38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse!

38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse was born as I daydreamed about white French decor, country French furniture, and French style things that are pretty and practical when you love living with white.

Carterville Solid Wood Dining Chair
Distressed Ivory Carterville Wood Dining Chair, Wayfair…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

With the dawning of May, I am seeing pretty homes pop up on the market everyday, and because I’m freaky about all things home, I freak. I want to tour them. It’s impossible to not study images online and imagine how I might refashion rooms. But mostly these days, I am dreaming of building something new.

Living with white has been the most natural thing for me since I was a teen and styled my first home! There was a shortage of dorm rooms my freshman year of college so my best friend and I moved into an apartment off campus, furnishing it with cast-offs. (Being poor will shape your aesthetic and character in profound ways!)

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Angel Wings Wood Art, Target …certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

Fixing up this European country style home of ours has been a gratifying, educative experience for sure, but we’re not as young and resilient as we used to be. We’re a little fatigued from so many ongoing home improvement projects.

AERIN East Hampton Outdoor Sofa
Aerin East Hampton Outdoor Sofa, Williams Sonoma Home

Designing and building a white French farmhouse with new everything would certainly pose challenges in the charm and character departments, but I do believe I would enjoy every step of the journey.

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Mid-century Swivel Plywood Armchair, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

This Mid-century modern style chair above is a comfy one I have had my eye on because I find it sexy. While it may not work next to just any ol’ sofa in a living space, I imagine it in an office or library space.

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Tulip Table, Williams Sonoma Home

I have never owned a modern tulip table like the one above, and I adore its simplicity and how it works with a variety of design styles.

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Marble Top Accent Table, Target…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

Many of the white decor pieces you see here do not scream “French farmhouse,” and I think that’s what I love about custom design, mixing it up, and living with what you love.

When every single object in a space is from a single era or a French country showroom, the room can lack soul.

I love the power of white paint as well. Read this for guidance in choosing the right white. And here’s a charming little white cottage from a decor blogger who explains how she lives with white:

My family and friends know that I have been a lifelong lover of white paint and have always been compelled to paint everything and anything.

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Terracotta Cachepot, Target…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

I have been known to paint over yellow and red handled brooms with white and without blinking an eye, will cover bad art with bright gallery white to create something new.

And, yes, I’ll paint upholstery white! I have the pieces in our home to prove it!

So no qualms or headaches here at all about living with white. As the blogger in the video above alluded, I too encourage eating meals and snacks at the table! That helps.

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Laguna Sofa, Williams Sonoma Home…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

And as far as slipcovers, I have never found mine needed more than spot cleaning, but I know living with white among pets and small children is another matter.

White is beautiful when it’s a pristine linen, but it is also fabulous in a distressed state:

Zoie Dining Chair
Industrial Bistro Chair Set of 4, Wayfair…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

Here’s a piece I have on my kitchen counter which I presently use for utensils. During the holidays, I tucked a beautiful live, lemony cypress inside, and it was the perfect size for the pot.

This sofa/chaise combo might seem a little out of place, but bear with me. My sister and were shopping at Crate & Barrel a few months back and fell in love with the upholstery. It is nubby and delicious, and the furniture pieces were scaled well for my non-statuesque self.

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Trevor Linen Sofa With Chaise, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

This image provides a better feel for the texture.

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Detail of Trevor Linen Sofa With Nailhead Trim

There’s something irresistible about a petite bistro table to tuck into almost any corner for intimate conversation, sipping wine, and dining in French style.

This next image just has French farmhouse kitchen all over it for me with the copper and white marble. Don’t you love the idea of a chunky shelf like this over a warm wood countertop?

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Marble Fruit Bowl, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

Folks email me all the time asking for ideas for getting a scrubbed, limed, bleached oak look for wood. It’s tricky, and I want to devote time to achieving that look and posting how-to’s on the topic. Unfortunately, I have struggled with my health since last June so anything exerting has been off the table. But when you can BUY the look…well, that’s a coup.

