Actionable Ideas from a Luxurious Atlanta Dream Home for Sale

Maybe the holidaze are to blame, and I am outta my mind (is it even unwise to live from the heart in the 2020s?)…MAIS OUI, I think there’s something to learn from the look of a luxurious Atlanta dream home of a modern French chateau now on the market. From the real estate listing, we learn: “French Provincial style is reflected in the soft lines, the texture-rich interior filled with wood, iron and stone accents, plaster walls and the serene colors that reflect the surrounding landscape.” And here’s the thing. We can create soft lines. Yes, we can! Add texture with wood, iron, stone, and plaster? Also within the realm of possibility. Serene natural color palette? Now we’re talkin’.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
3994 Emma Ln NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 – Luxurious Atlanta dream home in Buckhead neighborhood for sale

Actionable Ideas from a Luxurious Atlanta Dream Home for Sale

Oh my goodness, this timeless home in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood must have been a labor of love to create!

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
An attached breezeway leads to a three-car garage, and located above is a spacious, light-filled suite with a living area, kitchen and en suite.

Beautiful French Provincial Charming Interiors

So much thought, labor, and dollars were poured into it. We could simply ooh and ah and wonder about line of work of the homeowners…

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

…or we could gaze with a discerning eye and wonder if there are real life takeaways for our *ahem* down to earth selves.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

Let’s face it. I’m willing to bet you don’t have 13, 359 square feet to play with. In fact, this estate’s 7 bedrooms and 9 baths makes the case that the rest of us are livin’ tiny! Hahahaha.

Luxurious modern French kitchen with a trio of French lanterns over island and beautiful sculptural range hood. #modernfrenchkitchen #frenchcountrykitchens

Actionable Modern French Tip No. 1: CREATE SOFT LINES

I know a little somethin’ about this tip from redesigning multiple homes that were missing soft lines. Adding softness and curves is critical to capturing a French inspired look. Look for furnishings with: fine or feminine detailing, tapered, delicate and curvy legs, and a gentle appearance.

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This timeless bedroom features a stunning and lofty wood ceiling with exposed beams.

Chunky, bulky, rugged, modular, oversized, and overstuffed are probably to be avoided. In terms of creating softer lines with architecture in a boxy room, think about shapes to introduce simplistically. A round ottoman? An arched mirror? A barrel-style armchair? While the shape of a window or doorway may not be easily modified, could a rounded, scalloped, or decorative piece of trim be added to existing trim?

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French bedroom in a luxurious Atlanta dream home!

Actionable Modern French Tip No. 2: ADD TEXTURE

Oh that texture was as simple as a woven basket or two. A trusty strategy to identify ideas for texture is to study images of designs where the look feels balanced and beautiful. Deep dive into the archives on this blog and expand images to study what exists in the space you admire.

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The marble bathroom features a soaking tub and double shower with built-in seating.

One of the ways to distinguish between shabby chic vintage style (I guess I’m imagining the way Americans interpret shabby chic style) and modern French is that while both tend to rely on a pale color story, shabby chic rooms often lack texture and as a result, feel too precious.

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Authentic European country homes are likely to boast old wood floors, plaster walls, and limestone fireplaces. The flooring, for example, may vary from room to room. This suggests the home has evolved, reflects age (a good thing with French country style!) and naturally introduces a variety of textures. In our current house, I chose to allow this flooring variation to remain rather than go to the expense of neutralizing everything with one material. These type of decisions impact character and are often influenced by a homeowner’s tolerance for imperfection.

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Luxurious Atlanta dream home bathroom with soaking tub

I say make imperfection work for you! Hahahaha. Exploit the imperfection. What I love about modern French is the freedom to play with modern patterns and art. While you aren’t likely to find grasscloth wallpaper in an authentic French farmhouse bath, maybe it’s what your boring powder room needs to elevate it. Texture becomes especially important when you’re working within a neutral color scheme.

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The kitchen offers professional-grade appliances, custom Bell cabinets, marble countertops, a pewter-topped island.

