Design & Decoration: French Design Tips for the Home

Meet Jo Mills. She is mum to three children, interior designer, artist, shop owner and a lover of all things French.  I was introduced to Jo through the November edition of Country Style.  Jo lives in Toowoomba, a beautiful country town 2 hours from Brisbane, where she owns a lovely French inspired shop called French Allure.  Jo is sharing tips on how to bring a French inspired feel to the home.

Q1. What do you love most about living in Toowoomba?

I especially love the climate, ease of gardening — of course when water is plentiful!  — and accessibility to the coastline and other major shopping destinations including Brisbane.

{Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers}

toowoomba carnival of flowers

Q2. What captures you about French design?

The true essence of elegance and charm — whether it be a Parisian Apartment or Provincial cottage — the design: it definitely has a playful attitude towards the past.

{cottage — rustic charm and simplicity}

French Design: French Country Kitchen

{city apartment: chic and stylish}

French decor design:  chic paris apartments

Q3. How can you use the concepts in your home?

French Design concepts allows us ability to mix old with new, and cleverly transforms the arrangement to suit either a contemporary home or traditional one.  Don’t be afraid to mix curves and straight lines within an interior.

{curves and lines}

French design -- simple style
Q4. What are 3 easy decoration tips that can brighten up a room?

  • Fresh colourful flowers in abundance, drawing the eye and the awakening the senses.
  • Interiors made over by changing just your scatter cushions to incorporate the seasons as they come and go.
  • A good reshuffle of furniture pieces, many of which take on a new look in another arrangement.

{a peek inside Jo’s shop French Allure}

French decor: French Allure Toowoomba

Q5. What’s your best organisational tip?

De-clutter. I tend to do this every 12 months or whenever I feel the need; less clutter equals available practical space. And I remember so well, my Grandmother saying “everything is in its place” time and time again – it eventually paid off for me!

{everything has a place}

French Design Organisation

Q6. How can decorating a room set a mood and add comfort to family life?

Mood and comfort are often overlooked for the sake of buying a certain piece for its aesthetic enhancement. We tend to overlook the fact that many of us would prefer practicality to visual approval.   Creating the right ambience  is easily achieved through correct balance of all design aspects from lighting and colours to fabric, mixing textures, adding elements such as candles and perhaps favourite personal items.  After all it is about creating the space to suit your taste and style.

{create a space that suits your taste with lighting, fabric, textures and personal items}

French Design: living room decorating ideas elegant interior design french room light colors eclectic home decor ideas

What do you love about French design?

Check out the French Allure website.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    What I love most about french design is there is often a focus on white furniture with interest added with lines, texture and assessories with colour. I’m trying to bring more of this sort of classic elegance into my home.

  2. says

    I love the clean-ness of French design… All the whites and creams with accented colour and/or textures… And I love that it can be adapted to pretty much any space!

  3. says

    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump
    out. Please let me know where you got your design. Bless you

  4. says

    French design will always be classic and beautiful, I actually a fan of French design because it demonstrates a beautiful art. Thank you for sharing this one.

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