31 Days of French-Inspired Style Day 22: Exteriors

Just some eye candy today…

Photographs of some beautiful French-style exteriors.

Notice those French blue shutters….

Love this French cottage….

I like the French blue windows, the rough beam above the window, and the lantern…

This looks like a perfect vacation spot! I love the wild nature of the plants and flowers…


I love French-inspired design, but the exterior of my home is actually in the Cape Cod style. I’ve added a few “Frenchy” elements such as this arched front door and these pedestal urns…


There are a few other ways to add some French-inspired elements to your exterior, including:

oversize pots and urns, wrought iron pieces, wood shutters, lantern-style light fixtures, and either some more formal, manicured topiaries or some wildly growing plants and climbing flowers and lavender. Definitely add some lavender!

But no matter what the outside of your home looks like, the inside decor is up to you. I’ve seen some beautiful French country interiors in magazines that were simple cottages or ranch-style houses on the outside.

After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts!


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  1. Mon Chere!
    Oh yes, we are definitely Francophile sisters!!
    Yes, how I hate cooking too! But looove to eat!! Especially my fave French food!
    I would like a kitchen that is just tres chic to look at, and hire a cook! Hahaha!!

  2. Who is the manufacturer of your door and is it wood or something else? I absolutely love it!

  3. Who is the manufacturer of your door? I love it! Is it wood or something else?

    1. Hi Tina! My door is wood (knotty alder). We bought it through a local business called Forest Door and Window.
      The company that manufactured our door and sidelights is Rogue Valley, but I can’t remember the exact name/model of our specific door. Hope this helps:)

    1. Thank you, Ginger! I stained my front door with Stain and Seal by Faux Effects. It’s been quite a long time, so I can’t remember my exact ratio, but it was a mixture of Rich Brown and American Walnut and thinned with an FE product called FX Thinner. I’m pretty sure all of these products are available to the public, not just to the trade. Have a great day:)

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