French Provincial style originated in the smaller cities and the countryside outside of Paris, mostly during the 18th century. Country manor homes were decorated with furnishings that emulated the highly-prized and valued furnishings found in the Parisian markets. While manor owners were often affluent, they could not afford the pricey Parisian pieces. The demand for… Continue reading Then + Now: What is French Provincial Style?
Have you been getting by with wobbly, worn or trendy dining chairs? Here are 8 styles of French country dining chairs that have endured stylistically for years. Each chair has roots from the late 19th century but still feel new in dining rooms today.
Finding the right French chandelier is like adding a beautiful piece of jewelry to a room. The sparkle, lines or scale of the chandelier can transform an otherwise standard room into a pièce de résistance. Let's take a look at seven styles of French lighting that make rooms shine. 1) The Crystal Chandelier: Crystal chandeliers are perhaps… Continue reading 7 Styles of French Lighting: Make Your Room Shine
The soft, sweet and subtle hue of pink is trending in home decor today. But, the French have long had a love affair with the color. The color pink, in its softest shades, was used in everything from interior paints in palaces to velvets on sofas to couture gowns and objet d'art. Once considered a… Continue reading French + Pink: A Love Affair
The new year is time for change, and that includes in your French country home. So often we make-due with that "not quite right" piece in your foyer, living room or dining room. It's time for a new beginning. Here are six home design improvements that will update your country French style in 2018. Tip… Continue reading 6 Tips: Renew Your French Country Home in 2018
Throughout history, art depicts royalty and nobles indulging in meats, breads, wines and grapes from a sideboard at grand celebrations. Sideboards, often called "credenzas," "buffets," or "servers," origins date back to 19th century Europe when the French adopted the idea of less formal meals. The word "bufet" meaning "bench" or "stool," has French origins dating… Continue reading French Sideboards: Popular Then & Now
Every room needs a decorative anchor. Something that makes the room design feel complete. That something is often a cupboard. Whether new, old or repurposed—one large piece can create essential storage and add loads of character to a room. Let's take a look at some classic French-style cupboards that elevate the idea of "everyday storage".… Continue reading Character Builder: French Cupboards Add Style and Storage