I once visited The Palace of Versailles in France. It’s pretty fabulous. If you are a history buff, an architecture guru, a landscaping master, or a design enthusiast, put it on your bucket list. The design elements of Versailles can actually be brought into our own homes in small doses. If you love crystal chandeliers, carved wood, gilded frames, painted furniture and beautiful textiles, you are like so many of us who are taken with the elegant French look. The shabby chic style that is so popular right now in home design has elements of this French style, which has been around for hundreds of years. It’s timeless. It makes my heart skip a beat. Even if you can’t see yourself with an ornate chandelier hanging above your bed at night, you can still incorporate some French beauty into your living space. How about a beautiful ornately carved piece of wood furniture? What’s great about interior design is that we aren’t locked into one style or one design type. We can shake things up by throwing together all the elements we like from many different design styles. It’s our home….. we can do what we want with it.
This is an antique French pie safe. It’s a little too elaborate to actually store pies in.
Elegant curved legs on a Louis chair.
Crystal chandeliers scream French elegance.
French toile pattern on wallpaper.
The iconic French rooster.
Beautiful textiles are an important part of a French look. Lovely patterns in your upholstery, draperies and throw pillows can add softness and give your room the elegance of a French chateau.
These corbels have a French flair about them.
I purchased this French tapestry several years ago from a Lerner clothing store in Missouri. At one time, they sold a few items of home decor. It was actually made in France. Go figure.
The French fleur-de-lis. I had to have it as part of my Caprice~Cailin Design logo.
This metal piece was purchased at a flea market in a small town in Kansas.
I do have a chandelier hanging over my bed! And notice how the textiles of the pillows and comforter play a role in the whole look of the room.
Another French style chair.
These metal ceiling tile replicas were purchased at a ROSS store for about $16 a piece. Even ROSS can supply us with French design.
I may or may not have borrowed this candelabra from my mother and never returned it. (wink wink)
I don’t know if I’ll ever get to visit the magnificent Versailles in France again, but I can definitely bring in beautiful French influenced elements to make me feel like I’m living in my own little palace.
Happy decorating! Caprice~Cailin Design