Is there any romantic and airy design style capturing my heart quite like the serenely dreamy French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration you see here from My Petite Maison?
French Nordic Interior Design: All White Swedish Country Cottage
I think not.
Its ethereal goodness takes my breath away so let’s revisit this tour of all white, elegant yet approachable, vintage-honoring interiors!
Tracie of My Petite Maison has created a wonderland of a French Nordic Home.
For admirers of French vintage, Swedish antiques, white on white decor, and weathered treasures mixed with gentle light and tender loveliness…oh la la!
The spaces breathe and lift spirits with effortless charm.
Best of all, she sells antiques and vintage wares in her shop so you can bring the look home.
I fell hard for her popular and lovely Instagram feed with its intimate posts and heartfulness.
So much lovely rustic elegance and ethereal design radiating with
What a double blessing this gifted soul has a shop offering vintage and antique finds for us to discover!
Don’t you love scrubbed vintage or antique pine pieces in an all white painted setting?
Charming Collections & Vintage
While some of us have a hard time parting with the treasures we hunt down…
I think it would be wonderful to enjoy them for a time as a seller, knowing ahead of time how they will live with someone else eventually.
It’s a brilliant way for a minimalist to get a taste of the dark side – hahahaha.
I can also imagine how seeking beauty as a collector, cherishing it, and then letting it go does wonderful things for a soul.
Catch my drift?
We can choose to live in scarcity or abundance no matter the bank account balance.
It is often a psychological/philosophical/spiritual matter as to which way we lean.
And our past traumas and history has a profound impact on this tendency to approach life’s reality through a lens of inadequacy or fullness.
If we grow up in families where there is never enough (food, money, love, forgiveness) of the stuff for which we long, it can make a lasting impression on our relationship to things (tangible and not).
Nordic French Home Tour
So you see, the loveliness of pretty yet humble spaces like these speaks volumes about the owner, the stylist, the collector of beauty.
What makes the cut, and what does not? And what will be offered to a buyer, and what will not?
When I started this blog in January of 2010, it was simply a whim to please myself and organize the interior design, art, and makers who inspired me.
It provided a chance to gain a little writing practice as well.
I quickly discovered a community of design enthusiasts who were also blogging and cataloguing beauty.
But it never occurred to me that others would be interested enough to follow my posts and feel curious about how I personally lived with beauty.
Lessons in Living With Lovely Treasures
Yet that is just what happened.
And it was difficult to not become overly self-conscious about my personal surroundings, my treasures, and the art I was creating at the time.
So difficult in fact, that it was stifling to my creativity. It’s one thing to dance in your living room, but to have perfect strangers observe?
I think that is why I honor the folks who are willing to exhibit their work and designs and life at home.
It has never been a small thing to me. And I think it is something of which readers should be reminded more often. So much time, care, and thoughtfulness is devoted to a home like this. What a privilege that our eyes ever have the chance to drink it in.
A Shop With a Heart
Reflecting again on the journey of this blog and blogging in general, I suppose it isn’t surprising that something had to give with the rise of social media and almost everyone becoming a microblogger on FB, then Pinterest, then IG.
Blogging evolved into not so much a curation of the blogger’s ideas about beauty…
but curation FOR the blog reader – an entirely different mindset.
Additionally, blogging became highly competitive with so many more folks hopping on the bandwagon as bloggers.
Slightly Shabby & Swedish
I found all of it confusing and disheartening at times…so much so that I disappeared for awhile.
It took a good long time for me to understand that blogs and brands were practically indistinguishable and that the most treasured sites kept the focus on what followers wanted to see or learn or make…and certainly not a focus on daily whims or chronicling navel gazing.
Once I understood blogging as a business, I still didn’t see myself joining its ranks.
Religious Vintage Treasures
But it turns out, it was bound to happen. Whenever I go shopping (and it isn’t terribly often), and this goes back as far as I can remember, fellow shoppers want to talk to me.
They notice the contents of my cart and have questions about how I will use what I have chosen.
This has become so common that I am quite comfortable in my responses – almost as if I am an ambassador for the shop I happen to be in.
For me, curating is largely a matter of the heart, as are all things for which I give of myself.
The process of choosing objects, colors, and finishes for a space is largely intuitive; in part because that is the arena where I feel I can most contribute.
Jeanne D’Arc Living Fans Rejoice
I sense a similar intuitive approach to life in what we see here.
Antiques from Northern Europe – yes. But they are enjoyed in a very humble, effortless manner.
Look at the way a window treatment becomes an art installation and celebration of the handwork in a completely effortless gesture:
And the little sheep under the food dome? Doesn’t that thrill your soul a little?
I like most those spaces that feel as though no formulas were applied, those interiors where there’s a sense of fluidity and flow and where where is a lack of that self-consciousness to which I alluded earlier.
White on White Decor Inspiration
I find white on white schemes to be daring and quite bold.
In fact, after I experimented boldly with color in our first nest, I realized white on white felt best. We lived in a bungalow quite similar to this one, and even with young children, it was unapologetically and boldly white.
Does it surprise you that I’m calling the look bold? Have you lived with such a scheme?
Beautiful European Antique & Vintage Finds
Like Tracie, in our first white on white bungalow, I loved bringing home assorted treasures.
With subtle colors as the backdrop, the new objects can truly shine.
There was also a sense of ‘unfinishedness’ about living with such an absence of color.
While I have heard countless designers say they like pale colors and neutrals in their homes because of color overload at work…
I wonder if what they really love is the ease of being able to change things around so easily.
The ease of welcoming new belongings into the mix.
