I am over-the-moon today to be a part of CHEZ NOEL TOUR OF HOMES. I’m especially thrilled because I don’t really have any French decor. And I am in such “magnifique” company with the “tres bon” group of bloggers participating. So, this Christmas I decided to decorate my dining room in a sorta French style just for this tour and for this specific post!!! I started with my buffet and had such “amusement”. I’m sharing ways to decorate for Christmas in the French style especially when you have no French decor!!!
A big “MERCI” to Rachel from Maison de Pax for hosting this “bon” tour! I am soooooooo honored to be a part of it! Rachel is one of my very favorite bloggers and very favorite people. What a gentle, beautiful, kind spirit!
* I do not speak a word of French, so please overlook any French errors in the spirt of kindness and sweetness!
If you are like me, you swoon over French decor! Beautiful, vintage, stunning, ethereal and … well, French! And I hope you are not like me who has no French decor… at all! I’m an American Farmhouse decorator!!! Hearty, Americana, utilitarian, salt-of-the-earth!
But, I certainly found out that one can FAKE French decor pretty easily. Now, I’m sure my fabulous Ches Noel friends can spy an impostor a mile away, but I can’t so I’m hoping you won’t either… and if you can you will be patient!
Here are some fun ways to FAKE FRENCH CHRISTMAS DECOR!!!
1. USE NEUTRAL COLORS, WHITE AND FRESH GREENS
When I think French Christmas decor I think neutral chippy woods, white ironstone, linen fabrics and beautiful fresh greens. Nothing too fussy or overdone… at least when it comes to French country decor. So, I used a combination of soft and neutral colors! I think that sets the literally tone for faking a French Christmas!
Oh, and don’t use anything that looks new! Even thought these Christmas trees are new this year, they look sorta old and well loved. Like they were once green and the color totally faded out.
2. MAKE A FRENCH BANNER
Making a banner is so so easy! Click HERE for a tutorial. I used burlap webbing to “fake” French grain sack for my banner that says “BON NOEL”. And to be perfectly honest… it should be Joyeux Noel, but I did not have enough room on my mirror for all the letters in Joyeux Noel! So, Bon Noel written on burlap webbing with black stripes looked French enough to me. What do you think?
3. MAKE A VIGNETTE IN A CHIPPY BOX, BASKET OR CADDY
I have a very American tool caddy… but I think it could be construed as French to the untrained eye! It’s light and chippy and has lots of natural wood showing. The French are known for vignettes… for heaven’s sake the word “vignette” IS French!
4. USE OLD LINENS
Anything that looks like grain sack or linen will work. I actually had a great piece of linen that had a handwork monogram… French perfection! It really does not matter that I got this piece from a local Antique shop! Remember it’s the “look”… the “regarder” we want! I folded the linen so the red monogram was showing.
5. USE BEAUTIFUL DISHES… PREFERABLY “BLANC” (WHITE)
This was an easy one for me!!! I have lots and lots of white dishes. I tried to pick out French looking dishes. Not too modern or plain. Ironstone would work… but these swirly, curly edged ones spoke to me in a French accent ( I think they were making fun of me) so I put them in the vignette!
6. USE BOXWOOD
The French must love boxwood, even thought it originates from Africa and not France. Really, it is not really French at all! But boxwood is often used in French Christmas decor. So, I am adding two boxwood wreaths hung on chippy impostor French shutters by burlap ribbon, another French staple. I think the Brits love boxwood too and use it for Christmas wreaths. And come to think of it… Americans also love boxwood and boxwood wreaths. It might be safe to say that boxwood has an international Christmas appeal… so use it liberally in French Christmas decor!
7. USE FRENCH VANILLA CANDLES
Need I say more?
8. DECORATE WITH THAT “JE NE SAIS QUOI” ATTITUDE!
Even though I may feel like “du poisson” out of water… I’m decorating my dining room this Noel with a very French attitude! Confident that my decor is distinctly French! And that no one will be the wiser!
I wish your a Joyeux Noel and hope you will try decorating for Christmas this year with a little “French accent”!
Make sure you stop by and say “bonjour”!
Remember to pin this to your CHRISTMAS or FRENCH DECOR Pinterest board.You can follow me on Pinterst HERE and see all the Christmas things I am pinning every day!