Welcome to our first issue of 2022! As you may already know… here at My French Country Home Magazine, we are starting the year in style with a brand-new, fresh layout design (let us know what you think!). As always, for our January/December edition, we’re here to bolster excitement for the start of a new year and the big plans, good intentions and clean slates that come with it.
We’re kicking it off with a full “Discovering Guide” to idyllic Annecy, a charming destination between lake and mountains, as well as a host of other ideal winter getaways in France. On the French table, cold weather calls for comfort food, and we have for you some adorably sized recipes to make in the versatile mini-cocotte. Outdoors, we’re treating you to our best tips and tricks for planning garden seating and give a tour of the magical greenhouses of the stunning Château du Champ-de-Bataille (each its own precious universe of exotic flora and fauna); inside, we offer a peeks inside a wealth of varied and inspiring interiors. Plus, lessons from masters of baking bread, how to create a romantic floral arrangement, a list of secret fireside spots to toast your toes in Paris … and so much more.
Here, take a peek at just a few of our features, or click below to flip through a preview — bonne année !
How better to look ahead than planning a trip to a new and exciting place? Our latest “Discovering Guide” takes us to idyllic Annecy. Set between the lake and the mountains, this Alpine town embodies all the traditional charms of Haute-Savoie and has something to offer in every season. From luxurious hotels to Savoyard cuisine to water sports, cycling and hiking trails, we show you how best to explore and enjoy this unique and beautiful destination!
For this edition’s “Artisans of France,” we spotlight the Manufacture Saint-Jean d’Aubusson – a legendary tapisserie producer (that was dubbed the Royal Manufacturer in 1665) that continues to weave its gorgeous threads using original techniques. We take you on a tour of this place of intricate, detailed and ancient savoir-faire, showcasing the rare work of the last remaining artisans that uphold this venerated style of woven tapestries.
Contemporary Chalet Chic
Take a look inside a cozy abode that revisits traditional Alpine codes. At the chic Chalet Maj – home of interior decorator Anne Bayrou and her family – traditional materials mix with minimalist architecture and natural light to create the perfect wintertime cocoon. In our feature, see the magical results of combining ancestral know-how with a modern vision to create a contemporary masterpiece of chalet living.
A Place to Reflect
The beginning of the year is a time to carve out inspiring and beautiful spaces to reflect and meditate on life, and the colder weather allows dedicated green thumbers the chance to plan the year ahead. From what materials to use to how to plan positioning to ideas for getting creative and thinking outside the box, our guide to garden seating – be it a simple pew or something more elaborate – will help you in creating the perfect spot for a contemplative pause, as well as a place to enjoy all your hard work!
We hope you are excited as we are about our January/February 2022 issue!