Ten years after helping our clients populate a large house with art and antiques they purchased on a grand tour of Paris and Europe, they wanted to move closer to town with their two sons—and downsize in the process.
For inspiration, they showed us a single photograph of a beloved house in France’s Dordogne region that they had rented on vacation, whose provincial architecture they wanted to replicate. Practically speaking, we needed to help them edit their large collection of furniture, art and antiques so only their favorites would remain in the smaller home, which is one-third the size of the previous house.
The setting lent itself to the French-country look, being among mature trees at the edge of a wooded park. The exterior is clad in limestone, textured stucco and slate to place it more firmly within that vision. Inside, we formulated each space to accommodate the owners’ chosen belongings, so the rooms feel spacious and cozy at the same time.
Interior plaster design, millwork and built-ins in the French style add more authenticity. The owners report that their new home successfully retains the spirit of their earlier house—at a much more manageable size.