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70 Picture Inspirations Of French Provence Style Interiors

Old World French Provence Homes- maison-deco

Grand Provence Style-maison-deco.com

French furniture in the 17th and 18th centuries has been considered to be some of the most breathtaking furniture in history. In 1610 when Louis XIII took the throne, the furniture styles around the regions of France started developing their own signature styles. In Provence, furnishings were carved from walnut, while in Normandy, oak was popular for making armoires, buffets, and vaisseliers.

The Provencal style has always been inspired by the beautiful colors of France.  The atmosphere of the countryside picks up the bright colors of lavender, yellow, mint and blue.  Provencal style changes with the colors of the seasons.  The dirt and natural settings seen around France has been the inspiration for earthenware and ceramic hand-painted pottery.

Some of the key elements of this style are stone flooring, rustic furniture,wrought iron accessories,  tin enamel, painted pottery, raw cotton and linen.  Architectural elements such as beams and alcoves,  basin sinks, concrete corbels bring in the antique elements we all desire and admire. Soft, linen curtains and heavy linen upholstery has been a timeless choice for sofas, side chairs, slipcovers and cushions.  The perfection of raw-wood furniture has been thought to be a noble choice for furnishings for centuries.  Working with rustic hardware, such as wrought iron brings to mind the pastoral, country living that many people find refuge in.  It is not only a style, but a way of life that is deeply anchored in a traditional way of life.

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Moissonnier Furniture

Old World French Provence Homes- maison-deco.com

Old World French Provence Homes- maison-deco.com

French Farmhouse Tables For The Country Home

New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

Farmhouse tables are a rustic style of furniture, often seen in the countryside of France. The style of the table table is suitable for a simple lifestyle, one where formality is not important, but function is. The dining room table of the past served as the most practical piece of furniture a family would use through out the day.  These tables were designed to be long and large. Imagine food preparation, sewing and knitting done on one end of the table, while the children were doing their homework on the other end. In our Facebook group (Swedish & French Decorating), I posted a wonderful raw wood farmhouse table, here, and here to give you a visual on the sheer length of some of these country farmhouse tables.

There’s no strict style of what a farmhouse table looks like, but the look is always rustic in nature, large, and often rectangular. The legs of these tables differ from one table to the next. Some leg styles are straight with no design what so ever, and other tables feature turned legs. Most farmhouse tables are made from solid pine and oak wood. The table itself consists of four legs that support the table top. The design of this style of table is not complicated and is often left in it’s natural wood state, or can be seen painted. Practicality very much takes precedence over design when it comes to this style of table.

Painted Or Left Raw?

Farmhouse tables are one of the essentials in a rustic countryside home. A large table can be elegant, and dressed up or dressed down depending on the style you are after. A raw solid wood table can really be a centerpiece in a kitchen or dining area, and provide a nice contrast to a painted room.

Often times, the design is seen with the bottom apron and legs painted one color, while the top is left in its natural wood, which can be waxed, or sealed to preserve the wood. This allows the wood to be appreciated, while the painted legs might tie the room together quite nicely.

With a raw table, a layer of paint, which then can be heavily distressed may add to the rustic, shabby nature of the country. If the table is already painted, take the extra time to strip the paint off, leaving the raw wood the ability to soak in the paint. When the paint is dry, take a sander to it, and the finish will turn out spectacular.

Overall, these designs tend to be plain and simple.The design of this beautiful country style table is based around the family lifestyle. The function of this table allows for it to be dinged, gouged, and distressed over years of wear and tear. That’s the charm! Today’s entertaining takes place in the kitchen, and around the table, so invest in a great table that can last you through the years.

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-The BEST NEW English Inspired Dining Sets-Primitive Decor Ideas

-Primitive Wood Tables- The Swedish Furniture

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-The Very Best Swedish Wood Outdoor Furniture- The Swedish Furniture

Decorating With The Color Green French Provence Style

Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration from here, , here, here, and here

There are so many ways to decorate with green, where do you start?   One starting point is to find a shade that you love.   Borrow color combination ideas from vintage packaging.  French packaging often pairs together colors that just work with one another.

Here are just a few of the colors that are found in France……

Artichoke – the color of fresh uncooked artichoke.

Fern Green is a vivid shade of green that resembles ferns. Fern green was used in 1902.

Laurel green is a medium light hue of greenish gray, first used as a color in 1705.

