{warm + woodsy}

{photography by Patrick Van Robaeys for Coté Est}

Never imagined falling for a wood interior, finding the overuse of wood to be, at times, dark and a little out of fashion . . . That is, of course, until I happened upon this beautiful ancien hôtel particulier, a home overflowing with French style in the English countryside, where everything feels comfortable and inviting, and infused with warmth and a wonderful mix of French glamour and English country charm . . .

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Blogger SimplyGrove said...

Ooooh, that chandelier with the wood staircase is BEAUTIFUL!!!

May 22, 2008  
Blogger Always In Style said...

I'd have to agree with you here - I would normally associate wood interiors with old, dark, and out-of-date style but this is lovely!

May 22, 2008  
Blogger diana @ please sir said...

Ok - I'm in LOVE - thanks!

May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Christine said...

I love this! Quite lovely! :)

May 22, 2008  
Blogger Easy and Elegant Life said...

I think the trick is to pair the wood with "harder" or "colder" elements. The chandelier does that nicely for me. But then I've alwasy liked the feeling of being on deck.

May 22, 2008  
Blogger A-M said...

Oh yes, it's beautiful. It's a warm, 'welcome home' wood though and with a few modern accents, it keeps it in fashion. A-M xx

May 22, 2008  
Blogger Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Beautiful beyond words... thanks for sharing :)

May 22, 2008  
Blogger ::{J}:: said...

I love the contrast between the crystal chandelier & all the rustic-like wood. So striking together!!

May 22, 2008  
Blogger Heather said...

i love how this is warm and glamorous at the same time. perfection, especially the dining room pic.

May 22, 2008  
Blogger Jill said...

This is so pretty...I want to move right in. I think it works because they kept the color of the wood so light. Great find!

May 22, 2008  
Blogger "hi! i'm danielle rose and my favorite color is sparkly." said...

i love everything about this home! and i'd love to see more!

May 22, 2008  
Blogger Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love the natural & solid look of this wood, very warm and homey.
Lovely rooms!

Have a great weekend....it is that time again! (thank goodness...busy week!)


May 22, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

We're thinking along the same lines: the chandeliers and other sophisticated touches change the appearance of the wood, balancing out its rustic qualities with a sense of refinement.

Heather, your description of the home being "warm and glamorous at the same time" is perfect.

May 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love those chandelier and staircase contrast... so nice and unusual!

May 23, 2008  
Blogger Be the change..... said...

I just love this house! I normally don't like wood either but this is just perfectly done. I love that chandelier -they can be so tricky as most look either cheap, tacky or just over-done but that one is beautiful.

May 23, 2008  
Blogger Carolina Eclectic said...

I especially love the green room in the background, w/ the green draperies. Very nice!

May 23, 2008  
Blogger Classic style in city said...

i agree with you, lovely pictures.

May 23, 2008  
Blogger dancing doc design said...

dark woods and in-t-e-n-s-ey dark and dreary wall papers are what greeted us with our french renovation project -a.k.a delapidated home in the wine growing town of southern France-not the Cote Est,from the reference sited- ok, our wood perked right up with ,as you share, the sparkles of chandeliers and french paints-carefully selected to focus on the ochre and sienna colors of the earth!
So basically, I am blabbing about how on a budget if nearly zero,wood can come alive ! You have a great site and ever so glamourous-
a expat doc who danced and now designs

May 26, 2008  
Blogger coco+kelley said...

so beautiful! My feelings are the same when it comes to so much wood, but this seems to be perfectly balanced. i'm loving the chandelier and staircase!

May 26, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, Bethenaïs! And your French renovation project in the south of France sounds wonderful!

May 28, 2008  

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