Home Tour: French Country Cottage Decor Inspiration {Part 1}

Today we’re touring a French Country style cottage I enthusiastically shared years ago as it belongs to my blogger friend, interior designer Desiree Ashworth of the inspiring, Decor de Provence. Find Part 2 of this post right here.

French Country style home exterior with stone, slate roof, eyebrow architecture, and Gustavian details. #frenchcountry #frenchcottage #frenchfarmhouse #exterior
Home Tour: French Country Cottage Decor Inspiration {Part 1}

This exquisite home Desiree and her family share in Utah, was lovingly built by her father and contains treasures scoured across Europe which reflect her love for timeless, vintage, country splendor. It’s not fussy or precious, and it has all the rustic character and romance which typically can take a century to earn.

Desiree loves sophisticated shades of blue-grey, aqua green, and turquoise, and you may remember her prior home, a Gustavian style masterpiece, photos of which are plentiful on Pinterest! This home departs from the lighter, airier and more feminine decor in that prior home with its rustic ceilings and richer colors.

What I love about this home…Desiree has such a keen eye for European country treasures and design, and with her husband and her father, they make an incredible team of design creatives. For a French Nordic look, she paints or stains the interior trims an aqua-blue-green-gray custom color which lends an authentically French or Swedish look and sets it apart from so many other homes designed in this style. The rustic wood applied to the ceilings adds so much character and age to the new build which would feel completely different with standard drywalled ceilings. So much of the furniture is quality built to last and seems as though it will only get better (as it develops patina and earns little scratches!) over the years with use. What a smart design style to choose when you have young children and you don’t want to worry about fancy finishes or implement a hands off policy. The pediments above doorways are another feature I don’t often see in new French Country or French Nordic style interiors, and they add so much importance without feeling overly ornamental or formal. If you look at their profile, they are actually not that thick, and perhaps this also contributes to a lighter, airier, less formal vibe. The barreled ceiling in the entry so gorgeously highlights the arched front door and makes it that much more special. I also appreciate the simplicity of the natural woven rugs Desiree has chosen for the living room – so casual, unfussy, and a touch beachy which feels appropriate with all the green and aqua glass. In the dining room, she has skipped a rug all together, allowing the beauty of herringbone hardwood to be a star. Her breakfast room has sort of taken over Pinterest over the years, and if there is one image for “French Country” I see over and over, it’s this one! Its lavender, rustic furniture, and vintage chairs appeal to so many of us seeking a country look that is more sophisticated than shabby.

Enjoy this home tour of Desiree’s French Country nest, find a few home decor suggestions, and take away timeless and tranquil ideas for your own decor plans.

Source: Country Home magazine  Styling: Bonnie Broten

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Home Tour: French Country Cottage Decor Inspiration {Part 1}

Gorgeous entry in a French Country style cottage in Utah on Hello Lovely
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
Natural Jute Area Rug #juterug #arearug #jute
Natural Jute Area Rug: FIND HERE
Rustic wood ceiling and aqua in a French Country style living room on Hello Lovely
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
William Wingback Chair #french #linen #armchair
Gorgeous French linen upholstered wing armchair: FIND HERE
La Petitie Swedish Writing Desk #swedishfurniture #desk #frenchcountry #swedishstyle
Swedish Writing Desk: FIND HERE
Blue Swedish mora clock in French Country style cottage on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
Paris Glass Bottle Jug Vase #paris #greenglass #bottle #vase #jug
Paris Glass Bottle Jug Vase: FIND HERE
French Country stylel in Utah on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
Herringbone floor in elegant French Country dining room on Hello Lovely
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah

I love the dining table! How about you?

Rustic Wood Farmhouse Round Dining Table #farmhouse #farmtable #diningtable #roundtable
Rustic Round Dining Table: FIND HERE
Peely paint on antique cabinet in French Country cottage on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
Green antique bottles in a French Country cottage on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah

Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah

Gustavian details in a French Country dining room on Hello Lovely
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
French Country Decor Alert! A beautiful rattan armchair with a lovely light grey finish.
Rattan Armchair: FIND HERE
Rustic Farmhouse Dining Bench #farmhouse #bench #rustic #farmbench #frenchfarmhouse
Rustic farmhouse bench:FIND HERE
Entry and dining room with antique cabinet in French Country cottage on Hello Lovely
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah
French Nordic Linen Chelsea Upholstered Dining Chair #french #diningchair #gustavian #frenchnordic #frenchcountry
French Nordic Linen Dining Chair: FIND HERE
French Country bedroom with wood ceiling on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah

This bedroom has so much unfussy charm, and I love that it feels undone and natural.

Belgian linen duvet and bedding #belgianlinen #duvet #linens #bedspread #frenchcountry
Belgian Linen Duvet & Bedding: FIND HERE
Antique armchair in French Country bedroom on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Cottage in Utah

 What do you think of this home’s beautiful architecture?

You may want to visit her prior home (a French chateau), and if you have never explored Desiree’s decor inspiration blog Decor de Provence, you are in for a treat. This charming family home is truly is one of my favorite homes on Hello Lovely, and I’m happy to say I have more of it to show you…Part two is right here!

French Cottage Lovely!

White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
French Chaise
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Hand Carved 4 Door Sideboard
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Gustavian Tub Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Rococo Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Adele Dining Chair
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool


Here are some ideas and guiding principles for capturing French Country and Cottage Style in your own home.

Tips for Adding an Old World Decor Vibe

What is Old World design?

This style of design derives from influences from Europe and often incorporates more rustic materials such as limestone, wood, plaster, marble, and antiques. The emphasis is on earthy, natural, timeless elements that get better with time and develop beautiful patina. This style eschews trends with its reverence for history. Old World design is sort of an umbrella under which a number of design styles fall including:

~French Country

~French Provincial

~Tuscan Style

~Mediterranean Style

Some of the most interesting Old World interior designed spaces blend these styles. A French Country kitchen can easily incorporate elements of Italian rustic style since the basic principles are complimentary.

What colors are associated with Old World decor?

Most often, Old World style interiors are associated with warm and rich earthy colors. Colors seen in the European countryside are smart choices for bringing inside. Deep reds, greens, and golds are popular choices for an Old World palette.

  • Burgundy, Cognac, and Eggplant
  • Creamy antique whites
  • Dark-stained woods like cherry, walnut, and mahogany
  • Antiqued gold or silver finishes
  • Dark green and Navy blue
  • Ocher
  • Distressed, painted, glazed, and antiqued surfaces that mimic age

What textiles are associated with Old World decor?

Layering fabrics and textural elements is important in imparting Old world style. Consider the following elements:

  • Velvet
  • Brocades
  • Tapestries
  • Decorative beaded trim and tassels
  • Leather
  • Fringe
  • Cotton prints
  • Toiles and Stripes
  • Scroll, floral, or Damasks
  • Aubousson Rugs

What decorative accents work with Old World decor?

Decorative accents to tell an Old World design story might include handmade stoneware, hand forged iron accents, zinc buckets and vases, woven baskets, and pottery. Draperies and handwoven rugs are often important accents as well as collected family heirlooms, antiques, paintings, and collections.

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  1. September 26, 2017 / 12:56 am

    The dining room looks completely different in the low light vs. the bright light.
    Nice use of subtle color to keep it out of the bland beige rut while still being very zen.

    • michele
      September 26, 2017 / 10:17 am

      The moody lighting intrigued me in the house as well. Thanks for adding to the beauty.

  2. September 26, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    I love the dining room and master suite. Such a tastefully, refined place to call home❤️

    • michele
      September 26, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      and comfortable without fuss, yes?

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