There’s no place quite like Provence. The intoxicating scents of lavender and rosemary mingle in the air amongst orange and cherry blossoms, wild daffodils and lily of the valley, while the area’s many fruit trees bear almonds, peaches, apricots and figs. From wild thyme to olives, grapes or honey, this land is so bountiful and beautiful, it’s no wonder people dream of their idyllic Provençal stone farmhouse – just like Le Petit Hopital, which is set against the area’s rolling limestone hills. But you don’t have to actually be in Provence to pretend that you are… so grab a glass of rosé and get ready to relax in this perfectly petite, quintessentially Provencal living room.
The great thing about this rustic style is the mixture of French chic with country quaint. It allows a lot of freedom for restored antiques, great vintage finds, and budget friendly design. In keeping with the stone and grey palette that complements the room’s structural surroundings, you can easily buy linen slipcovers for your existing sofas, which seems to be the case here, or seek out new pieces entirely. For slipcovers, Surefit provides slate gray textured love seat covers that have the look of linen but are made of more hard-wearing polyester so there is none of the linen fuss (or price). Pottery Barn also has a range of sofa slipcovers that vary in fabric and size, with both silver taupe and oatmeal coloured linen options. For completely new sofas, Restoration Hardware has a beautiful range of luxurious Belgian linen sofas in many neutral colours, shapes and sizes.
Polished Bronze Light Fixture
There are a couple options when seeking out a chandelier like this French antique one: either go with something vintage and restore it, buy something new with an aged design, or seek out an actual antique. For the budget-friendly vintage option, garage sales and flea markets are your best bet. With a bit of luck, some vision and a little spray paint, you can get the exact look you’re after. For something new, Pottery Barn’s Lucca Chandelier has perfect old world charm at at an affordable price, similarly the more sleek, contemporary Clive Bronze Chandelier at Crate and Barrel. Finally for an antique piece, the New Orleans-based lighting company Bevolo both restores and creates original pieces. Fittingly, their French Farmhouse Chandelier has two tiers of arms and can hold ten real beeswax candles for that authentic look and feel.
Distressed Wood Coffee Table
This coffee table is really a side note to the room. It’s a place to put your book down, to put your feet up, or rest a cup of coffee or tea. You want this table to be a bit rough around the edges, a bit beat up but still hold up. It’s definitely not the splurge item here, so for something similar check out sites like Overstock and Wayfair for tons of affordable models. Just a few examples include the Somers Table with wood and metal for a rustic look with storage shelf underneath, or this Distressed White Veneer wood coffee table that adds to the overall country chic style. Don’t forget a couple coats of paint can make a world of difference on something you already have on hand!
Statement Console Table
This slim wall table is probably the star item of this room you should consider splurging on as it’s versatile enough to suit a living or dining space and can also help you maximize storage in smaller rooms. Restoration Hardware is a great place to find a variety of charming, well-made console tables, like the absolutely perfect Distressed Rectory Console, based on a 19th-century French rectory table and made of solid, unfinished aged pine (available in three salvaged finishes and two sizes). More streamlined, the 1900s Bolangerie Console is a reproduction of a French bakery table made out of repurposed wood from European scaffolding for that time-worn appeal. Finally, for extra storage, the stylish and utilitarian French Library Console looks like an antique and is perfect to display books, dishware and other collectibles inspired by your new Provençal look.