Soothing French Country Inspiration & Peaceful Quotes

It would appear we shall never tire of beautifully timeless and tranquil interiors…especially from French Country homes and gardens. When the rustic and the elegant join together, something quite romantic, welcoming, and charming is born. Indeed, each quality seems to elevate the other in a harmony of contrasts. Soothing French Country Inspiration & Peaceful Quotes includes photos to soothe, decorating ideas to choose, and quotes to move.

Photos: Haven In and The Flying Dutchwoman unless otherwise noted

Soothing French Country Inspiration

A couple of seasons ago, my husband and I toured a 1919 American farmhouse near us which hit the market and piqued our interest since it included both acreage and a friendly price tag.

Storybook charm of a stone exterior of French farmhouse guest house at Provence Poiriers. #frenchfarmhouse #stonefarmhouse #provencehomes
Provence Poiriers – See more of the main house in THIS

No this image above from the South of France is not it! Although that lovely farmhouse was beautifully restored for modern living and had even appeared in Architectural Digest, it (obviously) did not become our next home. We remain hard at work renovating the primary bedroom and bath at our ’90s Georgian.

Fairytale French farmhouse style stucco house exterior with magnificent antique limestone around arched front door - Reagan Andre Architect - appeared in preview issue of MILIEU magazine, 2013. #frenchfarmhouse #pamelapierce #annetteschatte
Reagan Andre Architects – Milieu

While we were enamored with the home’s limestone exterior, deep window sills, and the rolling landscape, we knew the overwrought interiors would not work for the way we live without extensive changes. We also know our limitations as DIYers so the work would have to be hired.

So here we are making great progress at bringing more timeless style to dated interiors yet still dreaming of old homes. We’re not quite done gazing at the possibilities waiting for us out there. And we remain energized by seeking and peeking at how others create their country house paradise.

Yung Pueblo quote about letting go, peace, and presence on Hello Lovely Studio. #yungueblo #peacequotes

So let’s indulge in the fantasy and peek…

Enchanting Provence Home Exterior

Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance

ABOVE: Oh those French shutters, climbing vines, and rustic details – Haven In. See also: Convent to Villa: French Country Design in Provence for more interior design inspiration, rustic elegance, and classic French design details.

This historic chateau near Provence France (Villa St-Saturnin) is located in the heart of the Luberon National Park near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt. Simple sophistication merges with Old World charm and breathtaking gardens in this South of France paradise retreat for travelers.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

ABOVE: Provence Exterior Design Inspiration – The Flying Dutchwoman. Crumbling stone, weathered antique doors, and climbing vines create a romantic sight in the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Chateau Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.

ABOVE: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Chateau Mireille – Haven In. This South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence is lovely indeed! 

Rustic Elegance in a Bath

Psst. While we aren’t springing for reclaimed terracotta tiles from France for our own bath’s flooring, we are seriously thinking about covering them with stone in a herringbone pattern.

Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance
ABOVE: Elegant French country bathroom decor with terracotta tile floors, clawfoot tub, and also rustic wood beams – Haven In.

So don’t immediately dismiss fantasy inspiration when you’re dreaming and scheming.

You can often study a design and tease out elements that are realistic for your budget and lifestyle.

Wendell Berry poem THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS on Hello Lovely. #wendellberry #peacepoetry
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.

ABOVE: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille – Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence…lovely indeed! 

Again, while I may not live in a grand chateau, I can borrow simple ideas that live large. Pea gravel, for example! My plan is to cover the cracked up, buckling cement in a secret garden with pea gravel to soften the look and make it feel more like a European courtyard.

Gustavian & French Style Cottage

When the architecture and finishes are this gorgeous, does it even matter what furnishings are brought into it?

If your own entry is not so blessed, think about how you can use color, texture, and interest to create a peaceful mood that sets the tone at the entrance of your home.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

ABOVE: Provence Exterior Design Inspiration, Rustic French Country Doors and also Healing Thoughts – The Flying Dutchwoman. Crumbling stone, weathered antique doors, and climbing vines create a romantic sight indeed in the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France.

Sometimes only time with its weather and magic, can transform materials and landscapes. So the inspiration above may give you ideas about a color story or a painting yet to be painted that awakens beauty in your heart.

