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You know those people who can rifle through the clearance clothing rack and emerge with an outfit that looks like a million bucks? It's the same with the French and their furnishings, which nimbly straddle the line between elegance and functionality. Although French country pieces are largely free of the embellishments that historically have marked more affluent French design, they're shapely and well scaled, with an eye toward balance. And because the rural French of old had to be sure every piece would work its hardest, it's not unusual to see multifunctional case goods or other furnishings that can transition to wherever they're needed most.
In keeping with the collected look, stay away from matchy-matchy furniture sets. Instead, mix wood pieces in a variety of natural finishes with metal ones that show a little age.
New-world chic: The seating area above epitomizes the French country approach to furniture. The fauteuil chairs, table and shelf all blend in sophisticated yet unstudied harmony, tied together by the color scheme of gentle whites and dove grays. They have just enough decorative flourish to elevate them above the strictly practical, yet they're in no way showy or overdone.