Because for many creatives and designers, our homes are our laboratories.
Do you like the feeling of an unfinished space more than one in which all the boxes are checked?
In the Mood for Elegant French Chic?
Thanks so much for taking this tour and entertaining these stream of consciousness thoughts.
One constant throughout the history of my blogging is that it is largely a lonely medium. I am always hoping the timing will be right, that someone will receive the inspiration at the right time or the encouragement they need.
Yet it is mostly an act of faith–that ripples of which I’ll never know will keep rippling.
French Nordic Decor Finds
Curious as to how you can make your own DIY printed candles?
A special thank you to Tracie for sharing her enchanting interiors with lovers of white decor!
If you missed this story about styling a rustic white home, do take it for a spin.
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Awww That kitten is adorable! Beautiful colouring and those big, blue eyes! I’ll take it!😉
i agree! xox
I LOVE it all! 🙂 And the dog is gorgeous as well………
Tracie’s IG feed brings me so much peace and goodness. Thanks for reading!
I love the kitten, and the dog, and the flowers, especially the big bowl of daisies (my fav flower), and all the beautiful white decor, and My Petite Maison’s Instagram feed and her intimate posts! Y’all remind me of each other, Michele! Happy Sunday!
That’s a huge compliment! She is so amazing and has the best eye for beautiful treasures. Thanks so much for visiting today, friend. Hope you’re well. I was lucky enough to visit a beautiful white waterfront house this afternoon – expanses of snow white inside and out…heaven!
Her home is so romantic and dreamy! I absolutely love it!
Me too!! I’m inspired by her keen eye and way with white – genius!
Loved reading your thots in this post & agree wholeheartedly with everything! I’ve missed reading your posts regularly over the last couple months! My dad died peacefully in his sleep the day before Mother’s Day, soon after my youngest of five graduated from HS, then we were off to cheer on my oldest daughter competing in the CrossFit Games semifinals in TN! Immediately after we simultaneously welcomed two new “grand puppies” into the fam (a dalmation & choc lab🤗) & you know all about that! Ha! My oldest daughter & her boyfriend are right now flying to Nevada to get married in a beautiful National Park tmrw❤️…so I’ve also been busy planning a reception for them upon their return! But I’ve missed your input & so glad I had time today to jump back into one of your latest posts! It was such a nice treat!! I’ve missed you🤗
Oh, Amy, it is always such a delight to hear from you. I am so sorry for the loss of your father, but what a blessing he went home peacefully. Congratulations on all the milestones and occasions happening for the ones you love – what a summer it is shaping up to be for you all. Puppies to enjoy will be so fun! We keep flirting with the idea of adopting a puppy, but my health has been so poor since September that we have been shy about it. We are still slowly addressing all the projects around here, and even though some days find me limping around weakly, there is always a paintbrush in my hand. The dining room, entry, living room, and two baths are nearly done. The kitchen is a disaster zone, and to live here through its reno is not for the weak! Luckily our sense of humor is still intact, and to be together and still in love in the throes of it is everything. Thanks so much for checking in!
I hate to hear about your health struggles since Sept…ugh! But amazed how you persevere with paintbrush in hand…a true inspiration! And wow! Y’all have gotten many rooms done in a short time…have I missed all the reveals?! I need to go back and check…I hope not! I loved your closet room reveal a while back! Can’t wait to see the rest! Your ideas and decorating wisdom are always spot on! I learn so much from you…you’re a treasure trove of inspo! And to maintain your sense of humor in the middle of it all along with being in love in the throes truly IS everything…you couldn’t ask for more! 🙌🏼But I will definitely be lifting you up for healing and relief in your health challenges!!!🙏🏼❤️
Thanks for your prayers, Amy. And all the encouragement is so appreciated. My GI health is fragile and managing pancreatic insufficiency issues is tricky – which is why nope, no reveals besides my closet yet. That was a huge relief after living out of bags and boxes for months. To style a room and snap photos when the light is right is a big job that demands a lot of energy and attention to detail so it will take a little longer. Also, as we progress to the next room, we have to use the finished room to house all the deconstruction. So today, the dining room is full of primed kitchen cabinets – no chance of styling a room in flux like that! And this is the most complicated house we have tackled. To make the fussy dining room a more usable, flexible space, we ripped out the built in china cabinet and added a gas fireplace, sanded the dark cherry finish off oak hardwood, added a wall to enclose existing fussy columns, and added a mural. And that’s just a single room! I’m tired just thinking about it. Hawaii is calling, and we flirt with the idea of relocating there all the time. 🙂 My husband is an amazing builder, and all of the pretty things are possible because of him. 🙂
Oh I can’t imagine all the work it takes to do a DIY renovation like y’all are doing! My hat’s off to y’all! I’m amazed @ all y’all did to your dining room…wow!! It sure helps to have a handy husband…I know from experience! No pressure for a reveal! Haha! But I do always love seeing what you do to your own home! And Hawaii sounds like a great relocation spot as far as climate and the beauty of God’s creation!
His work ethic and talents are the key to all this DIY. I’m just the artist, painter, and sassy supervisor. This particular project is stretching us in new ways since we are working within limits in a very gentle way that demands a ton of labor. Oh, Hawaii is such an inspiration and where my husband and I feel most at home. What a change from our lives in suburbia – the ocean has so much to teach about trusting God and aligning with the divine mystery.
Go for it!! Hawaii I mean! We moved out to the top of a mountain and it is heaven!! Peaceful, beautiful, surrounded by God’s creation and it’s one of the best decisions we ever made!!
That sounds perfect and soul enlivening! Workin on getting there!