An Appreciation Of French Style, In Honor Of Bastille Day

Above, Cathy Kincaid channels classic French country style in an Arizona home, as featured in House Beautiful.As true in the world of fashion, France has a certain way with design.  From Parisian apartments to country farmhouses, their interiors are thoughtfully decorated. With an appreciation for antiques, they incorporate them into their decorating, even in their modern interiors. Shape is also important — French-styled furniture tends to be curvier and more finely detailed than their counterparts in other countries. Their love of architecture is also reflected in their homes, through the use of elements like French doors and paneling, wrought iron, and rough-hewn beams. So is a love of fabric, that runs the gamut from small prints in sunflower yellow and deep blue, toiles, velvet, to the burlap of grain sacks.

As we wave our French flags and toast with champagne on this holiday, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite French pieces currently on Viyet.

French Daybed

This “Vintage French Daybed”  has curved legs and painted wood. Though these elements feel certainly vintage, its ikat fabric gives the piece a modern edge. It has six legs, which give enough support for use as a sofa in a small room or apartment.

French Toile Settees

Classic French toile is showcased in these Vintage French Victorian Parlor Settees curated by Mission Avenue Studio. Their open frame is decorated with carvings of flowers and acantus leaves — the details draw your eye around each piece. They have kidney-shaped seats and add an air of elegance to your room either displayed alone or together.

French Chandelier

The Antique French Wrought Iron Six Light Chandelier reminds us of the street lamps and iron balconies of Paris. Purchased in France, this graceful chandelier features six faux candlesticks.

 

French Console Table

There is a love of painted finishes in France, like the faux marble top in the Antique French Gilt Wood Console Table. With strong cabriole legs and elegant proportions, this piece could work as an accent table in the kitchen, entryway, hall, or bedroom.

French Trolley Buffet

How charming would the Cote France Trolley Buffet look bringing coffee and éclairs to your guests?  Its white painted frame has delicate scalloping and two bottom shelves to display a beautiful soup tureen or extra dishes for a buffet.

French Antique Louis Desk

A desk can have many uses and be displayed in different ways. This Antique Louis XV Drop-Down Desk is gorgeous opened or closed. It is made of walnut and fruitwood, has includes the original brass details, key, and leather blotter. There are three exterior drawers, four interior drawers, and a secret compartment, making this desk both functional and fabulous.

French Armoire

We always image armoires when we think of French homes. The Antique Large French Painted Armoire by Celerie Kemble does not disappoint. Beautiful with its curved doors closed, it is equally beautiful with them open. Painted in a soft white-washed finish, its interior boasts two drawers, two cabinet doors, and two coral upper shelves (along with wine glass holders).

French Bistro Chairs

We would be remiss if we did not include the iconic French style bistro chair. The Loggia Gaston Chair, sold in a pair, have a distressed black finish with an inlaid rattan seat. Pull them up to a small table and sip an aperitif before dinner.

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