The French love to use an eclectic mix of furniture, some new, mostly old. Many pieces are reworked from their original purpose, giving new life to stuff that was otherwise lost. Architectural elements are brought indoors, old wood panelling is found and used on just one wall in a room, chairs are mismatched.
The brocante style, more relaxed, definitely predominates over the more formal antique style furniture, and even families who have inherited special pieces of furniture through the generations will manage to dress them down, so they loses their formality and fit in seamlessly.
These pictures struck me as a perfect example of French country living today. They come from the magazine Cote Sud and were taken in the home of a young couple of decorators.
Personally I could live here, I think it works particularly well because it is in the South of France with that special light, so peculiar to the region. I would be comfortable in this neutral palette, sunlight streaming into the house, I’d love the relaxed atmosphere that feels luxurious in its simplicity.
Photos by Bernard Touillon