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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Design on Friday 7

Friday, February 24, 2017

~ Accessories ~

Paris Hôtel de Ville 
When selecting furnishings, lighting, and accessories for a French Country look, how do we decide what to use? Botanic Bleu provides examples straight from France through photos taken by me. Together we will study the photos, and then see how to translate French designs into our own homes. 

Lamp posts on the wide paved plaza in front of the Paris Hôtel de Ville (city hall) are as beautiful as utilitarian. Instead of a plain lamp post and base, the bases are intricate multi-layered patterns made more beautiful by people constantly touching them over the past one hundred and twenty-five years. With each touch a little of the top color is removed to reveal the under base color. 

Add French Country design to your home by choosing accessories with intricate patterns like the raised leaf pattern in the base of a small music stand. The base shown is not a perfect match for the Paris street lamp base, but has the same overall feel in color, patina, and design as the street lamp base. 

Large pieces like stone walls, ceiling beams, armoires and bergère chairs are the foundation for French Country design in a room, but accessories reinforce the look. A coherent design comes from layering the design with smaller pieces. 

Music stands are not just for music scores. Display books, magazines, small framed prints, greeting cards, or vintage French documents on a music stand to add another layer to a room's decor. 

Change the items on the music stand when the seasons change. This is an easy way to add extra zest to a room without spending much money. The cherubs used for Valentine's will soon be replaced with prints of Spring flowers, birds, nests, and trees. 

A white tabletop wreath holder has a French style base with scrolled designs as well as a French style top with a shell design. 

 Accessories can make or break a room's overall design. With just a little investment, a room begins to F E E L  French Country. The wreath holder came from Hobby Lobby, and the music stand came from a small local gift shop. Each piece cost far less than a lamp, but adds as much to a room's design as a lamp does. 

Speaking of lamps, watch for lamps with designs similar to the Paris lamp post. I have my eye on a lamp I hope to buy this year. 

If you are trying to have an authentic touch of French style in your home, visit Botanic Bleu on Fridays to go to the source for French style through snapshots of French architecture, houses, textiles, metal work, food, woodwork, landscapes... and discover inspiration for creating 

a French-inspired garden and home. 

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For French Country Design from others, see Botanic Bleu's Pinterest board, French Country Design, and a group Pinterest board to which Botanic Bleu contributes, French Country Decor Ideas

For more French style straight from the source, click on the French Inspiration links in the sidebar to read sites devoted to French joie de vivre

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What accessories do you use to add to your home's style?
Share how you use unusual items to give your home your signature style.... 
farmhouse, shabby chic, traditional, industrial, modern... 


  1. Music to this lover of details. Your home is lovely, Judith. I especially like that you've included warm wood tones in your mix. IN LOVE with your wreath stand ...Hobby Lobby here I come. ;)
    Thank you for stopping by the journal with kind words, always the perfect blog-warming gift.

  2. Such lovely inspiration! My Mom loved French Country decor and I learned to appreciate its charming details from her. Your photos are lovely.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  3. Love how you use that beautiful music stand. Have a great weekend!

  4. Oh Judith you share the most exquisite items and your photography is truly perfection.
    Have a lovey weekend,

  5. This is a good reminder to stop and smell the roses! I wonder how many people have passed those lamp posts and have never noticed their artistry and craftsmanship? I wonder what I have personally missed by simply rushing by and never stopping to observe and appreciate??

    The music stand idea is brilliant as is the wreath holder.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  6. Love how you recreated the lamp post look! French style is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing how to get the look!

  7. You have such a good eye and notice the slightest details that bring overall beauty The music stand is a beauty and what a score from Hobby Lobby! You're good!

  8. Wonderful post- love how you incorporated french architecture into decor details!
    We don't have a Hobby Lobby nearby but I will look online- just love the wreath stand!


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