Simple French Country Dining Room
A French country dining room embodies a rustic elegance with neutrals, wood tones, and a peony centerpiece.
I always have visions of summer being the simplest season: no school, less commitments, a little vacation… but the reality with four kiddos and 100 degree heat doesn’t always fit that ideal. 😉
I’m excited to join my friend Krista from The Happy Housie for Seasonal Simplicity again, though, and hopefully to inspire you all with some sweet summer ideas.
Simple Summer Decorating
This room doubles as our schoolroom, so it needed a serious clean out to mark the end of the year. Getting rid of the clutter leaves the space feeling so open and fresh!
Shop the room
I usually shop the house, but I had so many pieces accumulated on my bar cart for some reason, that I managed to rearrange accents without even leaving the room. Definitely a time saver. 😉
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GET THE LOOK:
Add fresh flowers
I’ve actually never bought peonies before, but I spotted these at the grocery store and I’m SO glad I grabbed them! They’ve only grown more beautiful even since I photographed them for you. Even in just a simple Homegoods vase, I think they’re a showstopper.
French Country Style
As you probably know, French style holds a special place in my heart… but I have been especially inspired lately by my sweet friend’s new book. You can read all about it here if you love vintage French style, as well. And just for fun, I thought I’d break down the simple French country look here today, too.
This is an obvious one (and I inherited this set from my great grandmother and gave it a makeover, so I was set on that), but I replaced our antique dining chairs (which were rather delicate) with these casual cafe style chairs… and we love them!
Texture, texture, texture. Pretty and functional!
The “country” part of French country is best embodied with simple accents: linen, a demijohn, a white pitcher, a basket as wall art…
This isn’t necessarily a feature of French country, but it’s my style of French country. And I think that’s equally important to any design: make it your own!
But whatever you have going on this summer, I hope you’re able to embrace a little beauty.
As is often the case in my home, my dining room is a mixture of antiques, DIY projects, and new purchases.
vintage/antiques: dining set (makeover tutorial here), bench, milk can
diy projects: white “boot box” in entry, Paris map wall art
I’ve linked the new purchases as well as many similar, shoppable items below!
SHOP THE LOOK!
And don’t forget to pin it!
Now be sure to go see my friend Janet at Shabbyfufu – you will love her incredible design. And visit the other bloggers sharing their homes for seasonal simplicity today!
Sharing with me today…
The Happy Housie // Maison de Pax // Shabbyfufu // Just a Girl and Her Blog
Inspiration for Moms // Clean & Scentsible // House of Wood // Summer Adams
Sharing the rest of the week…
Sincerely Marie Designs // House by Hoff // Rambling Renovators
Town and Country Living // Newly Woodwards
Craftberry Bush // On Sutton Place // Designthusiasm // Zevy Joy
Bless’er House // Finding Silver Pennies // Rooms for Rent // Amber Tysl
Deeply Southern Home // Two Twenty One // A Burst of Beautiful // Making it in the Mountains
The DIY Mommy // The Turquoise Home // Nina Hendrick // Home Made Lovely
So Much Better with Age // Maison de Cinq // Paint Me Pink
Southern State of Mind // Jenna Kate at Home
Absolutely gorgeous, as usual, Rachel! And I am totally dying over your little sweetie girl making a cameo appearance! She is darling! Have a wonderful week!
Thank you, Abby! You, too!
You know what a fan I am of French country Rachel and your home is simple and so lovely! I’m a fan of your little one too, and she’s getting so big! xo
Thank you! I think she fits right in with her sweet neutral romper.
Beautiful, Rachel! I can imagine it feels great to clear out your dining room once the school year is “over” for summer! Such a beautiful, calm, character-full room. So glad you could join me on this tour series!
Thank you so much for having me, Krista!
Your dining room is just perfection! And that little model is so precious! 😉
Thank you, Laura! She loves to crash the photos. I couldn’t resist.
Stunning as always, Rachel and I loved your little lady making an appearance!! xo
Thank you! She’s quite a ham.
Decluttering is one of my favorite ways to refresh! Love your light and bright dining room Rachel! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but did not know that you lived in Paris, so neat 🙂
We did and Paris very much influences our home. So glad you liked it!
Such a gorgeous room and I love all of your simple French touches. Of course, your little girl is the cutest decor of all!
Thank you! I happen to agree. 😉
Wonderful tips on getting the French Country look 😉 Look at your sweet girl! So adorable xx
Thank you, Danielle!
Rachel, the dining room looks so pretty! You know I love your perfect French Country style – it is SO up my alley, and you do it so well:)
Happy Summer to you and your family!
Thank you, Sheila! I loved your summer home too.
Your style and design is so inspirational. I so love the dining room floor color. What color is it? We’re about to get our floors stained Monday and I havent chosen a color. Can’t decide what color enhances the dark kitchen cabinets.
Thank you! You can read more about the flooring and color here, if that helps: https://www.maisondepax.com/wide-plank-oak-floors/
My favorite furniture is French Provincial and slowly I am finding pieces to fill my home. Your dining room is lovely and reminds me of my dining room. I, however, painted my table a teal blue. Painted professionally, the table provides a real punch.
The piece de resistance is the happy cherub. Precious!
Mother of another Rachel too!
You are so right– paint really makes a dramatic change! Thanks for your comment.
Love receiving your emails and love your decorating style. Granddaughter is oh so precious. I am in love with the wood floors in your dining room. Can you please share the info on wood type, company, etc?
Thanks a bunch and God Bless,
Sure! You can more details about the flooring here: https://www.maisondepax.com/wide-plank-oak-floors/
Your dining room is so relaxed and comfortable looking, really pretty. And made especially cute with that little one posing for the camera. Love those Turkish towels too.
Ha! Thank you for your kind words, Pat!
Your daughter is adorable! I just want to hug her! The dining room is superb!
Thank you, MaryJean! She’s a sweetie!
Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing your beautiful space!
Thank you, Laura!
My daughter recently bought a house and I showed her your blog. She likes the wall color in your dining room and was wondering if you would share what it was. Thanks
Thank you! It’s Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. And she can find more on our paint colors and other details in our home here. I hope this helps!
Lovely family space, so light and welcoming. Love the white french country dining table with the polished wood top. It draws you in and makes you want to have a big family meal there. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you, Belle!