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How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon
First, the frugal part: yer girl has always been AMAZING at stretching a buck.
Rustic Galvanized Planters
Yep. Here’s a story about how a $10 steel cart became a staple in our tranquil European inspired kitchen.
Sunburst Wall Mirror
It’s from living poor while loving refinery and developing an eye for beauty.
Rustic Potting Bench
I’ll break it down for you.
I’m sharing dozens of beautifully rustically elegant decorating resources and tips for incorporating them into your French inspired spaces.
And this is only scratching the surface!
Rustic Turned Wood Candleholders
There is often a fair amount of patience involved when the budget is tight, and you’re hunting for a particular object or design look.
French Country Rustic Buckets
Yet there is also a need to make quick decisions when something of value catches your attention.
Whimsical Birdcage-like Mirror
Here’s the most important thing I have learned: it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them.
Sometimes you’ll overspend on the wrong thing or pass up a deal that will haunt you forever…let both of those missteps go as soon as possible.
Begin again as a more experienced curator!
French Country Rustic Chandelier
Also, keep in mind that a limited budget often leads to unexpected creative adventures and a more innovative design result.
French Country Blues & Greens
For example, I would love a pretty grasscloth wall covering for a guest bedroom I need to address. But I have to think about budget because we have already spent a hunk of change on this fixer upper and do not plan on being here forever.
Even though grasscloth wallpaper would be beautiful, I’m thinking about more unique ideas for a statement wall in that bedroom.
I’ll be showing you the French script stenciled statement wall I just finished in another bedroom (around $40 for the stencil and chalk paint), and it’s another example of a decision growing out of frugality.
Secondly, my experience with rustic French farmhouse decor and furniture has grown over the decades I have both studied and practiced the design style.
You Know We French Like Our Dogs!
Both of my parents have keen eyes for beauty and adoration for European country (especially Nordic influences).
Since we moved every couple of years, there were many nests to feather.
Each new home came with its design challenges, and I learned about bringing out a room’s best.
Later, my husband and I were graduate students carrying steep student loan debt for years.
How I loved that the success of French country, European country, and country farmhouse styles relied more upon vintage pieces, unfussy decor, and a relaxed vibe than my back account!
Once you understand more about the spirit, philosophies, and essential underpinnings of French style or European inspired interiors, you develop a sense of what to learn toward and what to avoid.
Rustic Galvanized Pedestals
You begin to think more in terms of artful decor pieces that function rather than frivolous trappings to simply fill blank space.
Years ago, I was getting acquainted with a neighbor and mentioned that I loved to decorate. She said, “Me too! Every few months, I’ll buy another Longaberger basket…”
That was her idea of what it meant to decorate–filling another empty corner with another basket. For others, it may be filling another shelf with stuff they inherited but don’t even care for.
Collecting can be wonderful, but it’s not the same as pulling together a mix of old and new to layer on charm, function, and beauty in a space.
Not a French Country Room, But the Pouf…
So I’m a self-trained interior stylist who never seems to tire of the design purity flowing from European inspired country design styles such as French farmhouse, Tuscan farmhouse, Nordic French, and Provencal loveliness.
For me, the beauty of the decor is often tied to its understatedness, quietness, organic-ness, rawness, and honesty.
Are all of these pieces I rounded up on Amazon imbued with those qualities? Probably not.
Distressed Look Stoneware
Especially when the first word in the description is ‘faux.’ But sometimes you can begin with inferior pieces to inject some of the flavor of the style or introduce a color before upgrading down the line.
Another option that few folks seem to consider is customizing an item to enhance it or correct its color.
If a piece has the simple lines you’re after and is the right proportion but comes with a funky finish, consider making it one of a kind with a tweak or two.
Hand-finished pieces are often far more attractive than factory finishes, and the hands finishing a piece can be yours!
Rustic, French, and Mobile
Have you noticed that I still haven’t written a sentence like ‘the three things you MUST have in a French farmhouse room…?’
I just can’t bring myself to go there.
There are exceptionally talented designers who insist that every room must have something black in it.
Another expert will say if there’s nothing whimsical in a space, you’ve failed.
French Bee Loveliness
You’ll find a range of opinions from decorating pros, and the truth is, I have been in gorgeous homes where black is too austere for the owner so it is missing yet I don’t miss it.
I have spent time in spaces with deep charcoal grey tone on tone decor where I felt completely at rest.
I encourage you to take risks and allow yourself time to interpret the decor style you admire in your own imperfect way. Imperfect interiors are a European inspired thing!
Robin’s Egg Blue Decor Moment
The process will likely involve enlisting a pro or a friend, trial and error, lots of shopping and returning items that don’t work, clearing out a room before layering, and of course, spending as much time in Hello Lovely’s archive as humanly possible (it’s still completely free content with zero calories).
Did you miss the story with design inspiration from backyard sheds? It’s full of beautiful inspiration to get lost in!
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