Erin Lane Blog
Over the last several years we have seen a real explosion in the Shabby Chic & French Farmhouse look. Rachel Ashwell is synonymous with the term Shabby Chic and opened her first shop in Santa Monica back in the eighties and really gets Shabby Chic right. Annie Sloan has introduced her line of fabulous chalk paints and its popularity is staggering. There is a lot of people doing it right and a lot of people doing it not so right.
The beauty of creating an authentic, French Country look is sourcing vintage items have aged beautifully and have a patina only time can provide. Here are some designers & home owners doing French right.
There is a common thread throughout good French design. Starting with a neutral color palette, textures galore, industrial objects, curiosities, & architectural pieces.
French Provincial Armchair
Louis XVI Trumeau Mirror
French Wrought Iron Garden Gates
French Grape Harvest Basket Hotte
French Chalkware Garden Statue Sheperd
19th Century French Farmhouse Benches
19th Century Italian Carved Cerused Wood Armoire
Set of 6 French Louis XV Carved Dining Chairs
French Louis XV Style Dining Table
Lastly, don't forget to add your fresh rosemary and lavender bushes & Hungarian grain sacks.
Slow, long days, trips to the beach, family vacations, watermelon, and barbecues are all the things we love about summer. I put together a few of our favorite decorating essentials that convey those summer breezes all year long and pieces that can stand up to sand, water, and lounging.
Here are the 5 easy ways to achieve this look:
1. A Neutral Sofa: Anything linen, natural fibers, in a white, cream, gray or striped palate is perfect.
2. Texture, texture, texture. This is achieved by adding in blankets, baskets, window coverings, rugs, and pillows.
3. Pillows for pops of color and contrast.
4. Anchor your space with a neutral seagrass or jute rug. Perfect for all those sandy, wet feet coming in and out.
5. Collected objects: Display your favorite seashells, coral, or fishing weights grouped together in an oversized basket or under a glass cloche.