Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Photos!

Kathryn Ireland in the sunflowers on horseback

Kathryn M Ireland

Miles of French Country style and Provence inspired lovely images of interiors and exteriors await in this Pinterest-worthy collection of photos, but first a secret. One of the perks of being a blogger of interior design inspiration is every once in awhile, one is treated to a brush with greatness. The French farmhouse “La Castellane” in the photo above belongs to the legendary designer Kathryn M Ireland, and I have long admired both it and her since discovering Kathryn’s book Summers in France. The home near the town of Montclar dates to 1760 and is located near hilltop towns in an area often referred to as the Tuscany of France. (No, I only wish I received an invite to Le Castellane!) Anyway, when I read somewhere online a couple of years back she was selling the family’s farmhouse, I could not believe it. The home represents more than twenty years of renovations and love breathed into it. The home served as Kathryn’s lab and launched her professional career as an interior designer. So the next chance I had to contact her about a quasi-related blog story, I asked how she was able to part with the treasure since I assumed it had changed hands. Kathryn told me her kids had a fit, she took it off the market, and that the boys would never let her sell it! Maybe a small thing to you, but for blogging designgeeks like moi, for a moment I felt like a design insider! Not to mention, I was relieved to hear La Castellane still belonged to the family. I haven’t corresponded with her in some time, so maybe some of you will know whether the farmhouse remains hers. Are you also tickled by the fact someone named Ireland who was born in England, raised in Scotland, and based in Los Angeles is leading off our French farmhouse parade? Ha!

Here is what Kathryn Ireland told My Domaine about the place:“I came up with my first fabric collection there, inspired by the French countryside…It was the first house I ever did, and one of the reasons I went into the decorating business. The décor is comfortable and unpretentious. I decorated La Castellane just as I do when decorating for other people. To this day I draw much inspiration from this property.”

Curious about Kathryn M Ireland? Born in England and raised in London and Scotland, Kathryn Ireland arrived in Los Angeles in 1986. Prior to launching her interior design business in the early ’90s, Kathryn was an actress, clothing designer, and filmmaker. Today she is considered one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world.

This collection of images sourced from around the web, Veranda, Country Living, Segreto Finishes, Velvet and Linen, My French Country Home, and  Pinterest represents beautiful French Farmhouse, French Country, Old World, French Nordic, French inspired, and European Country interior design goodness around the globe.

French Country and French Farmhouse inspired home decor and furnishings are also weaved in with affiliate links to sources of lovely in the same spirit. You won’t pay extra for using these links, yet I’ll earn a small commission (yay!). Meet me at the finish line after all the visual inspiration to share your thoughts.

Pretty Provence-inspired Farmhouse lovely?

Classic Provence Style bathroom with vanity and chicken wire front doors. #frenchcountry #nordic #bathroomdecor

(via Sjonara) Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Classic Provence Style House in Sweden with ladder, stone, and wood ceiling. #frenchcountry #oldworld #frenchnordic

(via Decoholic) Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

A French chateau you can rent! Haven in Paris : Provence Luxury Vacation Villa & Holiday Rental: Chateau Mireille, St-Remy-de-Provence Apartment Rental. #frenchchateau #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcourtyard

via Haven in Paris (Chateau Mireille, St-Remy-de-Provence Apartment Rental)

French country decor in a rustic Provence bedroom with wood ceiling and interior shutters. #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #provence

(via Decor de Provence) Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Classic Provence Style patio with French Country style. #frenchcountry #rusticdecor #frenchfarmhouse

Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration (viaDecoholic)

Kathryn Ireland in Provence French farmhouse known as La Castellane...charming blue french shutters and stone! #provence #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcountry

(via Kathryn M. Ireland) Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Provence Getaway of designer Kathryn Ireland at her French farmhouse La Castellane. #provence #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcountry

(via Kathryn M. Ireland) Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Sometimes Provence breathes in Utah…

Rustic decor in a charming dining room with French farmhouse decor. Rustic farm table topped with stoneware holding lavender, knotty wood ceiling, vintage lantern, and blue grey trim throughout this home by Desiree Ashworth of Decor de Provence. #frenchfarmhouse #vintagelantern #rusticdecor #diningroom #frenchcountry

Design: Desiree of Decor de Provence. Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

…or Texas…

Pamela Pierce #Frenchfarmhouse kitchen with ox head, white cabinets, and stainless work island on Hello Lovely Studio

Pamela Pierce in Veranda. See more of Pamela Pierce designs here!  Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration

Tranquil #Frenchfarmhouse entry with dog lounging on stone steps at door with #blueshutters on Hello Lovely Studio #Provence

Lucky dog! French Farmhouse Home Decor Images & Decorating Ideas to Inspire! (source: unknown…maybe from the book: THE FRENCH DOG)

 

French farmhouse kitchen with rustic farm table, Swedish chairs, and white cabinets on Hello Lovely Studio #Frenchfarmhouse #FrenchKitchen #NordicFrench

Charming natural wood + white = Lovely! Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration (source: Decor de Provence)

Farmhouse doors, herringbone floor

Weathered Wood and Herringbone floors! Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration (via Cote de Texas)

“Closer to Authentic” French Farmhouse Decor Ideas

Maybe these decor ideas are obvious outside of mainstream America, but one google or browse ’round Pinterest, and it would seem there are more than a few contrived attempts at the look which can fall flat and result in a less than charming outcome.

