Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a dress from Carven and shoes by Adrienne Vittadini.
Happy Tuesday! I got to attend a function at Little Red Wasp last night for the Monserrat home owners association. I was chosen as the designer to be listed in their monthly magazine. I am very honored! I got to meet some staff of the magazine and some home owners. After hitting it all day at work I really have to gear myself up to go to an event at night—- but if I know in advance I can psyche myself up! I had a great time meeting people. I was so shy growing up... and now you can’t shut me up. Maybe I was a late bloomer in the talking to strangers category. Today is one of those days that needs to happen like clockwork. I am spoken for every hour— which is a good thing!! Love to be needed!! This afternoon a partial installation is happening for one of my clients. I am so excited to see what is ready in place!!!! One of the daughters is off to A&M at the end of the week— so I really wanted her to experience some of her new room before she is off to freshman year in college. What an exciting time! When I was preparing for my twins to go off to school I had bedding and “stuff” all over my dining room. It was a scene! Now I am on the other side dealing with what came home that they don’t want to take with them at the moment..........
The September/October issue of Southern Home came out—- and boy is it wonderful!!!! The article today is on some empty nesters in Atlanta that wanted to build a house where everyone could come for holidays in their blended family. I have never followed Francie Hargrove’s work before.... but now I am! Her taste is exquisite and this home is lovely and full of warmth. Not to be snobby... but there are very few designers that I really pour over every detail of their rooms. This house is one of them. Enjoy and have a Super Tuesday !!!
The stone portion of this exterior was constructed using a 100-year-old method of piecing the stone together like a jigsaw puzzle. AMAZING!!!! The couple hired Charlotte-based architect T. Mark Paullin to create the European inspired home.
I am in love with this front door and the cafe curtain inside!! The pendant light was an Antique starburst that was electrified. Enchanting.
There is so much to love about this room. The ceiling is made from antique pine that was salvaged from an old barn. Now THAT is a conversation piece! The limestone mantel was custom designed to support the 18th-century trumeau mirror. I love the Buffet A Deux Corps next to the fireplace. The pair of sofas have such a wonderful shape.
The stair railing was copied from a picture that the home owners took at a hotel in Bonnieux, France. I have told the story before in my blog of me jumping out of a cab in Paris to take a picture of some railing that I liked. The cab driver was screaming at me!!!!
This railing is so unique.
I love the soft tones used in the dining room that mimic nether nature out the window. Beautiful valance!!! I love the shape. The mutton bone chairs go perfectly with the barley twist buffet.
The drapery treatment is carried to the kitchen over the sink. The cabinets and the island are hand glazed in a coffee color. Love, love the pendants!
The beautiful leather painted screen sets the masculine tone for the study.
One of my all time favorite styles of antique mirrors is used in the guest bath. While most of these Louis Philippe are found in gold...I have been fortunate enough to place one like this in silver.
Blue is always a soothing choice for a bedroom. This soft blue was inspired by the Whiteside Mountains outside the windows.
What a view!!!!!! Instead of a deck.. the homeowners wanted a retainer wall built FSU there could be an area for the grandchildren to play.
Can you believe that this is a screened in porch!!!! The retractable screens allow for the alfresco ambiance when weather allows.
I love this moment in the master bedroom. The spectacular antique fragment has a focal point in the inset between the two chairs . A TV is magically hidden in the built in chest . The appliqué on the pillows are lovely.
Instead of a bunk room the couple opted for a guest room with two queen size beds. I love the brown plaid and the antler mirrors above.
The vanity in the master bath is kept at counter height to give a more cohesive counter surface. The Pter Fasano drapery treatment from the master is carried into the bath.
Yes please and Thank you to this master!!!! I LOVE that bed and all it’s finery. The cream and white is lovely and soothing... not to mention classy. The oils with the lights above—-that I still love___ cast such a pretty light at night. Sign me up for this room!!! Sign me up for this house!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent job Francie Hargrove !
"Room to Grow" article featured in September/October 2018 issue of Southern Home Magazine
Text: Margaret Zainey Roux
Architect: T. Mark Paullin
Interior Designer: Francie Hargrove
Photography: Emily Followill
Last night I went to a work function at the Red Wasp and these were some of the appetizers that were passed!!
Love this song!!
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