French Fantasy House Build: Check Out a Timeless Tranquil Home Now!

It’s my birthday, I’m busy with the move and renovation (read about it here), and I’m in the mood for fantasyland. So we’re revisiting a favorite home of a longtime blog friend. Since her style is timeless, it matters not that it wasn’t built yesterday.(These peaceful palettes and European inspired rustic elegant flavors are always worth another glance!). French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite inspires with its architecture, collected grandeur, and Old World yet fresh aesthetic.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!
Timeless tranquil home inspiration for admirers of French interiors.

French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite

I’m one of those hopeless real estate freaks who revels in browsing beautiful homes on Zillow and wherever I happen to be traveling. I dream of how I could decorate the place – how I might modify it – and ponder its value as an investment – not just monetarily but its impact on the heart.

Country French and Gustavian elements combine in a peaceful white kitchen with green accents - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

French & Gustavian Dream Home

Photos: Ashlee Raubach and Decor de Provence

When Desiree of Decor de Provence shared snaps of her then mountain home a decade ago, we were living in a French country new build in the heartland which in no shape or form approached the magnificence and grandeur of this French chateau.

French chateau with stone exterior and Gustavian details - Decor de Provence. #frenchhome #frenchchateau #houseexterior #stonehouses
This grand French home in Utah was inspired by a chateau in France called Aramis.

That Utah mountain manor inspired and continues to inspire with its bespoke design, blend of French and Gustavian elements, and attention to detail. With all its spaciousness and luxury, it still feels human, quite livable, and even un-decorated in its fresh beauty, pale color, and good bones.

Stone exterior of a magnificent French chateau - Decor de Provence. #frenchcountry #stoneexterior #housedesign #frenchchateau
French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite

BTW. If you know of other homes with such qualities, do hit reply to this email (if you receive my posts in your inbox) or leave a comment which directs me to images that get you dreaming.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

Overview of This Chateau in America

This fantasy home’s design entails: 14,000 square feet, 9 bedrooms, 5 kitchens, and 19th century light fixtures from France.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

The architectural style? A mix of the design-savvy homeowner’s favorite elements of French, Belgian, and Swedish Gustavian styles.

Walnut floors in living room with magnificent French staircase - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

In terms of the interior design, a notable design element not to be missed is the handmade Bouvet door hardware.

French chateau with stone exterior and Gustavian details - Decor de Provence. #frenchhome #frenchchateau #houseexterior #stonehouses

Poplar Throughout

You also can’t miss the beautiful poplar wood throughout, with trim and doors stained a custom hand-mixed grey-blue for a one of a kind, French Gustavian look.

Serene seaglass green subway tiles in white French country kitchen with farm sink - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!
Seaglass green tile from Ann Sacks.

Most of the furnishings in the home which aren’t antiques were found at Alice Lane Home. But the homeowner/designer has a shop now HERE.

Open white kitchen shelves and green subway tiles in white French kitchen (Decor de Provence). Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

The designer and homeowner Desiree has a passion for beachy, watery, oceanic blue-greens which she used so beautifully in this white kitchen which has such a pretty and laid back vibe for such a formal home.

Serene white and bright French kitchen with farm sink and light green subway tile backsplash - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

What a treat to see such gentle sea-honoring hues combined with more rugged beams and handsome floors.

Simple white French bedroom with pale blue-grey stained trim around door - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Mix of Rustic & Elegant

The collected vintage French chandeliers are another example of a tender femininity and romance meeting other more masculine design elements.

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In fact, I’m encouraged to see how collected treasures from Europe are incorporated into this home when one could easily become shy when considering questions of scale.

Must I always opt for a formulaic and space-proportional 30-light Marie Antoinette style chandelier dripping with 500 crystals in a French country interior with a soaring ceiling? Or can I have fun with scale – tell the formula freaks to relax or take a hike – and live with what I love and with what brings me joy?

Den with rustic weathered green cabinet and wood ceiling - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

I think it’s clear I am more of a free spirit when it comes to pulling together the ingredients of a peaceful home. If you collect treasures and want to enjoy them, incorporate them into the mix and let your intuition be your guide.

French chateau with stone exterior and Gustavian details - Decor de Provence. #frenchhome #frenchchateau #houseexterior #stonehouses

Do you suppose the designer’s Swedish Mora clock influenced her design palette as much a love for the ocean?

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

And what is it about a stone exterior that simply takes my breath away? The only stone found on our present home is smooth round-ish river stone accents… so much more hillbilly than haute like this! Ha!

Greens Inside & Out

French chateau with stone exterior and Gustavian details - Decor de Provence. #frenchhome #frenchchateau #houseexterior #stonehouses
Emerald green slate tiles line the roof.

Notable design element…antique Swedish mora clock!

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.
Hand-wrought iron staircase and balcony railings.

Notice how a variety of natural materials, collected treasures from Europe, reclaimed building elements, and soulfulness came together to create something special.

Rustic Wood Ceilings

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.
Poplar cilings and walnut hardwood flooring.

Ever lived with anything besides white ceilings? I can’t imagine how the character and mood of a home changes.

