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You might remember that my parents and us kids started renovating the old family farmhouse over a year ago – which we’ll use as a vacation home for my brother (who lives in Switzerland) and us whenever we’re go home on vacation. I talked about it here when I shared the before pictures. Well, we are not done with this remodel – ha, how I wish!-, but my parents have made so much progress these past few months that I thought you guys might be interested in a little status update :) Next week I’ll also show you the inspiration boards that I put together to guide us through this remodel. I can’t wait to finally stay there next summer when we visit my parents!

As a side note, it’s an interesting process to be helping my parents on this, because in the end they are the ones there supervising and making the last calls, and as much as I try to guide them, things sometimes turn out a bit different than I’d pictures. But hey, they have been doing really great and it’s kinda fun, in a way, to not be able to control everything. Teaches me to go with the flow, and every trip we kinda readjust the path and make the best out of what comes out of this process.

So anyway, on to the house…

The outside.

frenchfarmreno10L: Freia at 14 months in front of the farm, 2015. R: Penelope at 10 months, 2016. Kinda crazy :)

The outside of the house needed a lot of TLC. We completely cleaned up the old stonework and redid the joints. I love how the new joints highlight the old stones so beautifully! We swapped the front door with a new one that has the exact style as the old one. My parents were thinking about making all doors and windows in metal,  but I convinced them to stick with wood because it’s feels so much more original to the house. I am so glad they listened because metal would have not given that rustic feel that the farm needs. We turned the original garage door opening to the left of the building + the other door that was just to the left of the main front door into big windows. It was so dark inside the house before, and the extra light that these new windows bring is quite something!

All we have left to do now really on the outside is a bit of landscaping in front to add some greenery and flowers. Also, we’ll be probably add a little gated garden/outdoor eating area on the side of the house.

The main floor.

My parents have done a lot of work there – even though things will still look rough to you. There is a lot of stuff on the picture because my parents are using the main level while working on it, but most of that stuff won’t be there once we’re done with the remodel.

A few months ago the house was still divided up into two main area – the area that has the fireplace and already had a concrete slab, and the rest of the house that was unfinished as can be, dirt floor and all. We got rid of all inside walls to make one big open, connected kitchen/dining/living room space.
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They had to level off the dirt and pour a new concrete slab in the rest of the room. As far as lighting goes, I would have loved to install some nice pendant lights, but the ceiling are actually quite low, so we decided to do recessed lighting instead to save some space. I’ll have to add some fun floor/table lamps instead :) My dad had his eyes set on this old vintage stove, which I also LOVE and find so perfect for this space, so he installed that. And they also started working on the downstairs bath – which is a full bath with a shower. Like I said, so so much work!



And still, so much left to be done. Next up is the ceiling! We’re going to paint it white between the beams to freshen up the space more. I debated for a while painting the beams white too, but I kinda want to keep a bit of that rustic charm. After the painting is done, my dad will install hardwood floors in the living room area and a super pretty, vintage-looking pattern tile in the kitchen area. I can’t wait for that to be completed! then we’ll install the new kitchen (which we are still going back and fourth on the design), build the staircase to the upper floor, maybe some built-in shelves for box, a window bench….And then, on to decorating :)

That old armoire you see at way in the back on that last picture used to belong to my grandma. The ceiling is too low to keep it downstairs, so we are going to move it upstairs in one of the bedroom, before we build the stairs. My mom and I still go back and fourth on whether we should keep it that way or paint it a super fun color to make it more an accent….what do you guys think?!

The upstairs: 

The upstairs is probably the part of the house that has change the most over the past year. It’s actually nearly finished! The first pictures is from last January, and the other pictures from this July.

I absolutely LOVE that we kept part of beams apparent. The upstairs now looks so fresh but still with a lot of personality. We talked a lot about what to do with the chimney going through the room, and I am so glad that it’s still part of the room, but with this beautiful finish.



