If you love the look of the French countryside but don’t have the time or frequent flyer miles to warrant a trip of your own, today I thought I’d share some tips for infusing the joie de vivre in your home. The first thing that struck me when I began to explore the area is how everything seems awash in linen and white. Stripes are everywhere, not surprisingly, but in muted shades of beige and sunny yellow set against ivory. The look is rustic elegance that isn’t too fussy with a touch of cute country details. At the market I picked up a vintage chandelier that was just the thing to infuse French romance into my little Brooklyn apartment. A few lavender sachets seemed completely apropos, and some chair cushions were priced just right...OK, full disclosure: I had to buy a new suitcase to accommodate all my treasures. Oops! So imagine my surprise when most of the things I coveted could easily be procured stateside, with only a little Etsy hunting:
These beautiful canisters ooze French charm and would look great in a clean white kitchen
Lavender sachets are sold everywhere in Provence and make the sweetest gifts
I love how the French give so much importance to dishes.
These are begging for strawberries and fresh cream, my breakfast/dessert of choice.
Vintage grain sacks were everywhere at the markets and I love their rustic simplicity — ubiquitous in French country decor.
This chandelier is very similar to the one I snagged.
If you want to make a simple change that will transform any room, lighting is the way to go.
The bee is a very iconic symbol of Provence and these letterpress cards celebrate French style in the most understated way.