French Country Holiday Home Decorating Inspiration

Whenever I post a topic with “French” and “Christmas,” I will inevitably hear from at least one or more folks from Paris who say “But Michele we don’t decorate for the holidays like Americans do!” And I get it. What we’re talking about here is how French country inspired decor sensibilities can be expressed for holiday decor. Pale color palettes, a mix of rustic with elegant, a look that feels less glitzy and more understated, and lots of natural touches suggestive of the countryside. French Country Holiday Home Decorating Inspiration is brought to you in a fluid spirit of ‘how someone living outside of the French countryside might bring Country French, romantic, charming accents to their Christmas schemes.’

Does it seem dreadfully early to you to even view such inspiration? It’s not that I want to rev up anyone’s anxiety about making their lists and checking them twice. What I truly desire is to lower it by spotlighting lots of possibilities to get those wheels turning.

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French Country Holiday Home Amazing Decor Inspo

There’s another reason it seems prudent to entertain holiday themed topics early this year. You may or may not be aware that there are stock issues and shipping problems at the moment which are likely going to get worse in the coming weeks.

Rustic Brass Bells & Jute Doorhanger
Brass Bells & Jute Hanger…in case you love a vintage hoilday accent.

Gold bells and fresh (or even everlasting) greenery go together so well! They never go out of style.

Sacred Heart Milagro Heart Set of 3 First Communion Gift image 2
Milagro Heart Boxes Set…hello charming reproductions indeed.

I love these milagro heart boxes on a tray, on a tree, suspended from a ribbon, and massed in a bowl. For me, they signify something sacred and spiritual. Can’t wait to bring mine out for the holidays and leave them out through January.

Chester Handmade Brushed Brass Lantern
Brushed Brass Lantern…in case you need a cozy fireplace accent.

Don’t you love holiday decor that also works as winter, fall, and summer decor? That’s what these lanterns offer to me. BTW, they are even better in person.

Chester Handmade Brushed Brass Lantern
Pottery Barn

Old World style is so welcome to a French country aesthetic, and vintage-y things feel so appropriate. Bottle brush trees always look so old fashioned and wholesome.

Bottle brush trees for the fireplace mantel - McGee & Co.
Bottle Brush Mantel Trees...hello darling indeed.
Bonjour Doormat
Bonjour Doormat…in case you love a French greeting.

French Accents at the Door

I still don’t have my fall doormat near the door! At this rate, it would be better to place something that isn’t so seasonal such as this Bonjour one!

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Everlasting Christmas Trees…hello lovely indeed.

Real tree or fake? My fake one from Nearly Natural is beautiful, and I’m looking forward to those twinkly white lights.

Antique Grain Sack Christmas Pillow Comfort & Joy. #christmasdecor #pillow #frenchcountry
Antique Grainsack Pillow...in case you love a vintage Christmas vibe.

Isn’t the lettering font on this pillow above just perfect? I want to try my hand at handlettering since I’m thinking even a sharpie and a swath of burlap could add up to a rustic banner or pillow cover.

Do you have Christmas china or holiday dishes you dust off once a year? Maybe a new set can become a new tradition…because it’s never too late to begin anew.

Oh, it’s the simple things! Don’t you love the idea of a Christmas Pocket or Pouch with little sprigs of greenery or branches or berries peeking out?

Holiday Decor Inspiration from France

Here are some design details that particularly moved me. Maybe they will also inspire you!

1. Simple French Christmas Star

Whether we make one with twigs from the yard or wire, isn’t this beautiful inspiration?

2. Star Motif for a Christmas Table

Any ready-made runner for your dinner table could be customized with simple stars cut from a coordinating fabric.

3. Pink in Lieu of Christmas Red

When the pink is this delicious and appetizing, why not go for a softer, romantic look?

Dining room in a romantic french country cottage decorated with white and pink in Spain is decorated for Christmas with soft and quiet decor. #holidaydecor #christmasdecor #frenchcountry #decorating #cottagestyle #whitechristmas
El Mueble

4. Symmetry in Paris

When we visited Paris, we stayed just a few steps away from this Chanel (Park Hyatt Paris Vendome) so I know this spot well! The blue of those spectacular doors is inspiring too.

5. Bûche de Noël

This particular Christmas yule log cake below is a vegan dessert created with raspberry and grapefruit sorbet. What a lovely way to bring France to your table!

6. Skip the Designer Tree

I love how Sarah Silm stays true to her relaxed style for holiday decor within her small chateau in SW France. The family tree is decorated simply with ornaments made by her children and little bits of cheer collected over the years.

7. Galvanized Rustic Romantic Charm

Beautiful exteriors and front doors decorated for Christmas! #christmasdecor #exteriors #outdoordecor #christmas
Inspiration Deco France

8. Go Big or Go Home!

Isn’t the scale of these teddy bears incredibly festive?

French Christmas decor with huge teddy bears on buildings in Strasbourg, France - Odrida. #frenchchristmas #christmasdecor #holidaydecor #frenchholiday #christmasdecorating #teddybears
@Odrida

9. Collected Milagro Hearts

What a thoughtful collection to deck the halls at Christmas as well as the whole year through.

Collection of antique late 19th century ex-votos milagro hearts from France - Peter Vitale (Veranda 2007). #exvoto #milagroheart #frenchantiques #gildedhearts
Photo: Peter Vitale for Veranda (2007)

10. Simple Fresh Greens in the Bedroom

The French are so good at those simple little touches that are just enough!

11. Billowy Soft Accents

When you love a white Christmas and tulle…

A beautifully restored 1864 home on the Maresme Coast of Spain is decorated in whites for Christmas. #christmasdecor #housetour #whitechristmas #romanticchristmas #frenchcountry #frenchchristmas #whitedecor
El Mueble
A beautifully restored 1864 home on the Maresme Coast of Spain is decorated in whites for Christmas. #christmasdecor #housetour #whitechristmas #romanticchristmas #frenchcountry #frenchchristmas #whitedecor
Photo: El Mueble

12. Christmas Blue

I could stare at this inspiration all day.

13. Humble Charm

14. French Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration

French farmhouse kitchen decorated for Christmas (Joyeux Noel!) - Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #frenchchristmas #frenchkitchen #holidaydecor
Vivi et Margot

15. Holiday Greenery & Pretty Sweets

Let them have cake…to decorate as well as consume!

A beautifully restored 1864 home on the Maresme Coast of Spain is decorated in whites for Christmas. #christmasdecor #housetour #whitechristmas #romanticchristmas #frenchcountry #frenchchristmas #whitedecor
El Mueble
French country white Christmas decor in a historic living room in Spain - El Mueble. #christmasdecor #whitechristmas #frenchcountry #holidaydecorating
Photo: El Mueble

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Karyn
    October 9, 2020 / 9:40 am

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration. I hope you and your family are all feeling better. Restez saine et solide!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 9, 2020 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks for reading – we are getting there and appreciate all the loving support. 🙂

  2. Rock Stones
    October 5, 2021 / 6:12 am

    Thank you for the wonderful idea.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 5, 2021 / 10:40 am

      Thanks for following along. 🙂

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Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
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Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
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Jute Area Rug
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Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
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