Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Loving French Country with a coastal feel...



I've always loved the French Country look...with a coastal twist. Although, until recently, I didn't know the look I loved had a name - until I stumbled across a story in Better Homes & Gardens titled...

....What is French Country??   Well, what it is, according to BHG - is an elegant look - with elements of nature and the country mixed in. My own definition - adds in touches of the ocean to give it that sea inspired feel that I love so much.

The primary elements in this look are antiques, mixed in with the colors of blue, yellow, gold and white - with trims of lace and fringe along with decorative finishes of stucco, distressed and patina.  My added in elements are seashells, starfish, crisp white lines and light blue details that represent the ocean.  

Here are some of my favorite looks that represent the essence of French Country infused with a coastal twist...



This mantle and mirror as a headboard 
is fabulous.  And the seashells...


Gorgeous blues and whites... with 
touches of the ocean


What a pretty farmhouse style table....


Gotta have a starfish or two...or three...


Love these slipcovers on the chairs....
I want to copy this look for my dining area


The chair fabric is tres chic.  And the mirror - Oh my!!!


Shells and roses - the perfect combination


Love the gold hues in these rooms.....


This coffee table is fabulous.....


Can't decide what my favorite thing in this photo is...
it all works so well together


Beautiful combination of golds, blues and beiges.....


And last, but certainly not least... 
what's French Country without
 a tranquil garden to dream in?






17 comments:

Donna said...

Oh, wow! These photos are stunning, and impossible to pick a favorite! I adore the couch in the first photo, the color of the frame is just perfect, and so is that sweet little ruffled pillow. Of course I love toile, so I am drawn to that as well. I am in love with all of the blue and white! And the white table that the roosters are on is so neat! Thanks for all of the great inspiration :)

Drawn to The Sea said...

I can't imagine these gorgeous rooms without the coastal elements... & I can't help but notice how perfectly the blues match your blog background. Soothing & inviting... beautiful!

Beach House Living said...

Great mirror. Now, that lap pool is truly sublime!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Well, now you've gone and done it! I'm in love with each and every picture. It would be impossible to pick a favorite but I do love the picture with the white picnic style table and the toile and the roosters. And the roses and shells are divine. Each picture is pure heaven.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

That sofa in the first shot is dreamy!! But then again so is the headboard. Sigh!

Beach Vintage said...

I am in love with this look too!

Tammy said...

You picked some really great photos!
I adore this look and wish I could change every room in my house to look like this..
RIGHT NOW!!
Tammy :-)

simpledaisy said...

Love the first photo....dreamy!!
I love the french country style too:):)

The Zhush said...

These are so pretty! In love with that dining room!

Kaybe said...

I'm liking the shell mirror - gorgeous.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Dreamy and romantic inside and out!

Marie said...

J'adore french country myself. The images you posted are all quintessential elements of this design. I wish I have that garden (sigh).
-marie

Debbie said...

LOVING the first picture! The sofa is beautiful!
Great pictures for inspiration.
Thank you for sharing with us.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Debbie! Hey, that bed almost looks like mine! You inspired me so much that I'm going to line up some shells on my mantel-headboard tomorrow! :) We sure think alike when it comes to French Country Coastal decor. SIGH!!!!! It's sooooo beautiful! Hope you're doing well, friend!

xoxo laurie

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I love these pictures, Debbie! The picture of the mantel/mirror as a headboard is one of my favorites. I love that whole house... just gorgeous! It's in one of the bookazines I have (forgot the exact name... Cottage something...).
I hope you're doing well my friend. Have a great weekend!
~ Jo :)

Denise@alloverroses said...

Wow these are all so gorgeous! Love the blue and white toile! They are all so pleasing and tranquil. Thanks for sharing such a great post!
Denise

Theresa @junk2jewels-diy.blogspot.com said...

I love this! I have been struggling with how to incorporate all the styles I love, as you, into one room and you have shown great examples! Thank you!!