My dad poured a new concrete floor as the old one was just done. That part of the farm used to be where they stored the wheat grains. We divided the upstairs space into 1 bathroom, 2 bedrooms and 1 dormitory where we plan on just pilling up the kids :) Electricity was inexistent there so we had to add that. My dad insulated the roof. Then it was sheetrock (so much of that work with all the tricky corners!), baseboards and paint. We also installed hardwood flooring and a beautiful pocket door to get into the dormitory. All that is left, really, is to add some shelves/storage in the dormitory in that little corner behind the metal pipe, and we’re also thinking of building a loft space in the dormitory to be able to add extra beds since the ceiling is so high. The two bedroom don’t have closet space 0 which is pretty common in France -, so I guess I’ll have to go to the flea market to find some dressers – twist my arm 😛

I’ll be showing  you all of the decorating inspiration we’re using next week, but until then I will leave you with a picture of the tiles that my brother and I picked at the local store – tiles that we will use in the kitchen ( for the floor), in the downstairs bathroom (to tile the shower) and upstairs bathroom (to also like the shower)…can you guess which tile is for what? :)


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Happy Tech_wallpaper_May_displayI don’t know about you, but May is one of my favorite month of the year. School year reaching an end, flowers blooming everywhere, first dinner parties al fresco…and also, well, two of my babies were born in May, so that will almost make May extra special for me :) Here is a little something for you phone and computer so match our free 2016 printable calendar. Enjoy!

PS: love seeing so many of you share images of the calendar on Instagram. Jessica and I are so so happy you love it!

May wallpaper for your phone
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May wallpaper for your Mac (13 inch)
May wallpaper for your Mac (15 inch)

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Wallpapers created and copyrighted by Jessica of Coco and Mingo (calligraphy/layout) and Audrey from This Little Street (Patterns/Illustrations). For personal and non-commercial use only. You are not allowed to sell these wallpapers in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form. Please link back to original post if you want to share – do not link directly to the file. Thank you!

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YAY! Today is a very special day for me because I am launching my capsule collection with Free Babes Handmade  – a collaboration that I have had in the works for a few months now! Those of you following me on Instagram caught a glimpse of the collection these past few weeks as I was working on it – and we are finally launching today..and celebrating with a giveaway – see below :)

Meet my “Daisies”, “Scandinavian flowers”, and “Midsummer floral” patterns – available as sailor clip bows, mini sailor headbands and pigtail sets. Free Babes Handmade makes the cutest bows, and I was beyond excited when the founder Hillary asked me to design for her a few months ago. Both Hillary and I love all things Scandinavian, so we decided to create a collection inspired by Scandinavia for little girls who love going on adventures and exploring. I hope you like this capsule collection – I had so much fun designing it! You can find the bows in the shop here.

Oh, and to celebrate, we’re having a GIVEAWAY today – we’re giving away the entire collection to one lucky person :) To enter, it’s easy, just go to Free Babes Handmade’s Instagram account here. Don’t miss it!


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When life gives you lemons…welcome, April! Now don’t you all go playing too many pranks today 😉 April is going to be an awesome month. At least I believe it is – hey, it’s my birth month after all :) Here is a little desktop/phone background for your tech that goes with our free 2016 printable calendar…because I know you guys like to be matchy matchy 😉 Hope it makes you happy every time you look at it! Have a great weekend, y’all!

April Tech phone wallpaper
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Wallpapers created and copyrighted by Jessica of Coco and Mingo (calligraphy/layout) and Audrey from This Little Street (Patterns/Illustrations). For personal and non-commercial use only. You are not allowed to sell these wallpapers in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form. Please link back to original post if you want to share – do not link directly to the file. Thank you!

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A few of you might have seen some sneak peaks on my Instagram account of a little something we’ve been working on downstairs – the renovation of our in-law unit. I realized I never shared anything about that, so here is a little post to put you all in the know :)

This in-law unit sits at the bottom of our house. The main (front) part of our house was built in 1920, and in 1965 the owner added to the back of the house – which became the new kitchen/dining area upstairs and an in-law unit on the floor below that. When we bought the house having this space was like a dream come true  – with family and friends coming to visit from Europe year-round, we didn’t have to worry about were to have them. The in-law unit has not been updated since it was built, aside a the fresh coat of paint before the previous owners put the house on the market. It is pretty much one big room with a kitchenette on one wall, and a bathroom next to that.

