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As self-proclaimed Francophiles, we are always interested in what French girls have to say – whether they share the outfits they would never wear for a wedding, or predict the fashion trends that will sell out this summer. We constantly turn to French girls for information about the style, but it is no surprise that we find that the fashionable French girls we style on Instagram also have a keen eye for the interior.
To give you tenant-friendly decorating tips, we've turned to the Instagram feeds of a few women who embody the French girlish style, including Anne-Laure Corn Moreau, Jeanne Damas, and Claire Most. From the bedroom to the living room to the dining room to the kitchen, you'll find out exactly how to get an apartment for a French woman with an IKEA budget – with product recommendations, of course, coming straight from the budget-priced Swedish retailer. Keep scrolling to see and shop for the 10 decorative items that seem to have every French girl on Instagram.
French girls tend to approach the interior with a relaxed sensibility, resulting in inviting spaces that have a touch of unaffected sophistication. For a laid-back living room, opt for structured linen sheets that always look perfectly unembellished, whether your bed is made or not.
The French master the art of collecting vintage goods and often show their flea market finds in unexpected places to curate spaces that have that certain something je ne sais quoi, Make style notes from Jeanne Damas, who uses a vintage inspired bistro chair as a bedside table to give her Parisian bedroom a casual feel.
Although the Parisian apartments have historic architectural details such as herringbone wood floors and ornate crown moldings, French girls tend to be interested in contemporary art while filling their walls. To give your interior a similar modern touch, frame a minimalist piece of abstract art and unpretentiously lean it against the wall instead of hanging it up.
Cool girls are currently losing it all over because of the paper lantern decor trend – including French girls. If you're an apartment dweller who can not replace an existing pendant light or just want to illuminate a particularly dark corner, do it like Jeanne Damas and conjure up a warm glow over your living room with a sculptural, arched floor lamp.
Putting together an eclectic collection of mismatched throw pillows is a classic interior decoration trick for Parisians, giving any living room an effortlessly cool aesthetic. Complete the look with a contrasting pattern for even greater impact.
If we found out on Instagram that we have followed French fashion women, then they always have vases of fresh flowers in their apartments. Put an unkempt bunch of wildflowers in a simple vase on your mantel or coffee table to instantly bring French-like vibes to your living room.
Perhaps no decorative accessory is so typical of the interior of French women as books. If you do not have a built-in shelf in your room, opt for a freestanding bookshelf to display your collection. Imagine yourself like a French girl and casually lean your books together, stack them horizontally, and stack them on side tables.
When it comes to decorating a dining room, French girls tend to put an iconic piece of furniture in the center: a tulip table. With a timeless shape that works well for small spaces (not to mention one that never goes out of style), it's easy to see why it's a popular French dwelling.
In the houses of It-Girls like Sabina Socol, Marta Cygan and Marissa Cox, candlesticks are an indispensable decorative element in Parisian apartments. A set of three at different heights looks perfectly unadorned on a dining table. Bonus points when standing next to a vase full of fresh flowers.
French girls love their green. (See Exhibits A, B, and C.) A trailing plant that is somewhat untamed is an ideal choice to fill a room with this iconic French girl aesthetic. Put it on a tall shelf or fridge to breathe life into your kitchen.
Next, 10 "boring" basics have French girls always at hand.