Home Sweet Maison: The French Art Of Making A Home

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art Of Making A Home


French Women Don’t Get Fat meets The Little Book of Hygge in this lively, sophisticated, and practical illustrated lifestyle guide that shows how to enjoy la belle vie—to live like the French every day—transforming your house into a home defined by beauty, family, and accessible elegance.

How do the French create the elusive and alluring sanctuaries they call home? This question long intrigued Danielle Postel-Vinay. Thanks to a chance encounter with a French expat in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and years of immersive research, she embarked on a quest to discover the secrets of the French home aesthetic.

Experiencing first-hand la belle vie—the beautiful life—Postel-Vinay now shows everyone how to create their own French sanctuary, a home sweet maison, no matter where they live. Providing more than just interior decorating and design tips, Postel-Vinay teaches you how to foster the warmth, beauty, and rituals inherent in the French home and create an environment better suited to living a rich, full, connected life. At the center of the book is the idea that your house should be a reflection of you, your hobbies, your family history, your rituals, all the things that make your life unique. A happy home is a home that expresses your rituals and your taste, not one that relies on prefab décor from a mass retailer.

Home Sweet Maison encapsulates the very heart of the French way of seeing the world: set the table formally, adhere to all the conventions of ritual and tradition, then take pleasure in indulgence. It’s about using French concepts and routines to change our homes, our relationships, and our lives for the better.

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  • 001 Home Sweet Maison

    Duration: 14s

  • 002 Note to the Reader

    Duration: 03min

  • 003 My Introduction

    Duration: 11min

  • 004 Chapter 01

    Duration: 38min

  • 005 Chapter 02

    Duration: 35min

  • 006 Chapter 03

    Duration: 46min

  • 007 Chapter 04

    Duration: 47min

  • 008 Chapter 05

    Duration: 23min

  • 009 Chapter 06

    Duration: 14min

  • 010 Chapter 07

    Duration: 21min

  • 011 Chapter 08

    Duration: 21min

  • 012 Chapter 09

    Duration: 17min

  • 013 Chapter 10

    Duration: 11min

  • 014 Postscript

    Duration: 54s

  • 015 Credits

    Duration: 30s