Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors, Cont’d

We continue our exploration of European country design principles (which began HERE) with photo gallery inspiration from a home beautifully and authentically reflecting them. Chateau Domingue’s founder Ruth Gay and her husband constructed this Houston home with reclaimed materials, imbuing it with character and wonder. Prepare to swoon in Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors, Cont’d.

Chateau Domingue. Proprietor Ruth Gay’s Tuscan country manor style kitchen is a revelation…certainly rustic and refined indeed! Linen softens the apron front sink and walls created with French Limestone Bugets as well as reclaimed cobblestone flooring.
Photo: Chateau Domingue. Proprietor Ruth Gay’s Tuscan country manor style kitchen is a revelation…certainly rustic and refined indeed! Linen softens the apron front sink and walls created with French Limestone Bugets as well as reclaimed cobblestone flooring.

Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors, Cont’d

Let’s continue our house tour of the unforgettable home of Ruth Gay which began HERE!

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Decor inspiration with photos of Chateau Domingue founder Ruth Gay’s breathtaking home as well as guiding design principles.

Design: Pamela Pierce Source: Chateau Domingue Photos: courtesy of Chateau Domingue

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Decor inspiration with photos of Chateau Domingue founder Ruth Gay’s breathtaking home as well as guiding design principles.

European Country Inspired Design Authenticity & Context

Let’s avoid reducing a design style as exquisite as is seen here, to a few steps for “scoring the look” or “capturing the flavor.” There are HUNDREDS of steps (I’ll ask Ruth and her designer, Pamela Pierce for the exact number…Ha!).

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors and Photos of a Lovely Home.

Instead, let’s notice patterns and the poetry of the interiors as a springboard to discuss guiding principles rather than getting the look.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue -in case you admire French country design. Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country interiors and principles.

1. Educate Yourself About Origin

First of all, if authenticity is what we’re after, we must become firmly anchored in the origin of European country and French farmhouse style. We should familiarize ourselves with the lovely landscapes of rural France, of Tuscany and Umbria.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Decor inspiration with photos of Chateau Domingue founder Ruth Gay’s breathtaking home as well as guiding design principles.

Such education is not likely to grow simply from reading and researching the work of this famous designer or that famous design house.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors and Photos of a Lovely Home.

A Country French look, for example, has long established its enduring appeal. Its beauty and timelessness derive from its natural connection to the culture and character of the region.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Rustic stone, European antiques, and reclaimed wood as well as expert design from Pamela Pierce add up to a masterful European country home in Houston.

No wonder it is not easily emulated, “scored,” or created outside of France. Most of us haven’t the patience, ma cherie!

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors and Photos of a Lovely Home.

2. Learn About the Culture

Secondly, a European country inspired or Country French approach to home decor (which is often effortless, unhurried, and nostalgic) echoes a body of cultural ideals and values.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Rustic stone, European antiques, and reclaimed wood as well as expert design from Pamela Pierce add up to a masterful European country home in Houston.

To understand why this design approach appeals to Americans, we must delve deeper into European culture and history to discern the aspects which attract a following.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interiors and Photos of a Lovely Home.

3. Timeless Over Trendy

Thirdly, instead of following trends and redecorating every decade (or season if you glance at influencers on IG!) as Americans often do, traditionalists in the French countryside favor a timeworn look.

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When you decide to ignore what is coming down the catwalk and seek an enduring timeless look, antiques and reclaimed authentic materials are your friend!

Tour a 17th Century property in Cologne to get into the spirit!

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Rustic stone, European antiques, and reclaimed wood as well as expert design from Pamela Pierce add up to a masterful European country home in Houston.

High quality and long lasting pieces which increase in value over time can become heirlooms. Buying less but better naturally follows.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Interior Design Style and Photos of a Lovely Home.

The look is rustic, elegant, simple, sophisticated, and timeless yet not contrived or overwrought.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Sophisticated and elegant French, Italian, and Gustavin Style converge in this house tour with photos as well as design details.

4. Mystique in the Mix

Fourthly, there is often a sense of refinement in traditional European country or French Country homes where a masterful mix of ancient with vintage results in a cohesive, sensible interior which also feels soulful and interesting.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – in case you admire Old World style. Mastering Elegant Rustic Refined European Country Design Style and Photos of a Lovely Home.

