The French have always inspired us with their architecture and design expertise. Traveling to France can be quite expensive and time consuming so it’s a good thing that the state of Louisiana is close to home. It’s home to one of the most famous French-inspired destinations- the French Quarter in New Orleans.
This city is not quite like anywhere else. The French Quarter sprang to life after the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. Immigrants from France and other countries swelled into the area, creating a wonderful matrix of culture, language, religion, and cuisine. We decided to take a trip to the famous destination to see the artful and cultural city for ourselves.
One of the most fascinating characteristics about the French Quarter is their wonderfully crafted antique structures.
Many homes have traditional porches that span the front of the house. Most porches are decorated with plenty of greenery, along with lanterns for lighting in the evening. The colors of these houses are unlike the homes you may see in your town, there’s no doubt you will fall in love with the pastels and bright shades.
When traveling to the French Quarter, you must enjoy a night on the town by exploring Bourbon Street. While the fun may pull you in, it’s the intricate architecture buildings will make your jaw drop. The metal workings and design features of each building tells a story about the history behind each structure.
While the exteriors of the buildings in this historic landmark are awe-inspiring, the inspirational interiors are just as lovely.
Many of the most beautiful homes and structures here are filled with hand-molded metal work, gravity-defying spiral staircases, and pops of apothecary style. You’ll also notice that maximalism is the trend to follow among the locals.
After visiting a city so heavily influenced by all things French, it’s only fitting that we list some of our favorite Francophile finds that can be easily incorporated into our busy lifestyles.
Les Lumieres – The Lights
The best way to add a statement piece into your space is by hanging a chandelier. The bigger the light fixture, the bigger the wow. Intricate metal wall art are also a must and can brighten up an empty wall space.
Les sieges – The Seating
Sit in style with these fanciful seating options. Whether you like script patterns or a toile touch, these luxurious cushions are sure to please.
Les Table – The Tables
Simple and eloquent designs add loads of character to a space – at least according to the French. These tables not only add pizazz but they are great to add immense style to small spaces. Bronze-tone finishes and glass tops give a room the illusion of more space.
Les Lits – The Bed
Nap time will become your favorite time with these luxurious beds. The unique railings and charming headboard are perfect for the bedroom of your dreams.
La Decoration – The Decor
Relish in your space with these delicate styling options. The mirrors boast elaborate details and intricate curls. The wall organizer is a perfect piece for displaying purses, coats, keepsakes and more. A lovely vintage lantern is charming and will delight your guests with a warm glow.
French-inspired home décor has a je ne sais quoi to it, wouldn’t you agree? Whether your style skews French country, Parisian chic, or, like the French Quarter itself, a delightful there’s something for everyone.
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