Some of you will have seen the title of this post and rolled your eyes in disgust, and I get it: the fetishization of French style can be a tad ridiculous. To take such a large, varied country and attempt to distill its aesthetic into a formula to be duplicated the world over is futile. Regardless, it's a game the rest of the world loves to play.
The life span of a mattress is about 10 to 12 years, so whatever you’ve been lugging from apartment to apartment in your 20s is ready to be tossed. Plus, something special happens as you grow older: It becomes harder and harder to get a good night's sleep—even more reason to invest in the mattress of your dreams. Consider one that is made of natural elements and breathes to keep your body temp regulated throughout the night.
A graphic rug lends lightens the load of a heavy pedestal table paired with French chairs upholstered in yellow leather and backed with faux crocodile. - Photo: Werner Straube / Design: Christine Hughes