Today, I have the good pleasure of sharing a success story with you. It’s especially exciting because Anita is not only a colleague, but a friend.
You may have seen the Decorating Tips and Tricks videos we’ve done together. You may even follow her blog, Cedar Hill Farmhouse. If you have, then you know that Anita is a very talented decorator and photographer…both self-taught I might add.
Today, all of her talents and hard work have come together in her new book, French Accents.
Before we get to the book review, I just want to dote on my friend a little bit. Anita and I always have a good time together, laughing, talking shop, brainstorming and sharing dreams.
A couple of Anita’s dreams were to open an online decor shop and to publish a book, and she has worked hard to realize those dreams. I couldn’t be more proud of her, but I’m not at all surprised. One of the things I admire most about Anita is her confidence. She is also a very smart and determined woman. And, of course, talented. Anita has a heart for using her talents to help others which she does so well in this book.
So, I am more than happy to join my colleagues as part of the French Accents book tour.
Reading the book was like getting together with Anita in person in that she had me laughing right off the bat with her relatable stories, especially the one about the ceramic roosters. Thankfully, Anita has since created a country french look all her own, minus the roosters. She calls it Farmhouse French™ and she shares all her secrets in French Accents.
Her sense of humor translates into her decorating approach in that not only does she not take it too seriously, but she encourages readers not to either, saying,
Don’t worry that you might make a mistake. I can tell you right now, you will! It will happen. But the good news is that you learn from your mistakes.”
In fact, we think so much alike that I found myself shouting several amens (silently, on the inside) as I read her decorating advice.
Anita shared several ideas for incorporating found objects and antiques into your home, accompanied by gorgeous photographic examples.
Antiques have a past and a history; they are the keeper of secrets.” ~Anita Joyce, French Accents.
She goes on to share the ins and outs and trade secrets of selecting and purchasing antiques. I absolutely love the soul and stories that come from incorporating vintage/found objects and antiques in your home decor and believe it is the key to personalizing your home.
I’m certain you will ooh and ah as she takes you on a photographic tour of every room in a home…even bathrooms, laundry rooms and closets, sharing her practical tips for creating a French Farmhouse™ look along the way. That’s another thing I love about Anita; she’s so practical.
You’ll appreciate that practicality as she walks you through her creative process for decorating a room, including the before and after photos. One of the rooms I’ve enjoyed seeing most, both on her blog and in the before and after chapter of this book, is the girls’ room with three sweet beds all in a row, pictured above. I’ve already invited myself to her city house, now I just need to finagle an invite to the country house to see that room in person. Anita, if you’re reading this… 😉
You’ll get a chance to try your hand at putting a room together in Chapter 19, which also reinforces the idea that mistakes are okay. As Anita says,
If you aren’t making mistakes, then you aren’t learning anything.”
The teacher in me needs to shout another, “Amen!”
And, even though this book is well-written, beautifully photographed, well-organized and thoughtfully covers every design question you might have, my favorite thing about French Accents is the encouragement that Anita offers.
Whether your style is French or not, you’ll enjoy poring over this book with its gorgeous photography, and you’ll walk away with the tips and confidence to find your own style and bring into your home.
I certainly did.
That is what it’s (decorating) is all about, and Anita nailed it! You can get your copy through my affiliate link on Amazon,
or get a signed copy through my affiliate link with the Cedar Hill Farmhouse online shop. For every book or product purchased in the shop, $1 is donated to Summer House, a non-profit that provides a place for people with developmental disabilities to hang out, work and volunteer.
Now, how’s that for a success story?!
See you in class,