This French Country-Style home looks like it's been in the neighborhood for centuries, but was actually a new-construction project near Chicago. The four-level home is furnished with much of the clients' existing furniture as well as a number of new pieces. Colors, finishes, materials and furnishings are very country/chateau-traditional and the rooms range from casually comfortable to highly formal.
The home's grand staircase curves from the foyer up to the second floor. A substantial shaded chandelier is at the staircase's center, and a rich wool floral runner runs up the stairs and onto the landing.
The sunny first-floor home office has wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry for storage and display. The client’s own rug grounds her desk which is paired with a silk-upholstered chair made extra comfortable with a rich tapestry and fringe lumbar pillow. Decorative window treatments are silk damask with a faux knot tie-back feature.
The traditional French-chateau-style kitchen has glazed pecan-colored cabinets, granite countertops and coordinating out-sized shaded chandeliers above the island and inlaid tile breakfast table. The clients’ own counter stools and accessories complete the effect.
A dramatic carved stone cooktop hood is the focal point of the home’s kitchen and is balanced by the heavy crown molding of the upper cabinets.
The home office on the attic level has map motif wall paper and is furnished with the clients’ existing furniture and accessories.
Also on the attic level is the playroom, craftroom and homework station. Storage and display space is built into the low walls all around the room. The window over the desk overlooks the back yard.