Myrtle green, represents the color of the leaves of the Myrtle plant, first used as a color in 1835

Teal is a dark cyan color that is seen on the neck of a duck.  – Colors From Wikipedia

How To Decorate With Shades of Green

– Add In Green Foliage – Don’t forget the blossoms, says Nicole Sforza. “Consider green (or greenish) flowers. Forsythia branches, which bloom yellow before sprouting bright green leaves, look great on the console. The Billy buttons, arranged in a light green vase on the table, can last up to two weeks. Also try Lenten roses, which have soft green flowers and foliage.” Real Simple Magazine

– Use Muted Shades of Green– In this link, Martha Stewart shows off 24 of the best rooms decorated around green that were originally featured in her magazines over the years.  In all the pictures, one common trait exists, – she uses old world colors that are muted.

– Pair Natural Wood With Lighter Blues and Green Painted Walls Natural Wood Tones– Stephanie Hoppen says “sandy beiges, and limewash finishes balance barely-there blue rooms. And don’t forget about paint finishes. Chalky flat finishes are warm, while shiny blues will give a bit of a chill”

– Use Muted Softer Colors In Main Rooms, And Brighter Ones In Less Used Rooms– Sasha Emerson, an interior designer says  “When choosing a blue hue, consider how often you’re in the room. For example, don’t choose a very bold blue for a living room — you might tire of the color. Save it for a den or a playroom and pick a more serene tone for central living spaces”

Cooler Tones Can Work With Glass or Mirrors -Stephanie Hoppen says “Frosty blues are elegant with soft creams and shiny accents such as glass. Take the chill off icy colors by teaming them with warm browns, reds, or oranges”

– Pair Jewel Tones Together -Jennifer Flanders says, “The color emerald is synonymous with wealth, prosperity and luxury, so I think it naturally works with other colors that evoke the same air of richness and elegance.  Many other jewel tones mix well with emerald green, but in particular I love this color with deep blues and shimmery golds.”

Farrow-and-Ball Paint

Color Combinations- Real Simple Magazine gives us 4 color combinations.

  • Pair together moss green and soft blue.  Think about colors that play off nature.  The soft colors found in trees, and sky.  You can go bolder with both colors, or really soft subtle shades in the ligher hues.
  • Sea Foam Green and Chocolate.  Think about darker floors, with painted green distressed furniture.  Chocolate walls, with lighter green accessories.  Sea-foam wall colors, with darker rustic WOOD accessories.
  • Consider the classic Rugby- Kelly green and bright white. Go for a bit of a bold contrast with the brilliant Kelly green and white as an accent.
  • Pair together lime green and soft pink.  These two colors can give a soft appearance.  Consider filling an over-sized glass vase with pink cherry blossoms.

Shades of Green

 Home Beautiful’s Color Selections

The Oprah Winfrey Collection

The Oprah Winfrey Collection

Check out my favorite pieces from Oprah’s collection here

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Joseph Bonnier de la Mosson (1702 – 1744), was a French aristocrat who loved science and began collecting exotic insects, snakes, shells and birds. These wooden cases were acquired in 1744 when they were auctioned off following the death of Joseph Bonnier de la Maison, whom was an extremely knowledgeable amateur scientist and connoisseur of art.

They were installed in the King’s Garden Room. Inside these five units made from Dutch wood decorated with serpents a collection of preserved [“dried”] animals. In 1935, the cabinets were disassembled, and were installed permanently in the the Museum of Natural History in the Jardin des Plantes central library in 1979. They are considered an “Historic Monument.”

Borrow this look for yourself, by painting your French furniture a muted shade of light green, and use a shade of white paint to bring out the carved features in your french furniture….

Dan Carithers French Provincial Designs

Dan Carithers October 1999- Featured on Magpies and Magnolias Blog

Now retired after a 50-year career creating rooms photographed for shelter mags like Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Southern Accents, Carithers rooms still remain current, and is often the most blogged about designer around.  In 2003, Carithers was named one of House Beautiful’s “Giants of Design”—the highest honor bestowed by the magazine; it’s only been given to a handful of honorees during its 100-year history.

Dan Carithers grew up in small town Jefferson, Georgia, and first gained notoriety as the design director for home furnishings at Rich’s Department Store.   The job had an added bonus of being able to travel abroad which exposed Carithers to the latest home fashions and antiques from London and Paris. Carithers launched his own firm, and also established a long-time consulting position with Baker Furniture, and created an high-end upholstery line with Sherrill Furniture.

