Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance

In another inspiring timeless Euro decor roundup, I mentioned an epic house tour, and Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance is a French home tour (Chateau Domingue’s Ruth Gay’s Houston home) shared a few moons back. Today’s fantasy lesson for students of timeless European country style shall not disappoint!

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.
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.

(I just said SHALL, y’all. That can only mean things are about to get fancy up in here!)

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

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Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance

Years ago, when proprietor Ruth Gay of Houston-based Chateau Domingue and her husband were building their Old World style home, they struggled to locate the precise construction materials they imagined for it. This hunt uncovered two things: a gap in the market and a personal passion to source one of a kind architectural elements and monumental antiques from Europe.

And that is how her business Chateau Domingue came to be a refined showroom for European garden elements, lights, furniture and also antique home-decor pieces.

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Timeless European Elegance…certainly lovely indeed.

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I first learned of Chateau Domingue as a follower of Velvet and Linen when Brooke Giannetti sought materials for her timeless Ojai farmhouse, Patina Farm.

Shortly thereafter, I discovered the glory of the home you see here when Milieu magazine launched. What a feast for the senses! Elegant European influenced interiors by Pamela Pierce exploded on my radar, and the only prescription was MORE, s’il vous plait.

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Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance…certainly lovely indeed.

Let’s learn more about Houston-based Chateau Domingue with Ruth Gay’s breathtaking house tour! I can think of no better introduction than viewing its founder’s own personal use of reclaimed architectural elements and antiques from Europe.

Timeless European Country Dining Inspiration

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Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance

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European Country Decorating Sensibilities

Authentique

How is this European country and French inspired home accessorized? One can certainly spy the authenticity of antiques, old stone, and French influence, but note also the feather-light airiness of the interiors.

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The natural atmosphere and ethereal mood created by Pierce and Gay is a triumph. Here are a few ideas gleaned from studying this and other lovely French country interiors.

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Purposeful Accessorizing

While we Americans often choose to accessorize in the name of “decorating,” a more European country approach reveres function and purpose.

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Is the accessory useful? Can the piece be pulled into service? Does it provide storage for daily essentials? Will it improve over time? Is the quality fine?

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Did you notice how casually and intelligently those open shelves in the dining room were used? Purposeful baskets, dishes, receptacles for flowers, and pitchers.

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Such practicality may be Old World indeed, but it is a breath of fresh air to see it applied to modern life in Texas.

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Avoidance of Filler

Many home decorators feel compelled to embellish walls with “interest” and fill shelves with dust-gathering pottery or decorative urns for “show.” Too often, such an approach results in a watered-down, mediocre look which lacks character.

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Certainly lovely indeed…Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance.

Displayed collections can be powerful storytellers and sources of beauty in a room. However, over-accessorizing can be disastrous and vignettes criminally over-styled.

Country French dining room with rustic wood ceiling (reclaimed from Europe by Chateau Domingue), stone floors, and exquisite antique stone fireplace.

Of course exceptions exist. Pretty sparkly things placed upon shelves for the eye to behold are common in America.

Serene, understated French country dining chair and rustic farm table with simple glass bottles used as vases - Chateau Domingue.

Spacious American homes typically have plenty of dead space and shelves to fill, after all. However, a European Country or French approach to accessorizing can still inform us.

Magnificent antique French limestone fireplace and European country treasures from Chateau Domingue in the exquisite home of Ruth Gay.

The approach seems more inspired by nourishing the soul with thoughtful, historical, and authentic gestures than creating moments of eye candy.

Magnificent antique rustic wood sideboard and treasures from Europe in Ruth Gay's elegant dining room (Chateau Domingue).
Certainly lovely indeed…Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance.
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Hall & European Antique Doors from Chateau Domingue

Rugged reclaimed stone walls and floor in a hall with treasures from Chateau Domingue - in Ruth Gay's exquisite French home.
Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance…certainly lovely indeed.

Timeless European Country Bath Inspiration

Authentic country French bath with antique stone sink and wall mount faucet - in Ruth Gay's (Chateau Domingue) home. Come tour more of the exquisite interiors!

One of a Kind Reclaimed Stone Imported by Chateau Domingue

Breathtaking French limestone staircase in Ruth Gay's country French home - Chateau Domingue.
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Timeless European Country Kitchen Inspiration

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Chateau Domingue’s Mission: Grandness + Simplicity

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Certainly lovely indeed…Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance

Timeless, European Country Inspired Decor Ideas

Guiding Principles…Not Secrets

Are there secrets to achieve a timeless, European country (including French Farmhouse, Tuscan and French Country) inspired decor look in your home? 

