The 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.