Country French Fall/Winter 2018

Country French showcases luxury homes that epitomize the spirit and beauty of French country style. With stunning stonework, windows, and old-world flooring, as well as magnificent fabrics and fully equipped kitchens, these homes are owned by devotees of the style. Large, beautiful photos in a clean design and minimal text take readers on a virtual tour of each residence.

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Meredith Operations Corporation

in this issue

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Find Your Groove A banker who loves rock ‘n’ roll showcases how to give classic French style a fresh edge in his Houston home. Be Our Guest Send out the invitations. Set the table. We show you how to host a French Riviera-inspired dinner. Sunny Escape Vintage materials and a commitment to quality make a new California home feel centuries old—in a good way. Petite Manor Upon entering this Dallas ranch home and you’ll swear you’ve stepped into a beloved bit of Paris past. Hello, Color A palette plucked from the French countryside peppered with traditional French patterns wakes up a Texas home.…

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from the editors

While many decorating styles ebb and flow, country French—and its legions of fans—has remained a stalwart of the design landscape for centuries. It’s no surprise when you consider what this style represents: tranquility, comfort, a connection to history, and a home that isn’t just decorated but lovingly curated. Each featured house in this issue is filled with antiques and salvaged materials that carry with them stories of treasure hunts both near and far. For Pamela Harrington, her love affair with country French style began at the back of a small antiques store in Beaune, France, when she came across a delicately carved buffet and knew she couldn’t possibly leave without it. Thirty years later, her dreamy château on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, is flush with similar finds, sourced mostly in the…

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penchant for patina

She may have been born and raised in Houston, but Kristal Dayal is a country girl at heart. The established entrepreneur, budding designer and developer, and busy wife and mother of two children under 10 leads an urban life during the day, but after hours, she retreats to what she affectionately calls her “sanctuary.” “For as long as I can remember, I’ve craved the ease of country living,” Kristal says. “Unfortunately, professional demands don’t afford us the luxury of that lifestyle, so when we decided to build our Houston home, we envisioned a place where we could mentally escape from the bustle of the city and travel back to a more romantic place and time. To me, country French style embodies the way our family wants to live—simply and elegantly.” Working with…

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roots that run deep

Wind-ruffled tidal marshes. Majestic oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Pristine white sand beaches. The natural beauty of South Carolina’s Kiawah Island has captivated Katherine Brooks since she first visited as a child and drawn her back to the island again and again as an adult. Even after she and her husband, Jimmy, raised their three children and settled in Houston, they found themselves returning to the idyllic isle for everything from family reunions to spring breaks. “It became entrenched in our souls,” says Katherine, who knew exactly where she wanted to be when they decided to build a second home in 2016. Born and raised in New Orleans, Katherine looked to the gracious French-inspired homes of her youth for inspiration. “I had the best of both worlds,” says the former…

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storied living

There are two ways to enter Le Petit Château in the village of Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, France. Come humbly via a quiet lane through a pair of old wooden doors, where you’ll be welcomed into the privacy of a courtyard shaded by a centuries-old linden tree. Or take the front entrance—and dozens of grand stone steps—to arrive at an expansive terrace and the 18th-century home’s formal entry door. The dichotomy of the experiences is a perfect reflection of the interiors that greet you within, which are luxurious and yet simple in their attire. The front garden, with its sweeping views of the Luberon valley, stole Carlo and Anita Heleven’s hearts. The Belgian couple were on the hunt for a holiday home in Provence when they stumbled upon the fading glory of the manse.…

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recipe for success

How do you embrace the warmth of a rustic French look and yet maintain a chic, modern vibe? For Pat Gannon, the answer was to add a dash of California cool to her new Houston kitchen. “I wanted it to be clean, light-filled, and comfortable,” she says. Shaker-style cabinets in classic white with satin-nickel hardware—inspired by coastal design—brighten the kitchen. The full-inset drawer and door style provides an understated foil for carefully selected country French details, such as arched toe-kicks, wire-mesh door inserts, and vintage-style faucets. A gray-green subway tile backsplash infuses the room with subtle color. Pat tucked a banquette into the corner of the room and designed a long island to accommodate four stools. “I knew I wanted three people to be comfortable on one side of the island,” Pat…