How To Live In Your Favorite French Films

The "undecorated" French interior is tricky to emulate — but, of course. Our take on it? All you need is a few classic pieces to anchor a spartan room; records and books are mandatory, and there has to be an almost transient feeling. The inhabitant can't appear to care that much (unframed art, unframed bed). The dreamy, slightly deranged characters in Jean-Luc Godard's New Wave films do it best, minus all the smoking.

In honor of Bastille Day, we looked to three of the director's most iconic films — Breathless, A Woman is a Woman, and Pierrot le Fou — for the furniture and accessories you really need. Pops of bold color (preferably red), prints and postcards taped to the walls, and plenty of plaid, checked, and striped patterns are all part of the mix. Life's a picnic, after all.

Click through for our inspired picks, all the better enjoyed while listening to Serge Gainsbourg, naturally.