FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE has always evoked an elusive
and somewhat indefinable air of wonderful living at its relaxed
and casual best. This land is diverse, with the rustic, half
timbered cottages of Normandy, and the ancient stone farmhouses
of Provence. Whether it is southern fields of blue/purple lavender
scenting the summer air, or bright red poppies bobbing their
heads on long slender stems near a hamlet in the Normandy countryside,
there is always an awareness and appreciation of the generous
bounty of nature. Seeing the beauty and uniqueness in the everyday
and the natural world around us is one of the qualities that
we associate with this look.
items with a organic persuasion, such as our botanical curtains
and botanical pillows can add the right touch. A touch of the
outdoors can be introduced with our “Whitewashed
Bay Leaf” Curtain
and matching “Whitewashed
Bay Leaf” Pillow,
which feature real leaves, lightly “whitewashed” and
adhered to a crisp white, poly mix fabric. Add another natural
touch by gently tyhing them back with one of the Caravan Jute
Tassels for a wonderfully casual, yet elegant window treatment.
Natural fibers, such as jute, raffia, and bamboo fit easily into
this country décor.
texture of clays and terracotta add the warm shades of russet,
umber and ocher to the color palette. Items made from these earthy
materials can add both practicality and ambiance. The small, practical
Pot is made with the same clays, and in the same
shape that it has been for the last few hundred years. The terracotta
has a wonderful range of hues, from deep russet to a pale buttercream.
This is a perfect piece for holding a handful of dried lavender,
or my favorite use, as a paintbrush caddy for my artist’s
materials play a large role in the FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE
look. Bamboo, probably one of the world’s most versatile
materials is right at home in this décor. Even the everyday
necessities of life often are given a new panache in the FRENCH
COUNTRYSIDE look as with our Bamboo
Folding Rack, which adds a delightful way to display
and use bath accessories. Try this piece in a guest bathroom,
with lavender scented soaps and warm, earthy colored towels. Our
Display Shelf is compact, can be “dressed up”
with scarves, fabric bits, etc., and can easily accommodate a
variety of favorite things.
COUNTRYSIDE embraces the old, the found, and the discarded,
with the special talent of finding new uses for otherwise obsolete
items. The patina of age adds value and desirability, particularly
in those items fashioned from earth, clay or metal. Copper
Wash Tea Chests in tin, and flooded with a copper wash
have a warm, mellow look and are great for personal storage, or
try them out as an usual gift “box” or “basket”!
Matching Copper Wash Flower Cylinders look like
they came right off a village flower vendor’s cart. Tin,
copper and other everyday metals are perfect accents against other,
softer organic materials.
FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE look is achieved with causal
groupings of objects or the addition of an unexpected accent.
A selection of French
Tin Bottles together on a windowsill, a small decorative
birdhouse hanging in a window, these tiny touches add to the rural
character. Our set of three diminutive Bird Huts will add a splash
of colorful whimsy wherever you hang them.
the growing, preparing and eating of the local harvest, plays
a huge role in this lifestyle, and food, fake or faux food, can
play a vital, decorative role in creating the mood. Hang a swag
of faux Onion
Braids from a pot rack or wall hook in the kitchen,
or let them meander around a window or across the top of a doorway.
Fill a Nigo
Basket Tray with any of four different sizes of our
Sprouting Onions (which you will never believe are fake, they
are covered in actual onion skins!) for an incredible centerpiece,
or leave the fake onions in their wooden crates for a wonderfully
is apple country, apple blossoms in Mid April to mid May; and
harvest time, from September to early December. Left as pure juice,
or made into a sparkling fermented cider or the potent apple brandy,
the apple represents this region in the same way that lavender
fields and sunflower filled meadows bring the southern region
of Provence to mind. France has embraced this versatile fruit
as a decorating and design icon. Apples, especially the green
ones, are seen on everything from paintings to place settings,
linens to floral arrangements, and the green apples themselves
are often arranged and used in the same manner as a favorite accessory.
Our Wood Crated Green Apples are fakes, but look
so real you may be tempted to take a bite. Whether left in their
rustic crate, or used individually, they can instantly bring a
touch of the FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE into your décor
with this faux fruit. Or, try a big bowl filled with any of our
other fake, but very realistic, Wood
Wood Crated Fruit
for other great faux food ideas in our Fake
Fish, Food & Bugs.
An appreciation for the simplicity of things made by hand plays
into this mood also, especially when the items are made from natural
fibers. Utilitarian items, such as serving trays can be both functional,
yet decorative. Our River
Reed Trays are hand bound with a metal structure
under the fibers for added strength. Just add a few pieces of
fruit (real or faux) for a quick, easy way to add to your French
River Reed Trays
Our FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE is an attitude, a state
of mind, and above all, an approach to living that embraces an
appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of nature. It is stone
cottages tucked into hillsides dotted with ancient olive trees.
It is winding roads that lead to small villages devoted to the
cultivation of aromatic herbs. It is open skies, earthy colors,
a blue/teal Mediterranean sea, and a people that take life at
a more leisurely pace. You can bring this same ambiance into your
own home with rustic accessories, the color of clays and terracotta,
the patina of metals, the texture of organic fibers, and of course,
the emotional warmth of food, used as a decorative element as
well as sustenance.