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“My French Country Home is about French country living; about keeping it simple; it is about family life; it is about popping into Paris for the day; it is about living with those dogs; about my love of brocante and most of all it is about seeing everyday beauty.”—blogger & author Sharon Santoni
The opportunity to meet a kindred individual doesn’t occur but once in awhile, but when it does there is an unspoken understanding and genuine affection and appreciation for how each other lives their everyday lives. Such was the case when I connected with blogger and author Sharon Santoni who resides in a delightful country abode in Normandy, France. As an avid fan of her blog My French Country Home, I invited her to join me on TSLL podcast, The Simple Sophisticate and discuss everyday living in France, the art of brocante collecting, what ingredients make a happy, passionate life and much more.
To my delight she said yes, and after we both had sat down on our respective sides of the pond, making sure to have beside each of us a hot cup of tea, we began discussing the 20 stylish French girlfriends she profiles in her new book My Stylish French Girlfriends, how to discover and pursue your passion and of course all things French. Tune in to our conversation on iTunes, Stitcher, TSLL App in iTunes or GooglePlay or here on the blog (below).
As promised in the episode, Sharon has shared below a handful of pictures of her everyday life in France. Taking us to summer in Normandy, enjoy stepping into the picturesque countryside of northern France.
Additionally, Sharon is graciously offering to give away a copy of her new book, which was profiled on the podcast last fall here (episode #64). To enter, share a comment below on this blog post along with your email address where we can reach you should you be the lucky winner. Be sure to enter by Sunday April 3rd at noon (PDT). Bon chance!
~Clafoutis aux Poires
~click here for the entire recipe
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #96
~BELOW: A glimpse of an everyday in Normandy, France, with author and blogger Sharon Santoni (captions and pictures are her own).
~up early for a country fair~
~taking a photo from a bedroom window~
~Gibson outside the house~
~roses in the summer garden~
~ready for guests in the garden~
~my sitting room at home~
~my desk at home~
~getting the guest cottage ready~
~inside the guest cottage~
~feeding the horses with a view over the valley~
~encouraging the dogs to pose for a picture~
~chatting to a friend at the antiques fair~
~at the market~
~a chateau along the valley~
~view over our village~
~visit Sharon Santoni’s blog My French Country Home
~pick up her book My Stylish French Girlfriends
~view the video from which a clip was shared on the podcast below:
~French-Inspired posts and episodes from TSLL blog and The Simple Sophisticate you might enjoy:
~10 Ways to Unearth Your Inner Francophile (podcast, episode #4)
~The Francophile’s Style Guide: The 14 Essentials (podcast, episode #32)