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STANDARD daily edition

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standard stag thursday, september 27, 2012

Thinking Outside The Xbox

C’est la vie!

image courtesy of digital decades

patrick jones Camus and Sartre. Goddard and Truffaut. Chanel and Vuitton. C’est la vie and mis en scene. Croissant, baguette, macaron. If you’re already pleasantly amused by all that vowel swallowing and utterly illogical pronunciation, then take a moment out of your day to thank

the culture of France. A revival in affordable, casual French cuisine has also popularized the delightful sophistication of French interiors. In this week’s Standard Stag, we’ll explore the little French-inspired touches that add the old je ne sais quoi to the average home.

1. Vintage Rolling Side Table, from abc home - I don’t know if I can put into words how much I love this rolling side table, a relic of early 1960s France. It’s a beautifully crafted and worn combination of wood and steel, and while probably heavy or cumbersome, I love this little relic’s Old World elegance.


2. Blue Tile from Just MoroccoIt’s always important to remember that cultures influence one another, and this patterned tile is no exception. Morocco was a French colony for decades and the intensity of culture clash often produces extraordinary works.


3. French Casement Cabinet from YOUNGS - This cabinet would be a perfect addition to any dining room, adding a masculine touch to the sometimes frilly and excessive French interior. Although this piece would be very fitting for china or other fancy-shmancy dishware, I would pair those with Mason jars or rustic dinner plates for that real country vibe.



4. After Shave Balm by Pre de Provence from Amazon - Most guys know that finding the right razor, cream and aftershave can be a real chore. Sometimes, you need to look to the past for simplicity and effectiveness. This shaving cream is applied in the old school or Old World style with a wet brush.

Chopstick Desk Lamp

Daily Edition: Standard Stag, 09.27.12  

We all have a little bit of a francophile in us.