How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon

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Farmhouse style rustic distressed zinc metal table with scalloped edge.
Scalloped Edge Metal Table, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

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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 distressed zinc farmhouse style table with wood top.
Table, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

Rustic Galvanized Planters

Rustic iron planters on stand for French farmhouse, European country, and French inspired interior decorating.
Rustic Iron Planters on Stands, Amazon…certainly rustic country French farmhouse style indeed.

Yep. Here’s a story about how a $10 steel cart became a staple in our tranquil European inspired kitchen.

French country metal bottle drying rack for French farmhouse kitchens and European country decorating.
French Bottle Drying Rack, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.
Rustic galvanized square metal planters for French farmhouse decorating and European country inspired interiors.
Square Galvanized Grey and Black Planters, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse indeed.
Rustic scrubbed wood rounded Paulownia pots for French farmhouse decorating and European country style rooms.
Rounded Scrubbed Wood Rustic Pots, Amazon…certainly lovely French farmhouse decor indeed.

Sunburst Wall Mirror

Sunburst mirror with gold finish for your classic, French country, or Parisian style space.
Sunburst Mirror With Gold Finish, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

It’s from living poor while loving refinery and developing an eye for beauty.

Distressed round grey terracotta planter for rustic country French farmhouse decorating and interior design.
Distressed Round Grey Terracotta Planter, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse style indeed.
Rustic wood potting bench for French farmhouse decorating and European country style interiors.
Distressed Wood Potting Bench, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse rustic indeed.

Rustic Potting Bench

Rustic French farmhouse style wood potting bench for European country style decorating and interior design.
Potting Bench, Amzon…certainly country French lovely indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

I’ll break it down for you.

Distressed grey wooden decorative angel wings.
Distressed Grey Wood Decorative Angel Wings, Amazon…certainly heavenly indeed.

I’m sharing dozens of beautifully rustically elegant decorating resources and tips for incorporating them into your French inspired spaces.

The Good Kind of Weird Lives Here doormat - a whimsical statement for your home's front door or back door to make visitors smile.
The Good Kind of Weird Lives Here Doormat, Amazon…certainly whimsical indeed.
Burlap wrapped faux lavender bundle for French farmhouse decor and European country style interiors.
Burlap Wrapped Faux Lavender, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse inspired indeed.

And this is only scratching the surface!

Distressed turned wood rustic French candle holder.
Distressed Wood Candle Holder, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

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Rustic Turned Wood Candleholders

Rustic and distressed wood candle holders, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.
Antiqued metal Paris pocket watch wall clock for French country, French farmhouse and European country style interiors.
Antiqued Metal Paris Pocket Watch Wall Clock, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

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.

Cream White cotton woven pillow with tassels for French farmhouse and European country decorating and interiors.
Cream Cotton Pillow With Tassels, Amazon…certainly Country French lovely indeed.
Charming and whimsical antiqued bronze dachshund paper towel holder - a weenie roll holder to add personality to your kitchen or bath.
Antiqued Bronze Dachshund Paper Towel Holder, Amazon…certainly whimsical indeed.

French Country Rustic Buckets

Embossed metal rustic French bucket set - French farmhouse decor idea!
Embossed Metal Rustic French Bucket Set, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

Yet there is also a need to make quick decisions when something of value catches your attention.

Black and cream ticking stripe apron with pocket and ruffle - a French farmhouse kitchen must have!
Black/Cream Ticking Stripe Apron, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

Whimsical Birdcage-like Mirror

French farmhouse style iron arch top mirror with birdcage like style.
36″ Birdcage Style Iron Arch Top Wall Mirror, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

Here’s the most important thing I have learned: it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them.

Distressed wood decorative ladder for French farmhouse decorated rooms.
Decorative Wood Distressed Ladder, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

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.

French farmhouse style white ceramic vase set of 3 vases.
White Ceramic Vase Set of 3, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

Begin again as a more experienced curator!

French Country Rustic Chandelier

Distressed metal chandelier with lemons for French farmhouse and European country style spaces.
Metal Chandelier With Lemons, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

Also, keep in mind that a limited budget often leads to unexpected creative adventures and a more innovative design result.

Boxwood topiary in clay pot for French farmhouse and European country style spaces.
Boxwood Topiary in Clay Pot, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

Truly.

French Country Blues & Greens

Crackle finish blue and green vase set for French farmhouse decorated spaces.
Crackle Finish Blue & Green Vase Set, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

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.

Round bronze accent table with accordion style base and little claw feet - a chic side table for living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and beyond.
Round Accent Table, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

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.

Aluminum taper candle holders with gold finish for a vintage style dining table or farmhouse style mantel.
Aluminum Candleholders With Gold Finish, Amazon…certainly classic indeed.

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!

Reserved for the Dog - a pillow to add whimsy to your sofa, bed, porch, or chair at home.
Reserved for the Dog Pillow, Amazon…certainly whimsical indeed.

Both of my parents have keen eyes for beauty and adoration for European country (especially Nordic influences).

Rustic wire basket in oval shape for French farmhouse decorating and European country style spaces.
Rustic Oval Wire Basket, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse style indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

Since we moved every couple of years, there were many nests to feather.

Hanging bottle with jute rope for French farmhouse and European country style spaces.
Hanging Bottle With Jute Rope, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse style indeed.

Each new home came with its design challenges, and I learned about bringing out a room’s best.

Woven rustic basket tray with handles for coastal, French country, boho, and rustic farmhouse style spaces and decorating.
Braided Woven Tray With Handles, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse lovely indeed.

Later, my husband and I were graduate students carrying steep student loan debt for years.