Inspirational quote to encourage on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #encouragement #inspirationalquote
Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance

ABOVE: Isn’t the facade breathtaking (Haven In)? This historic chateau near Provence France (Villa St-Saturnin) is located in the heart of the Luberon National Park near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt.

Etty Hillesum inspirational quote and spiritual wisdom prayer on Hello Lovely. #prayers #spirituality #judaism

French Country Shutters and Stone

Would waking up to this sight ever get old?

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

That’s the beauty of timeless charm – it can feel solidly firm during times of great uncertainty and rapid (often too rapid) changes. As I age, this sort of comfort feels even more comforting and not because I am longing for the past or fearful of the future or scoffing at the present.

IMAGE ABOVE: The Flying Dutchwoman – Crumbling stone, weathered antique doors, and also climbing vines create a romantic sight in the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
ABOVE: South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence…lovely indeed!

I think it’s because as I get older, I’m more aware of how everything is fleeting and fading away. The fact that there are these beautiful structures and landscapes imperfectly yet wondrously enduring feels set apart.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

Can you relate?

An inspiring Apache Prayer on Hello Lovely Studio. #prayers #apacheprayer #inspirationalquote #gratitudequotes

It’s not so much nostalgic as it is a growing gratitude for that which still stands, still retains relevance, and still shelters the living.

Climbing Vines

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

While I can’t seem to live with red indoors, oh the beauty of a red door!

Walt Whitman inspirational quote about optimism, hope, and sunshine on Hello Lovely Studio. #waltwhitman #inspirationalquote #quotes #sunshine #encouragementquote
Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance
Simple sophistication merges with Old World charm and breathtaking gardens in this South of France paradise retreat for travelers.

With the grey skies and bare trees outside my window this moment, glimpses of sunny stone and lush foliage uplift my spirits.

A Home That Only Looks Ancient

Thank goodness there are those among us who transform the dreams in their hearts into reality.

Stunning Old World style French country staircase with limestone (Chateau Domingue) and antiques from France. Ruth Gay's home in Houston! #frenchcountry #frenchstone #rusticelegance #staircase #oldworld

Chateau Domingue – also SEE THE FULL HOME TOUR RIGHT HERE. French country decorating inspiration, lovely Provence photos to inspire, French garden beauty, and also, interior design images to soothe and enlighten.

C. S. Lewis quote about aging on Hello Lovely Studio. YOUR'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. #CSLewis #quotes #inspirationalquote #dreamquote #aging #quotes

And thank goodness for creatives in our midst who understand the beauty in simplicity. Who show us by their work and example how to bring together texture and quality-made ingredients for livable luxury that won’t need updates in a few years.

French Nest Interior Design Co. dining room is serene, spare, and timeless. #diningroom #frenchcountry #interiordesign

A tranquil and timeless dining room by The French Nest. French country decorating inspiration, lovely Provence photos to inspire, French garden beauty, and also, interior design images to soothe and enlighten too.

If you have ever renovated or built a home, then you know how many decisions are entailed. The easy thing is to reach for what is trending or easily available in the marketplace. It is far different to courageously follow your heart.

Luxuriously elegant and rustic French farmhouse kitchen with stone sink in island and rugged wood shelves flanking range - Shannon Bowers in MILIEU. #frenchkitchen #frenchfarmhouse

But it shows when you do!

Design: Shannon Bowers via Milieu magazine. French country decorating inspiration, lovely Provence photos to inspire, French garden beauty, and also, interior design images to soothe and enlighten.

Blooming With Color

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

Provence Exterior Design Inspiration. Rustic French Country Doors and also Healing Thoughts. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman – Crumbling stone, weathered antique doors, and also climbing vines create a romantic sight in the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France.

Inspirational quote about romance from Carolyn Gold Heilbrun on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquotes #romancequotes
Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance

Charming French country bathroom in a luxurious vacation rental from Haven In.

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1 Basket|2 Chandelier|3 Stool| 4 Mirror|5 Bench|6 Chair|7 Table|8 Vase/Jug 

Hello Lovely French Château Mirielle in Provence! Old World style interiors and charming gardens in Provence. #provence #chateau #interiordesign #gardendesign #vacationvilla #luxuryvilla #luxurioushome #frenchcountry #countryfrench #frenchhome

In case you admire exquisite French garden inspiration too! Château Mireille is a property available to rent from Haven In.

