Today I’m taking you on a French country home tour in New England that I hope you enjoy! Lots of love has been poured into customizing this home that belongs to my friend Amy Chalmers. She is someone that I’ve known via our blogs for quite some time and I admire her many talents. Amy is an artist, designer, former shop owner, antique collector, dollhouse dabbler, and more. Those are plenty of passions and they all keep her busy, along with spending family time with her husband, grown children, granddaughter and dogs. Let’s step in from this bucolic scene that leads you into the garden.
Lots of pretty outdoor vignettes accent the white exterior that has black shutters and white picket fences in typical New England style.
FRENCH COUNTRY HOME TOUR
Amy is truly a master at incorporating French antiques into her home. She has had a long standing love affair with all things European since childhood and tells us… “I grew up living overseas with my parents and 4 siblings. There I developed an appreciation for older things while traveling Europe and I loved what I saw in the hotels, museum, restaurants and the architecture. I have a love for decorating and built a business around it, although now I am retired. My passion is interior design, and incorporating older pieces with a European influence.”
She has scoured New England for some of her incredible chandeliers, including the rare opaline fixtures shown. She paints and tinkers and always amazes with her talents, as you can see more of on Amy’s blog here- MAISON DECOR. I love following what she’s up to daily over on her INSTAGRAM page as well – AMY MAISON DECOR.
“My parents taught me how to repair, restore and fix things around the house as a young girl. We were always doing projects, including wallpapering, painting, restoring old windows, gardening, etc. and that is how I live my life to this day. Always finding older pieces to upcycle and fit in our home”.
Shabby chic pastels with French painting techniques, gilding and Italian Florentine all mingle seamlessly.
Recently Amy has been painting landscapes and gets a lot of pleasure creating artwork for her home. A peek of the wall panel and framed landscape painting below that is framed in a gilded French style frame. Her talent never ceases to amaze! She’s amazing with decorative finishes as well, having taught others to paint in her former shop.
A pull back shot shows more of Amy’s French country style, using pieces that please her and make her happy.
Not one to follow trends, she stays true to her aesthetic but constantly freshens things up. ” I will forever be decorating our home as I think interiors stay fresh with changes and reflect the owners interests and stages of life.So that is why a couch may get reupholstered or moved into the dining room as additional seating, and a room may begin the day blue but end up white by dusk.”
“Personal style is always my approach, and its best to follow what suits your own preferences rather than what may be the current flavor of decor. Have fun with it and add a touch of whimsy as well as a few antiques and I think you will end up with a very charming place to live.”
A glimpse into Amy’s kitchen and you can see more on HER BLOG.
Another of the French style landscapes on canvas tucked on the wall behind the nightstand. Always a work in progress with room decor changing and moved from space to space.
Never shy of taking on new challenges, Amy has recently been decorating an incredible miniature version of a French country home. “Dollhouse decorating is a brand new hobby that I fell into after seeing a dollhouse at a consignment shop. I found quite a lot of fulfillment playing around with this old dollhouse, envisioning it to be a French chateau.I attempted to create and remodel miniatures to fit that criteria. It is a great indoor hobby for our long New England winters.” Seeing her unique dollhouse is a French country home tour unto itself!
The details in this dollhouse are imaginative and realistic, with much more detail shown on Amy’s Instagram feed.
What’s your favorite thing about Amy’s home? Please leave a comment or question if you have one, as I’m sure that she’ll be checking in! If you enjoyed this post, you might want to see some other recent French style home tours, linked below:
VINTAGE HOME – SIMPLY FRENCH MARKET TOUR
MODERN FRENCH COUNTRY DECOR – HOME TOUR
FRENCH FARMHOUSE HOME TOUR