Click here to see before pictures of the in-law!

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I can never get tired of looking at picture of happy family homes. The happy colors. Little nooks for little ones everywhere. Interior design that is inclusive of everybody that makes a family, just not the adults. Creatives spaces that aren’t necessarly perfect, that let everybody be themselves. I know many people don’t agree, and will say that toys belong in the child’s room and a living room should be all “grown-up” – but I believe that when both the adults and children feel like they belong in a space, they will also feel closer as a family. These pictures are all picture from the photography portfolio of Hans Mossel – don’t all of these home feel so full of life? Spaces that don’t take themselves too seriously, just as it should be. Enjoy :)

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Well hello, friends :) Yes I am alive indeed! I know some of you were probably wondering. I was simply went to crazy-four-kid-dealing-with-a-baby-in-sleep-regression-land. It’s been fun. Oh so fun. Not. But I think I am back from that land now. The past couple of months have been the hardest yet, but I think we’re over that bump. Thank for all of you who have been patient with me and leaving me such sweet notes on my Instagram while I couldn’t hang out here. I’ve had so much to share (lots happening with our house + projects in pattern design + DIY ideas for you) but had no time for that. My hope is to starting sharing again once a week with you all again, starting now :) March is all about renewal and rebirth, right? 😉

So here is a little something for you today – free desktop and phone wallpaper to match the free printable calendar that you guys downloaded earlier this year – which you can still download/print here. Download the wallpapers at the bottom of this post! Happy Wednesday, friends :)

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Download your tech March wallpaper:
March 2016 wallpaper for your phone
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Wallpapers created and copyrighted by Jessica of Coco and Mingo (calligraphy/layout) and Audrey from This Little Street (Patterns/Illustrations). For personal and non-commercial use only. You are not allowed to sell these wallpapers in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form. Please link back to original post if you want to share – do not link directly to the file. Thank you!

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Happy happy New Year, dear readers! I can’t believe it’s 2016 already…and with that almost the middle of January. I’d better get cranking with my new year’s resolutions 😛 Do you have any?

Thank you thank you thank you all for your overwhelming response to our free printable 2016 calendar (here) – you guys are just blowing our minds! In just a few weeks nearly 30,000 of you from all over the world – a special olá to my new readers from brazil :) – have downloaded it. Wow! Jessica and I are so so thankful for your support. We loved getting your feedback so much that we decided to turn each page of our calendar to a digital version you can use on your computer/phone. We are a little late for January, sorry about that, but as always like to say, better late than later 😉 Download the free January 2016 desktop and phone wallpapers below. Happy new year again!

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Another day another fabulous giveaway – this time with the lovely Bison Shop! Enter at the bottom of this post.

Here is the scoop – I have partnered with 9 amazing women for another giveaway series – the Dream Shop Collective. 9 Giveaways | 9 Blogs | 18 Days. All of the shops in this series are independently owned, with a focus on handmade, well-made and vintage and are just, well, lovely. These shops are run by women who pour their heart and soul into what they do and I couldn’t be prouder to support then via this giveaway collective….and so today I wanted to introduce you to Bison Shop.

Everything in theBison Shop is so simply beautiful and special, every item has so much character – the type of gift I am always so  happy to receive and to make, because this type of gifts means so much. The very special gifts, know what I mean? All pieces in the shop are carefully selected from makers + shakers across the country + are sustainable in nature whether they had a past life or were created using minimal materials. What else could you be asking for? Here are some of my favorite items in the shop.


