By Pamela Masin

Published on January 14, 2017

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Photography by louise desrosiers
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Just because your home isn’t in the countryside of Provence doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your space in the elegant style of the area. With help from these trusted bloggers, you can bring the relaxed sophistication of French country design to wherever you live in the world. They’ll show you how to effortlessly decorate with distressed wood, curved furnishings, natural fabrics, lots of patterns and soothing hues, which are all mainstays of the polished, yet rustic look. So grab a bottle of Bordeaux and kick back—because these inspiring French country decorating blogs will definitely keep you scrolling well past glass number two.

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Photography by My French Country Home

My French Country Home

Sharon Santoni keeps us coming back to her blog for its impeccably curated images that make us want to jump on the next flight to France—and then drive straight to her house in Normandy. For the past 7 years, Sharon has opened her ultra-inspiring home to readers for a detailed look into an authentic French country lifestyle. From farmhouse decorating with grace to creating the perfect cheese board to maintaining an impeccable garden, there’s so much to learn from My French Country Home it’s hard to stop clicking. Her understated, artful approach to design makes it easy to see how elements of it can translate into your own home. Be sure to take note of her tips on exploring France and insight into buying French antiques, which will come in handy when you take your bucket list trip.  

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Photography by Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Interior designer Anita Joyce doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to French design. The talented blogger and author of French Accents has an enviable eye for the elegant style—so much so you won’t believe her two homes are actually in Texas! We often find ourselves lost in a daydream just looking at her rooms filled with upholstered furnishings and pretty pastels. Expect to also find budget-friendly repurposing projects, ingenious room renovations, and decorating tips that even beginner designers will find approachable. Basically, if you have any questions about incorporating French country charm into your home, you’ll find the answers here.

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Photography by French Country Cottage

French Country Cottage

This California girl knows a thing or two about mixing Old World glamor, rustic décor, and modern furnishings, and we seriously can’t get enough of it. While French Country Cottage has plenty of interior eye candy, what we love about Courtney’s blog is her ability to make French design seem achievable, not just aspirational. Easy-to-follow styling advice and DIYs that take some extra flea market scouring, but pay off big, make for a practical, budget-friendly way to get the look without doing a complete overhaul of the things you already have.

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Photography by Manon 21

Manon 21

Follow along with this Lyon, France-based blogger who writes Manon 21 as a visual diary of sorts. Travel images that show French country influence around the world, rustic chic DIYs, Pinterest-perfect home décor, pretty (and delicious looking) French cuisine, and plenty of design inspiration will keep you reading for days. Manon 21 needs to be translated to English (your web browser should automatically do that for you), but even without words, the images speak for themselves.

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Photography by Maison de Pax

Maison de Pax

Texas native Rachel Paxton launched her blog as a hobby when she moved to Paris with her husband in 2009. Now back in the states, she brought French design influence back to her modern Texas home. Her keen eye for incorporating rustic touches in a contemporary-looking room, plus advice on everything from how to chalk paint kitchen cabinets to deciding on a neutral rug that fits with your decor, makes us excited to see what she’ll do next. 

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Photography by Manger

Manger

While technically a food blog, chef and cookbook author Mimi Thorisson serves up more than enough design inspiration to transport us to her home in Médoc, France. Gorgeous images, courtesy of her photographer husband Oddur Thorisson, capture the essence of French country living. Here, you’ll find plenty of awe-inspiring shots of fresh vegetables on antique servingware, distressed wood furnishings galore, beautiful vintage dishes, and scenes of the countryside that look like stills from a movie set. Trust us, this is as authentic as it gets.

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Photography by Maison Decor

Maison Decor

A charming home with loads of French flair…yes, please! With projects that range from do-it-before-dinnertime DIYs (like how to transfer custom French labels) to bigger undertakings (like reupholstering an antique chair), plus fun anecdotes of Amy Chalmer’s life in New England—we keep this one in our weekly rotation for its approachable nature and downright tres chic décor.

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Photography by Shabbyfufu

Shabbyfufu 

Blogger extraordinaire Janet Coon keeps us inspired with bright and airy interiors that have just the right mix of modern farmhouse and French country appeal. Be prepared for jaw-dropping before-and-after renovations and projects that bring touches of country charm into your space, all with contemporary spins.

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Photography by Designthusiasm

Designthusiasm

Lory’s blog celebrates the beauty and ease of French country design with a seemingly endless feed of interiors that showcase the elegant look. Her design aesthetic is on the fanciful side—think lots of feminine details, vibrant colors, mixed patterns and ruffles—while her thoughtful product guides help bring the look life. Plan to extend your home décor shopping list with this one.