Even a contemporary painting or a modern lamp may harmonize with an ancient carved chest or clay pot. Pleasing combinations sing when there is friendliness and subtlety within the mix as opposed to contrived efforts to juxtapose, contrast, or shock.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Sophisticated and elegant French, Italian, and Gustavin Style converge in this house tour with photos as well as design details.

Additionally, collected antiques and heirlooms impart a sense of rich historical character which simply cannot be purchased with a few clicks shopping online.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Sophisticated and elegant French, Italian, and Gustavin Style converge in this house tour with photos as well as design details.

Refined and Rustic European Country Essentials

1. Refined Takes Time

Firstly, many Americans still opt for matching furniture sets which may fall from favor in style after only a few years. We’re often in a rush, we’re often pressured to stage to get top dollar for resale, and it’s tempting to visit a showroom or two then call it a day.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Sophisticated and elegant French, Italian, and Gustavin Style converge in this house tour with photos as well as design details.

Such strategies work against achieving “an evolved European Country look” which demands: thoughtful curation, restraint, and patience.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Sophisticated and elegant French, Italian, and Gustavin Style converge in this house tour with photos as well as design details.

2. Elegance Involves Evolution

Matchy-matchy is not ideal for a French farmhouse or Tuscan villa since evolution takes time. Patina takes time too along with collecting or inheriting treasures.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country design principles.

Hunting for just right piece is easier than ever thanks to the internet, yet choosing the proper mix of pieces for a character-rish interior with timelessness STILL takes time.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country design principles.

3. Simplicity Entails a Thousand Details

A simple yet refined elegance requires expert knowledge and a keen artful eye. Ruth Gay and Pamela Pierce have earned their trained peepers.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country design principles.

European country and French country approaches to furnishing interiors certainly appear intuitive, relaxed, and flexible. However, the thoughtful curation of what stays and what goes flows from experience and seasoned design intelligence.

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Three pairs of 18th century French doors, barrel vaulted ceiling clad in 17th century stone from a French Vineyard, and blissful upholstered pieces grace Ruth Gay’s office… certainly lovely, indeed!

4. Rustic Yet Refined Requires Relaxation

Rooms develop character and charm over time as an owner collects, tweaks, and thoughtfully edits. Traditional European country home owners likely do not think in terms of “ultimate goals” for their interiors. Unless they are employing a designer, they probably pay little attention to mood boards or trendy paint colors.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country design principles.

Rather, the evolution emerges more naturally with a relaxed approach to allow rooms to become what they should become! Evolution can yield lovely, functional, harmonious, rustic yet refined timeless spaces which appear under-decorated, under-baked, and un-influenced by trends.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country design principles.

5. Flexible, Purposeful & Practical

Since many European country homes and French farmhouses are smallish and cozy, rustic yet refined country style leans toward the practical. Without walk-in closets and spacious pantries, furnishings and fixtures must work in a variety of rooms.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Photo gallery of a breathtaking French home as well as a discussion of European country design principles.

Out of necessity, pieces may be shifted around to function in various spaces. Since many French farmhouse furniture pieces are rugged, weathered, chunky, and indelicate, they age gracefully over time from all the use.

It’s easy to see the beauty of investing in fewer yet higher quality pieces which will work hard no matter the room in which they live.

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6. Nature Honoring

 The French love their gardens and bringing fresh flowers inside to decorate the home, arranging blooms quite casually. Just like fresh ingredients for cooking and tasteful decor, fresh flowers have a way of “elevating the everyday.”

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The French are so inspirational with regard to their approach to beautiful daily living, love of food, and regard for fine art. Depending on the region, sunflowers, irises, and poppies are common flowers which flourish in the French countryside.

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7. Rustic & Weathered

Since European country is a style which celebrates age and tradition, scratches, rust, and signs of wear are welcome. Shiny, newly stained, or lacquered finishes frequently fall flat when paired with antiques and vintage pieces which have patina-ed beautifully. Even aged rugs work better in such settings.