Country French romance and authenticity - rugged stone and French earthenware in Ruth Gay's stunning country French house in Houston - Chateau Domingue.

Far too many articles online reduce a complex and multifaceted design style to a handful of steps or secrets. As a decor blogger, it is easy to fall into the habit since the attention span of readers has dwindled.

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Timeless design and European country are broad categories so there is need for shorthand and summarization.

Guiding Principles to Consider

Pale tones of rugged stone, antiques, earthenware, and age sing with French lavender in Ruth Gay's Old World Houston home - Chateau Domingue.

1, START WITH BEAUTIFUL BONES AND ARCHITECTURE…We certainly must save our pennies, for this principle, Francophiles!

Beautiful bones and architecture may be the steepest challenge depending upon your home’s age and style (unless you are a billionaire who is building new, or are fortunate enough to live in a farmhouse in Provence).

French kitchen with Old World style, stone walls, antique paintings, and charm from Chateau Domingue.

Yes, the bones are definitely a tall order; yet partnering with experts at Houston-based Chateau Domingue can make them a reality.

Chateau Domingue  - Ruth Gay's exquisite French home with reclaimed materials from Europe features stone staircase and wood planked ceilings.

2. INVEST IN BEAUTIFUL EUROPEAN ANTIQUES AND FIXTURES…The acquisition of beautiful furniture and materials should not be done begrudgingly or in haste.

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It should happen over time as you enjoy the design process which entails: travel, collaboration with seasoned professionals, brocante goodness and auctions as well as antique shopping!

Detail of the rustic elegant staircase in Ruth Gay's home - Chateau Domingue.

3. DO NOT RUSH WHAT CANNOT BE RUSHED. A timeless, authentically layered, quality interior design plan takes time and quite often necessitates help from experts and designers.

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We Americans tend to hurry everything. As we multitask and plow speedily through our days, we wonder why time seems to pass quickly.

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There is much to learn from European and French culture and practices. Incorporating more European daily rhythms into our daily lives may indeed help us to savor the present.

Chateau Domingue’s Integral Missions

Rustic Elegance

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Unimpeachable Quality

Beautiful painted antique French wood doors in the home of Ruth Gay - Chateau Domingue. #oldworldstyle #antiquedoors #frenchdoors

Noble Heritage

Country French romance, authenticity, and aged beauty in this interior from Chateau Domingue. #stonewalls #countryfrench #oldworldstyle

Timelessness

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.#chateaudomingue #antiques #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #lantern #limestone #oldworld
hree 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!
Reclaimed stone on walls and floor of charming Old World French country office of Ruth Gay (Chateau Domingue). #frenchcountry #interiordesign #limestone #rusticdecor #frenchfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #frenchhouse

Authenticity & Context

As voiced earlier, we won’t be tempted to reduce a design approach as exquisite as the one taken here by Pierce and Gay, to a few steps.

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There are HUNDREDS of steps (I’ll ask Ruth and Pam for the exact number…Ha!). Instead, let’s explore a few key points which may generate more questions and become a springboard for discussion.

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In Pursuit of Authenticity

First of all, if we desire authenticity, we must firmly become anchored in the origin of European country and French farmhouse style. We should become familiar with the lovely landscape of rural France with its hills and valleys, of Tuscany and Umbria.

Country French garden of dreams on Ruth Gay's exquisite property - Chateau Domingue. #greenhouses #frenchgarden #conservatory

It isn’t about the work of this famous designer or that famous design house; but a journey into the history, fruits, and magic of the European countryside.

Pots blooming blue and a breathtaking greenhouse sing - Chateau Domingue. #frenchgarden #greenhouse #elegantgarden #conservatory

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

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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.

Blue hydrangeas in terracotta urn in French garden of Ruth Gay (Chateau Domingue).

To understand the “why” of this approach remaining popular in America, we must delve deeper into European culture and history and then discern why it attracts a following.

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Timeless Over Trendy

Thirdly, rather than follow trends and redecorate every decade (or season if you glance at influencers on IG!), traditionalists in the French countryside favor a timeworn look.

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When you are after a similar look at home, antiques and reclaimed authentic materials are your friend! High quality pieces will increase in value over time and may become heirlooms.

Rustic round antique farm table accented with lovely and simple bottle vases - Chateau Domingue. #frenchcountry #romanticinteriors

Buy better and buy less applies as the look is rustic, elegant, simple, sophisticated, timeless, and never contrived or overwrought. See THIS STORY for a wonderful book illustrating the soulfulness of antiques.

