Bonjour! I’m Susan, a thirty-eight year old Francophile, interior designer, wife + mother of twins. My life is “flourishing”, hence the name…with a french twist, of course. I’ve been married for nine years, and we welcomed our twins Henry et Marie in 2012 and have been trying to catch our breath ever since. We live in a historic suburb of Philadelphia, although I like to say I live in PA…ris. I’m a forever curious, hopelessly romantic, feisty + rebellious redhead. I’m a Libra, like an occasional scotch (neat), treat friends like gold, and strive to be fearlessly authentic. Since that sounds like an online dating profile, I hope we’re a match.


I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, beginning with my first “business” at the age of 8. Interior design became my career focus at the age of 18, and I spent many years paying my dues working for and learning from others in the retail + design fields (feel free to peruse my resume). I took a leap of faith in 2007 when I started my own design company, and have (thankfully) been in business ever since. I offer an array of design and styling services, and have designed everything from one room, to entire homes, to a few commercial spaces – you can learn more about the full scope of my offerings here.


My passions are abundant, and I share them all here! For those of you planning a trip to France looking for my recommendations, check out my france + paris archives, as well as see an ongoing index of my favorites on Instagram, under the hashtags #fleurishinginfrance + #fleurishingfamilleinfrance! Also, in 2016 I founded @thefrancophiles, a global community for lovers of all things French! In the span of eight years, this blog has grown from a hobby into a business of it’s own, and has introduced me to so many amazing people. I hope this space is a place of inspiration for you…

thank you (et merci) for reading!

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are taken by moi-please ask permission to share images + credit properly, thank you.

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