Vive la différence!

03AD8714-53F5-4E6F-9A47-2E565490FA92I love décor and I love French. So when I found a good French decorating channel on YouTube, and it led me to another one, and then it led me to a third, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.

The first is Hëllø Blogzine, in which the host visits a home or apartment and walks through each room while talking through the decorating decisions with the homeowner. Each video is relatively short, usually between about eight and fifteen minutes long. It’s fascinating to see into the homes of “normal” people and get a view into the daily lives of French families. A new one comes out every one to two months. The downside is, the production values aren’t strictly top professional calibre which sometimes leads to echoey or muffled sound.

Then I found Another Home, which contrary to its English name, is the work of a charming Frenchman with a self-deprecating sense of humor, who pronounces it adorably as “Anozer Ome.” Vincent Bussez shows multiple, clear examples of the points he’s discussing, such as color theory. Most of the videos are about five minutes long, but some are about fifteen minutes. A new one comes out about once a week. You can also download his free 60 page guide “Les 10 secrets d’une décoration réussie,” which has beautiful photos and tons of clear advice.

Another Home led me in quick succession to La Maison France 5. Because this one is produced by a French TV station, it’s definitely the most professional channel. The premise is a visit to a different French city, focusing on designers and artisans who call it home. It’s part travelogue, part revel in French savoir faire. Each one is an hour and a half long. The most recent one features Aix-en-Province, where I’ll be visiting in June, so that was particularly interesting to me.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Spring cleaning leads to spring decorating with a French accent. Vive la différence!

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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2 Responses to Vive la différence!

  1. Ellen A. says:

    These sound delicious, thank you for discovering them. My husband and I are also completely immersed in “La Trève” (The Break), the small town Belgian police series you recommended. Excellent!

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