March 17, 2013
When you think of Paris, the first things that come to mind are probably the beautiful landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. After that, you probably recall strolling through the Louvre or another striking museum, like the Musée d'Orsay. But whether your mind is drawn to the Seine or Notre Dame Cathedral, somewhere right under the surface of all those tourist attractions is the real heart of The City of Light - each and every one of those delicious Parisian cafes.
If you'd like to give your kitchen the flair of a Parisian bistro, there are several places to start, but the best may just be Anderson Floor's brand new Bastille collection of hardwood floors. Capturing the spirit of the French Renaissance - an age of rebirth and cultural discovery - in flooring is a monumental task, but one that Anderson's more than a half century in the business of hardwood floors is more than up to. With its timeworn look and distressed detailing, the Bastille collection offers boards you'd find in the most respected of Parisian boutiques and bistros.
Looking for a few other touches to lend your kitchen that undeniably French air? Consider these suggestions.
A wine collection
No Parisian brasserie or cafe would dare go without a full wine bar, including plenty of cabernet sauvignons and merlots. Put your favorite bottles on display with a vintage wine rack and pull down a bottle every so often to share with company.
Posters and ads
Celebrate the era of art nouveau by decorating your walls with turn of the century ads like the famous Le Chat Noir or any number of prints by Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. Since these posters used to plaster the walls of cafes and bistros during one of Paris's great artistic ages, they're sure to strike the right note. Or, if you prefer, there are many Renoirs and Monets to choose from as well!
Stir up some romance inspired by the most romantic of cities by including candles in your kitchen's lighting repertoire. This is especially ideal for quiet, intimate dinners.
Is there anything more quintessentially French-sounding than a pleasant accordion cafe tune? If that instrument isn't to your taste, try out a few famous French composers, such as Georges Bizet, Erik Satie or the dreamy romanticism of Claude Debussy.
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