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8. Faded & Threadbare

The French don’t shop for a new rug simply because it has faded or frayed. Nearly threadbare is fine until it is no longer useful. What a contrast to a very suburban American habit of growing “bored” with this rug, that accent chair, or that vase and replacing it with another from the strip mall before any wear has accumulated!

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Inspiring European Country House Photo Tour in Case You Love French Country Decorating Ideas.

Choosing beautiful, high quality pieces (made from natural materials) which only grow better with age is a smart strategy when putting together a room with the same timeless spirit.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Inspiring European Country House Photo Tour in Case You Love French Country Decorating Ideas.

9. Adding Romance

A French country chandelier or charming lantern are more recognizable hallmarks of this beautiful design style, and candle-style lights add a rich romantic layer to interior design.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Inspiring European Country House Photo Tour in Case You Love French Country Decorating Ideas.

The finishes of these lighting sources tend to be weathered wood or aged metals so antiques often look more pleasing than reproductions. The sparkle of crystal from a chandelier or soft glow of a lantern can juxtapose beautifully with more rustic and rugged furnishings in a Country French space.

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A perfectly patina-ed lantern is tough to beat!

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Timeless design inspiration from a rustic refined home…certainly charming indeed.

10. Pale Color Palettes & Restraint

I admire the pale palette often employed in European country and especially French country homes. Those faded creams, greys, blues, reds, and golds tell a story of: the countryside, the passage of time,  natural sunlight, understated beauty, and tranquility.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Timeless design inspiration from a rustic refined home…certainly charming indeed.

In terms of restraint, there is a tranquility and conservatism to the design style with plenty of opportunities for the eye to rest.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Timeless design inspiration from a rustic refined home…certainly charming indeed.

11. Imperfections Welcome

The Country French way is more tolerant of: wrinkles in fabrics, flaws in objects of all varieties, and imperfections in furniture and finishes.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Timeless design inspiration from a rustic refined home…certainly charming indeed.

A country house naturally lends itself to a more casual living approach than a city house. Work related activities and busy schedules likely do not enter into the equation. Imperfections and wabi sabi charm encourage a slower pace and relaxation in a French country farmhouse which is decidedly NOT a Parisian apartment or a Versailles-styled chateau.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Timeless design inspiration from a rustic refined home…certainly charming indeed.

Hello, Lovely Chateau Domingue

Chateau Domingue is an invaluable source for the ingredients to create timelessly authentic, European country inspired interiors.

Ruth Gay sources 15th to 19th century architectural elements and monumental European antiques such as:

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Timeless design inspiration from a rustic refined home…certainly charming indeed.

Antique Furniture

Stone surrounds

Mantels

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Gates

Fountains

Garden Decor

Doors & Windows

Hardware

Wood Flooring

Tiles

Stone Flooring

Lighting

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Elegant understated interior design inspiration photos of a house built with reclaimed materials from Europe…certainly charming indeed.

Domingue Architectural Finishes

Creating a timeless look for interiors can often be achieved with beautiful plaster and wall finishes, and Chateau Domingue also offers Domingue Architectural Finishes.

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Chateau Domingue Steel Windows & Doors

You are probably seeing custom steel windows and doors in amazing homes, both modern and country all over the internet, but where can such bespoke treasures be sourced? For one, Chateau Domingue.

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What a treat to spotlight Chateau Domingue and the lovely home of its curator, Ruth Gay.

Do pay CD a visit at 3560 W 12th Street, Houston, Texas 77008 or online.

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Photo: Chateau Domingue – Elegant understated interior design inspiration photos of a house built with reclaimed materials from Europe…certainly charming indeed.

Don’t miss the first installment of this post HERE, and for more rustic European inspired design inspiration, see this as well as this house tour.

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Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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4 Comments

  1. Gigi
    October 3, 2019 / 10:52 am

    Hi thank you, for all of your wonderful photos ❤️🍰🌷I’m look for vey tall French Country bar stools
    Pierre a deux., style. I would love your input.
    Truly,Gigi

  2. October 3, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    Hi Michele,
    What a gorgeous chateau! It’s truly one of a kind and timeless. I love the style ❤️

    • Michele
      Author
      October 3, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      So much heart and soul packed into a dwelling for the ages! Love to you, friend. xox

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