20 Minute Decorating: French Market Basket

20 minute decorating ideas, including several different ways to style a french market basket. Six home decor bloggers are sharing their best inspiration!

french market basket on grain sack chair

I’m a firm believer in the idea that decorative items should be functional as well as beautiful. French market baskets are both. Filled with flowers, they are the perfect decor accessory. Pop the flowers out, and they are the best tote bag ever. They are so charming, and if you shop around, they are affordable too. 

Today I’m joining some of my best friends for a get-together we are calling “20 Minute Decorating.” It’s a monthly decorating series that celebrates ease and simplicity. Make sure to check out all the inspiration at the end of the post. 

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The term “French market basket” can refer to the straw tote bag like I have, but it can also refer to a sturdier, wicker basket with a handle. The term is loosely used for baskets with handles that can be used for shopping. In France, it’s tradition to go to market each day to purchase bread, eggs, and fruit. This market shopping has been going on for hundreds of years, and a handy basket or bag makes the job much easier. These bags also make a fun and unexpected addition to your home’s decor. They work with several different styles:

  • Farmhouse
  • French Country
  • Cottage
  • Shabby Chic
  • Boho
  • and more!

basket with eucalyptus on stair banister

For the spring months, I filled my market basket with fresh eucalyptus and faux cherry blossoms. The eucalyptus has dried, so the arrangement will last as long as I want it to. It also works to use fresh flowers in a market basket. Simply place a small non-breakable vase or bucket inside the basket, fill it with a small amount of water, and add your flowers. 

spring foyer decor

The perfect place, in my opinion, to display a French market basket is on wall hooks or shaker pegs. You can see examples at these links.

If you’re like me, and don’t have a single hook in the house, there are many other ways to use them in your decor. 

French Market Basket Ideas

  • On a stairway banister
  • In an entry at the base of the stairs or beside a chair
  • Over a door knob (see another example HERE)
  • On a stool or side chair
  • On a table as a centerpiece

french market basket on doorknob 20 minute decorating idea

I haven’t been able to work on my front porch yet, but when I do, my market basket may find its way out there! I tested the waters for this post and I have to admit, I’m smitten.

front porch rocker with french market basket

dining room chair in corner 20 minute decorating idea

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I purchased my French market basket on Etsy, but the seller is no longer stocking them. I have found some very similar baskets and have linked them below. 

Shopping Sources & Info

Market Basket 1 | Market Basket 2 | Fabric on dining room chairs | board and batten | OSP paint colors | faux cherry blossoms (similar) | fresh seeded eucalyptus | porch rockers

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