Carithers tends to lean towards the elegant side of decorating.  Antique-filled homes with bold punches of color is a signature style of Dan Carithers. He suggests to pick out your accent color first, and repeat it throughout the house.  As you can see in many of his designs, he tends to use neutrals on the walls, such as chocolate browns, creams and beige.  Carithers often used mirrors to expand light, using slipcovers that often left the bones of the chair exposed.  He often utilizes thought-out pieces for his rooms often looking around for the perfect choice.  He mentions that a chair can have great impact in the direction of a room.

 

Dan Carithers French Style Decorating – Carither’s Home Featured in Southern Accents 

Dan Carithers French Style Decorating – Carither’s Home Featured in Southern Accents

Dan Carithers French Style Decorating  Featured in Southern Accents

Dan Carithers French Style Decorating – Carither’s Home Featured in Southern Accents

Dan Carithers- Southern Accents Magazine

Dan Carithers Traditional Home Magazine

Dan Carithers French Style Decorating – Carither’s Home Featured in Southern Accents

Southern Accents Oct 1997

Kitchens I Have Loved Blog scanned in some pictures of the Carithers Home which show a provence styled interior

Carithers Home –Kitchens I Have Loved Blog

Carithers Home –Kitchens I Have Loved Blog

 Dan Carithers In Veranda Magazine

Traditional HomeDan Carithers- Featured On Developing Design Blog

 Dan Carithers October 1999- Featured on Magpies and Magnolias Blog

Dan Carithers October 1999- Featured on Magpies and Magnolias Blog

Dan Carithers October 1999- Featured on Magpies and Magnolias Blog

Dan Carithers October 1999- Featured on Magpies and Magnolias Blog

Dan Carithers October 1999- Featured on Magpies and Magnolias Blog

 

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Historical French Provincial Color Palettes

French Provence Decorating Colors

French Provence Decorating Colors Flesh Pink, Burnt Orange, Beige, Washed Green- From Shabby Chic Mania

Today we see many modern day French inspired interiors bathed in grays and beige and natural woods.  A huge design trend has gravitated towards Greige, a color combination of both gray and beige.  Although, which these calming neutral shades, I truly believe we will see a trend historical colors come about, particularly with those who are passionate about French decorating.

The rustic details found in Provence are found in the rich colors of old world plaster walls, the details of the natural elements such as wood and stone and the distressing that occurs over time found in the French antiques.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape area is typical of the southern France countryside- Picture Credit

Looking through many historical French Provence homes, a wide range of pinks, and oranges hues are found in their exterior buildings.  Americans tend not to gravitate towards these colors because they are simply just not found in America’s heritage, but the color palette is very common to France.  Orange, pink and yellow are common colors found in France.

 Charles Spada Interiors Seen on The Boxwood Terrace Blog.

As you can see in the picture by Charles Spada, the color of orange with hues of pink really works just perfect with the wall cameos which merge together in the same color family of gold and beige.

Shades of orange, pink and yellow all work hand in hand in the French historical palette. What captured my attention is the Empire Chest. 

Empire chests are not normally painted because they often feature exquisite mahogany veneers, which are just as stunning to look at as Burl wood.

Though if you look at the color of the chest, it is a color often found in French Provence decorating that we often don’t include in our French decorating in the west.  Today, French decorating is so dominated by shades of gray and white.

Though there is such beauty in the  shades of orange, beige, blue and dark shades of rusty brown.

French Provence Decorating Colors

Beautiful Provence Colors In Pinks and Oranges From About.com

French Provence Decorating Colors

Provence Decorating Colors Using Pinks Oranges, Burnt Orange and Blue From Chic Provence Blog

Provence Decorating Colors

 French Provence Colors From Fuoriborgo

Elise Valdorcia Patina

 French Provence Colors –Elise Valdorcia & Patina

17th 18th Century Style French Provence Decorating

If you are hoping to add more of the warm reds, browns and oranges, consider terracotta  tiles, often found to be square in shape.