White European Country Kitchen With Green Accents

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.
Subway tiles in dreamy shades of celadon and aqua add oceanic allure and serenity to the home’s breathtaking country kitchen.

These aqua green-blues are so pretty and make me think of sea glass and time on the beach.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.
The subway tiles are sea glass green tiles from Ann Sacks.

Open Shelves & Serene Palette

I have heard that folks who forego upper cabinets and instead opt for open shelves love the function and look.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

I am toying with the idea for the new house, and I’m thinking about the beauty of unloading the dishwasher and placing everyday pieces directly on a shelf. It certainly makes it easy for guests to find what they need.

Rustic Vintage Counter Stools

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.
Countertop material is carrara marble.

The woven seating keeps things very casual and humble, yes?

Farm Sink & Classic Bridge Faucet

Even though I considered trying a new style of sink for the new kitchen, I just could not bear the thought of not having an apron-front farm sink. I have never tired of it, and I find it makes the chore of kitchen work so much sweeter.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.

French Country Earthenware

What a fun thing for Francophiles to collect!

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.

Notice the absence of cupboard doors and the display of serving pieces…

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.
Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.

Lacanche Fantasy Range

What a range!

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.

While I haven’t had the budget for a fancy range, I’m always curious about how they function.

Candle Style Chandelier

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the tour of a French Dream Home: Belgian and Swedish Style.

I love the look of a timeless chandelier above an island in lieu of itty bitty pendant lights.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth -  come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

French Lavender Accents

Is the combination of lavender and sunny yellow thrilling you yet?

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Serene & Swedish Dining Room

While I don’t have need for a formal dining room, I would not be mad if mine looked like this:

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach - come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!
Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

What a fantasy room…complete with a fireplace!

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

19th Century French Chandelier

Only the prettiest chandeliers dripping with crystals and elegance.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

Fine Craftsmanship & Handsome Details

In case you love built-ins and beadboard…

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Photos by Ashlee Raubach. Come take the Dreamy Home Tour: French, Belgian & Swedish Style.

French Stone Fireplace

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Custom Pale Stained Poplar Trim

I loved how Desiree went with a serene custom color for the stained millwork!

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Airy Rooms Ready for More Finishing Touches

So many pretty touches to admire…

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

isn’t this blue out of this world?

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Blues and golds are so happy together!

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Charming Architectural Details

Cozy little nooks are one of my all-time favorite things when it comes to inspiring interiors, and I love that more builders involve residential designers who understand the desirability of such features.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Beachy Blue-Greens

Not sure if this color on the wood is Farrow & Ball Light Blue, but I just tried a sample, and it looks very similar. (Don’t be too influenced by the name of paint colors…in my lighting, this color is more green than blue.)

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

What an elegant, restful bath.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!
Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

Paint Color in This Home

Paint colors for the interiors are from the Flamant line. You can see this story for ideas for beautiful French and Belgian colors in the spirit of this home.

Magnificent French country and French Gustavian home decor inspiration in a house designed by Desiree Ashworth. Come tour French Fantasy House Build: A Timeless Tranquil Home Favorite!

The white paint color for walls in the home is FLAMANT Cool Ashes. It reminds me of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray which we used in a bath here, and which I recall Loi of Tone on Tone uses frequently.

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FLAMANT Cool Ashes Paint Color

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10 Comments

  1. Carole
    January 22, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    Michele, I want you to know that you have a new fan. My one year old granddaughter loves to dance along with your ‘dance video’.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:13 am

      Awwwwww – thanks so much for sharing and adding to the beauty here. xox

  2. January 23, 2020 / 7:14 am

    What a classic beauty! I especially love the kitchen with it’s wonderful beams and marble. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!
    xo
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      January 23, 2020 / 11:09 am

      Thanks for reading and stopping by, friend. Peace to you!

  3. Joyce Johnson
    January 29, 2021 / 7:02 am

    I loved your blog on white brick homes.. but is it possible you can name the paint colors.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 29, 2021 / 1:46 pm

      Hi there – I always include the paint color WHEN THE DESIGNER SHARES IT so if it isn’t listed, your best best is messaging the designer on Instagram or shooting an email with a picture for reference. The most common whites I see again and again on exteriors from designers: BM China White, BM Simply White, BM Balboa Mist, SW Alabaster. Hope this helps – you can always email me withthe image(s) you are interested in, and I’ll try to give you ideas for samples to try to achieve the look.

  4. Dianna
    January 29, 2021 / 8:11 am

    This house is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I was wondering if you knew what the hardwood floors are. I love them.

    Thank you,
    Dianna

    • Michele
      Author
      January 29, 2021 / 1:36 pm

      Hi there – thanks for reading. I believe Desiree and her husband used poplar throughout the home – not sure if it is vintage/reclaimed or not.

  5. Amy
    January 29, 2021 / 11:06 am

    OMGoodness…that video tour…Ooh La La!!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 29, 2021 / 1:29 pm

      Ooooh la la is soooooo accurate! Hahaha – thanks for watching, friend. Bon weekend! xox

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29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
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Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
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French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
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Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
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
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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Pamela Arm Chair
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French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
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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
Tray Side 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
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Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
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Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
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Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
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