{warm + woodsy}


{warm + woodsy}{photography by Patrick Van Robaeys for Coté Est}

Never imagined falling for a wood interior, finding the overuse of wood to be, at times, dark and a little out of fashion . . . That is, of course, until I happened upon this beautiful ancien hôtel particulier, a home overflowing with French style in the English countryside, where everything feels comfortable and inviting, and infused with warmth and a wonderful mix of French glamour and English country charm . . .

{warm + woodsy}
{warm + woodsy}

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20 Notes
  • Thanks, Bethenaïs! And your French renovation project in the south of France sounds wonderful!

  • so beautiful! My feelings are the same when it comes to so much wood, but this seems to be perfectly balanced. i’m loving the chandelier and staircase!

  • dark woods and in-t-e-n-s-ey dark and dreary wall papers are what greeted us with our french renovation project -a.k.a delapidated home in the wine growing town of southern France-not the Cote Est,from the reference sited- ok, our wood perked right up with ,as you share, the sparkles of chandeliers and french paints-carefully selected to focus on the ochre and sienna colors of the earth!
    So basically, I am blabbing about how on a budget if nearly zero,wood can come alive ! You have a great site and ever so glamourous-
    a expat doc who danced and now designs

  • i agree with you, lovely pictures.

  • I especially love the green room in the background, w/ the green draperies. Very nice!

  • I just love this house! I normally don’t like wood either but this is just perfectly done. I love that chandelier -they can be so tricky as most look either cheap, tacky or just over-done but that one is beautiful.

  • I absolutely love those chandelier and staircase contrast… so nice and unusual!

  • We’re thinking along the same lines: the chandeliers and other sophisticated touches change the appearance of the wood, balancing out its rustic qualities with a sense of refinement.

    Heather, your description of the home being “warm and glamorous at the same time” is perfect.

  • I love the natural & solid look of this wood, very warm and homey.
    Lovely rooms!

    Have a great weekend….it is that time again! (thank goodness…busy week!)


  • i love everything about this home! and i’d love to see more!

  • This is so pretty…I want to move right in. I think it works because they kept the color of the wood so light. Great find!

  • i love how this is warm and glamorous at the same time. perfection, especially the dining room pic.

  • I love the contrast between the crystal chandelier & all the rustic-like wood. So striking together!!

  • Beautiful beyond words… thanks for sharing :)

  • Oh yes, it’s beautiful. It’s a warm, ‘welcome home’ wood though and with a few modern accents, it keeps it in fashion. A-M xx

  • I think the trick is to pair the wood with “harder” or “colder” elements. The chandelier does that nicely for me. But then I’ve alwasy liked the feeling of being on deck.

  • I love this! Quite lovely! :)

  • Ok – I’m in LOVE – thanks!

  • I’d have to agree with you here – I would normally associate wood interiors with old, dark, and out-of-date style but this is lovely!

  • Ooooh, that chandelier with the wood staircase is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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