17th 18th Century Style French Provence Decorating

 Provence Colors in Oranges Pinks and Reds From About.com

17th 18th Century Style French Provence Decorating

Provence Colors in Oranges Pinks and Reds From About.com

17th 18th Century Style French Provence Decorating

Provence Colors in Oranges Pinks and Reds From About.com

17th 18th Century Style French Provence Decorating

Provence Colors in Oranges Pinks and Reds From About.com

frenchstyleauthority.com-10 Ways To Use Pink Orange and Coral In Your Home

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French Provincial Buffets

Bassett French Provincial Buffet Painted Black

Bassett French Provincial Buffet

The French provincial style has stood the test-of-time. Today, like in the past, the French Provincial look is essential to competing the classic french country interiors, Swedish styles, and shabby chic styles.

Buffets have always been a must in every dining room but also have been re-purposed as entry way cabinets, tv cabinets and also re purposed bathroom sink vanities.

The classic buffet furniture consists of buffet tables, buffet cabinets, buffet hutches, buffet sets, and sideboards. Depending on what you may need for functionality each piece offers something different.

A hutch which comes with a buffet is perfect for china display and presentation. If you are a avid collector, hutches are the perfect solution, as you still have the extra cabinet storage in the buffet.

A buffet cabinet provides the storage space you may need to store glasses and extra dishes, while the top is a tabletop you could use for display or extra space to hold food when family comes over and the dining table is crowded. It is great providing extra food space, allowing you to feature your food instead of cramming it all on the table or ushering your company into the kitchen.

Buffet tables usually do not provide any storage, but are attractive in that it is an extra working table top similar to the buffet cabinet but without the storage. The table serves as an extra tabletop for entertaining, and also allows for decorative display in your dining room, living room, and kitchen.

Top 7 Must-Have French Furniture Pieces

 
From the opulence of Louis XIV to the sophistication of the French countryside, every period throughout France’s turbulent history had a unique style. For those trying to recreate these looks in their own home, here are some of the most classic must-have furniture pieces with French origin.
 
 
1. Armoire 
 
Armoire is a word borrowed from the French language to mean wardrobe. The  armoire has a long history in French design, but its style has changed quite a bit throughout history and even differs based on region. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, when French style was quite opulent, armoires featured intricately carved doors.  French country furniture, which has the more traditional style of the French countryside, has more subdued armoires with simpler carvings.  Antique armoires are still popular, commonly sold in a variety of wood finishes.
 
2. Chaise Longue 
 
Literally translating to “long chair,” a  chaise longue is an upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair. Although many see the chaise longue as a luxurious but primarily decorative piece of furniture, it was not always this way. French craftsmen began making such furniture in the 16th century for aristocratic customers, who would relax on these sofas in sitting rooms as they greeted guests. In more modern times, many have used them to accent living rooms or as benches in master suites.

French Louis XVI Style (19/20th Cent.) Walnut Full Size Bed with a Cane Pane- Newel on eBay

 
3.  Louis Bed
 
When shopping for French furniture, one may often come across the term “Louis bed.” The “Louis” in “Louis bed” is likely referring to Louis XIV, Louis XV, or Louis XVI. The rules of these men span from the mid-1600’s to the late 1700’s and the French Revolution, and during this time, the popular style of bed was largely the same. The Louis bed commonly features intricate hand-carved head and footboards fit for a king. The wood comes either stained or painted, depending on one’s personal tastes.
 
 
4. Vitrine 
 
While people commonly use the word ” vitrine” in English, it is originally a French word for a display cabinet. Traditional  French vitrines feature glass doors so that one can display cherished items on glass shelves. Many also have mirrored backs, allowing for one to view both the front and back of the items on display inside. The vitrine dates back to 18th-century France, but they continued to grow in popularity throughout the following centuries.
 
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Antique 19th Century Hand Carved French Provincial Bookcase Cabinet –Scandinavian Antiques Co

 
Antique 19th Century French Morbier Grandfather Clock- Scandinavian Antiques Co
 

Habersham Plantation Large French Louis XV Style 3 Door Armoire-Bucks County Estates

25 Pictures Of French Country Dining Rooms

French Country Dining Room Seen In Architectural Digest

French Country Dining Room Seen In Architectural Digest – Found on moonlightrainbow.tumblr.com

Decorating a dining room in the French Provincial style can be easier than you think.  With the right furniture, and a few accessories, you can ease into the French style with a limited budget.

