French Country Style

As I began to map out the post it became clear that in order to tell the story properly, it needed to be broken down into parts. It has been a long, interesting, educational and at times painful journey. Having said that – all ended well, but not at all where we started… Today, I am sticking just to the pretty pictures and sources of inspiration, to give you an idea of where we started.

The floor plan below shows locates the stair in the context of

the floor tile layout and several adjoining rooms off the foyer. It is a two story space with the second floor stair landing/hall running from right to left above the family room and kitchen.

In reality the stair and tile layout were conceived simultaneously. The following images are examples of stairs and tile layouts we drew inspiration and ideas from.

Our client loved the tile pattern/border in Brooke Astor’s Holly Hill House. We also drew inspiration from how the stair lands and flairs, which will be more evident in my next post.

SERGE J.F. LEVY/AP Photographer

 

The sweep of the hand rail form the Nathaniel Russell House… Look closely, the hand rail is composed of many individually carved curved segments.

Sje fell in love with this older wrought iron stair balustrade.

And this more modern spin on a similar motif.

 

Sally and I had budgetary concerns and in fact much preferred the character of stairs with simpler wrought iron balusters, as in these examples.

 

Before our client was willing to consider a simple baluster, we had to go thru the “exercise” of what would the more complex balustrade cost.

And so the adventure began…

Stay tuned…

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Great progress is being made on our French Neoclassical Style project. The roof and windows are in, stucco is complete.  The custom front and side doors are on site waiting for the door hardware to arrive. Life is good. If you follow us on Facebook, you will be familiar with a few of these images.

Merrimack Design Associates did a wonderful job designing the exterior of the house! Trim, copper, portico, still to be done…

Inside, blueboard and plaster are going up. Views of the living room and adjoining dining room. It’s always at this stage, when I see a really good plaster job, I find myself wondering,”Why bother painting?” And “Who needs crown molding, trim, etc. when a room’s proportion are right?”

 

View from the family room toward the mud room with blueboard waiting to be hung. The arched openings are a reoccurring theme throughout the first floor.

 

Off site, the custom stair for the foyer is well under way at King and Company’s shop. Bob King is the Stairmeister!

We finalized the floor and stair tread/hand rail stain today. Love it when a plan comes together! A full stair post will be for another day…

 

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I thought I’d begin my reports on the progress of our French Villa Style home by starting with the exterior of the house. Typically, we do not get involved with the selection of exterior finishes, materials, doors, lighting, etc., but in this case we were asked to comment and it evolved into full participation – helping select the color of the tile roof, stucco, limestone and window trim. We began the process by looking at pictures of similar homes and their color schemed with our client and their contractor for ideas and inspiration.

Pretty front doors…

 

This home has a brick facade (Don’t you LOVE it?), but it’s good for looking at tonality of color and hue.

 

This one pushed it with the purple shutters and trim.

 

Earthy and serene.

 

This is close to the color scheme we selected.

 

Then it was on to the front doors, which are not yet finalized, but we’re close… Again, we looked at what seemed like thousands of pictures. I researched Louis XVI style and architecture. It seemed never ending. Yet, this is sooooo important. A front door is like a greeting card. It makes that all important first impression. Here are several examples.

 

We then looked at how various door styles might look from the street and as you approached the house.

 

 

We’ve ended up with a design that is similar to these doors.

 

Next, a tour of the preliminary foyer design.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

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