If you’re aiming to fit in with the French, your home should fit in, too. Take one look at even the most urban Parisian apartments and you’ll notice that almost all of them have flowers – in windowsills, in vases, and in courtyards, fresh flowers are very French.
If you’re like me and fear for your ability to sustain life in anything for more than 2 weeks, the easiest way to Frenchify your home is make friends with a Florist and visit them regularly.
Why a florist? Can’t I just go to Safeway or order online?
The greatest pleasures in French lifestyle are not the “value” items, but the small “splurges.” It’s one truffle from a chocolatier instead of a bag of hershey’s kisses – or one luxury T-Shirt instead of 10 from H&M – and it’s one small bouquet from the Brown Palace florist instead of 30 roses from King Soopers.
So why deprive yourself of the pleasure of actually visiting the florist by ordering online? Remember that we (oui!) French enjoy experiences. Meet your florist, smell the arrangements, and look at the beautiful colors in person before making your selection.
Florists are certainly more plentiful in France, but you can find quality flower shops right here in Denver, too:
Brown Palace Florist
401 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(ask for Arthur)
1223 East 17th Ave.
Diz’s Daisys Flower Shop
2709 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
For an extra European look, have your florist wrap your bouquet in parchment or newspaper in lieu of plastic.
What’s your easiest trick for home improvement? Do you like having fresh flowers at home? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!