Our stylist Melissa Smith’s home is a French dream. Rustic wood paired with romantic hues and plenty of vintage finds fill her house and make it totally swoon-worthy. She’s an expert at layering textures like linen, wood, and metal. Her whole home exudes an atmosphere straight out of the French countryside, even down to the sweet, herbal lavender scent. We even featured it in our recent French Cottage issue, and it was a reader favorite. Below, she’s listed a few tips on styling your home to create a soft, romantic French style.
Layers of wood, copper, and time worn antiques are great ways to add warmth to your space.
Blooms in shades of lavender always bring out a French feel in any living space.
Store collected treasures together for impactful French appeal, bundle linens together to add softness, and try incorporating bundles of dried lavender throughout the home for light fragrance and an added French aesthetic.
The French are not afraid to mix their fabrics—linens, silks, velvet and brocades can be layered to give a French country appeal.
Original oil paintings add a layer of interest that is not easily matched—start a collection of your own like this art from Caroline Elizabeth (@carolina.elizabeth.art on Instagram).