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Cafe a la Maison

Start the day with a French-style breakfast at home.

French style breakfast

One of the most delightful experiences of being in France is having your first meal of the day at a sidewalk café. There’s no better place to savor your first cup of cappuccino and buttered croissant than at a petit outdoor table with the morning sun gently warming you as you watch the fashionable residents stroll past. While that is not the scenario most of us wake up to, we can simulate the food and ambience to make each morning special in our own homes.

Get the Look:

A small round table is the foundation of your at-home café. If it has an elegant style, like this classic marble tabletop, it does not require a tablecloth.

• Have your cappuccino (or coffee) in a café au lait bowl and pretend you’re in Paris. You can find these bowls in most home-décor and culinary shops.

• Add eye-opening color to the table with an assortment of fruit tarts that will give you a sweet start to the day.

• A pewter-and-glass pitcher makes for an interesting and elegant serving piece.

• A warm loaf of French bread should always be on the menu at your café, as should a small vase or pitcher with delicate flowers. Bon appétit!

By Meryl Schoenbaum
Photography by Jaimee Itagaki

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