In this French country style house tour you’ll delight at the refined elements that lean toward a modern era, while paying homage to the past! There are ample photos to inspire from this young interior designer who accomplished it all within a tight budget.
I’m delighted to share her for the second time here on the blog! You might recall this French country style house tour, that was the former home of my friend Courtney Davey of the website Tuft & Trim. Since we posted that tour a couple of years ago, her family has grown and the search for a new home project was full on! Courtney is a talented interior designer and you’ll find her website linked above and her daily looks on her Instagram.
Courtney’s style is softly feminine with a mix of elements to create her own grandmillennial French country appeal. I love it and know that you will too, so let’s get started with her thoughts.
We encourage you to take your time and scroll all of the way down to see the many photos provided for your inspiration!
French Country Style House Tour –
“Last Winter we found a charming 1979 Colonial Cape Cod (Virginia Beach, VA) that was full of potential, but needed a whole lot of TLC. It sits surrounded by a canopy of trees in the most enchanting neighborhood, but because it was so dark and dated, it was overlooked. That being said, we were able to get it without a fight (which was a miracle in the real estate market at that time). Since then, we’ve worked at bringing it back to life, one room at a time.”
“One of the biggest game changers was fresh paint! We painted the dated, dark wood trim, doors, windows, cabinets, and paneled walls in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. The soft white opened up each space and made it feel bright and welcoming.”
I believe that these images are from the realtors listing. Could you overlook this and see the potential as Courtney did?
“Once the interior paint was complete, we took a leap of faith and limewashed the brick exterior in Romabio Avorio White and painted the shutters and door in Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams. The windows were also due for an update so we replaced them and, wow, what a difference that made. It looks and feels like a whole new house!”
The Dated And Drab Exterior
The Finished Exterior
After and it’s amazing what paint can do to update a home! Keep scrolling down for the back deck and more!
Inside Renovations – French Country Style House
Come on inside!
A favorite project
“We renovated the downstairs bathroom, which was one of our biggest projects to date. We ripped out the fiberglass tub/shower and put in a beautiful marble subway shower. Also, marble flooring, a new vanity, fixtures, and lighting.”
“The elegant Schumacher wallpaper was the final touch! After that, the bathroom became one of my favorite rooms in the house!”
“I’ve always been drawn to French and European influenced decor and love to mix a variety of antiques with more contemporary chic elements which you’ll see throughout my home’s decor.”
“Other than that bathroom, the rest of the home was updated with cosmetic changes. New light fixtures, window treatments, and door hardware were installed.”
Another key point is that Courtney shops her own home and moves pieces around.
“While I typically stick to soft neutrals, I’ve had fun introducing subtle color schemes like sage green and pale blue. These soft tones, along with elegant floral patterns, french pleats, and gilded gold mirrors are a recurring theme in my home.”
Basically, the striped wallpaper sets the tone for a more masculine room in the home.
“It’s amazing how elegant touches like a chandelier and drapes can completely change the feel of the room.”
“My style seems to reflect my love for history and romance. Ultimately, my goal is to always help my clients find ways to reflect their personality in their own home. Overall, this house has transformed into something so much more amazing than we thought possible. We are blessed to be able to call it our home!”
Above all, our own favorite is Courtney’s elegant French country style dining room!
“The laundry room is awkwardly situated between our dining room and the only downstairs bathroom. As a result is in constant use. That was one of my least favorite aspects of the floor plan. However, we made it work by building a faux marble folding table over the washer and dryer. As a result we made it pretty with a beautiful light fixture and fun wall color! These changes made the room serve as a nice transition from dining to bathroom.”
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