Mongolian lamb skin rug for serene Nordic French farmhouse decorating and Scandinavian country style rooms.
Mongolian Sheepskin, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

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!

Rustic and distressed, these grey vases impart French farmhouse style and European country charm.
4 Distressed Grey Vases, Amazon…certainly rustic French indeed.

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

Rustic galvanized metal pedestal for French farmhouse decorating and European country style rooms.
Decorative Metal Rustic Pedestal, Amazon…certainly farmhouse French style indeed.

You begin to think more in terms of artful decor pieces that function rather than frivolous trappings to simply fill blank space.

Boxwood topiaries in clay pots for European country and French farmhouse style spaces.
Topiaries in clay pots, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

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…”

Concrete bunny figurine for French farmhouse decor and European style interiors.
Concrete Bunny, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse inspired indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

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.

Concrete bunny to decorate European country decor and French farmhouse style spaces.
Rabbit Figurine, Amazon…certainly rustic lovely indeed.

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…

Square wool pouf beige.
Square Wool Beige Pouf, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

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.

Woven seagrass basket set - rustic decor for a French farmhouse style interior.
Whitewashed Woven Seagrass Baskets, Amazon…certainly rustic indeed.

For me, the beauty of the decor is often tied to its understatedness, quietness, organic-ness, rawness, and honesty.

Seagrass basket set for coastal style decor and farmhouse style interiors.
Seagrass Basket Set, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

Are all of these pieces I rounded up on Amazon imbued with those qualities? Probably not.

Distressed Look Stoneware

Rustic distressed turquoise blue round planter for French farmhouse and European country decorating.
Large Distressed Turquoise Blue Planter, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse indeed.

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.

Round boxwood wreath for French farmhouse and European country style interiors.
6″ Round Boxwood Wreath, Amazon…certainly French country inspired indeed. How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds on Amazon as Well as Tips to Get a European Inspired Look at Home.

Another option that few folks seem to consider is customizing an item to enhance it or correct its color.

White vintage style stoneware pitcher for French farmhouse kitchens and European country decorating and interior design.
White Reproduction Vintage Pitcher, Amazon…certainly rustic French lovely indeed.

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.

Distressed white metal drum table for French farmhouse decorating and European country interior design.
Distressed White Metal Drum Table, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse rustic indeed.

Hand-finished pieces are often far more attractive than factory finishes, and the hands finishing a piece can be yours!

Rustic, French, and Mobile

Rustic tin planter on casters for French farmhouse and European country gardens and interiors.
Rustic Tin Planter on Casters, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse lovely indeed.

Have you noticed that I still haven’t written a sentence like ‘the three things you MUST have in a French farmhouse room…?’

Bike handlebars with basket rustic wall decor for French farmhouse and European style decorating and interiors.
Bike Handlebars With Basket Wall Decor, Amazon…certainly rustic lovely indeed.

I just can’t bring myself to go there.

Bubble cloche for French country, French farmhouse, and European country style interiors and decorating.
Bubble cloche, Amazon…certainly French farmhouse style indeed.

There are exceptionally talented designers who insist that every room must have something black in it.

Stoneware jar with bee image for French farmhouse style spaces and European country decorating.
Stoneware Jar with Bee Image, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

Another expert will say if there’s nothing whimsical in a space, you’ve failed.

French Bee Loveliness

White ceramic bee pitcher has country French farmhouse charm and European country style for French inspired decorating.
White Ceramic Bee Pitcher, Amazon…certainly Country French farmhouse lovely indeed.

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.

Vintage style metal laundry basket with wheels - perfect for a French country or European farmhouse room.
Vintage Style Metal Laundry Basket With Wheels, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

I have spent time in spaces with deep charcoal grey tone on tone decor where I felt completely at rest.

Rustic white French farmhouse style vase set for European country style interiors and decorating.
Distressed White Vase Set, Amazon…certainly rustic French farmhouse lovely indeed.

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

Robin's eggs - ceramic decor for your farmhouse style interiors.
Ceramic Robin’s Eggs, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

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).

Distressed brown wood two tier tray - rustic decor perfect for a farmhouse style kitchen.
Distressed Brown Wood 2-Tier Tray, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
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
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Loveseat
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
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
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
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
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Marsh Rustic Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Did you miss the story with design inspiration from backyard sheds? It’s full of beautiful inspiration to get lost in!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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2 Comments

  1. Anya
    June 28, 2019 / 9:01 am

    So many lovely finds to view and quite honestly for my budget, ideas to replicate for a fraction of even the “on sale” prices. 😉

    Most of my home’s accessories and even furniture is from thrift stores, hand-me-downs, curbside finds, garage sales. If the shape and size are right for my French-inspired home, but the color/texture/look isn’t, it’s paint and trial & error to the rescue for me 🙂 That’s where wonderful blogs like yours come in so handy: They’re a veritable sea of fabulous ideas to for DIY versions of beautiful store-bought items.

    One of my DIY successes was painting little tiny egg-shaped rocks to look like robin’s eggs. Put them in a real fallen nest in my yard and friends thought the eggs were real! Of course I’ve had my share of DIY blunders too! 😉

    I love that you give shopping links to all you show because some day, my budget’s going to say “You can buy this!” ….and I’ll know just where to go: To Hello Lovely Studio blog. 🙂 Keep the wonderfully inspiring posts coming. Love it all!

    • Michele
      Author
      June 28, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      Way to be innovative and frugal! I love thrifting too – it’s so thrilling to find bargains and never know what you’ll discover. Thanks so much for the feedback and encouragement. I do love hunting online for goods I think my readers will enjoy and for items I’d gladly bring into my home. Keep following and keep feathering your nest creatively!

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