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Bring some French romance to your bedroom


French décor is one of the world’s most enduring styles, and head of the list is the bedroom or boudoir.


French Bedroom Love Story Taupe Velvet Buttoned Bed


One of the most embraced and romantic is the country bedroom. From casual to chic, this style is often about soft feminine neutrals and pastels or the complete opposite, more masculine yet soft greys, paired with blacks and crisp white sheets.

The French bedroom is a sanctuary, a place for relaxing and romance, often achieved with an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture that looks like each piece has been passed down through the generations.

Depending on opting for more casual or chic, these include an antique iron or contemporary upholstered bed, a rustic or sparkling chandelier, rustic accents, light-coloured neutral paint on the walls, distressed or vintage furniture, gorgeous pinch-pleated linen or cotton curtains, fresh flowers, a real or faux fireplace, and a touch of bling.

Here are some suggestions for him, her and both:


French Bedroom Chablis & Roses Mink Velvet Sofa


French Bedroom Chateauneuf Upholstered Rustic French Armchair


French Bedroom Palais Royal Ivory & Gold French Chest of Drawers_test


French Bedroom Pure Silk Luxury Reed Diffuser


Sweetpea & Willow Aquarius Glass Vase


Soho Black Velvet Ottoman – Lifestyle


French Bedroom Absolute 1000 Collection White Cotton Bed Linen


Melody Maison Vintage French Cafe wall clock


French Bedroom Renaissance David Bookends


“Acceptance” Add a personal touch with a custom piece by Charlie Jane Art
Sweetpea & Willow Calla Lilly Ceramic Vase


Vive le cinéma

After last year’s hiatus thanks to Covid-19, the French Film Festival Aotearoa returns to Christchurch next month. Returning for its 15th year, the country’s second largest film festival invites Kiwis to come along for a glass of red and a very French night at the movies.


Skies of Lebanon


The Christchurch season runs from June 24 to July 7.

The programme is a carefully curated selection of more than 20 of the best French film releases from 2020/21 put together by festival director, Fergus Grady. The new team at the helm has worked closely with the French Embassy to bring great films to the French community in New Zealand as well as Francophile Kiwis.

“We are about bringing a world of stories to our corner of the Pacific and we’re thrilled to be bringing the best of French films to New Zealand cinema-goers,” says Grady.

The programme has been designed to take audiences on an incredible journey through cinéma français, showcasing the crème de la crème of French cinema and its filmmakers.

From comedies and thrillers, to dramas and documentaries, the 2021 French Film Festival Aotearoa is a proud celebration of French culture and storytelling.

The ‘tour de cinema’ kicks off in Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Masterton and Nelson on June 10. Spanning four weeks, the festival will visit 12 cities and towns across both the North and South Islands.

Tickets and the full programme are available now at


The Man in the Hat



Holiday blues: French Blue

Just because our overseas escapades have been taken off the calendar for 2020, does not mean we have to deprive ourselves of all things European. In fact, Catherine Matthews of French Blue has a beautiful selection of homewares and furnishings from the continent.



In Northern Hemisphere newness, aptly named A Taste of Paris cooking products have snuck onto the shelves just in time for the gifting season.

A few notable mentions being the love elixir – a wild strawberry French syrup – and olive oil with black truffle and balsamic.

But the drawcard of the range is French organic extra virgin olive oil that is made to resemble a Chanel No. 5 bottle – talk about kitchen couture.

A selection of other French goodies are available such as the ever-popular French country diary for 2021, hand creams and soap, and Espadrij shoes.

There is also an array of limited-edition silk and cotton scarves from Amsterdam, Mexican Tibor and glassware, and gorgeous candles, diffusers and room sprays.

Top off any purchase by supporting local with an exclusive Christmas card, featuring an Angel designed by It’s Lucy Speaking.

This little European escape is located at 9A Normans Road in Elmwood, where even just a quick browse transports you overseas.


French Blue

Mother’s day magic: French Blue is the perfect place to shop for gifts for Mother’s Day

The romance of winter has arrived at French Blue with stunning scarves, classic raincoats and gifts bearing quintessential European charm – it’s Mother’s Day shopping bliss.

French Blue
Owner Catherine Matthews has sourced gorgeous scarves by Pom. Made in Amsterdam in cotton as silky as English Lawn, they’re adorned with artwork from turtles and tigers to village scenes. And stylish Italian scarves are of linens, cashmere and modal.
Hand-selected raincoats, by Ilse Jacobsen of Denmark, are practical but feminine investment pieces. Heavier-weight, washable, water-repellent jackets are ultra-warm as are the quilted coats. In contrast, the shell and feather-down jackets are super light. Colours range from mustard, taupe and French pink to inky-hued navy. Shaped to fashionably flatter, the detailing is divine.
Other gifts for mums are beautiful interior books, handmade European jewellery, candles and French soaps in glamorous scents such as cassis and mistral – or why not gift champagne or prosecco gummies in a classic little lolly jar?