Quote about staying calm and peaceful in times of uncertainty. #peacequotes #calmquotes

Whimsical Walls in a French Dining Room

Cheerful greens in a dining room of a luxurious villa in Provence, Chateau Mireille. #frenchchateau #diningroom #frenchcountry #greendecor

South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence…lovely indeed!

Rumi quote on Hello Lovely Studio about this moment. #rumi #poetry #inspirationalquote #quotes
Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

French country decorating inspiration, lovely Provence photos to inspire, French garden beauty, and also, interior design images to soothe.

Kindness quote about its power - old Turkish proverb. #quotes #hellolovelystudio #kindnessquotes #inspirationalquotes
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.

In case you admire French country bedroom inspiration – Château Mireille.

Inspirational quote and faith quote about the soul on Hello Lovely Studio. #faithquote #inspirationalquote #christianity #soulquote #quotes

South of France Countryside

Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance

What a garden view! This historic chateau near Provence France (Villa St-Saturnin) is located in the heart of the Luberon National Park near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt. Simple sophistication merges with Old World charm and breathtaking gardens in this South of France paradise retreat for travelers.

Elegant, refined, and masterfully designed, this classic kitchen with farm sink and arched window has design by Matthew Quinn/Lauren DeLoach from Atlanta's Designer Showhouse 2017. Farrow & Ball Light Blue handpainted cabinets. #farmsink #FrenchCountry #lightblue

Atlanta (Southeastern Showhouse!) not France, yet just as  inspiring. See this kitchen by Matthew Quinn and Lauren DeLoach. French country decorating inspiration, lovely Provence photos to inspire, French garden beauty, and also, interior design images to soothe.

Frank Lloyd Wright quote about passion and success. #flw #franklloydwright #quotes #inspirationalquotes #personalgrowth
Closet dressing room with terracotta tile flooring in elegant 18th century Provençal French farmhouse Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. Chateau Mireille in St-Rémy-de-Provence.

South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence…lovely indeed!

French Inspired Kitchen With Stone

Rustic elegant French country kitchen with stone and pale color palette - The Strand, Dana Point - Ohara Davies Gaetano Interiors - Richard Powers Photo. #frenchkitchen #stonerangehood
Ohara Davies Gaetano Interiors (Photo: Richard Powers)
Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

St. Tropez Exterior Design Inspiration, Rustic French Country Doors and also Healing Thoughts.

Encouraging quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquotes #quotes #encouragement #personalgrowth
Breathtaking French country living room with stone fireplace and pale blue walls - Ohara Davies Gaetano Interiors. #frenchblue #frenchlivingroom
Photo: Richard Powers – Ohara Davies Gaetano Interiors
Iron staircase with curves in 18th century Provençal home - Chateau Mireille. Photo: Haven In.  This villa is a vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence. #frenchcountrystaircase #frenchstaircase #frenchchateau

An 18th century Provence chateau’s curvy iron staircase…lovely indeed!

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez

I hope these blissful images capturing beautiful architecture, craftsmanship, history, and gardening splendor inspire a sense of peace and wonder. Another source for soothing ideas?

If you have time to consider and pin timeless bedroom inspiration, see THIS and living rooms HERE!.

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Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
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Slipcovered Dining Chair
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Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
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Rattan Basket With Lid
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Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
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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
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Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
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
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing

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-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Trees White Wallpaper Mural
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
Tree Mural Wallpaper
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
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
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
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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29 Comments

  1. debbie
    May 7, 2018 / 2:33 am

    I have a physical reaction when I see these beautiful homes, my pulse quickens and I forget to breathe. Those crittall doors leading to that glorious view almost gave me a nervy turn! Beauty is just so entrenched in the French lifestyle I think. Thanks for the inspiration to create our own beauty.

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Me too! We’re French country design freaks for sure. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  2. May 7, 2018 / 5:38 am

    Old stones make such a difference. Our house was a business in its previous life, complete with a parking lot and not much charm (but it had mature trees! You can renovate a house and change a garden but it takes decades to get mature trees). A pool replaced the parking lot, and to make it look like and old French farmhouse we bought a huge pile of stones from someone tearing down a derelict stone grange. The stones have gone into a pergola and walls around the pool. Locals who knew our place as a business are shocked to see the change. We didn’t spend a lot–the stones were worth their weight in charm.

