French Christmas in July & Decorating Inspiration

French Christmas in July & Decorating Inspiration features handmade lovely things for home as well as holiday decor ideas with a French flavor to get you dreaming and scheming. Christmas decorating? The holiday season may be four months away, but if you enjoy crafting, it may be right on time to get started. Even if you consider yourself NOT the crafty type, maybe you will be stirred to change!

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Handmade Decorating Finds & French Christmas

I am one of those Christmas decorators who is rather lazy and hasn’t got time to spend two days zhushing ornaments on a tree. Give me those dramatic, seemingly effortless, natural moments of wonder, and I’m a happy camper.

Christmas decorated French farmhouse with Christmas tree, fire blazing, candles, and elegant Old World style - @loirevalleycooking. #frenchchristmas #frenchholiday #christmasdecorating
@loirevalleycooking – French Christmas inspiration as well as handmade finds and craft ideas.

Not that there’s anything wrong with decorating 17 Christmas trees because you’re overflowing with cheer:

But I think my sensibilities lean more toward a European country aesthetic (like this Loire Valley inn reflects above).

I love the absence of loud colors, the whimsical wonder…

Charming rustic woodland crate filled with moss, pear candles, mushrooms and natural decor - Le Moulin Bregeon. #frenchchristmas #rusticchristmas #frenchcountrydecor

of using what you already have in your backyard…

Simple and charming olive branch with white ribbon decor on back of dining chair - Le Moulin Bregeon. #frenchchristmas #frenchcountrychristmas

and going for a very “delicious enough to eat” kinda theme:

Fruit on a rustic wreath upon a blue French door - Le Moulin Bregeon. #naturalwreaths #frenchcountry

Okay, on to crafty matters.

Crafty Christmasy DIYs to Do Alone or With Kids

Are you more into old fashioned Christmas decorating? This Victorian entry was inspiring:

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French Country Holiday Home: Dreamy Inspiration

Thank goodness, not everyone is like me and boldly takes time and effort to deck their halls! Emma of LaRose Cottage inspires us to dream of a romantic pastel holiday with liberal doses of white Christmas!

Enchanting romantic French country Christmas tree and pastel holiday white Christmas inspiration from @larosecottage. #frenchcountrychristmas #whitechristmas #holidaydecor
@larosecottage – French Christmas inspiration as well as handmade finds and craft ideas.

It’s easy to be charmed by the rustic, effortless, and wildish French countryside holiday strokes of genius such as this glowing mistletoe wreath in the Loire Valley:

Holiday mistletoe wreath with white lights on a rustic weathered door in France - @loirevalleycooking. #frenchcountrychristmas #christmaswreaths
@loirevalleycooking
Enchanting romantic French country Christmas tree and pastel holiday white Christmas inspiration from @larosecottage. #frenchcountrychristmas #whitechristmas #holidaydecor
@larosecottage

Another understated French inspired Christmas tablescape candlelit moment proves it is indeed okay to decorate with a rustic and pale color palette:

French Christmas dining table with candlelight, rustic stone walls, and traditional furniture - Le Moulin Bregeon. #frenchchristmas #frenchcountrydiningroom #holidaytables
Le Moulin Bregeon

Are rosy pale pinks calling your name?

Enchanting romantic French country Christmas tree and pastel holiday white Christmas inspiration from @larosecottage. #frenchcountrychristmas #whitechristmas #holidaydecor
@larosecottage
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Decor Finds Just Right for French Country Holidays

These paper mache bowls look amazing without anything in them, but oh the possibilities at holiday time!

Boho Paper Mache BowlFarmhouse Paper Bowl
Boho Paper Mache Bowl, FarmHouseFare…hello lovely holiday indeed!

How about French inspired Christmas tree ornaments?

Here’s a handmade rustic tray that can easily go from summer to fall to winter on your kitchen island or counter:

Carved Paulownia & Leather Tray
McGee & Co – French Christmas inspiration as well as handmade finds and craft ideas.

As you plan and design rustic French country vignettes, elements like handmade clay beads can be incorporated:

Tunisian Clay Beads.
African Clay HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Far from rustic, but doesn’t this gilded bowl hold potential for your French-flavored holiday table?

Funny quote with humor: If your mom doesn't have an old gift bag filled with other old gift bags, is she even a mom? #funnyquote #holidays #humor #momhumor #quotes

Holiday Kitchen Finds With French Country Charm

Sometimes it is the little things that make an otherwise common kitchen feel a little more European inspired.

Horse Hair Dish Brush
Horse Hair Dish Brush, McGee & Co…certainly useful indeed. French Christmas inspiration as well as handmade finds and craft ideas.

