Dine to Design: A Taste of French Country Style

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Images: (left) Food52.com (right) House Beautiful

Our interior design preferences can be influenced by so many things, not just websites and shelter magazines but also more personal experiences—a childhood home, sentimental objects, the places we go, and even the foods we eat. In fact, smell and taste play a key role in experiential memory, which is why a favorite food or dining experience can elicit such emotion. Does a hot bowl of French onion soup evoke happy thoughts of your trip to the French countryside? It may be a great starting point for your next kitchen design!

The Inspiration: Classic French Onion Soup

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It may seem strange, but food inspiration and kitchen design can go hand in hand. Why not create an environment in the same spirit as the very foods that bring such pleasure? For example, take the warm and comfy feelings induced by a steaming bowl of French Onion soup (Get the recipe). Aside from onions, it’s rife with classic ingredients—good wine, meat, bread, and cheese. What could be more French?! Similarly, a few classic design elements can translate that mood in a great kitchen.

The Design: A French Country Kitchen

Dine to Design: A Taste of French Country Style on the Interior CollectiveImage: House Beautiful

This Savannah, Georgia kitchen is the perfect example of how to mix the charm of the French countryside with modern amenities to create a high-functioning-yet-cozy space. Designed by Mary Jo Bochner, it features French antiques, second-hand finds, new accessories, and killer appliances. An old farmhouse-table-turned-island and open shelves also lend to the kitchen’s Old World flair.

Dine to Design: A Taste of French Country Style on the Interior CollectiveImage: House Beautiful

Another statement piece is the solid Carrera marble sink. Its color complements the kitchen’s various countertops, which include honed Belgian bluestone and aged butcher block. The nearby antique étagères were the starting point of the design and provide additional storage. Overall, the space is open, airy, and très French!

Dine to Design: A Taste of French Country Style on the Interior CollectiveImage: House Beautiful

Is there a particular food encounter that gives you happy feelings all over? Put it in your design! What would your favorite dish look like?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.