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We’re dreaming of a French Christmas…

Nothing compares to the holidays. Gathering the family together, cooking, baking, and creating traditions are what the season’s all about. The Christmas meal is something to be celebrated. Why not go with a theme for the main event this year? The French do Christmas dinner right with elevated comfort foods and detailed desserts. We’ve gathered a menu for a very French Noel, and it surely will not disappoint.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Coq au Vin is a traditional dish full of flavor. It’s one of those simmer-for-hours delights that gets better with every minute on the stove. Ideally you’ll have this going while guests arrive to maximize entree anticipation. The smell is just that good. Bonus: It’s the perfect excuse to stock up on red wine!

The ideal French side dish? So many to choose from, but whipped potatoes serve as a creamy, cheesy backdrop to the sumptuous chicken in your Coq au Vin. Aligot (as they’re called) can be easily made while the meat simmers.

To finish the Frenchy feast, go all the way with a Buche de Noel, better known as a Yule log. This complex treat is the perfect way to get the kids involved and keep little hands busy, not to mention a delectable end to a meal.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (750ml) Pinot Noir
  • 5 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, plus 2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 leek (cut lengthwise)
  • 6 oz. thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 1/4 lb. whole chicken legs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. small button mushrooms
  • 3/4 lb. shallots, halved
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large saucepan over high heat, boil the wine until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Place the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs and bay leaf against the cut side of the halved leek and tie with kitchen twine. Set aside.
  3. In a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set the pot over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown the chicken, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Return the pot to medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and melt the butter. Add the garlic, tomato paste and flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the reduced wine and the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, chicken, mushroom mixture, carrots and bouquet garni. Cover, transfer to the oven and bake until the chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Skim the fat off the sauce, set the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Discard the bouquet garni. Return the chicken to the pot. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (about 4-6)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1-1½ cups whole milk
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel, rinse, and chop the potatoes into ½-1 inch chunks.  Place the potatoes in a large saucepan or pot, and cover with water, salting lightly.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to a simmer over medium-low and cook until the potatoes are tender and easily break apart when poked with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.  Drain the potatoes and transfer to the bowl of a food processor.  Wipe out the pan for later use.
  2. Add the butter, garlic, and salt to the potatoes in the food processor.  Pulse until the butter is melted and incorporated into the potatoes, about 10 brief pulses.  Add 1 cup of the milk through the feed tube and continue to process until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 20 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Return the potato mixture to the now empty saucepan and set over medium heat.  Mix in the cheeses until completely melted and incorporated, stirring frequently.  The mixture will be thick and elastic.  If the mixture is too thick or difficult to stir, add the remaining ½ cup of milk a little bit at a time until the texture is loose and creamy.  Adjust seasonings as necessary with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

For the cakes:

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the assembly:

  • Caramel Cream
  • Cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar, for surface
  • 1 pound rolled fondant
  • Best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Sugared White Pine Needles, for serving (optional)
  • Milk-Chocolate Pine Cones, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the cakes: Line two 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly coat with spray. Beat egg yolks with a mixer on high speed until pale yellow and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Beat egg whites in a clean mixer bowl on medium speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Raise speed to medium-high; slowly add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  3. Fold yolks into egg-white mixture using a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate whites. Sift cocoa and flour over top; gently fold to combine. Pour into prepared sheets, and gently smooth tops using an offset spatula.
  4. Bake until cakes spring back when touched, 9 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line 2 wire racks with parchment paper, and lightly coat with spray. Remove cakes from oven, and immediately turn out each onto a prepared rack. Peel parchment from cakes. Let stand until cooled completely.
  5. Assemble the cakes: Place 2 clean kitchen towels on work surface, and transfer each cake (with parchment) to a towel. Divide caramel cream evenly between cakes. Spread, using an offset spatula, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges.
  6. Tightly roll 1 cake into a log, starting with a short end, removing parchment as you work. Tightly wrap log in kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining cake. Transfer wrapped logs, seam side down, to a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  7. Unwrap each log. Lightly dust work surface with cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar. Roll out half the fondant to 1/4-inch thickness. Place an 8-by-12-inch food-safe wood-grain texture mat on fondant, and press hard, using a rolling pin, to make an indentation. Gently remove mat, and generously rub fondant with cocoa. Brush off excess cocoa.
  8. Drape 1 cake log with fondant sheet. Shape fondant to fit log using your hands, and trim ends and cut away excess with a paring knife or a pizza cutter. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with remaining fondant, cocoa, and cake log. Serve with sugared white pine needles and milk-chocolate pinecones if desired.

