F R E N C H T R A N S I T I O N A L
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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This elegantly understated French-Provencal-inspired home was designed to blend into an established neighborhood and to adhere to classic design principals to create a timeless, classic architecture. The lines of the exterior massing are simple, restrained and graceful with broad gables and eaves softly flared upward at the roof-wall junction. While the overall design is asymmetrical, a classic symmetry is established at the front entry with a single, oversized alder entry door with a beautiful art glass insert and wrought-iron detailing. Casement windows are mulled together with transoms, consistent with the French style of the architecture. An old-world masonry stone installation was used to achieve the white-washed finish look of the stone inspired by homes in the Provencal countryside. This is juxtaposed with the soft dove-grey stucco that continues the weathered sun-bleached color palette. The restrained elegance continues in the interior with classic, traditional French style blending with chic, French modern style. Chic, French modern furnishings and accents are artfully used throughout the interior spaces. A simply cut limestone fireplace in the living room is surrounded by traditional and French modern furnishings and artwork. Classic materials are used throughout the interior to create a timeless architecture. Chestnut-stained walnut floors flow throughout the rooms; Venetian plaster is installed in the dining room and powder room; paneled walls adorn the library; and classic white cabinetry is featured in the kitchen.