Actionable Modern French Tip No. 3: SERENE & NATURAL COLORS

The name of the game is calm, faded, timeworn, soft, atmospheric, light-drenched color. How to keep the look from veering into too-precious Paris pastel pastry shop territory? The colors should be muddied and preferably formulated by European firms who understand color best. Farrow & Ball, for example, can be trusted and offer valuable advice for how their colors work together.

Luxurious modern French kitchen with a trio of French lanterns over island and beautiful sculptural range hood. #modernfrenchkitchen #frenchcountrykitchens
An unforgettable custom François & Co. hood, walk-in pantry, and office are also standout features in this modern French kitchen.

My favorite colors tend to be the subtle ones you cannot quite describe in typical color language. They evoke an emotion or feel meditative before any color names pop into your head. As an example, I’m working this very moment in a room painted a soft gray-green.

Luxurious modern French kitchen with a trio of French lanterns over island and beautiful sculptural range hood. #modernfrenchkitchen #frenchcountrykitchens
Aren’t the marble countertops utterly exquisite?

Depending on the time of day, this color can appear beige (as the sun warms and washes it out). Yet it can also appear green at times, and I’m not a big fan of green undertones with this particular exposure. Additionally, the painted furniture in the room cause the wall color to appear more green. So I am pondering what to change: the paint color on walls or furniture?

Luxurious modern French kitchen with a trio of French lanterns over island and beautiful sculptural range hood. #modernfrenchkitchen #frenchcountrykitchens
A pewter topped island!

I’ll keep you posted, but my point is these muddy colors suggestive of history, European charm and nature are perfect for creating a modern French or European country backdrop.

Luxurious modern French kitchen with a trio of French lanterns over island and beautiful sculptural range hood. #modernfrenchkitchen #frenchcountrykitchens
Isn’t the lighting breathtaking?

Lush Gardens That Feel Straight Out of France

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
It isn’t just the interiors that wow. The home’s two acres of manicured grounds border a nature preserve.

The home also features a carriage house with a separate entrance.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
Manor-like facades of the main and carriage house are finished with stone and stucco.

While our own homes may not ever have a terraced garden or poolside oasis, there are plenty of details to note for the future so do pin for future reference.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
A heated saltwater pool with an attached spa is surrounded by a beautiful stone deck.

Authentic Reclaimed Construction Materials from Europe

The interiors do not just appear authentic, but the construction materials and finishes actually ARE. Since no expense was spared, find 200-year-old beams from a Belgian lock and rare European lighting fixtures. Notice the hand-chiseled French limestone floors, François & Co. mantelpieces, and Bevolo gas lanterns.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

If French oak floors sizzle your bacon, this home will inspire.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

Custom iron windows and doors add timeless elegance and are built for lifetimes.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

Is it just me? When I see a breathtaking French fountain like this, I think: “Oh my, what a fabulous job a local stoneworker did with this custom piece.”

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In my naivete, it doesn’t even register that…NOPE. It is well done because it is indeed an antique fountain brought here from Europe! What a beauty!

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
Spanish slate roofs are so elegant and understated.

A series of custom iron French doors unite the indoors to the outdoors.

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Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes
A fireside breakfast area opens to an outdoor kitchen with grill, gas range and prep area.
Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

Refined Grand Staircase

In the two-story foyer, the staircase with its custom iron railing and balustrades, dramatically spirals.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

Hand-chiseled French limestone floors are a work of art.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

This home office with exposed beams overlooks a courtyard and boasts a balcony.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

French oak floors and 18th-century chandeliers in the dining room.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

The dining room connects to a fireside great room as well as the kitchen.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

There are two seating areas in the more casual great room with its mirrored wet bar and adjacent screened porch.

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

Bonus Actionable Tip!

One last actionable tip to consider since I have a little experience with it. Pea gravel and stone or concrete pavers are a wonderful way to add Old World European charm to your gardens and courtyards. I used these materials in our former courtyard thinking they would be temporary fixes (each concrete paver was less than a dollar from Lowe’s). However, the combination stayed looking beautiful for 7 years so I felt no need to upgrade!

Beautiful French country home in Buckhead Atlanta neighborhood with exquisite architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and landscape. #frenchcountryhome #luxurioushomes

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Trees White Wallpaper Mural
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
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
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
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
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
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