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.

Reproduction Bombe Chest from Layla Grayce

Bombé Not Bombay

Typical of the flamboyant rococo style, bombé commodes add a sexy, feminine touch to any room. All the rage during the reign of Louis XV and his royal mistress Madame de Pompadour, rococo style can be summed up in one word: curves. Highly skilled furniture makers of the time, known as ébénistes, developed methods that allowed them to shape wood panels and trim into the serpentine forms that are still popular today. Image courtesy of Eloquence

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