White French Nordic Decorating & French Interiors

White French Nordic Decorating & French Interiors is Francophile daydreaming for romantics who admire painted furniture, Gustavian style, country French furniture and Old World rustic elegance. Also find pretty and practical finds to consider if you love living with white.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques
Sophie Lambert’s unforgettable rustic French kitchen – Photo: Louis Gaillard for Victoria (2015)

Photos: Autemps des Cerises and Victoria magazine with photos by Louis Gaillard

White French Nordic Decorating & French Interiors

Sophie Lambert’s “Bronze Horse Stable” Home in France

If you are a fan of Victoria magazine, you probably found yourself breathless back in 2015 when Sophie Lambert’s amazing interiors were featured.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques
White French Nordic Decorating Inspiration With Ideas to Get the Look

Gustavian style furnishings with original paint, antiques, luxurious linens, and rustic architectural details combine to create a timeless expression of elegance.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Since Sophie owns the antique shop Autemps des Cerises near Paris, the decorations and furniture in her Old World home often change.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

I wonder if it is bittersweet to see images with objects that have made their way to other homes? Do you suppose? Aren’t the chandeliers amazing? I thought I understood the beauty of these old fixtures from images online and in magazines, but when I viewed examples up close recently in Franklin (City Farmhouse’s shop), I was speechless!

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Isn’t the color story here magical? There is warmth from stone floors, stone fireplaces, painted beams, and sun-streaked walls along with faded and chalky blues and greens the Scandinavians are so fond of.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Can you say contented?

Beauty & Purpose in an Old World Home

There are so many sacrifices to be made when the choice is made to live in an ancient property, but I imagine that adapting is so very good for the soul.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques
White French Nordic Decorating Inspiration With Ideas to Get the Look

Nothing sterile or clinical about bathing in this space!

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Isn’t it refreshing to see a room opening to the outdoors with beautiful French doors rather than the highly trending modern accordion glass doors that disappear? I love a minimal look and understand the ease of those, but here’s the Old School way to nurture that relationship with the garden…

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

With all the rusticity, there are also plenty of soft touches such as the fabric gathered in cupboard doors with chickenwire.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Nubby textiles mingle with chalky painted finishes and delicate accents.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Though faux finishers often succeed, only time can deliver patina and beauty like this:

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

So many charming moments in this French home which does not at all feel decorated as much as layered with loved things.

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

When the halls are as lovely as this, who is complaining about creaky floors or drafts? 🙂

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques
White French Nordic Decorating Inspiration With Ideas to Get the Look

French and Nordic Charm in a Lovely Country House

I can imagine the magic of growing up with rustic bunks like these:

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Are you feeling as relaxed as these serene interiors yet?

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques
White French Nordic Decorating Inspiration With Ideas to Get the Look

I loved the artful whimsy of these hanging pendants – cords showing and all!

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

When can I move in?

Rustic elegant French country home near Paris belonging to Sophie Lambert, antique lover and shop owner of Autemps des Cerises. #countryfrenchhome #frenchnordic #scandinavianantiques

Swedish Style & White in a Cozy Cottage

Another seller of antiques with a lovely home for staging them is Tracie of My Petite Maison.

White French Nordic decor and ethereal serenity in a kitchen by My Petite Maison. #frenchnordic #nordicfrench #frenchcountry #whitedecor #shabbychic #oldworldstyle #swedishdecor #countryfrench #uropeancountry
My Petite Maison – White French Home Decor for Fans of Country Interiors

She has a way with ethereality and celebrating natural light that always inspires me.

All white Nordic French decor in a darling Swedish immigrant's cottage - My Petite Maison. #whitedecor #allwhite #nordicfrench #shabbychic #interiordesign #whitecottage #frenchnordic
My Petite Maison – White French Home Decor for Fans of Country Interiors

The detail of that bedskirt above! Her sweet beautiful Bechet rests in heaven now, and what a gift to all of us that she snapped his photo so often.

Vintage etched glass tumblers and garden roses - French Nordic vintage style from My Petite Maison. #etchedglasses #vintagestyle #frenchnordic #nordicfrench #swedishcountry
My Petite Maison

Keep checking My Petite Maison’s Etsy shop for new arrivals – you never know what you will find!

White kitty on a stack of white painted vintage suitcases - The Renovated Cottage. #frenchnordic #frenchountry #whitedecor #shabbychic #frenchfarmhouse
The Renovated Cottage – White French Home Decor for Fans of Country Interiors

Anyone else have the itch to paint old suitcases white? (Always doing what I can to stimulate the economy for sellers of vintage wares and thrift stores everywhere!)

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French Nordic Resources & Ideas to Get the Look

Books to Learn from the Look

Pretty White French Farmhouse Chairs

Living with white has been the most natural thing since I was a teen and styled my first home. There was a shortage of dorm rooms my freshman year of college so my best friend and I moved into an apartment off campus, furnishing it with cast-offs. (Being poor will shape your aesthetic and character in profound ways!)

