Something I love about interior design is creating a space unique and personal to the owner. In many designs, you can use the natural surroundings of a space to inspire the design inside. The environment outside a home can be overlooked, but is such an important transition. Everyone knows i’m a Francophile, so when I found this article from 1stDibs.com, I had to share my take on these gorgeous French Country Estates that transition beautifully from outdoors to inside.
This house, located in Corsica, combines mediterranean seaside and French chicness flawlessly! I adore Denoit’s blend of local, natural materials, with classic French touches like the light pistachio green sofa. The addition of natural the textures leads us to the next space, a stunning outdoor view. This earthy toned room has me immediately drawn in.
Incorporating natural materials that compliment your outdoor setting is the easiest way to keep your design transition fluid. The Corscian Lauze stone used throughout this bathroom space is a beautiful use of local resources.
From a seaside getaway to a mountainous escape, we move right along to this stunning French barn in Languedoc. Sometimes, your surroundings an overpower your design, and this designer maximized his space with classic simplicity. A space should compliment, but not directly mimic what’s going on outside. We want to use the view to our advantage. In this case, the use of vintage coffee tables and classic furniture is a perfect light and airy blend.
Not only does this space have gorgeous architecture, but its pop of color is so much fun. When choosing colors in a home, if we listen to a clients’ vision, and combine it with what works best with the fully cultivated design. Pulling from her surroundings, designer Samantha Todhunter explained that the bright yellow paint-color was inspired from a wildflower meadow just steps away from this kitchen space. How special is that?
Not only does this space have gorgeous architecture, but its pop of color is so much fun. When choosing colors in a home, we listen to a clients’ vision and combine it with what works best with the fully cultivated design. Pulling from her surroundings, designer, Samantha Todhunter, explained that the bright yellow paint-color was inspired from a wildflower meadow just steps away from this kitchen space. How special is that?
You wouldn’t guess it at first, but this is a master bedroom. I love the addition of the tub in this non-traditional but harmonious master suite. The the view is so easily accessible, and the room is really built around it. Your design doesn’t need to be “matchy matchy” with its surroundings, but a lot of inspiration can come from it.
Nothing says relaxation like this family villa in Cannes, France. The villa certainly lives up to it’s cities name as a “resort town”. Designed by Karen Howes, I absolutely love how the historical components of the home were updated and combined with in with the fresh landscape and modernized shutters.
This family room is stylish and so versatile. It is sophisticated while still being a functional and welcoming space for guests and a busy family. The neutral tones, pops of bright green in the plants, and blue accents are another brilliant way to bring the outside, in!
Staying cohesive with the relaxing feel of the entire home, we then move onto this den space. The sea-like tones from the family room have been extended into this small sitting area. Even though we are in a completely different space, the designer has curated a separate but connected beach-like design that doesn’t feel like too much theme.
WOW is all I can say. This looks like absolute paradise and the perfect escape! This vacation home located on the French Riviera beautifully brings in the past and the future. This land was once home to greenhouses full of flowers that became beautifully scented perfumes from Grasse, France. Today, this incredible poolside escape still incorporates groomed greenery from it’s past. The modern architecture of the pool and use of vintage poolside lounge chairs are a dream combination.
So what am I taking away from this? Aside from the fact that I need to begin planning my French Riviera vacation stat, it’s confirmation that every location has something to offer for your design. We always draw inspiration from the location of our project, and bring in local materials any chance we get. Having an homage to the area can be as subtle as native plants or a local artist’s work, or more significant like a wall or countertop made from a regional materials. Until next time, Au revoir!