English Country Room with Charming French Country Accents

English Country Room with Charming French Country Accents

View into finished room

View to finished room

This room makeover could not have pleased my clients any more.  They asked for a specific room, one designed primarily for reading.  They didn’t want a television, they wanted something traditional but interesting, they knew they wanted drapery and a valance of some sort so it would be formal but not “too formal.”  They did not want a coffee table and they wanted comfortable seating for each of them with the proper lighting.  The empty room offered much promise with its long windows and great lighting, crown moldings and wood floors.  I was delighted and inspired.  The inspiration for the color scheme was the beautiful barn that you could see from the front windows.  Sherwin Williams Sommelier Red, Natural Tan for the ceiling and Greek Villa for the trim were an instant success in this room.  Away with the old gold sconces and in came outdoor barn lighting for accent lighting on the wall and above the custom bookshelf.  An evening shopping trip brought in the upholstered furniture and another trip to find the accent pieces.  An antique Singer sewing stand was repurposed for the table between the windows.  Unable to find the french provencal bookcase elsewhere it was locally custom made.  Beautifully crafted and painted with milk paint it makes a statement and is fully functional in this room.  Seersucker pinch pleat drapes add the casual elegance that my clients sought.  Hard cornices custom made and designed with a european street scene fabric add interest, and formality without being “too stuffy”.  All in all this room was styled in english country with a french provencal flair and it now has the pieces and additions my clients love and now enjoy.

Custom cornice details

This custom, unique cornice features multi-colored cording to accent its shape.



View of custom cornice

View of custom cornice


Room before LDecor influence

BEFORE – View to room

Full view of room

AFTER – Full view of room with finished decor.






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