Carterville Solid Wood Dining Chair - Come explore White French Home Decor for Fans of Country Interiors!
White Wood Cross Back Dining Chair…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

Many of the white decor pieces you see here do not scream “French farmhouse” or “Gustavian style,” and I think that’s what I love about customizing and personalizing a space at home. Mixing what you love is almost always going to work, and training your eye is pure pleasure.

Luxurious Rustic Elegant Dining Chair

Some pieces just strike the proper balance between casual and dressy or rustic and elegant.

White Angel Wings

An antique set of angel wings for the wall would be swell, but while you’re hunting…

In Case You Love Modern French

I am still crushing on this chair and think it would instantly create a vibe in a den or home office.

Eames style white Mid-century swivel chair with ash plywood
Mid-century Swivel Plywood Armchair, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.

Tulip Table

Here’s another item I don’t own but know I would love in a breakfast nook or game room:

Tulip Pedestal Round Dining Table, White Base - come discover more  White French Home Decor for Fans of Country Interiors!
Tulip Table, Williams Sonoma Home

Inexpensive Modern French Accent Table

Don’t you love those pieces which can move around the house for a variety of functions? Is it a side table? A nightstand for a tiny bedroom? Or a pedestal for a plant? Maybe it could hold bath products near the tub?

Round marble top accent table, Target
Modern round marble top accent table

Paint Color Ideas When You Love a Nordic French Mood

I love the power of white paint as well. Read this for guidance in choosing the right white. And here’s a charming little white cottage from a decor blogger who explains how she lives with white:

White Decorating Accents

White Matelasse quilt
White Matelasse Quilt options HERE

See also THIS POST for a round up of gorgeous white sofas.

In terms of slipcovers and furniture, I have never found mine needed more than spot cleaning, but I know living with white among pets and small children is another matter.

Unfussy Country Dining Room Table

White Marble Everyday Essential

Here’s a piece I have on my kitchen counter which I presently use for utensils. During the holidays, I tucked a beautiful live, lemony cypress inside, and it was the perfect size for the pot.

White Marbel Bistro Table

There’s something irresistible about a petite bistro table to tuck into almost any corner for intimate conversation, sipping wine, and dining in French style.

White French Farmhouse: Get the Look

This next image just has French farmhouse kitchen all over it for me with the copper and white marble. Don’t you love the idea of a chunky shelf like this over a warm wood countertop?

Marble fruit bowl. #marble #serveware #kitchenware #homedecor
Marble Fruit Bowl, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.

Pretty White Classic Chair

Chippendale Bistro Side Chair. #diningchairs #whitechairs #furniture #homedecor
Chippendale Bistro Side Chair, Williams Sonoma Home…certainly lovely indeed.

Easy Breezy White Serving Pieces

White kitchens are timeless, classic, and so perfect in French homes. I learned many years ago that as long as I collected white serving pieces, my tablescapes and entertaining spreads would be a breeze to pull off.

Porcelain Rectangular Platter White 9.5"x15.25" - Threshold. #whiteplatter #kintchenware #tabletop #homedecor
15. 25″ Porcelain Rectangular Platter, Target…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.
Apilco Egg Cup. #eggcups #frenchwares #kitchenware #homedecor

The French are masters at the little details and taking time to make dining experiences truly experiential and special. We’re often in a rush here in the states and don’t often slow down enough to think about serving eggs like this anymore.

Apilco Egg Cup. #eggcups #homedecor #kitchenwares
Apilco Egg Cup, Williams Sonoma…certainly lovely indeed.

Tabletop Ideas

I’m crazy about this scent from Williams Sonoma, and it is SOOOOOOO not new to me. I have been living with this essential oil collection for decades!

I haven’t met a scented dish soap or candle from Williams Sonoma I haven’t loved yet.

Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Candle. #meyerlemon #candles #essentialoils #homedecor
Meyer Lemon Candle, Williams Sonoma….certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

That’s it. I need to begin drinking espresso.

When hardworking kitchen essentials look this good – no need to tuck them away in a cupboard!

French kitchen marble mortar & pestle. #frenchwares #kitchenware #homedecor
Classic Mortar & Pestle, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.

Dishtowels

I may or may not have a hoarding issue with pretty dishtowels. At this very moment there are at least half a dozen with the tags on ready for their rotation.

White Porcelain Dinnerware

If you have seen these pieces in person, then you know how incredible they are since they look hand thrown. Each piece is wavy, wonky and wonderful.

Mercer Mug. #dishware #kitchenware #whitedishes
Mercer Porcelain Mug, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. 38 Lovely Decor Finds for a White French Farmhouse as well as interior design inspiration for decorating with white.

Weathered White

Is weathered and white your cup o’ tea? Then, one of these girlies may have your name on her.

