Color in Nature and Design

As our name implies, we here at Couleur Nature often turn to the rustic beauty of nature when coming up with beautiful new designs for you.

Couleur Nature Sunflower Blue French Tablecloth

 

Take this beautiful Sunflower Tablecloth, from our French Linen collection, for example. There’s just something about the interplay and romance between the blue and the gold that makes the combination of the two a lovely sight to behold. Perhaps this stems from our idyllic view of sunflowers. When we think of them, we usually see a vast field of sunflowers, set against a bright blue sky, an image that conjures up feelingsof nostalgia, perhaps even wonderful memories of the time you spent in Provence in southern France.

 

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Mellow Monday: Winter Wonderland in France

Welcome to Mellow Monday, a picture post with beautiful photos from around the web!

Sit back and relax as we present this week’s theme:

Winter Wonderland in France

 

Chateau de Pierrefonds, France

Via Pinterest

 

Château de Pierrefonds

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Tasty Tuesday: 6 Secrets for French Baguettes

Welcome to Couleur Nature’s Tasty Tuesday, a weekly feature on a French recipe—with tantalizing pictures to accompany!

Growing up, I had the good fortune of living nearby a little hole-in-the-wall bakery, which made the best baguettes I ever knew (well, apart from the ones in Paris). My mother told me they would wake up at the crack of dawn everyday to start baking, and as soon as they opened their doors to let the people in, the baguettes would start flying off the counter. The crust of their baguettes was perfectly golden and crunchy, but the interior was smooth as silk and so, so soft!

French Baguettes

Via Mister J Photography@Flickr

Every bakery has its own secrets for making its bread, and French baguettes are no exception. But I’ve gathered 6 key points of any good baguette recipe to share with you, so you too can have a try at making your own delicious baguettes! Good baguettes definitely take a while to make, and this recipe is no exception (it takes at least 8 hours–but don’t worry, most of the time is for letting the dough sit around), but I promise the results are worth the wait! The recipe I use has been adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, with a little tweak in the baking process.

Secret #1:        The Right Flour

Sure, you could go ahead and use regular All-Purpose flour, but the closer you can get to that Parisian ideal of crispy, chewy perfection–well, the happier you’ll be. The French typically use Type 55 flour for their baguettes, which has a lower protein content than All-Purpose flour (usually 11.5% protein). I know that’s not found in your standard supermarket, but you can buy it online from King Arthur Flour. (There’s also a math formula for making a substitute from various flours but I never really fancied math.)

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Mellow Monday: Falling for France

Welcome to Mellow Monday, a picture post with beautiful photos from around the web!

Sit back and relax as we present this week’s theme:

Autumn in France

 

France is such a beautiful place to be in during the autumn.

 

Fall in Lyon, France

Via Jeke’s Photos@Flickr

 

Having lived in sunny SoCal for the most part, I’ve never been able to see fall scenery like this. But the colors of the leaves are absolutely stunning!

 

Fall in Grenoble, France

Via Michele*mp@Flickr

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The Flower of Death

Here in America, it’s not uncommon to see a pot of cheerful chrysanthemums adorning a doorstep.

But in France, that simply wouldn’t be done.

This time of year, mums can be seen everywhere across France, sold at roadside stalls and overflowing in supermarket parking lots.

Pots of Chrysanthemums in Lyon, France

Via NBC News

But their cheery colors belie their somber symbolism in French culture.

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Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Normandy

Welcome to Couleur Nature’s Tasty Tuesday, a weekly feature on a French recipe—with tantalizing pictures to accompany!

Chicken Normandy

Via SimplyRecipes

We’ve done roosters in French Country style, roosters in home decor, and so this week’s feature recipe is–you guessed it–Chicken Normandy!

Chicken Normandy, of course, comes from the French region of Normandie, famous for its cream, butter, cheeses, their exclusive Bresse chickens, and its apples! Their Calvados, or apple brandy, is especially delicious, sold everywhere from people’s cellar doors.

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