Monday, October 5, 2015

Decorating French Country at Ramshackled Treasures

French Country has been around before Marie Antoinette was a stuffing her face with her first birthday cake. From the palatial grandeur of Versailles to the rustic country cottages of peasants,  this beautiful style has been preserved over the centuries and still inspires us today.

But what is French Country and how does one decorate? We are glad you asked. It's actually very simple. Let's break this down and start with the basics. 

Color Pallet

The wonderful thing about French Country style is there is much play room here. The most popular grounding colors for French Country are: whites and buttery creams and china blues. But really, anything goes!


Fabric is one of our favorite ways to add texture and interest to a room. There are thousands of French country textile choices out there--and you get to choose your very favorites! 

Rooster Toile

Flower Motif

French Script

Gingham Check

 French Toile

Ticking Stripe


In the the French Country style you'll often see a mixture of both painted and wood furniture. French Country is all about the little details. Here, you want to find furnishings that have texture, this can be found in the form of: embossing, stenciling, distressing and old looking hardware. 

As it so happens, French Country is our specialty and here are a few pieces in the store now that we wanted to spotlight. 

This hutch with the chicken wire door is a perfect example of French Country. (It would look very French provincial if you used it to display your baskets of vegetables or dishware.) Standard blue and white colors and stencil detail. Oh, and did we mention it's on sale for just $199?

This table is another superb example of a key piece in a French Country home. Creams and blues, floral pattern upholstery. On sale for $299. 

Here come your pastels! This dresser, secretary and a matching bedroom set is at the store now.


This photo is texture galore! In French Country decorating, dress forms are coveted. This lace dress form was hand designed by one of our talented artist. 

Hello, gorgeous! One-of-a-kind accent chair embodies all that we've been talking about. Simple, elegant, charmant! $99

And did we forget to mention you can have fun with French country? Our artist, Michelle, chose to crown this distressed dresser. 

Have you decorated your home in French Country? Are you considering it? If you need design advice, feel free to stop by the shop and ask! 

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