This French farmhouse style home is filled with all of the charm of a European country home. With a love of French antiques and a knack for relaxed styling, learn more about the old world feel and the mixture of elements in today’s home tour!
If you aren’t familiar with my friend Kim Nichols home, then you are in for quite a treat! I’ve know Kim through blogging for many years and have always admired her penchant and talent as a home decorator. I’m not alone, as Kim had the popular blog Savvy Southern Style for over 10 years and is now retired from the blog world. We miss her there, but you can follow Kim and her daily adventures over on Instagram at SavvySouthernStyle. I know that you’ll love her…so head on over!
French or European farmhouse style is soft and understated, relying on earthy tones and antique or vintage pieces. In contrast to the simplicity of good old American farmhouse style, it’s a bit more understated and warm with an elegant nature. Kim’s has given her Georgia home an old world feel in her decorating. Let’s see what she has to say and learn more about what makes this home so special!
French Farmhouse Style Home Tour
“It’s just me Kim, my husband and our dog in this big house.”
“My husband doesn’t want to leave this home, so here is where we are staying in our golden years. We built this house in 1995 after living in our “starter” house for twenty years. We drove around and looked at new homes for awhile to get an idea of what we wanted in our next home. Then one night while eating out my husband grabbed a napkin and drew out our house. That’s how it started!”
“He gave his friend (who is a builder) the napkin and he drew the plan out on his computer. We bought our lot which was an acre and a half and a little while later it grew to three acres. Along with our neighbors, we split the lot between us. My husband and I were so lucky to secure the part with springs running through! Later we turned what was once a cow drinking puddle into a good size pond on our property. I love looking at the pond, but it’s actually a lot of work.”
“I digress, back to the house where my husband was the general contractor. We also did a lot of the finishing work ourselves all while working full time jobs and raising our teen son and daughter!”
“We had to do some of the work ourselves to keep within budget. My husband hung all of the windows and doors. He also did the trim work, and hung the wallpaper we used to have and I did all the painting except for the high ceilings. The last three months of building we would come home from work and head to the house to work and then the weekends were totally spent on the house. We finished the house from start to finish in six months! I look back now and wonder how on earth did we do this in our forties and working full time jobs!”
“Our house was your typical nineties home with jewel tones and lots of wallpaper that was on trend back then. The great room used to be a plum or wine color, the dining room was navy blue and our master bedroom was green. Over the years many changes have been made as styles changed and certainly my taste. Now it’s more of a French farmhouse style home.“
“We replaced carpet and linoleum and hardwood that was only in the foyer with all new hardwoods on the first floor, except for the master bedroom. There is carpet in that room for warmth. Just changing the floors to one cohesive look made the house look larger.”
Kim’s Updated French Farmhouse Kitchen
“We have remodeled our kitchen a few times and just recently we changed the brown speckled granite to a beautiful quartzite that looks like marble and updated the backsplash, too.”
“The best thing that we did to the kitchen a few years ago was taking the kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling with trim. The refrigerator was also encased so that it didn’t stick out into the room.”
“We hired very good carpenters for that job. The master bath was gutted and remodeled in 2017 and I still love everything I chose. The same carpenters that did the kitchen trim did most of the work on our bathroom, too except that my husband tiled the wall over the sinks and I did the painting.”
Kim’s Beautiful Master Bathroom
“Every room in the house has been painted mostly by me many times. My husband jokes and says he needs to add reinforcements under the house to hold up the weight!”
“We added the sun room about five years after moving in. Originally there was a huge deck, but we decided to cut the deck in half and build the sun room so I could sit inside and enjoy the view of the pond. You will find me in the sun room most of the time.”
“My style started out very country in the nineties and now it’s more French farmhouse style home or European country home. I’ve filled this home with antiques and other collectibles that have been found over the last several years. I find many of my pieces while traveling as well. I went to France in 2013 and bought several pieces and had them shipped back. I’m always looking in antique malls or even on line for that next special piece!”
“My favorite thing to update my home with is new pillows. I try to buy just the covers if possible so they are easy to store when not in use.”
Kim’s French Farmhouse Style Bedrooms
“Another fun update we recently made was replacing our old front door and sidelights with a new French door and sidelights. The original set had decorative lead glass which I felt really dated the exterior.”
“Our newest project that has been going on all summer in the sweltering heat is a greenhouse. I have wanted one for years and my husband decided to build it this year. I want to downsize and he doesn’t so I know that’s why he jumped on this project! Next year I’ll be busy gardening which will be a learning experience for me. We plan on getting it finished in time for a fall garden, but now that’s looking iffy.”
“A future project will be the master closet. It still has the original green carpet in it and the old wire shelving. In a few short weeks it will be our 25th anniversary in this home. It’s time for the closet to get a fresh look. We also do all the yard work and I keep up with the housework. I told my husband when it gets to be too much I will hire help. Remember… I want to downsize!“
“After ten years of blogging I retired from it this year. I’m glad I can still share snippets of my French farmhouse style home and the changes along the way on instagram @savvysouthernstyle and I want to thank Janet for sharing my home on her blog.”
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