To celebrate Bastille Day, we’re giving away over 400 tickets to The Hundred-Foot Journey (in cinemas August 14), a new film celebrating French cuisine and culture. Find out more…
Set in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” explores the story of Hassan Kadam (played by Manish Dayal), who settles with his family in the south of France and opens an Indian restaurant, much to the displeasure of Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant. Based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais, it is directed by Academy Award®-nominee Lasse Hallström, and both Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are on board as producers. See the trailer here.
To win a double pass to see the film, simple be one of the first to email email@example.com with your name and state and Temple & Webster in the subject line. If you are successful, you will receive an Eventbrite ticket by email for admission to a preview or an in-season ticket, depending on your location.
Details of the preview screenings and tickets to be won are as follows:
Melbourne – Village Rivoli (Camberwell) – July 30 at 6.30pm (100 double passes
Sydney - Event Cinemas George St (Sydney) – August 4 – at 6.30pm (100 double passes)
Brisbane - Event Cinemas (Clarindale) – July 30 at 6.30pm (50 double passes)
Adelaide - Wallis Piccadilly (North Adelaide) – August 4 at 6.30pm (50 double passes)
Perth - Event Cinemas (Innaloo) – July 30 at 6.30pm (50 double passes)
Regional areas, Tasmania, ACT and NT winners will receive an in-season ticket to the film (100 double passes)
If the French countryside is your happy place, you might be a lover of French Provincial style. Take the test with writer Verity Magdalino.
Know your boudoir from your armoire, swoon at the scent of lavender and the ornate swirl of a Louis XV chair? You mon chéri, may just be a bon vivant of the finer things in French style.
How to know if your style is Francophile:
You’re a natural born romantic
For you a home is all about heart and history. You love the time worn elegance of antique white linen, canopy beds, wooden shutters and the flicker of candlelight against stone. You dream about living in a farmhouse in Provence and painting en plein air with a view of the neighbouring vineyards.
Image – decordeprovence.blogspot.com
You drink hot chocolate from a bowl
You love the sweet life; macaroons, croissants, liquid chocolate in a bowl as big as your head… but most of all you enjoy consuming these delights in the comfort of your timber kitchen with its family-sized pine table (specially chosen for long lazy lunches), straw-seat chairs and freestanding sideboard, artfully piled with blue and white porcelain and vintage enamelware.
You love decaying grandeur… in other people’s homes
You’re ok with the soft patina of an aged pewter jug, slightly worn flagstone floors or a pair of salvaged French doors but you draw the line at peeling paint. In your version of French style the antique walnut chairs are polished and the walls freshly lime-washed. Parisian flea market finds are fine, as long as there are no fleas.
You always choose the elegant seat
You know your Louis XV from your Louis XVI and are not averse to mixing styles to create just the right balance of elegance and comfort. Quality repros are ok too. If a rustic version of the real thing was good enough for the average 18th century Frenchman, then it’s good enough for you.
You love a drape
Ruches, drapes, swathes of voluminous curtains puddling on the floor… in your world too much fabric is never enough. But you also know the secret to mastering this devastatingly romantic look is to keep materials natural – unbleached linen is as perfect as it gets – and colours clean and simple. The occasional tasseled curtain tie is fine but overdoing the flounce is a definite faux pas.
Your favourite colours are as soft as chalk
You’re naturally drawn to the subtle dawn hues of grey, blue, sage and soft chalky white. It’s a palette that reminds you of your favourite Monet paintings and your holidays in the South of France.
Your favourite print is Toile de Jouy
You love a pastoral print and pride yourself on your encyclopedic knowledge of the most French of fabrics, Toile de Jouy. Despite your growing collection, you show amazing restraint when it comes to actually using it in your own home. A cushion here, a small feature wall there… for you the joy of Jouy is all in the editing.
Image – Sam McAdam-Cooper via Homelife.
You know your zinc from your iron
Classic French iron beds are the bomb in your boudoir. And while shiny metals are a no-go in your world of lime-washed timber the cool patina of zinc is right up your boulevard. You love a zinc-topped table and can never have enough antique zinc watering cans. They are the only way to show off your armfuls of homegrown lavender.
You know how to French hang
Back in the day, when impoverished French artists had to earn a baguette, they’d trade their art for a meal at a café. The artworks were then hung ad hoc on the restaurant walls in what became known as a French hang. In another life you were one of those café owners and have inherited the expert gene when it comes to displaying a mélange of multi-media artworks. Van Gogh, Manet, Cézanne, your ultimate dream is to own just one of these original works… and live a year in Provence, every year.
Happy Bastille Day!
All images are from our Pinterest board – French Provincial Style.