12 Design Tips to Get Modern French Country Style Without the “Fussy and Fancy” {Part 2}

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

So many of us adore French Country inspired interiors,

and I love exploring the various expressions of it

by designers who honor it and add to the beauty.

My favorite expression is its airier, simpler side.

 

See Part 1 here.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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

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

7.

The Holy Trinity: Ageless, Classic, and Calm.

Designer Brooke Giannetti, who works with

her partner, architect Steve Giannetti,

says these three qualities guide their designs.

 

When we resist trends (or at the very least

avoid using EVERY trend in a space) and

make choices reflecting timelessly good design,

we’re 1/3 of the way there!

 

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

8.

Limestone Lovely.

The choice of limestone for flooring and fireplaces

not only evokes a classic French mood, but it also

reinforces the feeling of calm since its tones

are light, warm, and comforting.

 

French Country style interior design in beautiful beach house by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House
9.
Feminine With Less Frou Frou.
It’s refreshing to see feminine decor
interpreted quietly, with delicate refinery
and not sugary sweet fanciful French excess.
Not only is this approach more friendly to
both sexes, but the effect is also more
fresh and modern.

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

10.

Think Beyond Over the Top.

I love the way the French go over the top in

so many instances design-related and otherwise,

but it’s not always necessary or desirable when

the direction you’re headed is more modern.

“Less” can work when the selections are

full of character, age, and soul.

 

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

11.

Built-ins.

Whether it’s a window seat, shelving, bunks,

or cabinetry, the Giannettis create instant

age and architectural interest in spaces they

design by incorporating built-ins.

 

If you think about what is most appealing about

the interiors within a French Country farmhouse

or even a pretty Paris apartment, it is often the

lofty ceilings, paneled walls, vintage doors,

and parquet floors.

 

While it may not be possible to simply

commission a craftsman to whip up

a window seat or create a set of bunks,

working these into additions or new

builds makes good sense.

 

Additionally, if you are lucky enough to

have built-in shelves, think about how

you might re-work or refine them with

paint, plaster, or wood…maybe what they

need is subtraction of fussy trim rather than

any additions!

 

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

12.

Embrace the Unexpected.

It was a pleasant surprise to see these

basket-weave paved patios where we may

have anticipated expanses of gravel.

 

With all the expense and care devoted to

the incredible roof and tiles, doesn’t

it make infinitely good sense to

design spaces where they can be enjoyed?

 

These outdoor entertaining spaces feel

like a charming French village!

 

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 beach house exterior by Giannetti Home - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Home Tour: French Country Beach House

 

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

 

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

See more inspiring interiors of OCEANSIDE
and be sure to see the other half of this
post in Part 1.

Peace to you right where you are.

 

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