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Cottage of the Month January 2015

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Welcome to Anita's lovely home in Houston, Texas...

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Where is your home located, and how long have you lived there?

Houston, Texas. 1 1/2 years.

What is your favorite decorating style?

It has evolved over the years. I was calling it farmhouse French, but as my style has evolved I like to call it Simple French because it is a very simplified modern version of French design. Yes there are country French elements as well, but still the colors are much more neutral than a traditional country French palette.
Where do you get your decorating influence from the most?

Trips to Provence, France, attending Round Top antique week, and blogs. I love the design aesthetic of Charles Faudree and Rachel Ashwell.

In 5 words or less, your home is?

warm, calm and simple French

What is your favorite store or flea market to shop at?

I would have to say the Round Top Antique Show, which is huge.

Share one of your favorite decorating tricks or ideas:

If it doesn't fly you to the moon and back, get rid of it, even if you don't have a replacement. I prefer a bare spot to something I don't like. Sell it or give it away. You will be amazed at how much better you love your home.

Your favorite paint color, name and brand:

Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Williams

What are your favorite things to collect right now?

Do I have to have just one? Cloches. If I am allowed more, vintage trophies, baskets and antique homespun linen.

What is your favorite room in your house, and why?

My bedroom at our city house. It reminds me of our trip to the south of France. I love it because it feels like a warm embrace, cozy yet elegant.
Your next project is:

Painting the kitchen cabinets at the farm. 

If you sell online, please provide the url so that my viewers can check it out:

I don't have an online store, but I have a book on simple French decor coming out next fall.

Please check out Anita's blog here!

(all photographs provided by homeowner)