06 August 2007

Cote Sud: A House on the French Coast


This charming country French home was purchased by an American man from Colorado. He spent a few years completely renovating it to his specifications. Pictures are courtesy of Cote Sud Magazine. Enjoy!




Covered porch seen at the very left of top picture. The kitchen lies through the French doors.

Typical French "in ground" swimming pool.



Rustic wood table set for lunch under a covered porch. Notice how the napkins are placed under each plate and how each setting has it's own lantern.

Beautiful wood front door. The chandelier in the foyer can just barely be seen.


Antique French chair and ottoman. Notice the beautiful French windows.

Antique desk and chair in front of iron framed French windows.


Large limestone fireplace in living room. Large limestone column holds up the second floor.


Cosy dining room with painted table and chairs. Wood chandelier has matching sconces next to the wood door.

Cavernous kitchen with eat-in breakfast area.


Another view of the large kitchen and breakfast area. The covered porch from the second picture is just outside the draped door.


Charming kitchen foot stool.


Antique black and white marble tiles in front of traditional french oven.

Private porch outside of bedroom suite.

Bedroom with silk curtain canopy.


Close up of upholstered headboard with carved gilt wood frame and tassel.


Large, down pillow waiting for bed.

Bathroom with back to back sink vanities.

18 comments:

  1. It's a little austere; almost looks a a bomb went off nearby and the whole house is covered with ash.

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    Keep up the great work! Libby in Austin

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  2. A friend of mine built a house a few years ago, and looked everywhere for those French type windows that open up with a central latch and a side hinge. She finally found them from a Canadian manufacturere! They really add an old world charm to her home.

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  3. I love it when a designer use this colour palette. The reason: the sun plays with it and all day long, every hour you get a new look. Wonderful!

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  4. What a beautiful, well appointed home. I love the neutral theme. I like a few more punches of color myself (maybe some flowers or fruits) but that's just me.

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  5. Lovely rustic-elegant home -- tres charmant! Of course -- with such a neutral color scheme -- ANY colorful item becomes a focal point. I remember seeing a wonderful neutral room scheme done by designer Dan Carrithers of Atlanta (in a very old book by Southern Accents magazine) -- who then simply added various colored accessories (vases, flowers, bowls etc.) for each "view" of the same room -- and the neutral room became a "blue" room or a "red" room. The results were quite amazing! Thanks for another dose of extraordinary eye candy -- a lesson in restraint and the use of subtle shades of color and the importance of using various textures!

    Jan x at Rosemary Cottage -- who did apply to be part of your blog's Feed. Do hope that contains my web address -- if not: siberry@earthlink.net

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  6. Wow - everyone commented on the color, or lack of it. This is so typical of French country houses. Everything is the color of linen and cream. Obvously the photography wanted to play up the non color otherwise he would have brought flowers in. Imagine a huge bouquet of hot pink peonies on the dining room table. The entire feel of the house would have changed. Thanks all for your comments!!!!

    Joni

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  7. Wow!! What an absolutely gorgeous home. So rustic and elegant. I would love to spend my days in this residence. Great post Joni!

    ~Kate

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  8. So when do you move in??? When I saw the title of this post I thought you were announcing that you had bought a house there...wishful thinking I know! Really lovely country home...and to tell you the truth I didn't even notice the lack of "color"...
    Ashley

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  9. Just lovey, thanks so much for the great photos!!!

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  10. What a lucky man! It's a beautiful home. Usually, I like a home with color, but in this type of environment the lack of colors is perfect! Thanks Joni!

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  11. Great post, thanks for sharing the pics. It's beautiful, I'm so jealous! It does have a little less colour than I would like, but it has an wonerfully relaxed feeling about it, and I guess that's what he was trying to acheive.

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  12. I love the architectural simplicity and neutral tones. They enhance the form of each peice so well. And you are right about adding flowers! It is a backround that screams for living color!

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  13. oh man. now i have house envy. i want to host a big long lunch with lots of french wines and small plates of olives, cheese and breads. beautiful. i love the pool.

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  14. What a great find. So much effort must have gone into selecting each element to create such a wonderful blending of textures and hues. I love the overall effect - It almost seems to be covered in a layer of fine powder like an old French wig.

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  15. Jackie = great analogy, perfect! Thanks all for the comments and I'm sorry I didn't comment on the lack of color myself, but it's just so country french to do grey, linen, and cream!!! I love the no color color myself.

    Joni

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  16. Beautiful palette. Every image is fantastic.

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  17. I think it's astoundingly beautiful. Personally, it's too much colour that drives me nuts. This I love, love, love.

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  18. As the "Colorado" guy who did the house with the help of the ultimate decorator, Sara Guinta, who has a shop in in Valbonne, I can only say that the photos do not do the property justice. In fact, I think they are really bad. Anyone who has had the "French" experience can note just from the antique roof tile that they didn't print well. Another example is that the pool was done in a brown hue, to make it look like an old basin. Photo doesn't reflect that either.

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