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

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}

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.

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

Grainsack Stripe French Linen Arm Chair #frenchcountry #grainsack #armchair #chair

French Linen Arm Chair: 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!

Teak 3 Leg Stool
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Wing Back Twin Platform Bed
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Linen Footstool
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
30″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute ARea Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
Rustic Rectangle Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

p.s.

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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4 Comments

  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
      Author
      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
      Author
      September 26, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      and comfortable without fuss, yes?

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