Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pink Friday - French Country Farmhouse


Close your eyes and imagine the sun-warmed tumbled stone tiles beneath your feet, take in the scent of lavender, listen to the sounds of the chickens in the yard.


Where are you?


At a lovely French Farmhouse.


What makes up the French Farmhouse?
A home decorated with cherished family heirlooms handed down through the generations asking to be touched and used. The nicks, scuffs and dents are the patina that only comes with time and offers a sense of history. The wear and tear is meant to be celebrated. French Farmhouse style lies in its eclectic nature of mix and match, use what you have, finding a new use for an old item. French Farmhouse juxtaposes a velvet sofa with a tattered linen chair and a Louis XIV armoire. All well loved and still meant to be used not to be put in a museum. The colors and patterns are a mixture of bright blue, red and yellow of Provence used next to the two-tone toiles of Jouy-en-Josas and silks of Paris. Rugs have a used and tattered patina of the past centuries layered with the newer brighter rugs of the past decade. To complete the French Farmhouse one must tell their own story by adding brocante- items that a bit to nice to throw away; not quite junk not quite art. Add flower frogs under bell jars, a row of children’s wooden boats on the mantle, an old tiara on a cake stand or vintage perfume bottles on the dressing table. If you love books, line every shelf with them and add stacks to all the tables. Wire bird cages, cast-off egg baskets, rustic ladders and garden trellis all find safe haven in a French Farmhouse. Bring the garden in to the house by adding florals here, there and everywhere. Fresh flowers are a must in nearly every room. Using what you love becomes the only rule to decorating in the French Farmhouse.


Enjoy your time in the French Countryside.


Sharon Wollman,
www.CestChouetteHome.com

Image provided by:
www.meadowstreet.com
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Click HERE for my French Country Farmhouse offerings.

2 comments:

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh how beautiful Dawn! I was transported for a moment! I will head over and give the site a peek!! Then back to reality here where it's 10 degrees :)

Have a great weekend! Hugs, Cynthia

Mary said...

Oh, that sounds wonderful!!! I was eating home pie dough at the moment and in heaven, but your post just made it really heavenly!...:)