Here’s a great example:

Bella 5-Light Chandelier
Bella 5-Light Chandelier, Wayfair

Here’s a chair, again, which doesn’t at all shout French farmhouse or even farmhouse. Yet it’s a classic that could pull up to a vintage or antique rustic table and freshen the mix.

Chippendale Bistro Side Chair
Chippendale Bistro Side Chair, Williams Sonoma Home…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

White kitchens are timeless, classic, and so perfect in French homes. I learned many years ago that as long as I collected white serving pieces, my tablescapes and entertaining spreads would be a breeze to pull off.

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15. 25″ Porcelain Rectangular Platter, Target…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.
Apilco Egg Cup

For a French Nordic moment in any kitchen, these tureens scream French farmhouse to me.

The French are masters at the little details and taking time to make dining experiences truly experiential and special. We’re often in a rush here in the states and don’t often slow down enough to think about serving eggs like this anymore.

Apilco Egg Cup
Apilco Egg Cup, Williams Sonoma…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

White baskets can easily look cheap compared to natural woven ones, so it’s a nice change to discover pleasing examples such as this one.

I’m crazy about this scent from Williams Sonoma, and it is SOOOOOOO not new to me. I have been living with this essential oil collection for decades!

Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Candle
Meyer Lemon Candle, Williams Sonoma….certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

I haven’t met a scented dish soap or candle from Williams Sonoma I haven’t loved yet.

Williams Sonoma White Gardenia Essential Oils Collection
White Gardenia Collection, Williams Sonoma…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

That’s it. I think I need to begin drinking espresso.

This dinnerware has a very Parisian or French bistro feel to it for me.

When hardworking kitchen essentials look this good – no need to tuck them away in a cupboard!

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Classic Mortar & Pestle, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.
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Marble Salt Box with Beechwood Lid, Target…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

I may or may not have a hoarding issue with pretty dishtowels. At this very moment there are at least half a dozen with the tags on ready for their rotation.

I have never had a rustic wall clock…how about you? They look so at home in a white French farmhouse.

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24″ Rustic White Metal Wall Clock, Target…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

If you have seen these pieces in person, then you know how incredible they are since they look hand thrown. Each piece is wavy, wonky and wonderful.

Mercer Mug
Mercer Porcelain Mug, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

We see this next farmhouse chair in a variety of dark finishes all the time in modern farmhouses so it’s interesting to see it covered in white.

Is weathered and white your cup o’ tea? Then, one of these girlies may have your name on her.

Paladino 6-Light Chandelier
Paladino 6-light Chandelier, Wayfair….certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

And wouldn’t this be right at home in any white French farmhouse?

I have been thinking about this passage (below) from Psalm 46 lately. Because, honeychild, I do stumble and fall so often. I know if I google the verse, all sorts of Biblical commentary will blow up my browser. I’m sure there are sermon transcripts and podcasts to enlighten. But it feels right to simply live with a verse like this for a little while. Wrestle with it, meditate upon it, and wonder about its invitation. I suppose my True Self (meaning the me before my form began to take shape in the womb and who I am in the Spirit) is somehow protected despite every slip. There is within my being a grounding and a hidden wholeness which cannot be removed, harmed, or overcome.

See how spending time with lovely white objects moves me into a contemplative atmosphere where the other frenzied thoughts are quieted and my soul can rest?

