BVA Featured in New Book on French Country Style

We at Barnes Vanze are honored to be included in a new book published today by Cindy Smith Cooper called “French Country With Charming, Timeless Interiors.”

Cindy interviewed our client, Mary Stuart McCamy, whose story about falling in love with the Périgord region of southwestern France was the inspiration for our design collaboration that became a little piece of French rustic style in the middle of Washington, DC.

“Thirty years ago, I vowed I would live in a Périgordine house one day,” Mary Stuart told Cindy. “So, I asked Ankie Barnes [of Barnes Vanze Architects Inc.] if he could design a new traditional home that would incorporate some of my favorite architectural elements from the region.”

Those details include, as you can see above, flared eaves; stone sills and timber lintels; stone quoins anchoring the corners of stucco walls; and a stair tower that anchors the house as dovecote towers do in the region.

They also include: a cobbled courtyard that flows through to the foyer:

reclaimed wooden ceiling beams with visible adze tooling marks:

Antique light fixtures:

and relics that come straight from the Périgord region, such as the 19th-century butcher block (below, left) that inspired the kitchen design.

You can read more about Mary Stuart’s home here, but Cindy’s entire book is a sumptuous read, full of gorgeous interiors both in the United States and in France. Look to our press page and project gallery for more on this home.