1. Think about the context of French Farmhouse style. French farmhouse style originates from the lovely landscape of rural France with its hills and valleys. If you can’t travel to the south of France, do spend time online or at the library in order to better understand the romance and allure. 2. Study the layering and mixing the French do so masterfully. There is often a sense of refinement in French Country homes where a mix of old and new result in interiors which feel balanced and sensible, yet soulful and interesting. Old World charm and collected antiques and family treasures impart a sense of rich character. 3. Train your eye to see beauty where things don’t matchMany Americans still opt for matchy furniture which would never do for a French farmhouse. The French country approach to furnishing a home is more organic in creating a harmonious and unhomogenized look that is truly undecorated and never overwrought. 4. Distress is not Distressing. As French Country is a style which imparts a sense of age and tradition, scratches, rust, and signs of wear are to be celebrated. Antiques and vintage pieces are treasured with their desirable patina. While Americans rush out to buy a new rug after it fades or frays, their European counterparts might prize the threadbare rug. 5. Trendy trends? Mais non. Instead of jumping on the trendy bandwagons, see the beauty in timeless, tumbledown, and timeworn finishes, patina, and character from age and wear.

How do the French accessorize in their French Country homes? Houzz reports French Country home decor accents always have a purpose: “Rarely will accessories in a French country room be purely decorative. They usually have an undertone of usefulness: wall-hung plates that can be pulled down for service, jugs and jars that house kitchen staples, baskets that corral plump produce from the garden. Open shelving is a natural partner for this look — everyday items enjoy pride of place rather than languishing behind cabinet doors.”

Home decor & Decorating Ideas: #Frenchfarmhouse stone facade and #hydrangea on Hello Lovely Studio

A charming stone exterior softened by blooms…Lovely Provence-Inspired French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration (source: unknown)

The best way to capture a more authentic Provence-inspired look may be to simply BEGIN and know there will be misses along the way. The French Country lovin’ Londoner Ireland once told the French Guy from New Jersey (SergetheConcierge) “Anytime you endeavor to make a statement or to do good work, you always encounter hurdles…the whole effort of reclaiming the house from ruin became a baptism by fire and gave me the confidence to pursue a career as a professional interior designer. La Castellane is my laboratory to try things out, things I’ve gone on to recreate for clients in my interior design work.”

Ya know?

Pretty Provence Inspired

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

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10 Comments

  1. Tracy
    March 16, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I’m with you, “Summers in France” is my favorite Kathryn Ireland book. I’ve made the warm potato salad recipe on page 162 so many times it opens to it automatically. Now remember if Kathryn likes the shirt you are wearing and asks you for it, you must do it!! Give it to her!! Tout suite!! (clap, clap!!)

    Thanks for the lovely post

    • michele
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Such a wonderful book! And I like my potato salad warm too. 🙂 Happy weekend, Tracy.

  2. March 16, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Wow, every picture is just Chalked full of AMAZING!

    • michele
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      So happy you like! Happy weekend, Leticia.

  3. DRitchie
    March 17, 2018 / 9:31 am

    This post was like reading my favorite book or magazine of Country French decor. Just gorgeous! Every photo, every suggestion, beautiful! Thank you for bringing Lovely to me this morning.

    • michele
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      I’m so lucky to have you following along – thank you for brightening my day, friend. 🙂

  4. March 17, 2018 / 11:10 am

    So many of these French-inspired views I really like! Every day I anticipate your blog posts to see what’s next to bless and inspire my soul. Thank you! Perhaps I’ll do up a French garden, loaded with lavender bushes, for my own blog.

    • michele
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      I’m so glad, Jo. If you do, let me know and I’d love to add a link to your post in one of these French Country posts mentioning lavender for readers to discover, and maybe it will make sense for to link to my French Country post – win/win! 🙂 Happy Saturday, friend.

  5. Rhonda
    March 19, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Beautiful post…how we love French design! I first discovered Kathryn Ireland on a TV show called something like “Million Dollar Decorators.” I loved her and her sassy attitude! Her home is lovely, a true labor of love. And, her fabric line is gorgeous as well.

    • michele
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Wasn’t that a fun show!?! She knows how to live and I find her views about not taking decor overly seriously, seriously refreshing. 🙂

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