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 8:29 am

      My husband and I are obsessed with limestone at the moment. His dream is to learn stone masonry. We were hoping that the interiors within the limestone home we saw yesterday would charm us enough to pull the trigger…Your home sounds like a wonderful transformation from public to private – I would love to feature it on this blog…and don’t you think I should photograph it myself!?! xox

      • May 7, 2018 / 9:16 am

        Michele I think you should photograph it and I should tag along to carry your gear. I am fascinated with the history of Carcassonne and would love to see it in person.

        • michele
          Author
          May 7, 2018 / 3:00 pm

          It would be a privilege, yes? Let’s go stay in one of her apartments, Elizabeth! We can call it a blog conference with Taste of France! πŸ™‚ p.s. I am serious!

    • May 7, 2018 / 9:14 am

      I love reading about your home. How beautiful it must be with the ancient stones.

    • Alisha Huntsman
      January 10, 2021 / 2:08 pm

      It sounds lovely! I would love to see pictures!

  3. Tracy
    May 7, 2018 / 8:33 am

    I love me some old stone, linen, pea gravel and sunshine. Dreamy eye candy for this Monday morning! Thanks Michelle for the quotes too!

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks for reading and the kindness as a kindred spirit! xox

  4. Karyn
    May 7, 2018 / 9:36 am

    All the images are so lovely. Thank you for this beautiful, inspirational post, Michele.

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks for taking the time for these kind words, friend. It’s great to have you here. πŸ™‚

  5. Connie
    May 7, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Oooh the outdoors scenes make me so happy….well, of course so do the interiors πŸ™‚ But now that we have spring in our area, we can enjoy our outdoor patio with its French bistro set and soon-to-be-filled pots with pretty annual plants. (Our own little faux French life here in the U.S.)

    Glorious views, wonderful words!

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Yay for French inspired living wherever we happened to be planted. So happy to hear you are enjoying the weather and these posts, friend. xox

  6. May 7, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    This sets the tone for a beautiful week Michele! Thank you. The outdoor spaces and gardens with their stonework and gravel paths are such a breath of fresh air. Love the CS Lewis quote too?

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you for reading with such a kind heart, friend. If you like this one, you are going to really enjoy the next one that goes a little deeper! xox

  7. Mary
    May 7, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I needed this today…thanks. I feel better now.

    • michele
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      So thankful to you for reading. Hope tomorrow is a lovely one. πŸ™‚

  8. Lyn
    May 13, 2018 / 2:25 am

    I too feel so much more Relaxed/Inspired, after reading you’re piece!
    I’m trying to give my New Home (Welsh Cottage) that relaxed French feel.
    Thank you LE.

    • michele
      Author
      May 13, 2018 / 9:08 am

      So glad it brought peace. I never tire of studying these interiors for design cues, and it is so fun to share inspiration. Would love to hear more about how you are achieving this look! πŸ™‚

  9. Sheila in SF
    May 15, 2018 / 12:37 am

    Thanks I enjoy the inspirational phrases and French decor.

    • michele
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 9:21 am

      So happy you are here. Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

  10. Joan
    March 27, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    I so enjoyed the quotes along the way . . . my first journey on your blog. My husband and I honeymooned near Luberon. It changed the way I thought about a great many things.
    Keep up how you are gazing – it’s inspirational.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 27, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      Welcome! So happy to have you here, and I appreciate the kind words. Hope you’ll be inspired to dig in the archives for more French inspiration. πŸ™‚

  11. September 26, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    I pray for you often my friend. Thank you for sharing these glorious images with us. They say so much about you ❀️

    • Michele
      Author
      September 26, 2020 / 11:32 pm

      I appreciate it so much, Holly. xox

  12. Susan Short
    September 28, 2020 / 8:10 am

    Everytime I see these lovely homes in the South of France from the 18th century, for example the Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-RΓ©my-de-Provence, I wonder about the wallpaper and if it’s available nowadays. Please share info is possible. Including the name of the wallpapers in ChΓ’teau Mireille.

    Thank you!
    Susan

    • Michele
      Author
      September 28, 2020 / 3:35 pm

      A great topic to build upon – thank you for your lovely inquiry – I’ll see what I can learn.

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