Get The Look: French Scandinavian Retreat

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem

French Scandinavian White Decor
Photography by: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer Featured in: Vartnya Hem


Clockwise from top left: Zentique Furniture Off White Linen Louis XVI Sofa, Aidan Gray Lighting Winchester Floor Lamp, Tara Shaw Maison Iron Feather Candle Sconce, Aidan Gray Furniture Blue Occasional Chair, Chippendale White Mirror


Clockwise from top left: Currey & Company Large Lillian August Scarlet Chandelier, French Paris No. 12 Linen Pillow, Hotel Le Pavillon Linen Pillow, French Pastry Iron Table Base, Layla Grayce Oakland TV Lounger

This gorgeous home in the hills outside Los Angeles features a gorgeous mix of vintage French and Scandinavian furniture, creating a beautiful retreat from the hustle of LA life. The owners of this home took out several walls, along with some less-than-stellar green carpet, and opened up the kitchen to create a lofty and spacious home. Create your own calm, white oasis using some of our favorite french-inspired brands, Zentique and Eloquence.

Get The Look: Bruxelles Antiques

French House
Photo Credit: Bruxelles Antiques

French Living Room
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French Living Room
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French Dining Room
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French Dining Room
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French Bedroom
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French Bedroom
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French Kitchen
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get the look: bruxelles antiques
Clockwise from top left: Oval Carved Mirror in Vintage Bouleau Blanc, Tritter Feefer Home Collection Jenkins Chest in Cartagena, Aidan Gray Chaves Lamp, Layla Grayce Marengo Sofa, Bliss Studio Girandole Candlestick, French Pastry Table Base (shown with marble top)

Get the look: Bruxelles Antiques
Clockwise from top left: Aidan Gray Decor Arno Fragment, Currey and Company Bettina Pendant, Gabby Decor Abbey Trumeau Mirror, Eloquence Louis Upholstered Chaise, Curved Front 3 Drawer Antique White Chest

Get the look: Bruxelles Antiques
Clockwise from top left: One of a Kind Antique Armoire in Sun Bleached Pale Oak, Tara Shaw Maison Italian Beaded Chandelier, Edelweiss Large White Mirror, Aidan Gray Londra Lamp, Hoff Old Wood Kitchen Table, Gabby Furniture Simone Brown Chair

Come with us as we transport you to a historic old farmhouse in Ennevelin, France for a dose of French inspiration. Surrounded by a moat and complete with a terrace garden restaurant, Bruxelles Antiques is actually a live in boutique where the owners indulge their passion for historical home decor pieces, displaying their offerings throughout their home. Imagine yourself wandering through this divine space, being inspired by the ever changing vignettes, then heading to the boutique section for some retail therapy. Top it off with a French pastry and coffee in the garden – are you with us on this fantasy French shopping spree? Fantastique! To save yourself some jetlag, get the look with our antique reproductions and one of a kind pieces from Layla Grayce.

Get The Look: Modern Parisian Chic

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get The Look: Modern Parisian Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Clockwise from top left: Oly Studio Hanna Framed Shelving Unit, Chichester Sofa upholstered in custom fabric, Jennifer Paganelli St. Croix Pink Embroidered Pillow, DL Rhein Chrysanthemum Robin’s Egg Embroidered Pillow, Carved Candle Stand in Crossroads Cyan, Oly Studio Yves Cocktail Table shown with pieced agate top and antique gold base, Oly Studio Leo Chair upholstered in custom fabric

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Clockwise from top left: Oly Studio Claire Side Chair in custom leather, Clear Glass Florence Chandelier, Drake Round Dinette Table in white, DwellStudio Fabric by the Yard in Jet Oversize Stripe, Fabric by the Yard in Fuzz Black, Peonies

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Clockwise from top left: Layla Grayce Rafeal Bed in Jackie White, Jamie Young Lucky White Casted Metal Lamp Base shown with a large thin drum white silk shade, Bungalow 5 Brigitte Side Table in White, Pine Cone Hill Toadstool Peacock Double Boudoir Pillow, Round Acanthus Mirror in Crossroads Rosa

We’ll admit we swoon over well executed French inspired décor, but this modernized take on Parisian glam has us saying “oh la la, c’est magnifique!” With a directive to bring some French spirit to a Vancouver condo project and to just “go for it”, Peter Wilds of The Cross Décor & Design artfully weaves dramatic pops of hot pink throughout the space. Mixing florals and patterns with elegant white furnishings keeps the space open and inviting, but each room has its own dramatic couture moment. Which wows you the most – the flair of the pink chair, the glitter of a chic chandelier or the siren lure of the shimmering aqua wallpaper in the bedroom?