Paladino 6-Light Chandelier. #frenchcountry #chandeliers #homedecor #lighting
Paladino 6-light Chandelier, Wayfair….certainly lovely indeed.

And wouldn’t this be right at home in any white French farmhouse?

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
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Tray Side Table
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Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
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Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
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Highback Armchair
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Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
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8 Comments

  1. Claire
    May 4, 2019 / 6:24 am

    Reading this at 6am, I am amazed at two things. First that I am awake at 6am on a Saturday morning. And second that you have had health issues for a year! Your posts are always so informative and, obviously, very well researched. That takes lots of time and energy! It is truly a God given strength that allows you to do this. I know this because I was ill in the month of February and I did good to get out of bed to fix myself a glass of ice tea! And those of us in the South have to have our ice tea. No matter what time of year it is or if we are healthy or not. I pray that God has blessed you with improved health. Love your blogs. I like French country design which seems to have lots more color than French farm house. But love that elements of both styles can co-exist. Is that even logical? Guess I just love anything French so I figure it will go together somehow someway! May God bless you with renewed strength and health. I look forward to your post everyday.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 4, 2019 / 8:53 am

      Hahaha. I was awake at 4 then 6 then 8! Midlife is somethin else. So great to hear from you at any hour at all. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. Yes. I was hoping gallbladder surgery would mean the end of my digestive issues, and I did experience a couple of months without attacks. But since I am not well, it is possible my body will need more months to adjust and/or that my Crohn’s disease is involved. What a year it has been…and blogging keeps me moving forward and feeling somewhat productive. I’m hoping to be able to begin walking now that the weather is milder since I have been so sedentary. I’ll write something this weekend with an update since other folks have been emailing and wondering why I’m not better yet! Peace to you and may God’s richest blessing rest upon you and yours.

  2. Connie
    May 4, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Well I love all your posts but especially ones dedicated to French style…and white. We’re two peas in a pod about that lovely color! 🙂

    This post was especially fun to read/look at because I would see a photo and say “I have something like that!”….but most of my things from furniture to accessories comes from thrift stores, a local online classified site and garage sales. And with the power of white paint, I transform it. One example is a pretty chandelier I got a few months ago for above our dining table. I went to buy it only to find it was plastic :'( But that gave me ‘permission’ to transform it with paint and no guilt as if it had been real brass ..as is another one we have in our home. I looked at chandy photos online (in fact some of the ones you’ve shown) and copied the look. Even my native French friend in Brittany said “I want to paint mine to look like that!” I reassured her it was probably not a great idea to paint family heirlooms from Louis XVI days! 😉

    I too have a health condition that makes me take pause often in my daily life. Some things I used to enjoy are now off-limits. But like you, I too have found God is always there even in times when we feel completely devoid of our self. To say He works in mysterious ways, is putting it mildly. I have found having a quiet environment (and that does mean less stuff and more whites in our home 🙂 ) is a great help. You too have discovered that white has one of the most calming and also regenerating properties for those of use who have ongoing health concerns.

    I feel I know you through your blog and will put “my friend Michele” into my prayers. This song “Blessings” by Laura Story, is one I sing/play in our church’s worship band. There are times I’ve sung it when I felt I might not make it through because it speaks so close to home. May your life continue to be blessed, dearest Michele. And we pray your blessing will be many….especially a blessing for your health.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd6J6Wgnv4M

    • Michele
      Author
      May 4, 2019 / 11:20 am

      What a gift you have shared. Thank you. Thank you. You do know me – so I hope you know the prayer and encouragement helps me in mysterious ways I don’t need to understand. There are days I feel a sort of buoyancy and a knowing that the prayers of others are in some way involved in sustaining me. I’m blessed and recognize the mercy, sometimes in disguise, sometimes as clear as day. It’s interesting. When the lyrics of that song turned to ‘this is not our home’ I was reminded that I felt that sentiment earlier in my spiritual life. Heaven and the kingdom were places out there waiting for me. I still think of heaven as a home. But my perspective has shifted to ‘i’m already home’ and I sense the kingdom here. I feel very connected to and part of the earth as my lovely home where Christ is everywhere. The universe feels sacred and not cursed to me so I can love it here, not feel separated from God here, and understand the kingdom is within us. Thank you for this reminder which has shown me how I have grown and let go in important ways. And thank you for being a friend on the journey – it’s lovely with you here.

      • Connie
        May 5, 2019 / 1:54 pm

        Did you feel my prayers for you this morning? My prayers and my arms were around you….if only from afar. 🙂

        • Michele
          Author
          May 5, 2019 / 1:59 pm

          Thank you so much – I feel peaceful and cherished. Peace to you. xox

  3. Carole
    November 21, 2022 / 2:05 pm

    “… layered with loved things.” Yes, that explains my joy; homes that show us evidence of unique human passions, full on interaction with life. Thank you, Michele!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 21, 2022 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you for being here and layering on more loveliness here. xox

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