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Claire
    May 4, 2019 / 6:24 am

    Reading this at 6am, I am amazed at two things. First that I am awake at 6am on a Saturday morning. And second that you have had health issues for a year! Your posts are always so informative and, obviously, very well researched. That takes lots of time and energy! It is truly a God given strength that allows you to do this. I know this because I was ill in the month of February and I did good to get out of bed to fix myself a glass of ice tea! And those of us in the South have to have our ice tea. No matter what time of year it is or if we are healthy or not. I pray that God has blessed you with improved health. Love your blogs. I like French country design which seems to have lots more color than French farm house. But love that elements of both styles can co-exist. Is that even logical? Guess I just love anything French so I figure it will go together somehow someway! May God bless you with renewed strength and health. I look forward to your post everyday.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 4, 2019 / 8:53 am

      Hahaha. I was awake at 4 then 6 then 8! Midlife is somethin else. So great to hear from you at any hour at all. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. Yes. I was hoping gallbladder surgery would mean the end of my digestive issues, and I did experience a couple of months without attacks. But since I am not well, it is possible my body will need more months to adjust and/or that my Crohn’s disease is involved. What a year it has been…and blogging keeps me moving forward and feeling somewhat productive. I’m hoping to be able to begin walking now that the weather is milder since I have been so sedentary. I’ll write something this weekend with an update since other folks have been emailing and wondering why I’m not better yet! Peace to you and may God’s richest blessing rest upon you and yours.

  2. Connie
    May 4, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Well I love all your posts but especially ones dedicated to French style…and white. We’re two peas in a pod about that lovely color! 🙂

    This post was especially fun to read/look at because I would see a photo and say “I have something like that!”….but most of my things from furniture to accessories comes from thrift stores, a local online classified site and garage sales. And with the power of white paint, I transform it. One example is a pretty chandelier I got a few months ago for above our dining table. I went to buy it only to find it was plastic :'( But that gave me ‘permission’ to transform it with paint and no guilt as if it had been real brass ..as is another one we have in our home. I looked at chandy photos online (in fact some of the ones you’ve shown) and copied the look. Even my native French friend in Brittany said “I want to paint mine to look like that!” I reassured her it was probably not a great idea to paint family heirlooms from Louis XVI days! 😉

    I too have a health condition that makes me take pause often in my daily life. Some things I used to enjoy are now off-limits. But like you, I too have found God is always there even in times when we feel completely devoid of our self. To say He works in mysterious ways, is putting it mildly. I have found having a quiet environment (and that does mean less stuff and more whites in our home 🙂 ) is a great help. You too have discovered that white has one of the most calming and also regenerating properties for those of use who have ongoing health concerns.

    I feel I know you through your blog and will put “my friend Michele” into my prayers. This song “Blessings” by Laura Story, is one I sing/play in our church’s worship band. There are times I’ve sung it when I felt I might not make it through because it speaks so close to home. May your life continue to be blessed, dearest Michele. And we pray your blessing will be many….especially a blessing for your health.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd6J6Wgnv4M

    • Michele
      Author
      May 4, 2019 / 11:20 am

      What a gift you have shared. Thank you. Thank you. You do know me – so I hope you know the prayer and encouragement helps me in mysterious ways I don’t need to understand. There are days I feel a sort of buoyancy and a knowing that the prayers of others are in some way involved in sustaining me. I’m blessed and recognize the mercy, sometimes in disguise, sometimes as clear as day. It’s interesting. When the lyrics of that song turned to ‘this is not our home’ I was reminded that I felt that sentiment earlier in my spiritual life. Heaven and the kingdom were places out there waiting for me. I still think of heaven as a home. But my perspective has shifted to ‘i’m already home’ and I sense the kingdom here. I feel very connected to and part of the earth as my lovely home where Christ is everywhere. The universe feels sacred and not cursed to me so I can love it here, not feel separated from God here, and understand the kingdom is within us. Thank you for this reminder which has shown me how I have grown and let go in important ways. And thank you for being a friend on the journey – it’s lovely with you here.

      • Connie
        May 5, 2019 / 1:54 pm

        Did you feel my prayers for you this morning? My prayers and my arms were around you….if only from afar. 🙂

        • Michele
          Author
          May 5, 2019 / 1:59 pm

          Thank you so much – I feel peaceful and cherished. Peace to you. xox

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