Guest Picks: The French-Inspired Home Part 2
Titan 3 Pendant - $690
I placed two of these small Titan pendants in my fairly recently renovated cottage in southern France. They're definitely my favorite design pieces in the home. Even though they were designed in the UK, they feel so French to me.
Vintage French Crate - $90
A vintage French crate can opt as a nightstand or a side table. I love it paired with white.
French-Inspired Enamel House Numbers, Blue - $49
In France you see these cobalt blue house numbers everywhere. It doesn't matter if you're exploring the city or country — they are everywhere. I bet you'll feel like a true Francophile with one of these just off your front porch.
French Vintage Tolix A Chairs, Old Blue Paint
Tolix, the maker of durable metal chairs modeled after a vintage design, is my favorite French label for home-related furniture and accessories. As the owner of a few pieces myself, I can tell you that they are worth the price tag. These vintage chairs in a classic French blue are perfection. It is also worth noting that Tolix chairs hold up incredibly well, look amazing and aren't precious. So if you have children like I do, rest assured that these chairs won't show it. Five years later my chairs are almost as good as new.
Weck Mini Mold Jar - $4.95
Hands down, these are the prettiest canning jars I've ever laid eyes upon. Weck jars are the perfect vessels for your fleur de sel.
Eau Minerale Glass - $10
These are a gentle reminder to do what you know you should be doing all day long: drinking water (but in French, bien sur).
Vintage French Wall Clock by YU - $75
This is so cute that I would plan an entire room around it. It would look right at home in a retro kitchen or a child's bedroom.
Luxembourg Tufted Chaise - $999
This is the ideal chair for eating bonbons — because that's what you do all day, right?
Comptoir de Famille Ceramic Canisters - $79
I was first introduced to this French pattern when working for Williams-Sonoma. The Damier Rouge canisters by Comptoir de Famille model the French country look perfectly.
Bon Appetit Tea Towel - GBP 8
Before a meal, the host or hostess will always share the words, "bon appétit," signifying that it's time to eat and that they hope you enjoy what they've prepared. I love the printed reminder on this grain sack–inspired tea towel.
Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Cocottes, Flame - $19.95
I have a set of mini cocottes that I love more than any of my other dishes. Mini cocottes will inspire you to make everything into mini-this and mini-that — think crisps, pots de crèmes and soup.
Round Flywheel Stools - $750
Investment pieces that will last a lifetime, these handcrafted stools fit the French industrial theme to a T. As an added bonus, they may also provide dinnertime entertainment if you have little ones on hand. They're made by a Seattle company that is ecofriendly and very high quality, definitely a small company worthy of your support. Everything in their shop is incredible, but get it while it's hot, as the good stuff (which is pretty much everything) doesn't last long.
Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Ovens - $79
I consider my vintage cast iron pans to be true gems, but this new enameled cast iron pan from West Elm has me dreaming of whites and grays. These limited edition pans are true perfection.
Artiga Tablecloth - $124
Made in the Basque region of France, this well-known label is worthy of your attention. The colorful stripes exude sheer happiness and warm up a space in the most cheerful way. I've had great luck with the few Artiga items I've purchased in the past, and I will definitely be buying their items again.
Tasha Decorative Quilt - $249
Like a stroke of good luck, Zara Home now offers home furnishings online in the US. This simple but patterned quilt would be beautiful in a room with warm woods and light walls. Add a glistening chandelier for a beautiful, French-inspired effect.
Farmer's Market Epergne - $75
The perfect addition to any buffet table requiring a little height (and let's face it, that's pretty much every buffet), these tiered wire baskets boast just the right amount of French industrial style. Use them to hold fruit (as shown) or onions and potatoes like the French might in their garde mangers.
Black & White Photography, Paris Rooftops by LaBokoff - $30
Here's a little something to deck your walls for those moments when you want to imagine eating a croissant while enjoying the views of the Eiffel Tower.
Un Dimanche à Paris Wallpaper, Silver/Yellow - GBP 69.75
My favorite stop on the web for a Paris map also offers the sweetest Paris-inspired wallpaper. While it does come in a blue colorway too, I prefer this sophisticated mix of yellow and gray. It's subtle, easy on the eyes and perfect for a unisex bedroom.
VIntage Tolix Marais Industrial Stool by OW Supply - $350
I love imagining this vintage Tolix stool paired with a modern parson's desk and a cool table lamp. The clean lines of the desk would magnify the antique nature of this special stool. I have such a soft spot in my heart for anything Tolix that I actually have a board on Pinterest dedicated to them.
French Wine Bottle Riddling Rack - $249
As you know, the French truly love their wine. What better way to display your spoils than with this rustic wine rack? It would look lovely against a shade of white on the walls.
Hi-Light Task Lamp - $79
If you love the French industrial look but want a more whimsical and brighter feel in your room, give these colorful versions from PBteen a try. They are budget friendly and come in a variety of fun colors.
Atelier Scissor Task Table Lamp, Off-White Enamel - $359
Inspired by French brand Jielde, these Scissor table lamps are at the top of my list. The off-white enamel really softens the metal and adds warmth to any space.
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