Some time ago you might recall my excitement when I shared a book review with you: Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. Well, today I am back again with the same amount of excitement to tell you about Jennifer’s second book: At Home With Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life. This book takes many of the lessons we learned in the first book and applies them directly to use in the home. As a woman working on coming into her role as blogger and housewife, the concept of this book excited me greatly, as I want to have a home that is put together, welcoming, and, of course, chic.
The book is divided into only 6 chapters, but each chapter is well headlined and sectioned off to dive in to plenty of helpful information.
- Chapter 1: The French Connection
- Chapter 2: Fall in Love with Your Home Again
- Chapter 3: Clutter
- Chapter 4: The Pleasures of the Morning
- Chapter 5: The Pleasures of the Afternoon
- Chapter 6: The Pleasures of the Evening
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? I feel like the title of each chapter just leaves me dying to know what kind of information would be found in each page. I mean, “The pleasures of the morning??” Please, Jennifer, tell me all about the morning’s pleasures, as getting out of bed is many days not a pleasure at all. 😉
I want to give you a bit of an appetizer of each chapter in the book. You know, enough to whet your appetite and get you excited for the main course, but not nearly enough to spoil your dinner (or the book).
A Look Inside
The book starts with an intro to get you up to speed with the feel of things. Jennifer defines terms such as “chic,” “Je ne Sais Quoi,” “Bien dans Sa Peau,” and “Connoisseur” so we have more of an understanding as to what the goal of the book is.
Chapter 1 is a brief overview of the French connection to our topic at hand. Simple.
Chapter 2 is where the fun starts. Fall in Love with Your Home Again. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? This chapter is filled with tips on how to enjoy your own home, visit your home, motivational tips to help you enjoy cleaning time, as well as suggestions for cleaning schedules, etc. There are so many little details that she dives into from house plants to the powder room that I kind of wished I had a notebook beside me the whole time I was reading.
Chapter 3: Clutter. The word that plagues many. Jennifer fills this chapter with excellent advice on how to tackle both physical and mental clutter in an effort to not only clear the clutter, but to make your home and mind less clutter prone in general.
Chapter 4: Here we go with that whole “pleasures of the morning” thing. The way Jennifer speaks about morning makes it sound so luxurious and enjoyable that it makes me want to hop out of bed and experience the same thing. This chapter contains discussions about everything from waking up and getting dressed to what candle scents are great for that time of day.
Chapter 5 covers the afternoon. In this chapter, some things we learn about are making your office chic, working from home, and how to manage lunch and after school schedules. Tidbits about music and candles are also thrown in.
Chapter 6 talks about the multitude of potential evening activities. I learned about cocktail hour, dinner, bedtime routines, and a few fabulous sounding recipes to boot.
Of course, this little overview barely scratches the surface of the amazing things that are found inside this book. If I told you about everything covered, this post would be a mile long, so rather than telling you myself, I highly suggest picking up a copy of At Home with Madame Chic for your own bookshelf (or, if you’re like me, your iPad).
The most positive thing I can say about this book is that it left me feeling incredibly motivated and inspired. Just writing this review has made me want to go back and re-read the book, since it’s full of information that I should be reminded of.
One more note before I go. It turns out that the lovely Jennifer L. Scott has written a new book called Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, and it’s now available. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on her new book and devour it just like I did the other two. This post is in no way sponsored or anything. I just wanted to tell you about it simply because I am so excited about it myself.
Of course, book number 3 is an obvious addition to your collection after you finish those. I hope you love them as much as I do.