In her book The French-Inspired Home (CICO Books, $29.95), designer and author Carolyn Westbrook writes that a true romantic home applies the French technique of layering texture and color. From gilded mirrors and textiles to faded rugs and mirrored trays, certain lightly timeworn accessories can create a charming setting when arranged in the same room. “It is always exciting to see something in a whole new way, and let’s face it, things go out of style, so it is important to keep inspired and current,” she notes. This is accomplished by moving the same objects into other rooms paired with different items from time to time. She offers advice on how to achieve different interior looks by showing three homes that feature very different idyllic French styles. Opting for timeless and timeworn elements instead of trends, she feels these qualities represents the true meaning this is the true meaning of French-inspired interiors. Read on and see how you can bring a touch of French comfort into your own home.
When it comes to styling a bookshelf, the key is intertwining a variety of textures and objects, from silver and wicker to framed prints and plants. This French country house exudes comfort, mixing antique fabrics, gold-finished mirrors, and sturdy furniture. In the dining room, on a wooden shelf (shown), a silver punch bowl holds a large green ivy plant next to a graphic antler candlestick holder. A variety of woven baskets sit among stacks of books. A basket hanging on the wall holds dried hydrangeas.
Lighting and layering are two styling elements that can help achieve a romantic feel. The chandeliers—handpicked in Paris—set the tone for this French boudoir and are just two of 105 in the entire country house. Layering pillows of silk, velvet, and linen on the bed and daybed creates the feeling of a sanctuary. An antique spool bed in neutral gray tones complements the texture of the stone and plaster walls, while the natural toile print on the chairs adds to the room’s subdued palette.
Here, a signature French farmhouse displays only the best pieces of a collection, mixing them with aged elements such as exposed beams. The simple black-and-white patterned floor tile in this bathroom complements a stunning and large ornate mirror leaning on the floor, in front of which an additional, smaller, tri-panel vanity mirror sits, creating an interesting, layered effect. The vanity’s silk-tufted and embroidered chair adds a softness to the mix.
In one of the houses Westbrook showcases in her book, the decor is distinctly light and romantic, with white silk curtains, faded floor coverings, and pops of pinks from accessories and florals. This welcoming foyer (shown) uses a quiet neutral palette as the backdrop for a mirrored dresser filled with antique mercury glass. A large bounty of green ferns and florals brings in nature, balancing the massive chandelier and elegantly curving staircase.
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