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DIY Fabric Flag

Though I’m not exactly a boho style girl through and through, I am inspired by certain elements, like the easy, laid back, seemingly effortless style that is quintessential “bohemian.” Lately on Pinterest, I’ve been noticing walls draped in fabric and decided to put my own spin on the trend in the form of a fabric flag, which introduces the drapey fabric idea, but in a more creative, quirky, and perhaps a bit Frenchier way, as opposed to straight up boho. In case you’re looking to give your walls an update for Spring, my tutorial on how to make this baby is up over at Sugar & Cloth!

Create a relaxed, quirky, and perhaps a bit French vibe on your walls with Spring with a DIY fabric flag. Click for details! Continue Reading →

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Welcome Baby Girl

Baby girl, Sylvia Leigh Francois, made her debut in early February, and we’ve been laying low since then enjoying our new bundle and learning the ropes of life with a newborn. About two weeks after Sylvia was born we had family photos taken in our home, and the moment I got them back I couldn’t wait to get Sylvia’s birth announcements ordered. I’ll be posting more from our family shoot soon, but in the meantime, I’m so excited to show you the custom birth announcements I designed through Mixbook!
I did our announcements through Mixbook, because I had a specific idea in mind for the design of the card, and they have a ‘Blank Canvas’ tool that lets you create a custom card from scratch. Their website makes creating the custom design ridiculously fast & easy, which as a new mom, that’s just about number one on my priority list.
You basically just drag and drop your photos into their interface, add text and any visual effects like bleeding the photo off the edge of the card. Then add to your ‘shopping cart’ and BOOM. Mixbook prints and mails your cards within a matter of a few days. (I should also mention they have lots of card designs to choose from too, if designing something custom is not your jam!)


I chose a square card format which compliments Sylvia’s announcement photo nicely, as well as Mixbook’s super thick, matte paper option, because in my book, the thicker the paper, the better!
Before getting the announcements in the mail, I added a few extra personal touches by signing Ken & and my names in metallic gold ink on the back of the cards and sealing the envelopes with gold heart wax seals, because I may be a sleep-deprived new mom, but I still love DIY. This was my first time doing wax seals, and to my pleasant surprise they can now be done with a glue gun–no more dripping wax! Who knew?! Here’s a little video of how the announcements came together with the extra touches:


Sylvia’s announcements turned out exactly how I envisioned in my head, and I can’t wait to get them mailed off to family and friends! If you’re doing announcements and have a custom design in mind, I highly recommend having Mixbook help you bring your idea to life. Use my coupon code, FRAN40,  and get 40 % off sitewide. Expires May 22nd Midnight PST.
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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

Is cabin fever starting to set in at your place? I can say without a doubt it’s definitely setting in over here. With the arrival of Bébé S in earlier this year, we’ve been harder pressed to get out of the house more so than we are most years. Bitter cold temps = extra bundling + planning. Amidst learning how to finesse our newborn parenting skills, let’s just say we aren’t getting out quite as frequently.

If you've got spring cleaning on the brain, and want to make your home smell amazing, check out the ultimate guide I created for Curbly. Continue Reading →

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Lace Applique Pillow

This last minute little pillow project came about as I sat down in the rocker one night taking in the progress we’d made in the nursery and while sitting there I noticed we needed a lumbar pillow for a little extra support in the lower back. The next day I started ideating what the pillow might look like and I remembered that right about the time we found out we were expecting, I had stumbled upon this beautiful baby swimsuit from Ox Eyed Baiby on Pinterest and fell in love with the yellow and white contrast, the lace, the handmade feel…all of it. I remembered being bummed at the time because the swimsuit was one of a kind, and no longer available. But now! 8 months later, it was the perfect inspiration for my lumbar pillow. It’s funny how inspiration works sometimes, isn’t it?

The technique for the pillow applique is really quite simple. It’s just a matter of cutting apart the lace, arranging the design on the pillow, and tacking it in place with needle and thread. The most difficult part is probably deciding how to place and space apart the lace! Read on for the full tutorial…

DIY a beautiful lace applique pillow for your home or nursery with bridal lace. Click for all the details! Continue Reading →


The Best Nordic Wallpapers

Amidst our nursery redesign, I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for Nordic wallpapers. I knew we wanted to take the nursery in a Scandinavian direction, and wallpaper is just such an easy way to introduce it.  As you probably have seen, we chose Nethercote from Hygge & West for our nursery. Though the design is “technically” English-inspired, it still feels very Nordic, and it’s honestly the PERFECT paper for Sylvia’s room. If you’re also looking to add a little Nordic accent to your home, hopefully I can save you some precious Pinterest surfing time by rounding up the papers I fell in love along the way…

If you're looking to add a little Nordic accent to your home, check out our round-up of the best Nordic wallpapers. Continue Reading →


DIY Felt Message Banner (Video!)

As we designed the board & batten and selected the Nordic wallpaper for the nursery, the room began to take shape, and I knew I wanted to incorporate some black and white accents in the room to add contrast and help the look keep its edge. Originally, I’d made this banner with the intent of hanging it in a grouping above the crib, but as we furnished the room, I decided to keep things simple over there, and ended up moving the banner over to the closet door.

This little banner is a 30 minute project (maybe less–if you’re not filming a movie about it!), made fantastically simple by the invention of precut sticky-back felt letters, and can be customized to say whatever you’re drawn to. I decided on the French phrase “mon cœur” which translates to “my heart” in English because I’m a sentimental mom-to-be, need I say more?! Check out the 1 minute video and full instructions below on how to work up one of these babies for your place.

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Francois Renovates: The Nursery Before & After! (Video)

Today is the big day! We’ve been working hard to renovate the nursery and after several weeks I’m excited and relieved to say it’s done. And just in the nick of time might I add: our due date is less than 2 weeks away! At the beginning of this process, I had no idea what I wanted this space to look like, only that I wanted it to feel Nordic, fun and playful, a space that might spark imagination and foster creativity. 

When we found out we were having a girl, I have to admit my mind immediately went towards the color pink: girly pink with white and neutrals. But the more visual research I did on Pinterest, the more I came to the realization that Ken and I don’t even really like the color pink. And we all know the baby doesn’t have a preference what her room looks like yet, so why not create a space that we’ll enjoy spending long hours rocking our little one to sleep in. Let’s kick things off with what this room looked like BEFORE, shall we?

After 6 weeks of renovation, the space is complete! Come check out Francois Renovates' Nursery Before & After. Psst...there's a video!

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Francois Renovates: Nursery Sneak Peek

It’s been 6 weeks of renovation and the nursery is nearly finished! Today I’ve got a little peek of the room for you and want to talk specifically about the art we chose because it’s one of my favorite things in the room and honestly probably the easiest things to execute.

Once the old ice damage was fixed,  the board & batten and wallcovering were up, it was time to think about art, and we worked with Framebridge to make it happen.  Framing is their specialty, which means they have it down to a science, from the ordering process, to the personal note tucked in with each framed piece, to including the hardware needed to hang your specific piece. It’s obvious there’s a lot of thought and love that goes into their craft.

See the progress we've made with this week's "Francois Renovates." We're talking about art selections in this nursery sneak peek!

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