Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Love Affair with all things French

Today’s guest blog post comes courtesy of Arcadian Lighting; enjoy!

Most designers and design bloggers have a love affair with all things French because of their of décor and design is inimitable. In many French homes you'll see a combination of styles, colors and periods, all put together with a joie de vivre. From the way light fixtures are hung in a dining room, to the sangfroid approach to living room and bedroom arrangements, this round-up will offer a glimpse of what makes French living so ridiculously chic!

French Interior Design

Desire to Inspire via

Though this dining room is a mix of neutral colors –white, clay, brown-- there's nothing neutral about the design. A large white dining room table atop an old, plush rug with a wonderful mix of mid-century modern chairs; Panton S chairs, a Bertoia Wire Chair, Jacobsen's Ant Chair look eclectic with these white fiberglass chairs by Ross Lovegrove. The two pendant lights look simple but their handmade quality is what makes them unique.

French Interior Design

Habitually Chic (flickr), via Domino Magazine

This Paris apartment belongs to fashion designer Erin Fetherson. Inspired by belle epoque sensibilities, she designed her living with luxe details. Large windows provide natural light, brightening this pink damask daybed with matching pillows. It may seem odd to pair pink damask and mossy green velvet atop a zebra-skin rug, but the combination of colors and textures work well together.

French Interior Design

House to Home via

The master bedroom in this converted French barn, in Gard to be exact, is simple, soothing, and so well-designed. The couple incorporated these natural stone walls and wooden beams throughout the home, but outfitted each room with modern pieces for a rustic, yet chic look.

French Interior Design

Marie Claire Maison via

Here's another rustic chic bedroom -- this one decorated in shades of gray, purple and brown. The bed sits a tad low, next to the chunky wooden nightstand and two task lights used as wall lamps.

French Interior Design

Marie Claire Maison via

Inspired by Native American textiles, these homeowners decked out their home in Normandy with tribal prints, textiles and sculptures. They were also lovers of the Wild West and their wooden bathtub with a rainfall shower head was inspired by the water-buckets used back then. The result is exotic, rustic and still so very chic. It seems the main qualities about French décor and design is this seamless integration of old and new, color with neutrals, modern with rustic. It's not uncommon to pair more than two styles together and there's always a focus on quality, not quantity. This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the love affair with all things French!

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Thanks Arcadian Lighting for such a great post!

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