I shared glimpses of our home in my last post about tidying up in the new year and found a few more images for today’s. Our home is less fancy than it is unique. I have referred to its design style with various names, and it’s certainly not a pure form of French Nordic or Country Coastal style. The truth it, my style is European country inspired, undone, spare, and serene. I’m not a fan of nailing it down to one main influence, but I had to give it a title! Today’s French Nordic Coastal Cottage Ingredients will share some of my favorite design finds chosen especially for our home.
It’s tricky to accurately categorize the fixer upper we completely renovated which is now quite un-fixer upper like! Our last house was a French country manse we designed and built that felt old and established, while this one feels fresh and contemporary.
When we found it, it was a neglected custom cottage with great architecture swallowed up in weeds (invisible from the street!) and full of awful design elements. I shared our progress weekly HERE.
Taupe carpet and yellow paint everywhere. Holes in lumpy walls. Wide woofers and tweeters in bathroom ceilings (I’m so sorry too!). Paper-thin, hollow-core doors. Critters in the crawlspaces. White spraypainted hardware everywhere. Yes, spraypainted! In marketing photos, all the faucets and hardware appeared to be white…score! Except. Nope. Just ’90s brass el cheapo fixtures sprayed with white latex.
But the home’s style. What was our fixer upper’s style? The exterior would likely strike you as Nordic cottage, California cottage, or coastal cottage, with river rock accents and simple lines. But we’re on a woodsy lot, high on a hill, so there’s that.
French Nordic Coastal Cottage – Exterior
Lovely Finds From My Home
Then the fan windows. Are they consistent with a particular traditional design aesthetic or time period? They feel rather Hamptons and a little bit ‘granny’ to me. I have made friends with them by imagining them as chapel-like.
Inside, the ceiling height soars in the great room, and a cat walk floats above the center of all the main level action. The upstairs is light and airy, and (thank goodness!) the master came with a vaulted ceiling.
Vaulted Ceiling + Reclaimed Wood Statement Wall
Downstairs, a family room, bedroom, bathroom, and workshop get used by our grown children who stretch out on a leather sectional and a pair of giant 5′ Love Sacs which made their teenaged friends green with envy back in the day. No, don’t watch for photos of the sacs on this blog…they are purely functional!
While the individual architectural elements of the home may have been disparate, we felt we could integrate them and calm things with: a quiet palette, more subtraction than addition, upgrading, and most importantly, INTRODUCING PLENTY OF NATURAL, QUALITY MATERIALS to give the interiors substance and soul.
WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MISS IS MY PASSION FOR Belgian linen. It’s everywhere. I’m unapologetic about being obsessed with it and sprinkling it around liberally because it comforts me in the best possible ways, and I share the home with messy men who spill salsa, red wine, Bolognese sauce, and more on everything. As long as the sins don’t sit too long, they all come clean.
The nubby texture of the linen is durable and something I never tire of!
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Alder Front Door With Speakeasy
Handleset on Front Door
White Paint Color
If you look at the BENJAMIN MOORE White paint swatch in my banner below, you can see how much brighter and whiter it is than the warm greys around it.
Knotty Alder Interior Doors
Cuckoo for Cocopuffs for These!
Hardwood Flooring: White Oak Left Natural
The main living areas on our first floor as well as our master bedroom have wide plank, white oak hardwoods with no stain – just a matte finish on top.
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