We can never go very long between interior design inspiration posts which spotlight kitchens! Especially a French Country, French Farmhouse, or French Cottage style kitchen. My longtime blog pal Desiree of Decor de Provence fame just happens to have one of the most character-filled Provence-inspired kitchens around.
Located in Utah, this quality crafted French inspired home for her family is filled with collected antique treasures, rustic elegance, and the beachy colors Desiree loves: soft blue-greys and aqua-greens. The charming kitchen is a lesson in rustic elegance and a wonderful backdrop for a young family’s memories. Though the family has collected treasures from around the world for this home, I have sprinkled in home decor and furnishing suggestions with affiliate links (if you use them, I may be compensated when you make a purchase.)
Look at the beautiful roof!
Let’s take a closer look at design details and finishes in the kitchen and dining area inspired by European farmhouses, yet interpreted in a pleasingly personal way. (Stylist extraordinaire Bonnie Broten styled these dreamy images, and I recall Desiree raving about the experience…don’t we all wish a stylist would show up on our doorstep with a fresh artful eye on our spaces?)
Source: Country French Magazine
Styling: Bonnie Broten
French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas
1. French Lavender.
I love how English and French lavender add an aromatic layer of lovely to the everyday. I learned lavender can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness or distrust (as far as floral language goes) and the following fun facts about lavender via GrowerDirect:
The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb, “lavare,” which means to wash
Lavender comes from the same family as mint
Over 2500 years ago, lavender was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process
Back in the Elizabethan times, when baths weren’t common practice, lavender was used to perfume clothes and bed linen
The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area
Lavender oil can be used to soothe aching muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and stress, and to induce sleep
It is a commonly used ingredient in potpourri
Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey
Lavender plants don’t produce seeds; propagation is done by cutting or root divisions
Most lavender plants are blue or purple, but there are some varieties that come in pink and yellow
2. Airy Woven Dining Chairs.
While you might expect to see sturdy wood dining chairs or even Gustavian style feminine chairs in here, we see instead a casual, vintage set of chairs. The woven dining chairs paired with the rustic wood farm table have a casual, laid-back, beachy feel and add quiet color and a cohesive feel with the painted aqua green cupboard in the space. Since the French don’t rush out and buy new furniture just because it shows age, scratches, or dents, these chairs don’t even necessarily require re-painting or re-sprucing.
3. Zinc Finishes.
The pendant lights have a beautiful patina suggesting age, and a zinc topped table (below) or a simple vase with fresh flowers is an easy addition to bring zinc into your French Country kitchen.
4. Open Shelving.
Farmhouse kitchens often feature open shelves for ease and casual charm, and in this French Country kitchen, smaller essentials are stowed in lined chickenwire baskets for a tidier look.
5. Green Glass Bottles.
Reflective, functional as vases, and sculpturally beautiful, the trio of green glass bottles on the vintage cupboard below is a pretty look you can steal to achieve South of France flavor in your own space.
6. Hanging Lantern.
Even if you can’t find the “just right” vintage lantern for your space, you can improvise with a new one by changing the color and creating a vintage-look distressed finish by studying beautiful examples like this soft green one:
7. Charming Collections on Display.
So often we tuck our treasures away and only get to enjoy them on occasion. The open shelves of pretty collected dishes and glassware are proof positive they can play starring roles. I know what a few of you are about to say: BUT THE DUST, MICHELE, AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! And Mrs. Clean hears you, she truly does. But you could apply this idea to collections beyond everyday dishware, enjoy the items everyday, and dust them once in awhile.
8. Think Beyond White Trim.
I love how Desiree has stained/painted her trims a blue-grey rather than white. She did this in their prior home as well, and it adds a Nordic French feel that is more interesting and at home with the creamy walls. (It’s a custom shade, btw, so I can’t provide the exact color, but it seems similar to Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray.)
Don’t you love a timeless design like this that will still look relevant in a decade?
Peace to you right where you are.