12 Design Tips to Get Modern French Country Style Without the “Fussy and Fancy” {Part 1}

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

If the less fussy, less fancy side of

French Country interior design inspires

you and captures your imagination, you’re

going to love exploring these design tips.

 

You may recall seeing the house tour for this

French Normandy style beachfront home with

inspiring French County and modern farmhouse

details by Giannetti Home on this blog,

Velvet and Linen, or in Luxe magazine

(photography by Lisa Romerein).

 

Part 2 of this post is here.

 

This San Diego home, known as OCEANSIDE

is lovely both inside and out, and you’ll notice

Frenchy blue-greys, beachy aquas, sandy whites,

and the warmth of wood and antiques.

 

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Today we’ll dive deeper into this

flavor of Modern French Country

interior design style to explore what

 makes it special and how we might

achieve a similar mood in our own spaces.

French Country style architecture in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

1.

Architectural Character.

You can’t miss the interesting character-filled architectural

style of this home with plaster walls, a basket weave patio,

wood shingle roof, staggered roof tiles,

half timbering, and steep roof pitches.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

2.

An Oceanic Palette.

While we see more royal and navy blues in

many classic American beach houses, the use

of quieter subtle hues in the aqua family keep

the mood tranquil and harmonious with the

sea, sky, and sand just outside.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

You’ll see those watery blues repeated

in accessories, textiles, and even

cabinetry in the kitchen.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

3.

Harmonious Mix of Cabinetry.

The Giannetti team’s plan was to make the kitchen

appear as though furnishings and fixtures

were bought over time.

 

The mix of custom cabinetry in this French Country style

kitchen is so interesting and anything but uniform.

Quarter sawn white oak tops a breakfast bar island painted

in a creamy tone while a natural white oak island with

a sink sports a Calacatta marble top.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

The teal painted cabinetry with its beadboard

backsplashes is reminiscent of a built-in hutch,

and brings cheer to its neutral surroundings.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

4.

Rustic Elegant Dining.

This oceanfront dining area which seats 10 is

the picture of laid back luxury with its woven

dining chairs, a French-style chandelier, an

antique console table and a lamp from Aidan Gray.

 

The soaring ceilings with lovely planks of wood

stained in a driftwood shade look as though

they have always been there and keep the

mood informal and organic.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

5.

Corral the Collections.

In this project and many others, Brooke Giannetti

showcases the homeowners collections and

treasures stylishly on built-in shelves as opposed

to scattering them throughout the room.

 

The mix of art, books, and objects works

beautifully since the palette is limited…

restraint can be your friend!

 

(That fish sculpture on the shelf in the

family room served as a weather vane

in the original house.)

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

6.

Soothing Bedrooms.

How to bring French Country influences and style

into a bedroom without: fussy details, excessive

ornamentation/gilding, or even ruffles?

 

This project proves it can be accomplished by

filtering the design mood through a modern lens.

Turn to sumptuous fabrics (velvet and linen!),

clean lines, antiques, patina-ed accessories,

a simple restrained beachy palette, and symmetry.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

See more inspiring interiors of OCEANSIDE

and find the other half of this post in Part 2 here.

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6 Comments

  1. August 5, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Awww St. Malo. So many fun memories. My best friend's family growing up has a house on the water…they are one of the original families. I've spent many days there… it really is an incredible place.. and the history of St Malo is interesting too.

    • August 5, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Sounds fabulous, and living oceanside must be so life giving! Thanks for adding to the beauty, Kim.

    • August 5, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      I can't even imagine what that must feel like in person!

  2. August 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Very beautiful. Lots of nice details. For me, however, I don't want my ceilings that high all the way to the ridgeline. Hard for me to get the cobwebs down. Great ideas to put in the dream book.

    • August 5, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Must be quite a production for whoever Is entrusted with the housekeeping! 🙂

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