Oooh, la, la! The French are just so elegant. They are positively inspirational when it comes to fashion and décor styles.
This Christmas, take a tip from the leaders in au couture by doing a French holiday look. Here are some ideas that will help you make this international style a reality.
Place Shoes Around the Fireplace
Instead of stockings, the people of France place shoes around their fireplace. Santa fills these up with toys for children to find the next morning.
Go French this year by placing vintage inspired shoes around your fireplace. Alternately, you can place miniature shoe figurines on the mantle. Victorian boots and stiletto heels will look oh so chic.
Use Demijohns for Centerpieces
Demijohn is a French word that is used to describe a narrow-necked bottle. These bottles have an elegant appearance that is obviously European. Place flowers inside and/or decorate demijohns with lights that stretch onto the exterior. This is sure to add flair to your holiday décor.
Create a French Table Scape
Impress your guests with a table scape that complements your French look. Vintage champagne buckets can be used for serving or fill them with a bounty of fruits or garlands to create a stunning centerpiece. Antique candlesticks and silverware and crystal stemware will provide the perfect added touch. Transport everyone in the room by serving items like oysters, foie gras, lobsters, venison and cheese.
Add Elegance to Your Mantlepiece
The mantle is often a focal point when it comes to Christmas decorations. Give yours a bit of oui, oui by using it to display glassware, silverware, candlesticks, Christmas lights and branches.
Tasteful Opulence is Where It’s At
The French are all about opulence, but you don’t want to overdo it. Add tasteful pieces like pinecones, garlands, dried fruits and oversized velvet ribbons. This will add to the décor without looking tacky.
Mirror Your Christmas
A gilded, silver framed mirror is the ultimate in French décor. We’re not saying you should go out and buy one specifically to decorate your home this Christmas, but if you do, be sure to make it stand out. You can do this by placing tall, elegant candles in front of it and framing it with a garland. The mirror will reflect the candlelight filling your home with a cozy warmth.
Make Your Tree French
Take your tree into international waters by using a sophisticated container like a planter, basket, rustic fruit box or Medici urn. Decorate it with gold accents, antique ornaments and altarpiece candles. A gilded armchair will be the voila piece.
You might not be able to get out of town this Christmas but decorating your house in a French style will make you feel like you’re in the middle of gay Pari! What country inspires you when you decorate?