authentic french country style

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]As I have often said here, real French country is not about bling, it is not about huge, it is not about spectacular show.[blank]
[blank]When I saw these pictures of a restored property in Normandy, I thought what a perfect example of French country style it makes.[blank]

[blank]There is so much to love here:  the muted colours; the natural materials; the mix of old and new and of course the simple, comfortable style.[blank]

[blank]I hope you enjoy these pictures, that reflect so accurately the way we like to live here in north west France.[blank]
all pictures thanks to Campagne & decoration


Barbara April 16, 2013 - 10:00 am

Hello Sharon,
How beautiful your French country world is indeed!!! It is so peaceful and tranquil yet invigorating at the same time~I love it so!! If I could move, I would, in a minute! I long for the peace and the authentic.

So looking forward to September when I will experience it with you!!
Thank you for your wonderful blog that brings your beauty to us!!

Warmest Wishes,
Barbara P.

Martha April 16, 2013 - 10:25 am

When "style" crosses "the pond", it does seem to change up a bit — whether French or English . . . but there is nothing like real style that you find in that country! Lovely pictures!

Ann April 16, 2013 - 10:56 am

What a warm home
the stones, the floor, the woods
I just love it ♥

Francesca Meazza Passionedeco April 16, 2013 - 11:40 am

authenticity, that's the point!!

Francine Gardner April 16, 2013 - 12:23 pm

This is so charming, I love the house

Gee Singh Newbanks April 16, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Luv the muted colours… the simplicity. So calm and soothing.
Cheers, Gee

Jenny Short April 16, 2013 - 3:31 pm

It pulls you inside where you want to stay awhile.

Sarah Malone, European Farmhouse Charm April 16, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Hi Sharon!
love the photos-understated french elegance at it's best. Such inspiration! We are close to closing in on a new project (22 acres with an old barnhouse). A real country place with lots of potential for "understated french and european elegance".
Tom's dream property for sure…he plans to plant a small vineyard and we'll eventually build a "proper french farmhouse". Cannot wait to dive in- even though we're not finished with our current project! Need to find a way to make a living doing this-it's way too much fun. You have no idea how you have inspired me and I'm running with it!!
Stay tuned and our best to you!
Sarah XO

Suzanne at Lake and Garden April 16, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Hi Sharon,
What a perfectly charming country retreat.
It's hard to imagine a more relaxing or cozy grouping around a fireplace. Thanks for sharing!

Lorrie April 16, 2013 - 6:45 pm

It's so simple and lovely. Relaxed, as a home should be.

Linda April 16, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Lovely photos, exactly the way I would want my home to "feel"!
Doing the work ourselves make the results even more authentic, if that is possible.
Although I have run into a snag when it come to upholstery… what do the French use for the foam inside the furniture cushions? I could use some help with this problem. I haven't been able to make myself understood, even with my dramatic/comical pantomime! I am currently recovering several very old pieces from a Brocante that must have new cushions.

Poussy Stitches My Love April 16, 2013 - 7:37 pm

C'est vraiment très joli

bisous de FRANCE

designchic April 17, 2013 - 12:57 am

So warm and charming, and I just love the exposed beams and amazing staircase!!

Karene April 17, 2013 - 6:35 am

Simply lovely. Thanks!

Vintage Finds April 17, 2013 - 8:03 am

Traditionally, simple, lovely, understated. This 'look' seems simple but is in fact so hard to achieve this level of elegance and simplicity. And yes the north west of France seems to do it so well!


PamLuvsPink April 17, 2013 - 8:10 am

Hi Sharon!!!

I see history and beauty!!!

I love how the exposed beams give it that history I so love in Europe. The fireplace in the living room gives it a homey warmth to the place and if those walls on the outside could talk of all that it has seen over the last 200 or so years, it would be years before it finished!!

Thank you!!


Karen (Back Road Journal) April 17, 2013 - 2:10 pm

I love the way the old and worn is mixed the the new into a simple and charming home.

Stacey Snacks April 17, 2013 - 4:12 pm

I love the horse show metal plaque prizes on the outside wall.
I just bought one from Jessica at Atelier B! I hung it on my front door!

peggy braswell April 17, 2013 - 5:31 pm

These are beautiful, Campagne Decoration is such a lovely mag. thank you.

Colleen Taylor April 17, 2013 - 5:47 pm

My eyes are feasting on the simple style that evokes not only the warmth but a scent of the woods used within these homes. Love, thank you for sharing these Sharon. XO

My Grama's Soul April 18, 2013 - 5:26 am

Ah…….simple abundance at it's best.



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