Psst. Can you spot the kitty in this next image?

Old apothecary jars, rustic antiques from Europe, and a concerned kitty too in a dining room by Chateau Domingue. #diningrooms #interiordesign #countryfrench

Charm & Mixology

Fourthly, there is often a sense of refinement in traditional European country or French Country homes where a masterful mix of old with contemporary results in cohesive and sensible interiors which also feel soulful and interesting.

Charming French country rustic entry with wood gate, black bicycle with basket of blooms, and rugged stone and lantern - Chateau Domingue.

Contemporary sculpture or a modern lamp may be paired with an ancient carved chest or clay pot. Slim steel windows complement age-old rustic design elements. The pleasing combination packs sophisticated charm.

Antique French lanterns - lighting options available from Chateau Domingue.
Antique lanterns at Chateau Domingue.

Additionally, collected antiques and heirlooms impart a sense of rich historical character which simply cannot be purchased in a few clicks shopping online. (Although you can see some stunning examples available with a few clicks over to Chateau Domingue!)

Antique French fireplace cheminee examples - Chateau Domingue.

Timeless European Country Essentials

An Evolved Elegance

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, and many shoppers are eager to cross objects off the list by visiting a showroom or two before calling it a day. Such a strategy is contrary to seeking “an evolved European Country look” which demands restraint and patience.

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Matchy-matchy is certainly not ideal for a French farmhouse or Tuscan villa. Evolution takes time; as does patina, collecting, and also inheriting treasures.

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Hunting down the just right piece is easier now thanks to the internet, but choosing the proper mix of pieces to create a cohesive timeless design STILL takes time.

Beautiful antique religious art from France with elegant chair upholstered in gransack - Chateau Domingue.
Collected religious art and treasures from Europe…certainly lovely indeed.

European country and French country approaches to furnishing a home often appear intuitive, relaxed, and flexible; yet the care devoted to thoughtfully determining what stays and what goes comes from experience and seasoned design intelligence.

A simple yet refined elegance requires expert knowledge and a keen artful eye. Patiently getting it right the first time surely saves your sanity in the long run.

Authentic antique reclaimed materials from Europe in a newly built kitchen with Old World charm - Chateau Domingue. #frenchkitchen #frenchantiques #frenchlimestone #frenchcountry

Rooms develop deepening character over time as we collect, purge and thoughtfully edit.

Do you suppose most European country home traditionalists ever ponder “ultimate goals” for their country interiors? It seems more likely that even with loose design plans, their rooms become what they should become!

Warm rugged antique stone sink in a beautiful country French kitchen - Chateau Domingue.

Evolution can lead to lovely, functional, harmonious, timelessly elegant spaces appearing un-decorated, un-done, and un-involved with trends.

Purposeful & Flexible

Secondly, since many European country homes and French farmhouses are smallish and cozy, traditional and timeless country style leans more toward practicality.

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Without walk-in closets and spacious pantries, furnishings must work in a variety of rooms. Out of necessity, they may be moved around to function as needs change. Since many French farmhouse furniture pieces are rugged, weathered, chunky, and indelicate, they age gracefully with time and use.

Antique stone sink, ancient candlestick and ornate mirror in a country French bath - Chateau Domingue.

It’s easy to see the beauty of investing in fewer yet higher quality pieces which will work hard in any room in which they live.

Naturally Nature Honoring

Thirdly, the French love their gardens! Blooms are arranged quite casually. Akin to introducing fresh ingredients to recipes, 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 and love of food as well as 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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Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance…certainly lovely indeed.

Timeless & Weathered to Perfection

Fourthly, since European country is a style which celebrates age and tradition, scratches, rust, and signs of wear are welcome. Shiny new, 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.

Authentic antique reclaimed materials from Europe in a newly built kitchen with Old World charm - Chateau Domingue. #frenchkitchen #frenchantiques #frenchlimestone #frenchcountry

The French don’t shop for a new rug when 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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Choosing beautiful, high quality pieces (made from natural materials) which only grow better with age is a wise strategy indeed when putting together a room with the same timeless spirit.

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Romantic Lighting

The French country chandelier is one of the hallmarks of this beautiful design style, and twinkly candlelights add a rich romantic layer to interior design. Finishes on these lighting sources tend to be weathered wood or aged metals so antiques always look more beautiful than new examples. The sparkle of crystal from a chandelier can also juxtapose beautifully with more rustic and rugged furnishings in a Country French space.

