Decor We Adore: French-Inspired Design Ideas

From Parisian palace to country cottage, French aristocrats and peasants alike set trends for fabric, furnishings and a sophisticated approach to decorating a home that still inspire us today.

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Boomerang Style

American postwar prosperity in the 1950s saw a dramatic rise in the popularity of French country — aka provincial — style as young, newly affluent families embraced formality and a genteel lifestyle. Combining classic elements such as columns, cabriole legs and rosettes, French country style is essentially a rustic take on furnishings popular in the 18th-century courts of Kings Louis 13, 14, 15 and 16. Image courtesy of Dovetail

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