Provence is, of course, a hot region. So its design concepts are usually all about cool minimalism – but in a very traditional farmhouse type of way. And Provence oak furniture is also well-known for its warm, welcoming glow – as reflects the region itself.
Search on Provence interiors on the web and you’ll soon get a feel for what the region’s designs are all about; simplicity, quality, rustic charm and utility.
Some furniture suppliers specialize in providing furnishings which are true to the region’s design bases. Decorating with rustic, solid-looking furniture would grace any home interior looking to create this sort of design and feel.
Billy Baldwin Visit thedowneastdilettante.blogspot.com
Stunning Provence Style www.miss-design.com
Château d’Ansouis France loveisspeed.blogspot.com
A late 17th century room in Chateaux d’Ansouis, Provence, France.
(image: The World of Interiors, Jan 2002)
Every once in a while we come across one of those stores which specialize in a specific style. Paris Couture Antiques is one of those finds! This is the store for anyone who loves french pieces with a rustic aged finishes that become the spot light of your home that everyone wants to hear the story behind. Paris Couture primarily deals with antiques and home decor. After looking through their gallery, you will see they hand pick their selection to only feature the best. They offering a variety of European designer antiques with new upholstery, or aged old finishes which are entirely uniquely elegant. You will agree with me, it is one site to bookmark.
Provence Interiors Visit trouvais.com
Damask & baroque patterns have always remained popular though the years. It adds a bit of soft curves and detail to your over all look. The key to any decor is pattern. If you can add a couple things for the eye to look at, your room will never bore you~
Timothy Corrigan’s Spectacular French Château – The Grand Salon overlooks the château’s gardens, which were restored by the French government and are open to the public six times a year; fluted pilasters frame the doors and windows, and the George Smith armchairs are upholstered in a Schumacher linen. Visit architecturaldigest.com
Givenchy’s Paris House Visit markdsikes.com
Provence stonework interiors by Shaw Visit fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net
John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster. Pierre Frey Toile de Nantes.
Lillian Williams’s Louis XV chateau in Normandy.
Brune de Margerie (Vogue Paris)
It’s then easy to follow the motif throughout your home if this is the look you’re trying to create. Everything from beds to bedside tables, dining tables to whole kitchens can be created in a Provence style with relative ease – and the overall effect is truly stunning.
Of course, it may not be appropriate to every home. If you live in a city centre loft style apartment, for example, or a modern executive style home, then a complete rustic French farmhouse style within may be a little at odds with the environment. But even in these circumstances, a Provence style kitchen or a few individual pieces that mix in well can still look stunning. It isn’t a requirement, in other words, to live in a rural setting, to create a Provence feel, but if you’re doing this throughout your home in every room – then it certainly helps.
1860 Ebonized Napoleon III Style Bibliotheque Antiques On Old Plank Road
1870 French Napoleon III Ebonized Writing Table w Bronze Trim Antiques On Old Plank Road
1870 Monumental French Ebonized Napoleon III Bibliotheque Antiques On Old Plank Road
1870 French Napoleon III Ebonized Center Hall Table Antiques On Old Plank Road
1880 French Napoleon III Occasional Writing Table Antiques On Old Plank Road
Provence Interiors -Linda Lovatt-Smith Visit trouvais.com
London-based designers Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen
Early 19th Century Louis XV Style Figural Gilt-Bronze Mounted Tulipwood Marquetr Three-Drawer Bureau-Plat Cartonnier with Dual Clock-Works by Lenoir Paris By Jans Antiques