Home Sweet Maison

The French Art of Making a Home
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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French Women Don't Get Fat meets The Little Book of Hygge in this lively, sophisticated, and practical 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.

©2018 Danielle Postel-Vinay (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Honestly loved it

Read some shitty reviews after I began listening and I wholeheartedly disagree. Magnificent tips and very relaxing to listen to. I’m walking away with much needed advice. I will more than likely listen to and reference this book many times. I would even consider purchasing a hard copy to give as a gift for the holidays. Can’t recommend it enough. Also, I love the narrator!

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Great listen

Very good listen. I’ll listen again it was all and more than I expected , I learned a little bit of history as well . I felt the author took me to France even though I’ve never been there.Throughly enjoyed it

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Beautiful Read!

I loved the visuals provided in this book and am looking forward to making our home more French on a room by room basis.

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Lovely journey

I very much enjoyed this book. It never dragged and I feel like I learned a lot of tools for decorating my home.

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Quite redundant

Prune and trim needed. This audio will be a lot memorable if repetition cut in half.

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Interesting perspective but too rigid

My review is most definitely biased, because I love minimalism in a hope, most of all, the ideea of living a in a de cluttered home.

I read this book because I love the charm French home have, but it was presented in an extremely rigid way.

Collect knick-knacks and antiques, must have a sitting room, a dining room, a whatever room, and so on.

I love their charm but after listening to this book I honestly don’t want it.

A home can be happy and personal without decorating it with a shitload of “personalized junk”, it’s ok to have an open plan home especially if you have small children, while you’re cooking you can socialize and have fun with your close ones, even if you have friends over, you can still have meaningful conversations while cooking and so on...

I think all this French lifestyle stuff is highly overrated, because when visiting or moving in new country, with a different culture everything seems fascinating, but it’s highly exaggerated.

Useful things I learned:
Take the time to have dinner with family with no distractions.
It’s ok to personalize your home (no shit)
Work less😀
It’s ok to have cobwebs inside your home, and dusty books, dirt is good... It’s full of fucking charm.

I want my money back and I’ve decided I’m not to read any more books on French charm and lifestyle. 😀

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Pass

Could the author use the words “ritual” or “scientific” at least 100 more times?

Not terribly amusing or information. If a book is going to be lightweight on substance (i.e. actual decor tips, how to’s) - at least try to be humorous or charming. Rather dry book, honestly.

And what kind of animals are her French family serving baguette without butter? Bread, butter, fromage - that is the true tri-color of France!

The French accents attempted by the narrator were odd if not almost borderline offensive. Either have the book narrated by an English speaker with a French accent or just drop the shtick.

A fictional story of her adventures with her friend Jacqueline would have been far more engaging.

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