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Bring a touch of France to your home. These rooms show you the colors, motifs, and styles that bring a French twist to decorating.
Give a home office a soft touch by filling it with pretty storage containers and your favorite colors. A spare closet was fit with lighting, shelves, and a desktop to create a highly useful work area. Notice how the room's red toile wallpaper was continued into the closet.
Vibrant wall color is the perfect foil for a display of blue-and-white transferware. Blue mohair seating and pillows made from antique French toile give the main seating area a real punch of color and interest. At the window, draperies are topped with swags and rosettes.
A love of European country antiques is reflected in this room that includes elements of both Country French and English Country. Paneled walls were painted white to bring a more casual feel to the space, and the mix of antiques gives it a classic lived-in look.
Measured use of collectibles, especially those that follow a motif, gives a kitchen personality. This space shows off roosters on ceramics, an iron pot rack, and in the colorful fabric used on the window valance. A high shelf over the cabinets offers another display ledge.
Replacing a standard doorway between the kitchen and family room with an 8-foot-wide archway makes the two rooms feel like one open space. Upholstery fabrics in the family room tie the look to the kitchen. The fabrics were chosen to be tough enough to withstand daily use.
Though tiny memory boards can be found ready-made, this large 54 x 48-inch version was custom created for this elegant showhouse space.