Sharing a roundup of 5 designers who have a gorgeous European style that embodies a timeless and elegant look with an approachable feel.

From time to time, I share inspiring designers with you as part of my Designer Spotlight series. Today, I’m sharing a roundup of designers who have a gorgeous European style.

I have a not-so-secret love affair with European antiques. So it’s no surprise that I have an affinity for designers that have a rustic European style. Some of the designers I’ve been following for years and others I stumbled across on Instagram and immediately started following.

Let me say this. For those of you not yet on Instagram, it’s time. Facebook is great for keeping up with friends and family, but Instagram is where I get all of my inspiration! So many amazing and talented interior designers feature their work solely on Instagram, so you’re missing out if you aren’t following!

And okay yes, you might find yourself going down the rabbit hole watching mindless videos of someone cleaning a Persian rug on their driveway with a pressure washer, but sometimes we need a mental break, right?!

So if you haven’t joined Instagram yet, start now! And you can start by following me @tidbitsandtwine!

Okay, let’s get back to our amazing designers…

Design Elements

You might notice some comment elements among these designers. They all use classic elements throughout their designs so the homes never feel dated. Think elegant molding, warm woods, brass fixtures, crystal, and more. The designs also feel elevated and elegant while maintaining a cozy and approachable feel.

To me, this combination of elements and luxurious, comfortable living, is what makes this rustic European style so amazing!

Brooke and Steve Giannetti

Brooke Giannetti, a California-based interior decorator, book author, and owner of the blog Velvet & Linen.

Brooke frequently collaborates with her husband Steven Giannetti, an architect. Together they run Giannetti Home, a Santa Barbara, CA based store specializing in custom furniture, imported antiques, and clothing. They’ve also written three books together, including the book Patina Farm, which focuses on their home based in Ojai, CA.

Brooke calls her design style “Patina Style” because it’s full of natural materials that age well over time. She uses a lot antiques and vintage pieces and celebrates the patina and imperfections in time-worn antiques and materials.

Tidbits and Twine - Brooke Giannetti living room with antiques
Tidbits and Twine - Brooke Giannetti Patina Farm antique books and Gustavian furniture

Annie Brahler

There’s a very good reason why Annie Brahler’s designs look so inviting and so real and that’s because they are!  She has a love of authentic materials that provide character and a sense of history to a room and freely mixes old and new to create a unique look. 

While not a classically trained interior designer, her skill and passion are obvious in every space she touches.  Her designs reflect opulence with a lack of pretense.

{via House Beautiful}

Our French Country Farm

I stumbled across Tricia Crist on Instagram through her account, @ourfrenchcountryfarm. Her style is light and bright with rustic touches and warm woods throughout. Tricia’s home is an updated take on French Country with a relaxing and refreshing color palette. She shares all of the details about her home with her followers.

Wait until you see her kitchen!

Sharon Santoni – My French Counry Home

Sharon Santoni is a British ex-pat who lives in Normandy France with her husband and children. She is a well-known blogger and author, running the successful My French Country Home. Sharon shares her idyllic home, garden, lifestyle with her readers, plus offers tours of France for those that want an insider’s guide to traveling. At the very least, you must check out Sharon’s romantic gardens!

Studio McGee

Studio McGee is a Utah-based interior design firm led by husband and wife duo, Syd and Shea McGee. If the name sounds familiar to you, then it might be because you’ve seen some of their decor collaborations, like the amazing line available at Target! Or perhaps you’ve seen their Netflix series Dream Home Makeover. Or maybe it was their two best-selling books you read. Yes, Studio McGee is everywhere these days. And for good reason!

Their design philosophy is to create interiors that are both classic and current and I think you’ll agree that they succeed!

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