Renovating an old home from the 1930s is never a cakewalk, but starting out with great bones, an interior design background, and a husband in commercial contracting certainly takes some of the pressure off. This was the case for Erin Francois, Minnesota native and writer behind the popular home decor + DIY blog, Francois et Moi. “I’m drawn towards bright, visually clean, modern spaces that are softened by traditional architectural elements and handmade pieces,” Erin notes. “I think the key to creating unity in any space is really just striking the right balance and play between your favorite pieces, no matter their style.” This decorating impulse is seen throughout Erin’s home, in the way that prewar details rub elbows with postwar simplicity, culminating in a space that feels stylish, comfortable, and balanced. Take a closer look + learn more about Erin’s home renovation process below!
“We live in every square inch of our small home,” Erin says, “so in addition to fitting our personal style, the home needed to be casual, approachable and functional. The mélange of handcrafted and vintage pieces really help to reinforce the relaxed and casual vibe, while the palette of luxe neutrals with hints of indigo play a unifying role throughout the home.”
“The living room is a long and narrow space, so over the past year and a half we’ve been playing a rousing game of Musical Chairs trying to find the best furniture layout. Just recently though we’ve landed on a configuration, with the sofa along the long wall, that we think makes the best use of the space and visually makes the room feel largest.”