– Country Life Images shows a beautiful gray dining room in the prestigious Weldam Castle. White painted French caned chairs are paired with a long rectangular table, matched up with a formal white table cloth. A red carpet breaks up the white and gray in the room. 8 small table lamps add light during late night feasts.  View it here

– A French dining room featuring a stone fireplace, stone walls, upholstered French chairs, and a tapestry against the far wall- View it here

How To Identify Size

How To Identify Size- www.talariaenterprises.com

Open-plan dining room - House To Home

Open-plan dining room – House To Home

Grace Notes At Home Arkansas

Grace Notes | At Home Arkansas

Rustic French Country Dining Table Seen At French Country Cottage Blog

Rustic French Country Dining Table Seen At French Country Cottage Blog

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Set Of Four French Carved Wood Three Arm SconcesSet Of Four French Carved Wood Three Arm Sconces

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Comptoir de Famille - French Home Furnishings

Comptoir de Famille – French Home Furnishings

Country French Interiors In Dallas TX

18th Century Painted Cabinet from Provence- Country French Interiors

French Farmhouse Table- Ann Koerner Antiques

French Farmhouse Table- Ann Koerner Antiques

Provence InteriorsInterieurs De Provence On Amazon

Provence Interiors/Interieurs De Provence On Amazon, Seen on Belle Francaise Interiors

Corey Amaro, Tongue In Cheek Blog

Tongue in Cheek Blog- French-ness

Jane Moore’s townhouse in Veranda

Jane Moore’s Townhouse in Veranda- Jane Moore – Veranda

Veranda March 2011

 Veranda March 2011

French Style Decorating Seen On Luc Productions web site.

French Style Dining Seen On Luc Productions web site.

Pam Pierce Linen

Pam Pierce Designs– Linen Dining Room

French Country Dining Table – Antique Reproduction Furniture from Laurel Crown

French Country Dining Table – Antique Reproduction Furniture from Laurel Crown

French Country Dining Table – Antique Reproduction Furniture from Laurel Crown

French Country Dining Table $1,750 On Amazon From Laurel Crown

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating Judith Miller Influential Country Styles

French Provence Style Decorating Judith Miller Influential Country Styles

French Style Dining Seen On Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

French Style Dining Seen On Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, bhg.com

A Simple Way Of Displaying Flowers - French Provence Style From French Country Cottage Blog

A Simple Way Of Displaying Flowers – French Provence Style From French Country Cottage Blog

Found on frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com

Craigslist Chair Makeover Seen On Me And Jilly Blog

Louis XV Straight Cane Back Chair- $440.00 From Laurel Crown On Amazon

French Style Decorating Seen On Luc Productions web site.

French Style Dining Seen on Luc Productions web site.

Jeanne d'Arc Living

Jeanne d’Arc Living

A 16th-Century French Countryside Estate Seen In House Beautiful

A 16th-Century French Countryside Estate housebeautiful.com

Savvy Southern Style Blogs' French Country Dining room

Savvy Southern Style Blogs’ French Country Dining Room

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Frederic Mechiehe’s Provence Home In Hyeres

When Frederic Mechiehe arrived at this chateau in Normandy, he was faced with decaying floors and a missing roof. Everything in this home had to be reassembled or “faked”. Period style wooden stairs were installed and artificially worn and hollowed by an industrial sanding machine. The stone floor with black marble lozenges were also added. In this picture, the only thing genuinely to be period is the Louis XVI barometer on the wall. Taken From-Rooms To Remember – Interiors Inspired by the Past By Barbara Stoeltie.

Interior designer, Frederic Mechiche is known quite well in France for re-creating the old world interiors that many of us dream about.  So it comes at no surprise that his own home would be fulled with beautiful French antiques, and breathtaking detail.  His home is located in Hyeres, which is the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France.  Hyères is the oldest resort on the French Riviera.  His home, a fourteenth-century fisherman’s cottage which has retained much of it’s architectural elements  The details which are preserved give the home warmth and depth, and a sense of story behind the charming details.  The irregular walls, original plasterwork and ancient floors have all remained true to their original form and provide some interest.

