A friend who recently went on a European trip fell in love with the provinces of France and became quite obsessed with French furniture. She tells me that there is nothing quite like it, it has elegance but a homey feel to it. She was building her home then and without a doubt, her home is very shabby French chic.
She has a lot of furniture acquired and instead of selling it, she plans to put it in her soon to be opened cafe, French-inspired too, of course. The paintings and little knick-knacks she had acquired would be a perfect fit too.