Our clients often visited the countryside of Provence, a colorful region of France and grew to love its Mediterranean architecture, gabled tile roofs and warm interiors. We were commissioned to do the architecture and interiors for our client in an established, urban residential area on a small lot with mature Live Oak tress. It was to be a truly Provencal French home to echo the client’s authentic American Shaker and rustic French country furniture.
The exterior finishes would give the architecture an aged ambiance, using rough plaster, stone and wood. Likewise, the interior faux finishes and colors would give an “old-world “character while the Douglas Fir and Mahogany wood would convey a cozy cottage feel. Flat panel cabinetry stresses the simple nature of the woodwork and reflects the beautiful Shaker pieces throughout the house. Pine beams salvaged from an old building in Louisiana give the family room a rustic, inviting appearance. The French drapery and upholstery fabric enhance the glow of the family room’s golden walls, French “Beaumaniere” limestone on the floor complements the old wood beams and furniture. The antique iron hardware and light fixtures create a consistent touch when coupled with the rustic finishes. Slate counters and splashes with a Vermont soapstone sink create a warm French Kitchen.
The lighting scheme throughout is understated with low voltage accents for art and furniture. “Path of light” switching and security lighting create a safe haven for an urban residence. High efficiency, quiet air conditioning and humidifying systems provide tastefully concealed climate control. Subtle colors, a strong architectural vocabulary and the warmth of wood and stone define this house’s identity as well as that of its tasteful owners.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and interior designer on this house.