Country French Fall - Winter 2017

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

1 min
from the editors

The best things in life are usually worth waiting for. For those with a passion for country French decorating, that often means waiting patiently—and searching tirelessly—for that perfect flea market find or antique treasure to deliver the warmth, comfort, and patina that are at the heart of country French style. Glenys Slavik found just that kind of treasure almost two decades ago in the form of a piece of gray fabric, which she salvaged from a market in Avignon, France. Although Glenys had no idea at the time how she would use it, she brought all 3 yards home, confident that one day it would find its rightful place. And it did—18 years later—when she and her husband, Jim, built their dream home in California (“French Connection,” above right and page…

3 min
personal touch

Houston interior designer Lisa Irvin didn’t need to flip through her client’s overflowing inspiration folder to know it was filled with images portraying effortless, elegant, and decidedly French-flavored interiors. “I’m always excited to start a new project, but I couldn’t wait to help one of my dearest friends with her new home,” Irvin says. “Before we even began the design process, I had intimate knowledge of her likes and dislikes, and great insight into how she wanted the home to feel and function.” The designer looked to natural materials—such as hickory, mahogany, and Texas Lueders limestone—to create a timeless mood that’s durable enough to endure the daily hustle and bustle of her client’s active family of five. On the exterior, these elements give the new 4,900-square-foot home a sense of establishment.…

4 min
aged to perfection

Orla Duffy grew up in Ireland, but she credits much of her design sense to France, where she developed a love for antiques mixed with modern elements. “Ireland and France are so close geographically that it often feels like Europe is just one big country,” Orla says. “The French influence is everywhere.” In particular, frequent trips to France encouraged the notions that casual living should be defined by an eye for detail and that less is more. Time in Europe also left Orla and her husband, Gavan, who also grew up in Ireland, with a love of the ocean inspired by their time near the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish and Celtic Seas. “Ever since we met almost 30 years ago, we’ve wanted a place on the beach,” Orla says. That dream…

4 min
french connection

Patience is a virtue. Just ask Glenys Slavik. “We were in Avignon, France, at a little market,” she says, “where I found a remnant of pale gray fabric in a discount bin. I brought all 3 yards home in my suitcase, then I carried that fabric around with me for 18 years. I knew one day I would find the perfect place to use it.” Today, the textile finally has a fitting home—it cloaks lumbar pillows that serve as the centerpiece of the great-room at Glenys and Jim Slavik’s new California home. “The piece of fabric ended up being our inspiration for the great-room’s color palette,” says longtime friend and interior designer Carolyne Ferguson. The Slaviks worked in tandem with Ferguson; her husband, builder Robert Ferguson; architect Carlos Elenes; and landscape designer…

2 min
rustic allure

tThe beautiful thing about a kitchen that’s already aged to perfection is its capacity for handling everyday life with grace. And that’s exactly what Tricia and Jason Romero, who have four children, were looking for when they asked architect Gene Hodgson, kitchen designer Kori Shurley, and interior designer Jenny Johnston to devise a 500-square-foot addition for their 1929 Shreveport, Louisiana, home to house a new “old” kitchen. The team set the stage for old-world charm with salvaged pine beams, copper lanterns, a stucco range hood, dark wood floors, and a 9-foot-long island designed to look like a piece of furniture. A rich blue cabinet— designed to look like a freestanding hutch—adds a touch of color to the otherwise cream-and-brown scheme. But functionality and clever storage are just as important as aesthetics in…

4 min
storybook romance

A pathway of stepping-stones set into a velvety green lawn leads guests on a whimsical journey to the entrance of this cottage in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here, a front door flanked by fragrant roses and embellished with iron fretwork and a centerplaced pewter knob signals that guests have arrived someplace special. “The door was meant to set the tone of the cottage,” architect Jim Blochberger says. “It has a simple elegance to it, and the cottage does, too.” With weathered cedar shingles climbing the steeply pitched roof and aged copper lanterns glowing golden in the evening, the cottage casts a spell at the outset. “It feels as if you’re walking into a fairy tale,” interior designer April Lozevski says. That impression was carefully crafted inside with a soaring two-story ceiling, ivory-washed beams…