One of a Kind Vintage Finds

One of a Kind Louis XVI Upholstered Vintage Armchair Water Gilt Set of 2
One of a Kind Louis XVI Upholstered Vintage Armchair Water Gilt Set of 2 – SOLD

One of a Kind Antique French Console
One of a Kind Antique French Console

One of a Kind Antique French Armoire
One of a Kind Antique French Armoire

One of a Kind Petite Upholstered Vintage Settee Gilt
One of a Kind Petite Upholstered Vintage Settee Gilt – SOLD

One of a Kind Antique Doors Pale Cream
One of a Kind Antique Doors Pale Cream

One of a Kind Louis XVI Armchair Set of 2
One of a Kind Louis XVI Armchair Set of 2

One of a Kind Louis XVI Upholstered Vintage Wing Bergere Pale Off White Set of 2
One of a Kind Louis XVI Upholstered Vintage Wing Bergere Pale Off White Set of 2

Authentic vintage finds were once the culmination of serious scouring and restoration efforts or a lucky inheritance. Our new One of a Kind collection of French and European style antiques changes all that, offering the time worn look and feel of furniture passed down through the years. Thoughtfully restored to their former glory, tables and mirrors boast decorative carvings, gilding and distressed patina finishes, while arm chairs, sofas and settees are clothed in burlap backings, original blue velvet or newly upholstered neutrals. Long live the relatives, your next heirloom can be found in this treasure trove.

 

Aidan Gray, You Wear Your Age Well

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One healthy heaping of historical inspiration added to the creative minds and craftsmen at Aidan Gray is a recipe for one beautiful interior. Get the look of the moment with their newest collection of furniture, lighting and accessories featuring rusted iron, weathered wood and limed and distressed finishes. Looking aged never looked so good! Shop all our new Aidan Gray arrivals >

Express Your Style: Live It, Wear It

Express your style: Live it, wear itWho can pass up classics with a romantic, modernized twist? Certainly not us, and we’re torn between which captivates us more, the interior or the outfit. Aidan Gray is masterful at creating furniture and decor with French élan and historical details that are tweaked ever so slightly, here using quirky printed word upholstery. But the traditional leather riding boot with ruffled accents had us at hello. Paired with this season’s hot skinny jeans, a cozy wrap cardigan and embossed python bag, you’ll be ready for fall weather AND for the compliments to come flying in. Instant modern chic.

Express your style: Live it, wear it with Aidan Gray
Express your style: Wear it

 

Ooh La La! 20% off French Furniture & Accessories

20% off French Furniture & Accessories
In celebration of Bastille Day July 14th, save 20% off selected French furniture and accessories* for 3 days. Enter code oohlala at checkout. Shop all selected French products here.

*Coupon applies only to items in the category linked to above and may not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other promotion. Coupon expires July 14th, 2010 at midnight EST.

Oh My – But You Are A Pretty Piece Of Furniture

European Classics

And such character too! Is this some treasured antique? A find from recent European travels? For everyone who craves home furnishings inspired by the classics (with a little twist), we are thrilled to introduce our new European Classics collection of furniture, lamps and accessories. The styling? We like to think of it as classic with a few quirks thrown in. You’ll find traditional Swedish, French and Italian design details, but the results are anything but tired and boring. The finishes are richly layered and textured, aged and antiqued in a stunning selection of colors and effects, often accented with painted details. Most pieces are hand built from mahogany, and because this is an eco-sensitive modern line, the artisan is committed to a “1 for 1” replanting program that replaces every tree used to produce each product. How cool and green is that? What we really love is how seamlessly any of these items works with a wide range of decorating styles, from quiet and sophisticated to eclectically colorful. Check out all the European Classics offerings and get inspired!

Fit for a Queen – The Natural Linen Corbielle Bed

Looking to transform a drab bedroom into a sophisticated romantic haven?¬? The search is over!¬? Introducing one of our newest furniture additions, the Natural Linen Corbielle Queen Bed.¬?Inspired by the classic lines of Louis XV, this European antique reproduction piece has curves in all the right places. The headboard and footboard are upholstered and tufted in a subdued natural color linen fabric that lends a simple, casual twist while finely crafted florette carvings and fluted details add just the right amount of vintage inspiration.¬? Juxtapose the elegant style of Louis XV with modern bedding in either fresh, crisp whites or silky damasks.¬? For a glam Hollywood look, an antiqued mirrored chest placed bedside brings out the screen goddess within us all.¬? Oh how our minds wander with all the possibilities¬? You’ll sleep like a queen in your own home with this exclusive bed available in three hand applied worn finishes (shown here in our favorite finish, Old Cream).¬? Love the look?¬? Check out¬?the entire Antique Eloquence furniture collection.

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