So now, let’s get to business – how about that giveaway we talked about?! And oh boy do I have a super fun prize for your from Bison shop for you. The gift pack includes:

1. 2016 Calendar by Quill and Fox

2. Handmade Leather Key Fob

3. Vintage Wooden Necklace

4. Handmade Bath Soak

5. Vintage Cocktail Glasses

Entering is super simple! Just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below :) This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end December 8th at 11:59pm PST. Also, if you’d rather not enter the giveaway but would like to shop at Bison instead, here’s a little coupon so you can all get a 10% discount at checkout. Just use the code dreamshopcollective. Good luck y’all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And make sure to check out the Dream Shop Collective website to follow along and enter the other amazing giveaways:

December 9Crumbbums will be giving away a prize from Vaux

December 11Pitchforks and Pomegranates will be giving away a prize from Windy Peak Vintage

December 13Pretty Little Fawn will be giving away a prize from Grain

December 15The Basic Goods will be giving away a prize from Seven Sisters

December 17Design Crush will be giving away a prize from Menagerie

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It’s finally December and I’ve got one big surprise to celebrate – an awesome giveaway with Anthropologie! I mean, does this make you happy or does this make you happy? :) Anthropologie is one of my favorite place to shop for gifts during the holidays and I am so excited to be teaming up with them as part of The Holiday Collective giveaway series. Today is your chance to win a $200 gift card + a box filled with beauty favorites from Anthropologie. Who’s excited?! Details on how to enter at the bottom of this post!

One of the reason I love getting my gifts at Anthro is HELLOOO, four kids here! I really don’t have time to go shopping all over town for hours. At Anthropologie I know I’ll find great gifts for just about everyone on my list. Their kids section is really small but it is so perfectly curated it hurts (my wallet). I am planning on getting a couple of the Fauna dolls for my littlest girls and the 50 States book for my big girls so we can plan our next road trips together :)

kids gifts at Anthropologie

The book selection is one of my favorite thing about Anthropologie.  I can’t go to their store without walking out with a book..or two or three. On my Christmas wish list? The Alice in Wonderland book illustrated by Anna Rifle Bond. Such a beauty! The Scandinavian Baking book is also very high on my list – my mother-in-law often buys me cooking books but they are in Danish and well, uhm, haha that gives pretty interesting results when I cook 😉 My brother is going to love this book because he just loves the stories, and for hubby this book so the girls stop making fun of him when he tries to speak French hehe 😉
great books at Anthropologie

Alright, so now, for the even better part of this post – the GIVEAWAY! Are you ready?

Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below – you get up to 10 entries to do as many you possible to up your chances of winning! Also, no cheating you guys 😉 We’ll be checking that the winner actually did what they said they did. And you just don’t want to do that, right? 😉 Giveaway open to residents of the US. The winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours and once confirmed winner will be displayed in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck everybody!

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Also, don’t forget to follow along all of the other fab giveaways for The Holiday Collective. Be sure to enter each day :)

Nov. 27 – Design Improvised is giving away a $400 box of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies
Nov. 28 – Pars Caeli is giving away $100 to Seedling 
Nov. 29 – Fall for DIY is giving away a Silhouette Cameo ($300 value)
Nov. 30 – Squirrelly Minds is giving away $200 to SnapBox
Dec. 1 – This Little Street is giving away $200 to Anthropologie and beauty assortment box
Dec. 2 – Idle Hands Awake is giving away $150 to Artfully Walls
Dec. 3 – A Bubbly Life is giving away $250 to Pottery Barn Teen
Dec. 4 – Alice & Lois is giving away $200 in Banana Republic shop cards
Dec. 5 – This Heart of Mine is giving away 4 pairs of Livie & Luca shoes
Dec. 6 – The Merrythought is giving away 1 adult bicycle & 1 kid’s bicycle from Brilliant Bicycle Co. ($588 value)
Dec. 7 – Shrimp Salad Circus is giving away $200 to Michaels
Dec. 8 – Lovely Indeed is giving away $150 to Social Print Studio
Dec. 9 – A Girl Named PJ is giving away $250 to BRIKA
Dec. 10 – Brepurposed is giving away a welcome package & $100 to Spoonflower
Dec. 11 – Damask Love is giving away a Cricut prize bundle
Dec. 12 – Hey There Home is giving away $200 to Pottery Barn
Dec. 13 – Alice & Lois is giving away a $200 gift card to  Minted 
Dec. 14 – Hello Lidy is giving away a pair of Lotta from Stockholm clogs (up to $200 value)
DEc.15 – Lulu the Baker is giving away $200 credit to Design Life Kids

This giveaway is sponsored by Anthropologie . All ideas and opinions in this post are my own.

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