We began touring this incredible French Nordic style home with its superb architecture, lovely interior design, breathtaking stone facade, aqua-green accents, and thrilling French and European inspired details on this blog not long after it was built (10 years ago!), and its Provencal design and serene home decor are still worth revisiting. PART ONE of this story is here.
Something you cannot miss is a love for soft greens, blues, greys, and beachy colors you may not typically associate with European inspired design or French Country decor…but you will notice that these cool tones balance the heaviness of wood ceilings, rustically knotty wood floors, and strong architectural elements elsewhere.
Longtime readers of Hello Lovely may remember this enchanting French Nordic style home with Gustavian interior design influences is the prior residence of Desiree of the inspiring site Decor de Provence . Blogger Desiree sold the home and downsized without sacrificing any of the beauty she found here. Within her newer home, she is quite busy raising her young family and only occasionally now treats us to a glimpse of the decor, interior designs, and sights of home inspiring her in the design realm.
Her beautiful interiors and French Country homes continue to pop up in gorgeous shelter magazines, Pinterest, and anywhere French Nordic interiors are explored since their style is timeless. Stylist extraordinaire, Bonnie Broten has lent her expertise to the interiors and championed beautiful editorial features I want to keep staring at! Both Bonnie and Desiree possess this ability to style with a mix of unfussy, rustically elegant and tranquil qualities–qualities demanding careful restraint and patient, thoughtful procurement. The result is a very live-able lovely environment which invites beautiful living.
Desiree is one of the loveliest bloggers with whom I have had the pleasure to get to know through blogging, and for many years, the decor inspiration blog Decor de Provence has become a retreat for lovers of South of France, Swedish, and Belgian lovely–not simply as a means to collect decorating ideas but for the gift of peaceful sentiments, hope-filled inspiration, and spiritually rich revelations. Her heart is tender and beautiful like the spaces she designs.
What attracts so many admirers of European Old World style, French Country, and French Nordic beauty to Decor de Provence? Surely it’s this designer’s keen eye for beauty and imperfect lovely, a skill set for creating and decorating with a mix of antique treasures and modern finds, a spare lovely breezy interior design style which feels simple and designed for real family living, an interpretation of European easy elegance, high quality craftsmanship, a preference for serene beauty, and a gentleness in regard to interiors and blogging.
Care to learn more about the person behind the decor blog? I interviewed Desiree and asked a set of questions I have posed to numerous creatives over the years.
Want to take a peek inside her former home and learn more about this beautiful soul who is drawn to French Country and French Nordic style? I hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration to pin! Affiliate links follow and may earn me a small commission should you choose to use them for purchases (and I hope you do to support this site!).
Source: Country Home Magazine (Most of these images reflect styling by Bonnie Broten)
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1. Beauty in Imperfection.
HL: What springs to mind when you think about beauty in imperfection?
D: “Finding beauty in simple things, uniqueness of the individual, the freedom to be me, art, and nature.”
What a beautiful soul she is.
Doesn’t the stone add incredible age and architectural magnificence?
2. Sources of Inspiration.
HL: What is currently inspiring you?
D: 1. My relationship to my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ.
2. My husband and my children.
3. Enjoying the beauty that life offers.
My sweet friend’s current inspirations reach much deeper than a favorite designer wallpaper or shelter magazine.
A glance back at when the home was taking shape…
…and in its completed splendor.
I went gaga for Desiree’s lovely serene French Country kitchen!
3. The Role of Creativity.
HL: Why is creativity so important in our lives?
D: “It’s an expression of one’s self, and I believe we have been given gifts from a higher source. We are expected to lift and share with one another. Life would be so dull without creativity!!”
How true, Desiree!
4. Cultivating the Lovely of the Everyday.
HL: How can we find more sacredness in the “everyday?”
D: “Everyday is a gift! We all should strive to live in the moment more by embracing the good and bad and learning to grow from each experience. When we live from our hearts, we can not only see and feel the blessings of everyday life, we can lift and strengthen others. Gratitude for each experience is finding the lovely and sacredness in the ‘everyday.’”
Ahhhhhh. Gratitude certainly does seem to be the key and secret ingredient for finding beauty, enduring love, and authentic happiness…thank you for reminding us since we so easily adapt to our blessings without reflecting on our gifts.
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Peace to you right where you are.