A gorgeous French Country Style home build in NC on tour today! Come learn more about this new build, the design enthusiast owner and some of the trials and tribulations to get here!
I’ve known Shirley of the blog Housepitality Designs for many years and now she has been focusing mostly on her Housepitality Designs Instagram page and finishing up the decor of her new home. This fellow Miami girl is so pleased that she is sharing her new home with you…so let’s get right into it via Shirley’s many photos, words and sources!
French Country Style Home Tour – A Little Background
“We have been in our home In NC for a little over a year. The state shut down due to the pandemic a day after we closed. Needless to say a nightmare of not having professional movers and we moved ourselves with a U-Haul for 6 days. All of this happened right after my cancer surgery and radiation.
Frustrated as it has been a very slow process in getting things done.
There is a 6 month wait now to re-upholster the sunroom chairs. I have plans to install drapery panels to soften the windows soon, but again…a waiting list!
The Very French Country Style Dining Room
The 18th Century French buffet was found in France. I placed an early 1900’s Scottish meat scale on the buffet and the late 1800’s French mirror was found in consignment shop!
The wallpaper is Hydrangea Drape by Schumacher. I’ve always wanted a fireplace in my dining room!
The Stunning French Country Style Great Room
Two large Koi ginger jars … love that they are different.
Ottoman a consignment find (Drexel Heritage) and recovered.
The two 72 inch sofas with 2 chairs are by Wesley Hall. The custom round skirted table was found in a local consignment shop!
Armoire from Loi Thai (Tone on Tone) when he was closing his antique shop.
The mirror over the fireplace is by Chelsea House. The pair of large blue and white vases are a consignment shop find by Maitland Smith.
Vintage bamboo table from Plantation Shop, Amelia Island.
Front Entry & Foyer
Our goal was one story living with the exception of my hubby’s office and gym that is the bonus room over the garage.
Come on inside!
Carolina delft tobacco jars on a custom made tea table that was found at an estate sale.
“I chose white cabinetry but if my hubby had a vote this time, we would have wood stained cabinets! Because the kitchen is large, I chose some plain glass cabinet fronts to flank the stove. The stove hood is higher than I wanted but up to code as my stove has very high btu’s. I placed a vintage print over the stove to add warmth.
Counters are decorated with new and vintage bread boards, blue and white decor and prints of “memories”. If I had to do it all over again I probably would have made the island a different color, however at the time I could not decide on the color. The island is 5 feet by 8′ 4″ The island seats 5…three at the front of the island and 2 stools are tucked underneath at both ends. I chose to have all my appliances below the counter as this house is open and I did not want to see a lot of stainless steel. The stove has a double oven with 6 burners and a griddle. The fridge was paneled.”
The Guest Room
“Some pieces of the guest room were in our former home in the primary bedroom. The guest room compared to our former one is half the size, but I feel it is cozy enough for guests and has all the things they need including its own bathroom. Each bedroom has it’s own bathroom…the bathroom in the guest room and my granddaughter Graylyn’s room have the same bath configuration. A secretary that did not fit anywhere in the house but here. Guests can pull up the chair at the foot of the bed to write or be on the computer. TV in the armoire along with empty drawers for their clothes.”
Our Granddaughter’s Room
“Graylyn chose her colors to be navy and white. She loves birds and has volunteered a the bird sanctuary at our local zoo.She also asked if her room can depicted part of her Japanese heritage…so I searched the antique shops for a great antique Japanese block print and that hangs over her bed. Mementos from my Japan trip are also in the room and dolls given to her by her great grandmother. She knows that she will always have a room in our home.”
French country style home Primary Bedroom
The bed is by Eloquence (Dauphine Canopy in Beach House natural) Chest and night stands are from Frontgate. The wall beyond the foot of the bed is a work in progress, so I did not photograph…a fireplace that needs painting and bookcases recently purchased from my old next door neighbor that need styling! The mirror is from Decorative Crafts…vintage botanicals and vintage gold metal and crystal sconces. Drapery panels are on the agenda for this room to soften the shutters.
French country style home Primary Bathroom
“All of the cabinetry that is white throughout the house is the same style of cabinets. I did this for both continuity and it was easy. Unfortunately, I was sick most of the time during the building process. There are towers on each side of the double vanity for storage and a great place to hide things such as toothbrush chargers, hair dryers, etc. I had the electrician place an outlet in each linen tower. No pic of shower, though it is large with double shower heads.
You may notice French doors. There is a French door that leads to the closet and believe it or not, the toilet room…. I did not want to walk into the room and see a solid door in front of me. So I had the contractor place a French door there and hopefully soon there will be fabric behind it to match the panels that I want to hang on each side of the window over the tub. The fabric will be placed on the door of the toilet room too 😉 I chose the French door there for consistency and they make the room feel warmer. A curio cabinet turned linen cabinet stands beside the tub. I did not want to see the bathroom while in the bedroom..so it is separate room but within the master bedroom suite..a large linen closet filled well there.”
The Laundry Room
“One thing that I had on my wish list for this house was a large laundry room that I can create my flower arrangements and do some gift wrapping and small projects…and oh, laundry! The cabinetry is a soft blue in the same design as the white cabinetry. Walls are decorated with vintage laundry items and treasured prints.”
“One of my favorite rooms is this sunroom! It was originally going to be a screened porch with a fireplace. However, after thinking of how much we would use it, we changed the plans and it became a sunroom. A good move! The room has definitely a collected look. The chairs are on a 6 month waiting list to be recovered. Frontgate Indoor/outdoor rugs are temporary here, until I can get a custom rug. There is no carpeting in this house and all are hickory wood floors. When it came to deciding on a carpet, I was on the fence. At the time I did not feel well enough to trek back to the carpet store..so I said to the contractor, just make the main rooms all wood…and I am glad I did!”
“Last but not least….I have always wanted an outdoor fireplace. My hubby and the landscape architect designed the two-tiered patio. The brick is same as our house and pavers for the patio floor. We are in constant landscaping mode for this fledgling yard. We love our new home, our community and our neighbors. This home is perfect for entertaining…so much open space.”
Thank you Shirley for opening up your French country style home (in North Carolina) to us! For daily updates and sharing, please visit Shirley on Instagram at Housepitality Designs
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