A perfectly patina-ed lantern is no less charming!

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Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance…certainly lovely indeed.

Natural Colors & Styling Restraint

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

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What a magnificent light show this home affords too!

What does it mean to style effortlessly or with a light hand? I have already discussed over-cluttering shelves with filler, but there is certainly more to it.

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Rugged stone and age are certainly becoming.

The Country French way? More tolerant of wrinkles in fabrics, flaws in objects of all varieties, and imperfections related to furniture and finishes. A country house lends itself to more casual living than a house in the city where fancy dinner parties occur.

Once again, in terms of styling, function appears as a priority. A French country farmhouse is not a Parisian apartment or a Versailles-styled chateau.

Breathtaking European antiques, reclaimed stone, and Old World painted doors in Ruth Gay's magnifique Houston home - Chateau Domingue.

Say Bonjour to Chateau Domingue

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

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Antique painted doors…in case you admire Country French splendor.

Ruth Gay sources the following 15th to 19th century architectural elements and monumental antiques from Europe:

Antique Furniture

Stone surrounds

Mantels

Gates

Fountains

Garden Decor

Doors & Windows

Hardware

Wood Flooring

Tiles

Stone Flooring

Lighting

and the unexpected.

Unexpected? Let’s just say you always dreamed of owning an authentic, French stone petite 15th century chapel…

I would bring you good tidings of great joy, proclaiming: YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS CHATEAU DOMINGUE since this remarkable chapel was in stock a few seasons ago…

Chateau Domingue salvaged this French stone petite chapel. Provençal reclaimed elements include: rubble stone, seven original 15th century surrounds, terracotta roof tiles and Dalles Drome limestone flooring.
Provençal reclaimed elements include: rubble stone, seven original 15th century surrounds, terracotta roof tiles and Dalles Drome limestone flooring…certainly lovely indeed.
Chateau Domingue salvaged this French stone petite chapel. Provençal reclaimed elements include: rubble stone, seven original 15th century surrounds, terracotta roof tiles and Dalles Drome limestone flooring.
Ancient stone, a lovely pale palette and so much charm as well!

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. With 140 colors (developed by Eve Ashcraft) for lime wash and mineral paint and 12 shades for plaster, the options for executing a “just right” finish are vast.

Domingue Finishes on a house exterior. Chateau Domingue. #chateaudomingue #exterior
Bespoke windows and doors…in case you admire the real thing.

Chateau Domingue Steel Windows & Doors

I know you have seen custom steel windows and doors in some amazing homes, both modern and country, but where can you find such bespoke treasures? Oui, CD.

Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #steeldoors #steelwindows #ruthgay
Ruth Gay’s extraordinary Texas home…in case you admire Old World elegance.

Chateau Domingue Wood Doors

Chateau Domingue Timeless European Elegance and French farmhouse style converge in this house tour of founder Ruth Gay's home on Hello Lovely. Reclaimed stone, antique doors and mantels, and one of a kind architectural elements. #housetour #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #chateaudomingue #rusticdecor #pamelapierce #elegantdecor #antiquedoors

Merci beaucoup, Chateau Domingue, for sharing a magnificent family home tour with us!

IN PERSON:  3560 W 12th Street, Houston, Texas 77008 and online RIGHT HERE.

If you have a moment, also visit this recent story packed with European country inspiring goodness!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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36 Comments

  1. Alice Genzlinger
    August 5, 2018 / 7:23 am

    The house is beautiful and everything in it. But I thought, how would it be to live in it and cook a good meal? Would the kitchen be efficient? I love the work of Pamela Pierce and love her magazine but this house says to me that the home owner does not cook the meals or participate in cleaning it. Guess I’m one of those people that wants to know I am taking care of my home not other people.

    • michele
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Hmmmmm. Since we are not seeing Ruth’s entire kitchen and working areas (perhaps there is a scullery, pantry…), its efficiency for home cooks is a subjective matter. I could definitely work in this beyond gorgeous space and am ready to cook and bake up a storm! We are all unique – yes? Custom kitchens happily are not one size fits all. 🙂

    • Connie
      August 5, 2018 / 9:27 am

      Perhaps the family cooks and lives in a more European way, compared to most Americans. 😉 Let’s take a look at another point of view……

      We Americans think a kitchen is small if we don’t have huge amounts of lineal prep space and tons of storage. And if we don’t have enough room to cook and have room for all our guests/family right there in the kitchen with us (or at least hovering near the island), then we think the kitchen is poorly designed. 😉

