I’ve barely touched on home decor here on the blog but since we recently moved to a townhouse in Alexandria I’ve been inspired to revamp our place a little bit! Let me start off by saying our townhouse is old. It was built in the late 1800s! It has clearly been renovated since then but it definitely has old bones. Nonetheless I’m looking forward to having a little more fun with our new space by incorporating fresh new decor.
I’ve always been a neutral girl when it comes to home decor as I love how fresh and calming it is. Lately I’ve been very inspired by the chicness of French country decor. Brett and I went to the South of France last September to celebrate our one year anniversary and I was blown away with how breathtaking every inch of this part of the world is. The old world architecture and antique interiors were straight out of a fairy-tale storybook. Honestly, words or pictures for that matter just don’t do it justice. The French have some seriously good taste in interiors, exteriors, gardening, food, and fashion.
We went to St Paul de Vence since it was an easy bus ride from where we were staying in Nice and it was hands down my favorite day of our whole trip (see my blog post here). It was our one and only real taste of what the French countryside is like. I can’t wait to go back one summer and explore more towns and villages in Provence. But for now, I’m going to find ways to bring to life my favorite interior design elements of the French countryside into our new home. Of course our place will never look as intricate as these dreamy places but a girl can dream right?!
Here are 5 ways I’m going to incorporate a little bit of the French countryside to our place:
White-Washed Furniture: I love the look of aged furniture! I’m trying to find a few worn-in looking off-white pieces for our dining room. The only piece of furniture we currently have in there is a $200 dining set from Ikea. Eek, it’s bad and it’s time for a little upgrade. I really love the look and feel of this dining set from Humble Abode.
Establish a Neutral Color Palette: I really like how clean and simple the color palette is in French country homes. I am going to stick to beige, creams, and off-white pieces for the larger furniture items.
Mix Antique Metals: I hate committing to just one metal so I plan to mix up the colors and textures of both gold and silver with vintage vibes. This article offers a good guide on the do’s and don’ts of mixing metals. Since the main color palette is so neutral these accent pieces will add texture to the overall look/feel.
Add Botanical Elements: I ended up throwing away all of our fake plants when we left our old apartment with the hopes of eventually incorporating live plants into our new spot. I also plan to incorporate botanical prints into accent accessories like wall decor to add a pop of warm color to our space.
Use Subtle Vintage Prints: Another way to add movement to our rooms is by incorporating hints of vintage prints into things like pillows, rugs, vases, and chairs. I don’t plan to overwhelm the space with prints but I like how they will add a little eclectic edge to the mix.
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