’t use my new mirror for my morning toilette, but it sure looks fabulous over the sofa.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Peaufiner

  1. Before I even read the text, that GOREGEOUS mirror caught my eye in the photo. *so jealous1* I’d do my make-up there every day too, you’ve got great lighting with those corner windows.

    Huzzah on a room will decorated!

  2. J’adore ce verbe peaufiner!

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