      I saw in this kitchen all the ‘necessaries’ of a well-functioning kitchen: A good sized farmhouse sink along the wall by the window. A very upscale stove/oven, even a dishwasher (not a necessity but certainly a 21st century nicety), ample amounts of counter space, and a lovely wooden island for prep space as well. (I suspect a high-end refrigerator and microwave are tucked away somewhere out of sight.) Sealed stone floors? Can you get anymore ease to clean? 😉

      Like Michelle, I could certainly cook a meal here…and would be quite happy to do the cleanup as well. 😉

      • michele
        Author
        August 5, 2018 / 9:48 am

        Yes! I would happily be on cleanup crew here. It’s a dream of a kitchen. Since I have cooked in kitchens of all shapes and sizes, I am ready to bake baguettes here any day of the week! That sink and the bespoke everything…takes my breath away!!!!

  2. Connie
    August 5, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Oooh what a treat for the eyes on this lovely Sunday morning!

    Yes, to be able to design a home in this style would be quite lovely indeed! To be able to actually acquire pieces with authenticity would be for many of us……well, but a dream. In the meantime, we search for those things that have purpose and beauty even if they are reproductions or DIY transformations.

    This home is so lovely, so quiet, so real. Because this home is not filled to the brim with ‘stuff’, one can see each stretch of wall, each lovely window, each thoughtfully chosen piece of furniture, each pretty basket, vase or flower arrangement and appreciate each for themselves. Having all this ‘rest for the eyes’ is so crucial. I agree: Americans often ‘overfill’ our spaces just because we can. 😉

    A while ago I was going to paint a dining table I have. I asked for assistance from my French friend who lives in Brittany. When I asked “What color would work best for my northern French country look?” she was totally confused. She said “that is not a term used in France” and had to look up what Americans think of when using French Country. I giggled over that one! 😉

    Call it French country, Country French, European. Call it old, weathered, time-worn. Whatever it’s called, I call it beautiful.

    • michele
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Great discussion, friend. And great story! I am quite sure the French get tickled with us and our interpretations of what comes so naturally to them. Language is so limiting at time – oy, don’t I know it!! While Ruth’s home is a fantasy – each space has so much to teach about timelessness, authenticity, quality, and soulfulness. I agree with your point about being able to see the bones – the windows, etc. Who could cover such treasures?

      Did you paint that table?

      • Connie
        August 14, 2018 / 3:16 pm

        Yes I did. Based on her description of colors, I painted it BM French Canvas…a very very light greenish gray… to get the proper color. It looks quite fetching with the white painted bistro chairs, all second-hand finds. 😉

        • michele
          Author
          August 14, 2018 / 8:55 pm

          Love it. I’m going to look at French Canvas on my fan deck – the combo sounds heavenly. 🙂

  3. August 5, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful and dream home inspiraation! Your blog is special…….Happy day to you.

    • michele
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:49 am

      It’s wonderful to have you here – so happy you’re inspired! 🙂

  4. August 5, 2018 / 9:18 am

    I can see why your radar exploded Michele! It’s just so romantic. Now I may have to paint a mural for my dining room ❤️

    • michele
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Yes, you do!!! But could you come here first and paint a mural anywhere and everywhere your heart desires? xox

  5. Kathryn
    August 6, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Thank you for this post. I appreciate the research, time, and love you put into it. I am so inspired! While I am not sure if the French or any particular region thinks their home style has a name, I’m glad to know we Americans can use a term (of endearment actually) like French Country to identify what we hope to achieve in our spaces. If I could clad my sheetrocked walls with authentic stone, that would be amazing. But since I can’t, I can still apply plaster, or a limewash product to achieve an old-world look. It may not be completely authentic, but it’s authentic enough to give me all the old-world feels. Thanks again for the inspiration. My artisan wheels are spinning with ideas. And yes….if you can get Holly Irwin to paint you a mural, I think you’ll be the luckiest gal around. Have a great day!

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you for adding to the beauty here and for reading. I’m so happy you are inspired. I know the French get tickled by us. So often design language is inadequate for capturing what is essentially so naturally beautiful and timeless, words simply get in the way! (Full disclosure: I have to use terms like “French country” or “European country” for search engine purposes so folks searching for inspiration will find such posts. So I’m not as ditzy as I sound at times. Probably. Ha!)Yes to plaster – I’m crazy about such finishes. I actually did my own version – mudding our kitchen ceiling and hall ceiling. What a messy job when it’s done by moi. 🙂 How am I going to get Holly to Chicago!?!

