Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

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.

French Country and Swedish inspired design marry beautifully in this stunning livin groom with delicate iron staircase and collected antiques. Decor de Provence. #FrenchCountry #nordic #Frenchchateau
Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Decor de Provence}

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!

Source: Decor de ProvenceCountry French Magazine 

Breathtaking French Gustavian house exterior with stoneand slate roof. Decor de Provence. #housedesign #frenchcountry #nordicfrench #gustavian #exterior #stonehouse #frenchhome

Front Entry: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

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.

French country dining area with modern round table and Louis dining chairs. #frenchcountry #interiordesign #gustavian #nordicfrench
French country dining area with modern round table and Louis dining chairs.

Doesn’t the stone add incredible age and architectural magnificence?

French limestone fireplace, rustic knotty wood floors, and a serene palette in this #FrenchCountry #livingroom by Decor de Provence. #limestonefireplace
Living Room: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

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…

French country style home under construction by Decor de Provence
Under construction: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

…and in its completed splendor.

I went gaga for Desiree’s lovely serene French Country kitchen!

Cheerful white French Country kitchen design with soft greens and aqua blues, open shelving, and high ceilings in a stunning #FrenchCountry home by Decor de Provence. #kitchendesign #serenekitchen #Farmhousekitchen
Charming French Country kitchen: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}
Beautifully serene and quiet dining room with French dining chairs with nailhead trim, chandelier, and stunning French fireplace. Decor de Provence. #FrenchCountry #diningroom #pedestaltable
Dining Room: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

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!

Natural light streams into a French Country kitchen with warm wood ceiling, white cabinetry, antique cabinet, open shelving, and aqua tile and accents. Decor de Provence. #FrenchCountry #Nordicdecor #Farmhousekitchen
Vintage and New in the kitchen: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}
Soft pastels in aqua and pink in a beautiful white French Country kitchen by Decor de Provence. #farmhousekitchen #aqua #kitchendesign #whitekitchen
Open shelving and Aqua: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

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.

A stunning French and Gustavian inspired kitchen with wood ceiling, vintage rattan chairs at island, and aqua green accents. Decor de Provence. #FrenchCountry #Gustavian #farmhousekitchen #Frenchfarmhouse
Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}
European inspired design in a foyer of a magnificent French Nordic style home with interior design by Decor de Provence. #barrelceiling #FrenchCountry #entryway
French Country Foyer: Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}
Stunning interior design and architecture in a French Nordic style kitchen with wood plank ceiling, aqua green accents, and warm #FrenchCountry style. Decor de Provence. #FrenchNordic #farmhousekitchen #Frenchfarmhouse #kitchendesign
Breathtaking French Nordic Style Interior Design Inspiration {Part 2}

Shop More Country 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
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
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
White Linen Club 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
Antique Brass Pharmacy 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
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
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
Cedar & Blossom Candle
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
Boheme Madera 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

Don’t miss the other half of this story in PART ONE. For more French Country decor inspiration, do take a peek at this and this!

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Anne
    February 26, 2018 / 7:38 am

    What is the backsplash used in this beautiful French Nordic Style Kitchen?

    • michele
      February 26, 2018 / 10:31 am

      I will try to find the source, Anne. Thanks for reading!

      • Allison
        March 17, 2018 / 10:35 pm

        Did you find the source? We love it too! Thanks!

        • michele
          March 18, 2018 / 3:26 pm

          Haven’t found it yet…boo! It looks like a ming green marble subway tile. I’ll keep you posted if I find it, and let me know if you have any luck. 🙂

          • kathryn davis
            May 5, 2019 / 2:03 am

            Also interested in knowing backsplash source

          • Michele
            May 5, 2019 / 9:16 am

            It looks like it is polished Ming green marble subway tile. With it being a natural stone product, there is bound to be a wide range of variation so ordering online could be tricky even when you can locate a product. Wayfair has individual tiles here: and here’s a tile source that offers the subway tile as a mosaic on a sheet:

  2. Bonnie Broten
    February 26, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Thank you, Michele, for your kind remarks about my styling for this beautiful home. Desiree and her family had already sold and moved from this home when we shot it. Her new home was shot
    that same week! You have shown her beautiful style in both. Desiree is one of a kind, beautiful, loving, stylish, funny, smart, creative and someone you want as a friend forever. I could never have
    done all of this without her help!

    • michele
      February 26, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      She’s a gem! Always a pleasure to spotlight your work, Bonnie–Hello Lovely readers love what you do and are inspired as I am! Ready to assist you styling (to learn from a master) anytime, anywhere! xox

  3. Alison
    April 20, 2018 / 4:48 am

    Do you know what brand/color those cabinets are?
    I love your blog, you put so much thought into your posts and your photography skills are amazing!

    • michele
      April 20, 2018 / 6:31 am

      Hi Alison. This is Desiree’s kitchen (her blog is Décor de Provence), and the home was built 2007-ish in Utah. They are probably custom. The maker of my own kitchen cabinets is Schuler, and they offer a door style called Boardwalk that looks like this one which is available in several different white painted finishes. See it here: Hope this helps!

  4. Victoria
    April 30, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I love how responsive and open you are about sharing on this lovely home! Definitely a new fan of this blog. Do you happen to have the floor plans?

    • michele
      May 1, 2018 / 9:03 am

      So happy to have you here! I took photos of the plans and will work on adding images to this post. Thanks for reading!

      • Victoria
        May 4, 2018 / 10:43 pm

        I’m so excited—I can’t wait to see them!

      • Victoria
        June 6, 2018 / 9:55 pm

        Hi Michele, I was just wondering if you ever found the floor plans? Thanks!

        • michele
          June 7, 2018 / 1:21 am

          I will contact my pal again and see if we can come with up the info–thanks for the reminder! 🙂

          • victoria sharpe
            January 26, 2019 / 9:27 pm

            I would love to see this floor plan!

          • michele
            January 26, 2019 / 10:09 pm

            I agree – I’m crazy about obsessing over a good floorplan!

  5. Maria
    September 24, 2018 / 5:53 am

    Hi Michael!! I’m looking for kitchen tiles, love it!! Could you give me some clue about?
    Thanks so much

    • michele
      September 24, 2018 / 9:08 am

      The tile appears to be a polished ming green marble subway tile. Here is the most similar one I have seen online: Maybe have them send a sample. Let us know here if it is a good match!

      • Jennifer llewelyn
        February 17, 2019 / 11:12 pm

        They are by Anne Sacks tile.

  6. Valerie
    May 25, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    What a beautiful home! Do you know who the architect was?

    Many thanks!

    • Michele
      May 26, 2019 / 12:59 am

      I believe it was the spouse of the homeowner (decordeprovence).

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