• Lisa Gillaspie

French Farmhouse Style Living

Updated: May 1

As you walk through the streets of the hill towns you can feel it. The women walk with a casual elegance looking stylish yet never overdone. They walk briskly without looking rushed, carry on as the rain starts to fall, while the hint of a smile appears when you bid them good day (bonne journée) I have pulled together some living rooms that may differ from what you may typically see as Farmhouse....but during my travels through France, I have discovered that a casual home is still a beautifully furnished home. The fabrics and finishes may be worn, soft, and inviting, but there is still a sense of elegance to be found. A touch of gold, silver, velvet, tufting, crystal etc...are expected and distinguish this style from what some might call Shabby Chic.


I always start with the rug and pull my color palette from there. The rug after all will cover a large amount of space and set the tone of the room. I always say picking a rug is like picking artwork because you have to love the way it makes you feel!


Enjoy browsing and feel free to comment as I welcome your conversation.....share your interpretation of French Farmhouse....I would love for you to share!!


Here you will find some curated French Farmhouse Style Rooms. I love to travel and feel compelled to bring the inspiration the countries I fall in love with to my little Southern California home. The French Farmhouse style is one of my favorites, perhaps yours too?!




Hues of Taupe & Grey set the tone for this French inspired room. Imagine the natural wood floors scrubbed to a soft patina of grey and cream.....with curtains of natural linen hung high and pooling slightly on the floor.

https://www.macys.com/style-crew/v/french-style-for-your-home/212160096








This Safavieh Patina rug in taupe & ivory will be soft and inviting without overpowering your room....setting a neutral backdrop for a brightly colored bouquet, or keep the feeling calm and serene with a fresh arrangement of white tulips, hydrangeas, or roses.







A round rattan cocktail table by Gallerie Decor is the perfect spot to rest your feet, or serve a tray of something delicious.













Macys Brenalee Sofa is the perfect mix of comfort and elegance. The slip cover has a tailored feel so it can keep its shape over time.











I love this Maison chandelier by Regina Andrew Design.......it has the perfect mix of rustic and elegant. When using a chandelier a dimmer switch is a must. The mood can go from festive to cozy and romantic at the touch of a button!











This pair of Verna accent chairs in grey tufted velvet invite you to sit with a cup or a glass for conversation or a good read. The seating should feel welcoming but not oversized.










This faux floral arrangement by Nearly Natural adds just a touch of color in this neutral decor. I prefer fresh flowers but I was surprised at how often the French use these faux arrangements, even mixed with the real thing to add all year round greenery!








Jennifer Taylor Home has some unique little pieces like this Fiona footstool. Just the right size for a cup of tea, your favorite book (or tablet...lets be honest here ) and of course your slipper adorned feet!












Between two chairs I often like to use a small round table. This 26" Kensington Accent table by Crestiview adds some elegant curves and has ample space for the Floral arrangement as well as your favorite glass of wine (un verre de vin)










Deep blues of the sea set off the natural creams and metal patinas in this Living Room collection. Creating a room that looks collected over time rather than having all pieces match exactly is the essence of French style. They mix new with old and boldly combine different styles that please them.

https://www.macys.com/style-crew/v/french-style-for-your-home/212160100







The deep blues in this rug from Safaviehs Evoke collection create a lovely color palette. By pulling out the soft golds, creams and greens from the design, it is easy to create a collected elegant French look for this Living Room.











The 82" Lidia sofa from Macys with the sock arms has an understated look that is perfectly suited for the collected French Farmhouse style. Comfortable but tailored and inviting.










In antique gold this Livex Pennington Chandelier adds a soft glow to this French inspired room. Don't forget the dimmer switch for sudden mood changes ; )













I love round coffee tables and ottomans.....no corners to hit my knees on and it is always nice to add a curve to a room full of straight lines. The Isabelle Round Tufted Ottoman by Linon Home Decor adds ample space for a tray, a book, or to show off the pedicure you indulged in!










Hookers Melange Seeker Chest is just the right size for a jewel of a lamp and a painting that makes you smile. French Farmhouse style mixes it up and uses the rug or a painting to pull it all together.












In Waiting By Posters International Studio Framed Art uses the greys, golds and cream found in the rug. This is a print but I love original art as well. Simple is better, and for some reason, the grey hues remind me of Paris in the rain.











Uttermosts Bede Table lamp has a slightly whimsical feel...definitely puts a crooked little smile on my face. Rather than a heavy more traditional style lamp this one keeps the room light and airy.....perfect for those the soft evening light as the sun sets on the Seine.









The Dorel Living Spooner Accent Chair in Navy is the perfect compliment to the hues of the sea in our Rug. Just the right size to sit and enjoy your favorite French Wine with a friend.











I love the lines of the 26" Chatelet Scroll Accent Table. Fits perfectly at the end of a sofa or in between these two sitting chairs. Plenty of room for your favorite lamp or a lovely bouquet of your favorite stems.












The French use flowers as part of their decor. By using a bouquet of the same flower, it adds elegance while making more of a statement.














One of my favorite memories is driving down the hills of Provence and turning down a street that was lined with the most beautiful trees waving their lime green leaves at the sky. I later looked them up and they are called Plane trees..........planted in a row close together so they created a lush canopy creating shade for the travelers on foot and carriage.

https://www.macys.com/style-crew/v/find-your-inspiration/215206014





This Surya Harput rug reminds me of that feeling as I looked up to the sky seeing the fresh blue peak through the clouds and the dancing leaves. I need to be better at stopping to snap a photo of these moments, sometimes I get too caught up in the experience and after all I was driving LOL.






The fringe on this Jennifer Taylor Home Yolanda Ottoman, reminds me of the

fringe and tassels on the window treatments I admired during my museum visits in France. A little goes a long way when you are pulling together the French Farmhouse style.













A classic chesterfield style sofa in a soft greige hue adds a touch of elegance while still keeping it casually comfortable. The tufted back never looks out of place in keeping with the French Farmhouse feel.















Greenery in a birdcage style planter....Fake or real greens will do the trick here. I was amazed at the attention to detail in their arrangements...typically simple and not overdone but enough to add just the right amount of color and nature to the room.








I love architectural details in white or cream.....it always reminds me of the buildings that are centuries old and still look stunning as you walk down the streets of Paris, and Bordeaux. This Petell garden stool by Safavieh is the perfect place to set your cup of tea while you enjoy an afternoon soaking up the sun streaming in your French Style windows.





A soft glow from a pair of mini Paris Chandeliers by Regina Andrew Design, sets the mood for a cozy evening for two or a group of friends. Looking up is something I try and remember to do as I enter a room in belle France....sometimes the beauty of the chandelier makes the room!









The Lani lamp by Safavieh adds some interest while carrying the antique gold through the room.















I found this print called Spring Arbor by June Erica Vess......reminds me of the Plane trees again...still wish I had gotten a photo, but this will have to do until I venture down that road again...











A Bombe chest is always a great find and adds that eclectic style to a French Farmhouse Collection. This one by Sanctuary has some interesting hardware to go with the slightly exagerated curves.













If you like what you see, let me know. As an interior designer I am happy to help you create the look in your own home.....just send me an email and we can connect and make it happen for you!


I hope you enjoy my posts and feel welcome to share them with others.....bonne journée!

Lisa Gillaspie

monalisitravel@gmail.com






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