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FRENCH
COUNTRY FURNITURE

 French farmhouse table in country kitchen


French
Country Style Interiors.

Exactly where and how
we developed our present ‘love affair’ with
French Country Style
Interiors is difficult to say though the ‘invasion’ of the French
countryside in the last 50 years 
particularly its farmhouses – by well-off English people seeking a
comfortable second or retirement home has played its part.

Another
style trend known as Shabby Chic*
– invented by designer Rachel Ashwell in 1989, an English woman born and
bred in England and resident  in
California – continues to appeal to the recent informality in living
style adopted by many families in Britain and the USA today. Please refer
to to Wikipedia’s definition of Shabby
Chic*
– now a generic term – at the bottom of the page.


French Country
Furniture
fits into this style very well. Many people like to
mix-and-match these days rather than keep to the ‘purity’ of the
original style; so antique oak chairs from Britain may be added to those
from a French farmhouse to complete  a
‘set’ for the farmhouse kitchen.

Finding
French Country Furniture or
French Country Farmhouse Tables is not quite as easy as it sounds. Here are a few
tips.

  1. Don’t just rely
    on the ubiquitous Google
    when searching on the Internet. MSN and Yahoo appear to
    update some  records of
    websites more quickly at the moment. And, importantly seem to show new
    websites earlier.
  2.  

  3. Use French terms
    alongside the English to winkle out the pieces you want e.g. A bedside
    table is a chevet in French. Key into your search engine ‘chevet or
    chevet bedside table’. If you use just English terms you will get in
    addition English made furniture. If French terms only you’ll
    probably get France-based suppliers with the accompanying hassle. Many
    buyers still like to feel and view pieces before buying.

     
  4.  

  5. Use a supplier
    without High Street overheads.
     
  6.  

  7. Find a specialist
    buyer/renovator to undertake searches for you in France

    – like Wildwood
    Antiques
    . When you’ve bought that splendid farmhouse table you
    don’t want the cost and inconvenience of finding ‘cheap’
    make-do’s whilst you hunt for chairs, sideboard or dresser.

 

So that you know what to key in here is a Glossary of
the most used terms:

ARMOIRE: a wardrobe or cupboard, normally with two or
more doors, with shelves or hooks. It was originally used for storing arms
pre 17th century.
armoire
BONNETIÈRE: a narrow wardrobe or cupboard with a
single door originally used for ladies bonnets.
bonnetiere
BUFFET: a sideboard, normally with two doors and
often with a drawer or drawers above.
buffet
BUFFET A DEUX CORPS: a two-tiered buffet with the top
half shallower than the bottom. The top cabinet may have either wood or
glass panels.
two-tiered buffet
CANAPÉ:  a
sofa or settee.
CHAISE: a chair. chaise
CHEVET:
a bedside table or headboard.
chevet
COFFRE: a coffer or wooden chest.
COMMODE: a chest of drawers commode
ENFILADE: A long buffet with three or four doors, an
interior shelf and generally with drawers.
enfilade
FAUTEUIL: armchair or easy chair fauteuil
HOMME
DEBOUT
: “standing man”. A bonnetiere
generally for mens clothing and haberdashery with two doors separated by a
central drawer. A false drawer was said to have been originally 
incorporated so a person – a man standing – could hide inside
without detection.
homme debout
HORLAGE: clock

LIT:  a
bed. A lit coin was a bed made to fit into a corner and was consequently
only decorated on the outer face.

SETTEE: An upholstered seat with back and arm rests.
SIÈGE: a bench or seat. siege
TABLE AVEC 2, 3, or 4 
TIROIRS
. A side serving table similar to an English Dresser base.
VAISSELIER: A dresser. Often a rack of open shelves
with railings above a buffet base.
vaisselier
WOODS

These are the usual woods used in French
Country Furniture (French Provincial Furniture, French Farmhouse
Furniture)

 

pommier

apple

frene

ash

hêtre

beech

merisier

cherry

châtaignier

chestnut 

orme

elm

acajou

mahogany

érable

maple 

chêne

oak

poirier

pear

peuplier

 poplar

noyer

walnut 

 


SHABBY CHIC:
Design style using deliberately worn and deteriorated items to
achieve an elegant overall effect. It is particularly popular in interior
design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their age and
signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to look old.

 


 

 

 


 

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