The French are such good models of having nothing for decor that isn’t useful and purposeful. They are also big fans of woven baskets in the home. So here’s a find that brings both of those qualities together:

Seagrass Salt & Pepper Shakers - McGee and Co. #frenchkitchen #frenchcountrydecor
Seagrass S&P Shakers, McGee & Co.

Here’s a darling basket that lends itself to any number of rooms beyond the kitchen:

Here’s a beautiful wreath for a door or wall that has a very French farmhouse, laid back yet elegant feel:

Charming Handmade Chimes

I’m thinking about adding a peg rail like this in our new home, and here’s a lovely handmade piece that would be darling especially around the holidays:

Connected Goods Handmade Copper Chime
Handmade Copper Chime, Anthropologie…certainly unique indeed.

Home Decor With a French Inspired Feel

Buffalo check custom French country table skirt - handmade on Etsy.
Handmade Table Skirt, AnnasHomeDecorStore on Etsy…certainly custom indeed. French Christmas inspiration as well as handmade finds and craft ideas.
Maya Angelou hope quote on Hello Lovely. #hopequotes #mayaangelou
MY GREAT HOPE IS TO LAUGH AS MUCH AS I CRY; TO GET MY WORK DONE, TO TRY TO LOVE SOMEBODY AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO ACCEPT THE LOVE IN RETURN – Maya Angelou
White Adras Handled Vase, McGee & Co. #frenchcountryvase #whiteurns #whiteearthenware #terracottavase
Adras Handled Vase, McGee & Co.
Emily Dickinson quote about hope on Hello Lovely. #hopequotes #emilydickinsonquotes
HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS THAT PERCHES IN THE SOUL AND THE SINGS THE TUNE WITHOUT THE WORDS AND NEVER STOPS AT ALL – Emily Dickinson

Handmade Finds for Home

C'est Bon French farmhouse sign in black and white for your French inspired kitchen and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
C’est Bon French Farmhouse Sign, StellaGirl on Etsy…certainly darling indeed.
Anthropologie Mini Capri Blue Volcano Jar Candle and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Mini Capri Blue Volcano Jar Candle, Anthropologie…certainly one of my favorite scents indeed.
Christmas and holiday themed inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #christmasquotes #holidayquotes #whimsicalquotes #saracasm #humor

High Quality Handcrafted & Useful

Bread Baker's Dream Set and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Bread Baker’s Dream Set, Williams-Sonoma…certainly useful indeed.
Olive & Willow Wreath, 20" and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Olive & Willow Wreath, Williams-Sonoma…certainly natural indeed.
Hope quote on Hello Lovely by E. Joseph Cossman. #hopequotes
THE BEST BRIDGE BETWEEN DESPAIR AND HOPE IS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP – E. Joseph Cossman

Holiday Charcuterie Board Possibilities

Chateau Wood Cheese Boards and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Chateau Wood Cheese Boards, Pottery Barn…certainly practical indeed.
Arbor Stripe Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Hope quote about changing the ending - unknown author. #hopequotes
YOU CAN’T GO BACK AND CHANGE THE BEGINNING, BUT YOU CAN START WHERE YOU ARE AND CHANGE THE ENDING – unknown

Handmade Lovely Finds

Are simple book page wreaths still my favorite Christmasy craft to make and display?

Book Page Wreath with vintage French book pages and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Vintage French Book Page Wreath, Roseflower48 on Etsy…certainly sweet indeed.

Oui oui!

Make Your Own Handmade Wreath!

Faith, love, and hope quote on Hello Lovely by Charles Spurgeon. #faithhopelove #charlesspurgeon
FAITH GOES UP THE STAIRS THAT LOVE HAS BUILT AND LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW WHICH HOPE HAS OPENED – Charles Spurgeon
Christmas dried flower deor and and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Christmas Dried Flower Decor, RoseFlower48 on Etsy…certainly simple and festive indeed.
French seal burlap pillow and and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
French Burlap Pillow, PolkaDotApplePillows on Etsy…certainly charming indeed.
Handmade Heart Wreath made from Pride and Prejudice book pages and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Handmade Heart Wreath, RoseFlower48 on Etsy…certainly lovely indeed.
Distressed White Bread Bowl and 25 Beautifully Handmade Decor Finds for Home to help you feather your nest and also inspire your interior design schemes.
Distressed White Bread Bowl, McGee & Co…certainly rustic indeed.
Uplifting and inspirational quote by Lord Byron - If joy you win, you must share it - Hello Lovely Studio. #lordbyron #inspirationalquotes #joyquotes #christmasquotes

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
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THE BEST Energy Bars!
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Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
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Pamela Arm Chair
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Gustavian Cabinet
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Bar Stool
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Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
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