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The Cottage Journal French Cottage 2021

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United States
Hoffman Media
5 Issues

in this issue

4 min
an artist’s retreat

When British artist Annie Sloan, best known for her expertise on decorative painting techniques, purchased an 18th-century farmhouse in Northwest France, she found not only a serene retreat in which to relax but also a fresh canvas on which to create. While she and her husband, David, reside in Oxford, England, their charming farmhouse in Normandy has been a creative sanctuary for the past 30 years. Annie visits their French dwelling multiple times a year, and with each stay comes a long-awaited exhale of calm. “When I arrive, I can’t believe how content I am,” she says. “The house is incredibly unpretentious. The area isn’t touristy, so it’s a casual retreat.” The farmhouse has been an ever-evolving project for Annie, and she’s taken a decidedly more relaxed design scheme than with…

2 min
past meets present

Whether or not you can distinguish the sturdy, substantial forms of a Louis XIII piece apart from the elegant and graceful lines more indicative of Louis XV, Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques is a must-read for both longtime lovers of antiques and those newly acquainted. Written by Tara Shaw, this book provides a comprehensive overview of styles ranging from Louis XIV to Italian, a guide for selecting the best pieces, and inspiration for using them in any décor scheme. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and with more than 20 years of experience as an antiques wholesaler, Tara has a passion for pairing old and new that stems from her mother’s modern taste and her grandmother’s love of collecting. Peruse 272 pages of never-before-published interiors where contemporary designs and antique accents…

2 min
finding french style

3 min
fresh starts

“Classically built, this home’s architecture steered away from trend,” says designer Katie Gibson of Katie Gibson Interiors, “so we knew from the start that we wanted to reflect this style in the interior spaces.” Her vision began with clean white walls—a blank canvas for traditionally lined furniture, unconventional fabrics, and plenty of pops of color. “The homeowner loves the look of French-Italian style, but she also leans toward a simple and feminine aesthetic,” Katie explains. “So, rather than overdoing patterns, we focused more on interesting textures and intentional layering.” From the entryway, the home’s symmetrical floor plan opens up to the dining and living rooms. On the left, the inviting dining area features a custom-made round table that seats the family altogether. The chairs are covered in a cheery fabric inspired…

3 min
something blue

When designing their clients’ Raleigh, North Carolina, home, interior designers Vicky Serany and Elizabeth O’Neal of Southern Studio Interior Design centered the style around a most unlikely spot: the kitchen island. “This island is a custom color, and we built the design palette around it,” Elizabeth says. From the elegant dining room to the serene master suite, classic French blue shows up throughout the home as a common thread that ties the whole space together for the bustling family. The remainder of the kitchen is a balance of bright white and creamy neutrals, with marble countertops and a subway tile backsplash. To soften and ground the space, Vicky and Elizabeth added barstools with an ostrich-textured vinyl upholstery and dark wood legs from Vanguard. The two worked with Loyd Builders to make…

3 min
first impressions

From the first glance you get at the Gentrys’ Alabama home, you’re sure to be captivated. Its large chimney with an ivy-laden trellis brings attention to all the gorgeous windows of the home, but it’s the stunning front entrance that beckons you closer. Large double-flame glass lanterns flank the doorway, and a French mansard roof sits overhead. Architect Richard Long designed a stylish entry that narrows into the arched Tudor-style front door, making it a focal point of the exterior. Once inside, the interior envelops you in hospitality with a warm color palette, wood accents, and soft linen furnishings. In the living room, the eye is immediately drawn to the ornate French-style chandelier above, while a lightly colored leather ottoman with nailhead trim and dark wood legs acts as a coffee…