Fall in love with the new Gallic French country decorating style of mixing shabby chic furniture with gilded linens and flea market finds.
Choose tickings and linens for upholstery for your French country style
Mix generous armchairs with classic occasional chairs. Prop up gilt-framed mirrors against the wall for an informal feel and pull the whole scheme together with a textured rug.
French country style tips: Use a giant clock to make a focal point above the mantelpiece. Choose cushions with a hint of gold.
Bring a touch of feminine chic to walls for your French country decorating style
Complement a charmingly faded table-top display with this spectacular hydrangea-patterned wallpaper, Lace, ref 1331, £34 a roll, Boras Tapeter at Cole & Son.
Position a pretty carved desk for a perfect French country decorating style
Be creative with room space. Make a desk area with a painted table and a vintage chair, when soften a stone floor with a woven rug and decorate the walls with monochrome prints paintings.
Opt for an ornate carved head board to add detail in a white room
Dress the bed in your French country style with a layers of lace, fringed throws and heaps of crisp, bordered Anglais-edged pillowcases.
Blend white with white in a chateau-style bedroom by layering textures, for example crunchy crocheted cotton over smooth bed linen.
Display shawls and jewelry for a chic French country style
A vintage mannequin is an ideal place to show off necklaces, evening purses and lace pieces.
Frame a window with shutters and blinds
Sew a homemade blind for your French country decorating style using an outsized gilded print on a linen ground. For instructions go to housetohome.co.uk/ribbonblind. Complete the look with a pair of vintage French shutters and selection of linen and velvet cushions.
Showcase items from the perfumeries for the perfect French country style
Apothecary jars are ideal for displaying gorgeous handmade French soaps. Collect vintage jars whenever you see them and turn into a display.
USA BROWN STYLING ASSISTANT TAMARA KELLY PHOTOGRAPHS JOHN DAY