I am returning to my Cottage series about the many ways of styling your home (aka cottage). Here are the links to my previous posts:
Today, we look at The French Cottage. Be it a cozy farmhouse setting in the countryside, or a chic pied-a-terre in the city, The French Cottage is always in style.
In 1996, my husband and I took the kids to France and stayed in this oh-so-quaint Farmhouse:
That’s me and my daughter Julia (then age 3) peeking out through our bedroom window. The inside was typically French: dark beams, florals, rich colors and very low ceilings in the shower (if you’ve ever showered abroad you’ll relate to this!)
The inside of our cottage resembled this: Lots of beams, textures and very soft sofas!
Our kitchen was small and quaint and resembled this:
A more modern approach to The French Cottage is to add black upholstry:
Black mixed with this all white apartment (above) adds a touch of young, modern elegance – especially when paired with the antique chandelier. Look hard and you can see the very old decorative mouldings near the ceiling line.
Modern artwork and a classic Chesterfield Sofa in a rich black velvet adds a modern touch. You can see how the hard edges are paired down in the background with the soft beige drapes. I am not 100% sure about that chandelier though!
Classic details such as the floral mouldings, original hardwoods and tall French doors add drama to this French apartment.
Again, the floor-to-ceiling French doors, vintage chandelier and lighter furnishings add a touch of elegance to this Paris apartment. (The kitties are cute, too!)
A French cottage in the country with dark beams and rock walls. This look is softened with the lighter upholstery and pink drapery.
One of my favorite French cottages in the country – the inside resembles an old fashioned apartment in Paris. They kept the brick floors for contrast with the white accessories.
Above, a classic French bedroom with antique lighting, shutters on the windows, wardrobe tucked into an alcove, and fireplace.
The French Cottage of today is more decorative, with more accessories, more colors, and often with a bit of “country” thrown in. A more modern French Cottage has mixes of blacks and whites with added touches of gold or chrome, and pops of colors used on dining chairs, art and accessories.
If you are interested in reading about the French Cottage look, check out my friend Cindy Blackenburg’s home which I wrote about in my column “Details” in the April 2016 Issue of Romantic Homes magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Cindy and her great style. You can read her blog here. Also, check out my friend Victoria Hayden’s Instagram, The French Made Home (@the.frenchmade.home). She has amazing taste and will be featured in my column in an upcoming issue.
All images via Pinterest.