Thanks so much for engaging with topics that diverge from our focus on design like yesterday’s fashion ditty. I have the best readers who understand sometimes we need a little relief from baskets and mirrors. But we’re back to those pretty things today! Lovely Low Cost European Country Decorating Finds may provide eye candy and retail therapy in one fell European country swoop!
Let’s face it. There’s just nothing like finding the perfect authentic, vintage, and antique furniture and decor pieces at the antique market or vintage shop. But when budget or time (Lord have mercy, it can take years to find exactly what we need with the right scale for our space!) escape you, don’t despair.
Lovely Low Cost European Country Decorating Finds
BUT FIRST. Check out this smartly designed home under 250 sf and get ready to smile at a bunch of creative ideas!
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An Unexpected Source: Target
It just may pay off to take a closer look at some of your favorite neighborhood stores like Target since they are always introducing new and and affordable items like those that follow. (CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO TAKE YOU TO THE DESCRIPTION.)
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Striped Grey Cotton Blanket Throw—>What a simple way to layer lovely French farmhouse allure on a sofa, daybed, chair or even a table!
It’s all cotton and at under $30 is inexpensive enough to throw in the car when you head to the park, lake, or beach.
Grey Grandfather Clock—>Since antique Swedish mora clocks are beyond my budget at the moment, how about an option over 6 feet tall and under $600?
I’m crazy about this brand at Target known as 3R Studios!
Hadley Rustic Bookcase in Gray—>When it’s on sale and close to 100 bucks, this gorgeously grey rustic shelf unit is hard to beat for small spaces.
At 3′ wide, think about how it might function for decor and storage other than books, in a bedroom, in bath for towels, on a porch with garden essentials, or in an entry as a catchall.
Metal Stackable Bistro Side Chair—>I have used these for years, rotating them in different spaces throughout several homes and never tire of them. Right now, two are pulled up to our white farmhouse table (find one here) in the kitchen.
They make excellent desk chairs in bedrooms where space is limited, and I even used them in my elegant former French foyer for rusticity and as a sweet industrial perch for catching coats/purses. Bonus: They stack so you can stow away a bunch in a closet.
Levi Stripe Lumbar Pillow—>This inexpensive pillow will be right at home anywhere inside or out.
It just may spruce up a tired corner that needs a spring spruce up.
Olive Bucket Set of 2—>They just scream “I love an unfussy farmhouse Frenchy look and anything vintage!” don’t they?
Vintage Style Bed
Tilden Metal Bed—>Oh the nostalgia and vintage charm these metal beds inspire!
A French-y bench at the end of any ol’ bed may bring form as well as function.
Oval Aged Wood Mirror—>If you are in the market for a wood mirror with an aged finish that is perfect over a sink in a powder room, with a dresser in a bedroom, or in an entry, this one’s French farmhouse feel may be just right.
I love the greyed finish.
Accessories Full of Personality
Found Metal Bucket Set of 3—>Oh my lord, aren’t these somethin’ else? How will you use them?
Lanham Marble Top Side Table—>I don’t know if you have browsed Target’s furniture department in person, but I am consistently impressed with their accent tables and side tables.
This 3-legged beauty with its marble top is a bargain! A pair of them could become bedside tables, and if you’re passion is all-white decor, you could easily customize this by painting the base white!
Sculptural Clear Glass Vase—>Simple and perfect for holding a branch!
Louis Style Dining Chair
French Cane Back Dining Chair—>Reproduction French dining chairs with a cane back are probably not what you would expect to find online at Target, but behold!
Candlelight or Fairy Lights
Galvanized Metal Lantern—>Click through to discover a rustic receptacle for candlelight. I’m imagining a few of them at a fireplace hearth or on a farm table for a little romance and ambience.
French Country Pitcher
Tall White Pitcher—>So French and so functional!
Garden Friendly Find
Terracotta Pots in Wire Basket—>What will you place in these sweet terracotta pots? Fragrant herbs?
If they look this good without anything in them, I can only imagine the charm to come.
Organic & Natural Accent
Natural Seagrass Basket—>I’m always on the lookout for beautiful sweater-weave type baskets, and this one ticks all the right boxes.
Inexpensive Lamp Idea
Turned Wood Column Lamp—>I have relied on Target more than once over the years for bedroom lamps that won’t break the bank.
This one has a pleasing French farmhouse look that only appears to be expensive.
Distressed & Versatile
Dauphine French White Accent Table—>Let your imagination run wild with where and how you will use this sweet and affordable French farmhouse find!
At only 10″ deep, it’s perfect for small or cozy spaces.
French Square Porcelain Platter—>I couldn’t leave out a pretty floral porcelain piece since it would be right at home for dining or displaying on the wall.
Country Accent for the Wall
Metal and Wood Heart Wall Decor—>For me, this sweet and rustic metal decor piece with a heart is a great find to enhance a French farmhouse interior!
I am told the two things on every French person’s mind are: LUNCH and DINNER, and it is perhaps in the French DNA since I am in that lot!
Have a favorite Target find above? Found anything lovely and worth sharing from Target lately?
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