A Quiet Joyeux Noel

My favorite flavor of festive decor for Christmas would have to be A Quiet Joyeux Noel. With so much vibrant red and green (and buffalo check, yes!?!) everywhere you turn, it is both calming and nourishing to the soul to see a quieter side of a French country inspired holiday.

French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Serene and lovely dining room. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.

We toured a little bit of the Christmas pasts of Corner French Cottage in a Frenchie story RIGHT HERE, and today we’ll see this holiday’s tranquil loveliness interpreted with restraint and simplicity by homeowner, Nichole.

French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Natural light bathing a mix of metallics. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Sparkle and glow in the dining room. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Elegant French inspired bedroom. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Reflective beauty. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Roses on a Florentine side table. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Comfy and cozy. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Victoriana loveliness. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Greenery and white. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Airy and light. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Tablescape lovely. Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.
French country Christmas decor with lots of white, elegant, and romantic design elements. Corner French Cottage. #frenchcountry #christmas #holidaydecor #frenchfarmhouse
Photo/Design: Corner French Cottage. French Country Inspired Christmas Decorating. Romantic inspired interiors with elegant shabby chic charm. Understated holiday decor in a charming French cottage…certainly lovely indeed! A Quiet Joyeux Noel tour of Christmas decor ideas and serene, white, vintage style to inspire our own romantic interior design.

Ingredients of a Quiet Joyeux Noel

For vintage finds, see THIS.

Sparkly vintage chandeliers dripping with crystals.

Find lovely chandelier options HERE.

Kaiya 6-Light Chandelier
Iron Chandelier
Leib Elegance French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French country chandelier
Leib Elegance French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French country chandelier
Kadyn 6-Light Candle-Style Chandelier
6-light Chandelier

A mix of silver and gold accents.

Find beautiful possibilities HERE.

Traditional Iron Urn Planter
Urn with Patina
Ball Ornament
Ornaments

Pale roses

Waterlook Cream White Roses and Hydrangeas in Short Vase
Faux White Roses

Pale and painted furniture.

More lovely options…

Swedish Wood Electric Candelabra
Evergreen Bucket
Courtney Lamp Base
Winter Jewels Crown Decor
Dried Hydrangea Wreath
Blue Juliska Platter
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
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 Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered 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

Glowing candelabras

Artisan Candelabra
Candelabra

Beautiful mirrors reflecting candlelight

Ornate French Accent Mirror
Ornate Mirror
French Architectural Accent Mirror
French Architectural Mirror
Vintage French Wall Mirror
French Mirror

Find more mirror options HERE.

Antiques and nostalgia

Find pretty urns that only look ancient HERE.

Shirlee 3 Piece Metal Urn Planter
Vintage Style Urns

Beautiful French Country Sconces

Paladino 3-Light Candle Wall Light
3-Light Sconce
Paul 2-Light Candle Wall Light
Mirrored Wall Sconce
Poppe 2-Light Candle Wall Light
2-Light Sconce
Georgiana 1-Light Flush Mount
1-Light Flush Mount Sconce

Find more options HERE, and my favorite Aidan Gray sconces HERE.

Holiday Reminders

Holiday vignette with red wellies and plaid scarf with vintage chair and wooly wreath. #hellolovelystudio #christmasdecor #wellies #entry
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A Quieter Gift Idea

If you are stumped for a gift idea for someone who seems to have everything, here’s an alternative. Give from your heart. How about something homemade from your kitchen or hands? Another option is a goat!

In past years, I encouraged giving goats to families in Nepal as a wonderful gift. Find that INFO HERE. It costs just about $50 (£40) to buy a goat that will change a family’s life and they will even name it anything you want…so think of how lovely your friend/daughter/spouse will feel if you name it something that is special to both of you!

Christmas decor in living room - Hello Lovely Studio.
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You can also quietly give away your change to those red kettles where the bells are ringing. Give away your mercy to every living thing in your world – and  give away your forgiveness to all, including yourself.

Nepal Mountain Aid
Nepal Mountain Aid

If I am not careful, my heart will be distracted from the magic and mystery of Christmas so I must decide now to be as present and intentional as possible to the season.

Are you unplugging as much as I have been? Oh, it’s divine!

Quote from Anne Lamott. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you. #quote #annelamott

Is there anything so beautiful in winter as silently falling snow?

Is it also magical to you when yours are the first footprints in its pristine blanket upon the earth?

Serene white bench and mirror with winter holiday decor - Hello Lovely Studio. #christmas #hellolovelystudio #swedishchristmas
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Ever hear Kristin Chenoweth’s ‘Born on Christmas Day’ a few years back? Listen to this children’s choir cover it beautifully…

Born on Christmas Day by One Voice Children’s Choir
Dog chalkware on book with animal print - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Visit these other holiday themed posts to catch up on the lovely!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Angelina
    December 16, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Loved this beautiful French country Christmas! The chandelier is so beautiful!!

    • michele
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 11:36 am

      She does such an incredible job! Thanks for reading, Angelina – it’s so lovely to have you here.

  2. Connie
    December 17, 2018 / 9:33 am

    In answer to your question “Are you unplugging as much as I have been?”…… Yes. 🙂

    As performing musicians, Christmas and Easter are two of the times that extra music is expected. There have been many many times where we’ve been in performances, directed performances, even composed, directed and produced performances and yes, it is quite difficult to “unplug”. But even through those extremely busy times, we have found ways to stop, relax and reflect a little here and there, until after the last performance is over when we can truly stop and “just be”. Sometimes that even means spending a quiet Christmas alone, away from the hustle and bustle of noisy family gatherings.

    The secret is taking each spare moment to be in the moment and forget about giving all those gifts the media says we need to give, all the cooking we should be doing, all the parties we ought to be attending etc. In short, we have learned how to unplug a long while ago….and that gift is the gift we give ourselves to be used all year-round. 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 11:35 am

      All of those ‘shoulds’ certainly do creep into our consciousness and cause dissonance during the holidays when what we really crave is peace. Thanks for sharing a snapshot of your life and wisdom – I think I’m doing a little better than a decade ago, but there’s much room for improvement. xox

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