I hope your holiday weekend is being as gentle with you as these lovely moments of modern French and Belgian inspired timeless design. What all of the beautiful interior and exterior moments have in common is Houston-based architect Kirby Mears (MMA). If you are building or renovating a home, perhaps an architectural element, interior design idea, or color story will inspire your own scheme.
Architecture: Murphy Mears Architects
Modern French & Belgian Moments of Timeless Design
What a dream to build something new that honors the past yet is customized for modern living.
It’s thrilling for me personally to see Old World finishes applied to interiors and exteriors since I live in a sleepy small town where home builders don’t have a clue about them.
If you subscribe to MILIEU then you may remember Eleanor Cummings beautiful modern French vacation home near Round Top which appeared in the magazine a few years back. What a memorable kitchen with that French baker’s table, open shelving, long stretch of windows welcoming in the light, and a timeless mood.
Another home appearing in MILIEU that is a favorite of all time? Designer Jill Egan’s own home:
So many exquisitely elegant moments with its mix of modern art and lighting with Belgian minimal style.
I love all these pale interiors and exteriors and find they usher me into a meditative state of mind.
Pale grey with creamy white and touches of pale blue? Yes, please.
But a sunny stone with pale blue-grey shutters works magic on my mood too!
The warmth of wood antiques and design elements (like the ceiling, below!) bring a cozy feeling of age and character.
Sophisticated Simplicity and Understated Grandeur
And have you noticed the beautiful plaster finishes by Segreto? Oh, what lovely work this firm delivers!
As a real life renovator, I can attest to the craftsmanship involved for minimal interiors such as these where there is an absence of traditional window trim, baseboards, etc.
The finishes of the walls and all the places they meet with windows, ceilings, and floors must be perfect!
I’m also reminded of how much luxe factor is added when reclaimed materials such as old stone or hardwoods imported from Europe (Chateau Domingue!) are incorporated into the design.
Because there is a “distressed factory finish” and then there is an authentic aged finish from hundreds of years of use and love.
This luxurious timeless bath by Jill Egan in her own home captures the sophisticated simplicity so many of us long to emulate.
Don’t you love the juxtaposition with modern lighting and clean modern lines for the vanity?
An arched door is oh so welcoming!
The shutters within Eleanor Cummings’ farmhouse? Rustic yet oh so crisp and delightful.
The delicate nature of the stair rail is the stuff of my dreams!
And don’t get me started on this glorious front door (above).
Thanks for stopping by for timeless and tranquil inspiration, friends. It’s such a pleasure to have you here.
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