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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