proust q + a – hygge house

alex-beauchamp

 

I feel it’s palpable when people are put in your path for a reason, and Alex Beauchamp is one of them. We met at Altitude Summit, when I attended the airbnb sponsor dinner – she and her team crafted an inspiring marketing campaign, which isn’t surprising, considering Alex’s passions + professional achievements. A self-professed geek and storyteller, Alex has been creating smart content since the mid-90’s, and was one of the first personal bloggers, getting her start in 1995! I only recently discovered her blog Hygge House, and to be honest, it freaked me out a bit, because we have a lot in common (she even lived in Philadelphia during her work with Anthropologie). A native of France, she grew up in a small town to a French father and Danish mother, hence the “hygge”. The Danish word (pronounced hue-gah) is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary; and Alex incorporates the concept into every aspect of her life. I’m inspired by her passion, writing, and her lust for life. Merci mille fois Alex!

 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Business class.

Your favourite colour and flower.

White + Peonies.

Your biggest flaw.

Too idealistic.

What is it that you most dislike?

Meanness.

Your chief characteristic.

Unique.

Your favourite qualities in friends.

Genuine, interesting, funny, positive.

Your idea of misery.

Being cold.

Your favourite virtue.

Honesty.

Who are your heroes (or heroines) in real life?

Hans Christian Anderson.

Your favourite motto.

Whatever decision you make, it’s the right one.

 

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fleurishing famille in france

fleurishing-famille-in-france

 

Paris, here we come (we are most likely en route by the time you read this)! I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce my children to the city (and country) I love so much…this is what dreams are made of (pour moi). We have a jam-packed itinerary, with exciting projects and collaborations planned along the way. We will be joined by my brother and family as well – Henry + Marie will finally get to meet their (4-year-old + 21-year-old) cousins! I have a few posts scheduled in the interim, and will have SO much to share upon our return! I hope you’ll follow our parisian adventure here…

#FLEURISHINGFAMILLEINFRANCE

packing for paris – with kids!

packing-for-kids

 

I’m currently surrounded by a sea of clothing + suitcases, with only two (gulp/eeek!) days until our departure. I’ve shared my packing for paris tips before (un + deux), but this time is much different – I’m packing for my children too! I’m a planner by nature, so I began taking inventory of Henry + Marie’s wardrobe as soon as we booked our tickets, and promptly identified the items they needed. For instance, since our international flight takes place at night and they will (hopefully) be sleeping for a good bit of it, I thought it would be smart for them to wear inconspicuous pajamas to the airport, along with their comfiest soft moccasins. They’ll also be toting their lovies + a few small favorite toys in their adorable backpacks. I wanted to involve them as much as possible (at almost three years of age) – they’re so excited!

I must admit – I have a lot of fun dressing both a boy and a girl. I always do my best to try and coordinate (not match) their outfits.  I tend to stick to the classics for them, with a little French twist, of course, and an indie/hipster add-on here and there. As with any adult-packing advice, comfort is key, and neutrals make mixing + matching outfits simple + easy. Layering is always a good idea, as weather can be fickle this time of year…I was sure to include a lightweight coat and rain boots for the occasional pop-up Parisian rainstorm. I’m not going to go crazy with the number of items I bring for them, as one of the many benefits of renting an apartment is having a washer/dryer…three cheers for airbnb! Now if I can just get them to use the (basic) French they know while wearing these cute duds…wish us luck!

clothing by GapKids | backpacks by Fjållråven | boots by Hunter | bow tie by Forage Haberdashery

my creative process

behind-the-scenes-blogger

 

Today I’m taking you behind the scenes here, as I was asked (ages ago) by my lovely friend Annie of Montgomery Fest to share. These are tough questions that I had to dig deep to answer, but I always enjoy introspection. Thank you again for inviting me to share Annie, and I’d like to pass the baton/nominate my friends Tristan, Lindsey, and Tania.

 

what are you working on?

In general, I’m focused on creating new + relevant content. I’ve also been working very hard on a few very exciting projects/brand collaborations that I can’t wait to share with you! In the very immediate sense, I’m getting ready to travel to France with my family, which involves a lot of organization + planning (which I revel in – no complaints here). However, in all honesty I did have a mini meltdown the other day due to my workload. It happens to the best of us!

how does your work differ from others of it’s genre?

While I feel both my interior design business and blog have a niche focus, ultimately, our own voices and talents are really what makes us all unique (as Annie so smartly said). My own experiences, voice + style sets me apart from others. I so often get comments from people who saw something French, gold, or stylish for children and they think of me. That tells me my brand must be fairly recognizable, and I’m doing something right. It makes me smile on the inside and out.

why do you write/create what you do?

I write and create simply because I have to. The motivation lies deep within my soul (cheesy, but true). I started this blog as a creative outlet, as so many do. We had just moved (from NC to PA), and I had ample time to pursue my passions during the transition. Ultimately, I was in search of community. I wanted to find and connect with other Francophiles, designers, and creatives (and now, mothers). This blog, and social media, opened the flood gates for connecting with incredibly talented + inspiring people, for which I am forever grateful.

how does your writing/creative process work?

My creative process is something I’m still figuring out, to be completely honest. I used to operate pretty freely, hardly ever scheduling content or planning ahead. Thankfully, the growth I’m experiencing has forced me to finally get serious about my editorial calendar. I’m planning at least one month out on a regular basis, and writing many posts in advance. It’s worth the effort ahead of time, as it eases my long-term stress. Since my posts include my own (amateur) photography 98% of the time, my writing is very often influenced by my images. Writing and creating content that others connect with is very fulfilling for me. Something that satisfies me creatively and hardly ever feels like work is such a gift.