Avant-Gardenist on Flicker features the chapter that covers Frederic Mechiche in the book Rooms To Remember – Interiors Inspired by the Past By Barbara Stoeltie. Here are few excerpts from the book:

“Whatever the reason, the desire for the patina of a bygone era is very powerful. Frederic Mechichc, one of France’s most prominent designers, has busied himself in his old fisherman’s house in the south of France in an attempt to “deceive the eye”, furiously attacking his walls with a hammer and having them re-stuccoed as many times as necessary to achieve an age-worn surface.Mechiche has proved over the years that he is a master of the most complicated means of achieving an illusion of age. He has stained his walls with pigment, milk, and coffee, ground away at the edges of a stone staircase to create the impression ot wear, and applied layers of paint to a wall, only to scrape them off later to obtain a multi-layered that could have been caused by centuries of repainting.”

” A few years ago, however,he managed to overcome his horror of the French Riviera for long enough to visit a friend in the area who claimed to have found a haven of peace. Strolling through the narrow, twisting streets of an ancient town with a Romanesque church, he was suddenly confronted with “a small, tall house, eaten away by time, unusually beautiful, and up for sale.” The estate agents description of “warped” floors and “appalling” condition were enough to whet his appetite. Mechiehe was on the lookout tor things authentic and deeply suspicious ot terms like “luxury,” “frilly restored,”and “impeccable,” saying “I’d rather contemplate a door and a few windows with their paint peeling off!” Where the patina of centuries did not exist, Frederic Mechiche invented it. First of all, he astonished the whole neighborhood by climbing up a ladder and plastering……  the entire surface of his facade with an ocher paste,daubing it with evil-smelling mud, and drenching the result with hundreds of gallons of greasy, opaque water to recreate the effect of age. Then a team of masons,
carpenters, and painters came and went for six months, and Mechiehe spent weeks going around the demolition yards of the region, tracking down eighteenth-century architectural salvage”

If you like the pictures featured in Rooms To Remember – Interiors Inspired by the Past consider buying the book….

More About Rooms To Remember:

The Stoelties, regular contributors to World of Interiors magazine, depict European and American interiors that use the period of their historic buildings to inspire their interiors. Rather than authentic re-creations of period decorating, these interiors have been designed to combine contemporary decorating styles with historic furniture and decorative accessories”

Barbara Stoeltie has been a regular contributor to The World of Interiors since 1984 and regularly collaborates with her husband Rene’ on magazine articles.Rene’ Stoeltie’s own interiors have been featured in Decoration Internationale, and his photographic work has appeared in magazines all over the world, including The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle, Country Homes and Interiors, Harper’s Bazaar, Colonial Homes, and Classic Homes.

Timeless Interiors: Rooms Inspired by the Past by Barbara Stoeltie and Rene Stoeltie– Timeless Interiors is about capturing the romance of the past without throwing away your washing machine and living in an old fashioned way. Primarily an inspirational source book, it shows how to recreate the tricks designers use: she shows why a room looks romantic and how to get that effect through colors, paint, wallpaper, flower arrangements or still-lives on a shelf. The opening chapter of the book is a detailed story of the featured houses. The following sections are divided room by room: halls, sitting rooms, studies, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms.

Picture Credits

Picture Credits are due to Sotto Il Monte Vineyards Blog, whom scanned in all these beautiful pictures below.  The original source is – Mediterranean Living By Lisa Lovatt-Smith

Other Beautiful Posts By Sotte Il Monte Vineyards Blog

Christian Tortu – Design Inspiration – Christian Tortu is one of the leading floral designers in France

– Charleston Interior Designer Amelia Handegan’s summer house at Folly Beach

Additional Links:

French Style Authority Blog– French Decorator Frédéric Méchiche

Elle Decor -In a former office building, French decorator Frédéric Méchiche re-creates 18th-century grandeur for a couple who also love contemporary art.

Trouvais Blog– An 18th century Venetian églomisé mirror are from Frédéric Méchiche’s Paris apartment in the January 1994 issue of World of Interiors photographed by René Stoeltie.

Door Sixteen Blog–  Interior designer Frédéric Méchiche‘s 1712 home in le Marais, which he calls “a tribute to Bauhaus in Paris”.

My Best Interior Design Ideas– Interior Designer Frederic Mechiche’s apartment in Paris

Interior Archive– Interior designer Frederic Mechiche’s Parisien home was once 3 separate apartments that he has reorganized to form one light, harmonious apartment on two floors with the guiding idea of creating something of the feel of a small Directoire townhouse. Remodelled with salvaged wooden panelling, period stone floors, cornicing and mouldings the space has the laid back organic feel

Frederic Mechiche in the book Rooms To Remember – Interiors Inspired by the Past By Barbara Stoeltie.