The above "before" photo shows a project I worked on this year. You can see that it was already a lovely space in the French Country style: nice antiques, art and meaningful family pieces. The floor plan worked for tv watching (it's hidden in the armoire over to the right, out of view in this picture), entertaining and for grandbaby toddling. What we did was to freshen things up and add architectural detail.
Est-ce fabuleux? Oui, ça l'est! A couple of new chairs, new upholstery on some old pieces, changing out the art and painting the fireplace were just a few of the things we did. Now it looks like the same room, only better.
The large floral print livens up a corner and the contrasting welt gives this club chair some shape. That custom accent pillow is just fun!
Adding the beams to the ceiling--and the modern ceiling fan--gave this room much needed architectural detail. Adding beams isn't hard and replacing a fan is very easy (well, not easy for me, but for the right people, both are very do-able).
Updating this incredibly sweet bergere was such a pleasure. Who doesn't love a houndstooth? We added apple green contrasting welt and a simple white custom accent pillow with a black ruffled trim.
I love details like these.
The black fireplace was given a special paint treatment by Peggy Lee Mead of Peggy Lee Designs. Peggy also gave a nearby door the same sort of treatment. She's such a talented painter! I'll link to her on my Houzz page in the project folder titled "French Country Update." If you're in the Raleigh, NC area, call her for special painting projects!
The window treatments in the Family Room pulled colors from the upholstery fabrics and colors in the artwork.
Here's a close up of the amazing upholstery job on the sofa. The contrast welt in a soft gray coordinates with the french blue fabric and the antique brass nailhead trim is always a nice touch.
The custom accent pillows on the sofa have a burlap trim on the edges and a tape trim that features a hand-applied burlap accent on top. Made with love by artisans--that trim was a lucky find.
A nearby Powder Room got a sweet window treatment made of the prettiest french toile. The walls were freshly painted and the ceiling color went from good ol' flat white to a deep teal. Painting bathroom ceilings is a no-brainer!
The Kitchen is open to this room and we continued the update a bit in there. I'll show those off in the next post. It's a gorgeous Sunday afternoon here and I'm headed outside for a bit!