Chere Maison

A midwestern couple downsizes to VA with teen and terrier in tow. Wanting to shift from dark and heavy spaces to cheerful interiors with a touch of French country, our clients now enjoy their cozy, but inspiring space perfect for gathering together. Through a judicious use of fresh color, careful arrangement, and character enhancing finishes and architectural features, their home.

Working with a light filled, double height entryway, we wanted to bring a sense of intimacy to the space. We did so by introducing textural grasscloth in a soothing, but fresh, green color, using moulding to trim the paper just at the upper level’s handrail. We also lowered the large light fixture (not shown) to allow it to be seen without craning one's neck.

A sense of discovery, created by architectural moulding and ceiling beams, beckons one beyond.

To freshen the clients’ existing dining suite, we broke it up, reupholstering the side chairs in a fresh duck egg faux leather, and swapping out the existing end chairs for sleek, performance fabric covered options.

To further inject life into this space, we added chartreuse banding to custom draperies and added in chic lighting. Hosting in this space is engaging and fun.

A subtly, fresh palette reads as both chic and welcoming. Reading and entertaining are equally appealing uses of the room.

This open floorplan made gathering in the family room uninviting. the two sofas sat opposite one another with a two small coffee table between them. By bringing in lots of flexible seating options, drapes, well-scaled lighting, and most importantly adding ceiling beams, we created a cozy, conversation grouping that still allows for easy TV viewing as desired.

There are so many angles from which to enjoy the room. One can watch TV, enjoy nature, curl up with a book, swivel around toward the kitchen or breakfast area beyond to chat, pull up on ottoman for a card game, host friends, and more!

By refinishing the table and chairs, and adding soft layers to this space, it went from open and blah, to charming and inviting. Not pictured is the clients’ wine collection, neatly and efficiently mounted on the wall to the left of the breakfast table. It feels a bit like being in a sweet, French restaurant.