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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

3 Changes to a French Country Bathroom

Thursday, March 26, 2015

French Country magazines published here in the USA 
remind me of the homes, furniture, architecture, 
dishes, linens, fabrics, gardens, 
and the list just goes on and on... 
 of things that mesmerize me each time I travel through France. 

Larger and larger numbers of blogs devote posts 
showcasing French Country and how to get the look. 

Equipped with these excellent resources with detailed photographs 
and often authentic commentary by French writers,  
I study the elements of French Country and continue 
to replace, to rearrange, and to update rooms in my house.
Each time I make a change,
I look at my inspiration photos to capture a French feel. 

Slowly over time the American Country feel of 
my house has been replaced with a French Country style
that continues to change.   

Changes over the past two years in the master bathroom 
 created a French Country style to the bathroom. 

Last year a white child's chair held French lavender sachets and 
a lavender embroidered towel from France. 
The little chair is from an antique store and 
was a Christmas present from my husband several years ago. 

The wire basket with its white fabric lining has a French feel. 
Always looking for a bargain, 
I was excited to find this wire basket at HomeGoods last year. 

While the pieces emulate French farmhouse, 
I decided to rearrange existing pieces to create a 
less French farmhouse and more French salon look. 

Look at the difference three changes made. 

The same space with the same lavender embroidered towel 
now looks more elegant French Country than French farmhouse. 

The ottoman with its curved wooden legs and 
blue and white toile fabric replaced the small white chair.
Blue and white contrast cording accentuates the
curves in the cushion's shape and the curves in the wood.
Previously the ottoman sat in the master bedroom
with a chair covered in matching blue and white toile. 

A large ruffled-edge flower pot sits where the 
round metal basket with its white fabric liner once was.

A small grey concrete rose bundle replaced a bird card holder 
on the windowsill.

Previously the rose bundle was part of last year's Christmas mantel.
See how it looked at French Christmas Mantel.

Soft blues, whites, and whitewashed wood 
echo the faded colors of French salons. 

More updates are in store for the small sink vanity next to this window. 
White paint on the vanity, a new medicine cabinet, 
and a new mirror are in the works. 
I'm still looking for just the right French-inspired 
medicine cabinet and new mirror. 


Pinterest has become my biggest collection of
clippings for French-inspired decoration and sources.
Looking for your own inspiration and sources?
See Botanic Bleu's Pinterest Boards for both house and garden.
French Country Design 
French Inspiration 
Country French Fleurs 
French Lavande

Love a little color inspiration?
French Bleu 
French Rosé 

Would you like to see more of the French Country
changes made to the house?

The changes began in the kitchen. 
White paint transformed the pine cabinets into a brighter, 
airier look with a decided French Country kitchen style. 
Before and after photos illustrate the transformation in 
French Country Kitchen.

Kitchen French inspiration can be seen at
8 Ways to Infuse French Elements Into a Kitchen

Changes in the master bathroom include
White Paint and French Details in the Master Bath
Lavender Touches - Bath Decor