      • Kathryn
        August 6, 2018 / 7:50 pm

        Between your art and hers, I swoon. And please keep posting your amazing research. It’s all so LOVELY !

        • michele
          Author
          August 6, 2018 / 8:26 pm

          You’re too kind. Thanks for the support, friend. 🙂

  6. August 10, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    And, to think this beautiful home is right here in HOUSTON !!
    Thank you for this wonderful blog post. Certainly, we all know of Pamela Pierce and Ann @ Chateau Dominque, but to actually see the inside of her home is a real treat. I completely agree with the lack of clutter. Negative space, space without anything, is a dream most of us do not understand. And, I also agree that the piles of matching replica jars, containers is hideous. I don’t want anything in my home to be a replica. This home is truly a labor of lave and a treat for all of us to see.

    • michele
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Your energy and enthusiasm for this exceptional home is so fabulous, Marsha! How fortunate you are to be living where the most beautiful minds in design are creating and where so many special country French homes exist. I raise my glass to your beloved Houston – I would love to live in that blessed place!

  7. Heike Marquardt Tessnow
    August 18, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    While I certainly appreciate the great work and artistry that went into this beautiful and very authentic feeling home (American versions of French or European Country are always too “clean” and perfect, a little sterile, if you know what I am trying to say), as a European with roots in France, I am concerned about wealthy Americans going to Europe and removing all that history, dismantling French or other European buildings of age and patina to adorn their privileged homes with “authenticity”. It scares me a bit, I have to admit.

  8. Jackie
    November 4, 2018 / 9:49 am

    This is such a lovely home! Can you tell me what the fireplace in the dining room is made Out Of? It looks to me like limestone? It is just devine!

    • michele
      Author
      November 4, 2018 / 11:23 am

      It is an antique reclaimed stone fireplace from Europe – an example of the one of a kind imported pieces the Houston business, Chateau Domgingue, is known for. The homeowner is the owner of Chateau Domginue!

  9. Suzanne
    February 25, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    My tongue was hanging out while reading this. This is the most beautiful, serene space I have ever seen.

    • michele
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 6:46 pm

      Hahaha – happy to have you here absorbing the lovely! 🙂

  10. glenda lafont
    October 5, 2019 / 9:13 am

    If you can afford to live that way and in those surroundings you don’t need to cook or clean, someone will do it
    for you. Beautiful simply beautiful.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 5, 2019 / 10:42 am

      Hahaha – I wouldn’t mind being hired for the job in this glorious home! 🙂

  11. kimmy kervel
    June 3, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    simply beautiful and great

    • Michele
      Author
      June 4, 2020 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

      • Diane Palmisano
        November 11, 2020 / 10:05 am

        I love so many things in this beautiful home. I am most interested where to find chairs like the 2 Robin egg blue slip covered chairs in the office. I do not know of any resource for this “perfect cozy down reading chair, I have been looking for quite some time. I see many Howard and Sons chairs in English interior magazines but no resources here in the US.

        • Michele
          Author
          November 12, 2020 / 7:58 pm

          It’s true! This home (belonging to Ruth Gay with interiors designed with Pamela Pierce) has antique and custom furnishings so it’s tricky to emulate it. While there are no readymade examples that immediately come to mind, Rachel Ashwell designs similar chairs and the quality is very high: https://shrsl.com/2m6u3 I suppose the trick is to first find chairs and then seek a good sewer who is willing and able to sew a slipcover with the darling ruffles. I do love how the femininity of the ruffles works with the rustic textures and rugged bones of the house!

  12. Elizabeth
    January 30, 2021 / 4:26 pm

    Just wondering–why do you show the same photos multiple times on your posts?? Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I love your blog but don’t understand this.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 30, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      Probably an unintentional error – it’s just me, one person with no staff juggling the many tasks and trying to keep up. 🙂

  13. Deborah Klose
    June 11, 2021 / 7:38 pm

    Lovely!

    • Michele
      Author
      June 11, 2021 / 9:44 pm

      Oui oui! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  14. SeaShell
    June 12, 2021 / 7:46 am

    IMAGE HAVING ALL OF THIS ELEGANCE AND A SELF CLEANING OVEN AS WELL, ALONG WITH AIR FRYER, VITAMIX, AND A LAUNDRY MACHINE AT ALL SETTINGS.

    • Michele
      Author
      June 13, 2021 / 9:34 am

      Pretty lovely combo!

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing