Home Tour: Provencal Farmhouse with Old-World Charm

A trio of forlorn 1850s structures in Provence transforms into a single, spacious farmhouse. These elegant building and interior design ideas can inspire a home improvement project that highlights a classic French feel.

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    French Home Renovation

    A trio of forlorn 1850s structures in Provence transforms into a single, spacious farmhouse. Renovating a trio of Provence farm buildings--two decrepit houses and a gaping barn in between--turned them into one majestic house with modern comfort and old-world charm. A wisteria-shaded pergola is the perfect spot for taking in the tranquil scene of the stone-edged reflecting pool.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Outdoor Dining Area

    Blocks made of local limestone create a dining terrace at the front of the house.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Double Living Rooms

    Double living rooms or salons bring a modern, open floor plan to the main level of the home. These two rooms--one large, one small--are linked by newly constructed arches.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Elegant Buffet

    A fruitwood-topped buffet running along the rear wall of the large living room provides display space for the homeowner's antiques.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Cozy Fireplace Retreat

    Tucked under a stairway, a seating area in the small salon provides a cozy retreat near the room's limestone fireplace.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Charming Ceiling

    The house's original structural beams are displayed in the small salon, characterized by the extraordinary patina of generations of paint. The flaking and peeling layers were lightly sanded to reveal a mosaic of subtle color.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Classic Kitchen/Dining Area

    The kitchen is a simple area arranged as a combined cooking and eating space. The old stone, wooden cupboard fronts, and limewash blend subtly with the rest of the main-level rooms to enhance the feeling of a united living space.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Intimate Eating Area

    Comfortable upholstered chairs and antique linens add to the upscale dining experience.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Antique Hutch

    Dishes are stored in this antique hutch. Chicken wire on the doors adds intricate charm.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Architectural Detail

    An antique Italian mirror at the top of the stairs makes a strong statement, amplifying the detail built around it.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Romantic Master Bedroom

    A neutral palette, combining cream linen and cotton with carefully chosen touches of blue, is found throughout the home. In this bedroom, which was part of the former barn, muslin drapes over a romantic four-poster.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Master Bath

    A pair of porcelain basins were mounted into a country table to create a pretty and rustic vanity unit in this bathroom.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Second Bedroom

    The intense blue painted on the ceiling beams of this bedroom adds a bold splash of color. Four-paned windows admit plenty of light into the space.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Blue-and-White Bathroom

    Chinese porcelain pieces in the second bathroom continue the blue-and-white theme with its accompanying bedroom.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Architectural Highlights

    When the three farm buildings merged to create a single luxurious home, the result was a functional, architecturally sound structure. Old beams and stonework were preserved, and the new stonework mimics the original. Living areas were oriented to the south for sun and energy efficiency, and garden views filter through many doors and windows.

    Main Level Square Feet: 2,195
    Upper Level Square Feet: 2,195
    Bedrooms: 5

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Upper Level Floor Plan

    The upper level houses all five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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    Main Level Floor Plan

    The home's main level is filled with gathering spaces and storage spots. It took more than five years for this farmhouse makeover to come to fruition, but it was well worth the wait.

    From Beautiful Homes magazine.

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