Au revoir winter! With all of the design moments pouring out of Paris during last week’s Maison & Objet and Deco Off fairs, Dwayne is filled with visions of flowing lavender fields, freshly baked baguettes, humble chateaus, and rustic yet refined décor. In the latest installment of our mini series Destination Inspiration, we’re heading to the French countryside for a taste of the region’s joie de vivre.

“What grows together, goes together” is a phrase most commonly applied to food and wine pairings, but the same can also be said for design. When attempting to achieve an authentic French aesthetic, be it for a soiree or interiors, select natural materials that are indigenous to the region. Think bundles of dried lavender in handmade pottery, airy sun-faded linens, and shades of ochre from dusty pink to vibrant marigold. Layering these signature styles with aged wood pieces, ornate yet well-worn antiques, and patinaed metals will transport you to the picturesque provinces.

Delight dinner guests with an experiential trip to France via their tastebuds. Organize a wine tour of the world-renowned wine regions of France’s countryside with a Pairing Party. All you’ll need is to identify the menu, we might suggest a selection of cheeses and freshly baked bread, then simple greens alongside boeuf bourguignon, followed by a delicate chocolate souffle. Share your dinner selections with your local wine merchant for their recommendations, making sure to specify your preference for French varietals. With each course, decant the corresponding wine, taking note of the flavors that are enhanced before, during and after enjoying it with your dish.

Our friends at Gulfshore Life recently shined the spotlight on six local dads, including Dwayne and his husband Luis among the illustrious group. In the article, Dwayne explains how their home is a safe space to explore creativity and imagination through physical activity, the arts, and self-guided play. Instead of sitting in front of the tv or playing video games, the couple’s not-so-little twin 8-year-old boys, Coleman and Carter are encouraged to make crafts, entertain themselves, and stay engaged. Dwayne and Luis are honored to be included in this group of proud, supportive, and present dads from their community.


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