Saturday, December 31, 2016

Living Large In Small Spaces - Charming Little French Home

Last April I featured a Petite French Country House, one of my favorite small homes in the Living Large In Small Spaces series. Judging by the comments I received, I wasn't the only one who swooned over the beautiful interior created by designer Catherine Sandin. Today we're going to tour another one of Sandin's projects. I think you'll like it as much as I do.




Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



Welcome to the eighty-sixth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".


Located in a historic area of Versailles, this little house exudes an air of romance. Sandin is heavily influenced by furnishings of the 18th Century, and it certainly shows in the living area.

Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



She has a knack for pairing more ornate pieces with simple collections, so that every corner seems approachable. 

Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




The textiles are understated and graceful. Natural cottons and linen always look so fresh to me.


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



The quaint kitchen gives the sense of an indoor garden.

Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles
I'm enamored with the window coverings.



Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



They offer privacy while letting the light shine through.



Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




As I looked through the photos I tried to identify what about these spaces most appealed to me. It came down to this. . .I'm very attracted to the dark gray cast pieces and the way they contrast with the white and neutrals.



Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




And I'm also attracted to the aged finishes on some of the furnishings, such as this little chest and the old shutter. 



Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



This bedroom is very pretty. The buttercream wall color warms the room and plays nicely with all the white.


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




I've really come to like the simplicity of a single flower displayed in a vintage bottle. This is something I want to incorporate more in our own cottage.


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




The bath is so charming. Little lamps on the mirror, the cherub, the art. . .all of it is enchanting.


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles




As soon as one adds fresh flowers to a room something magical happens.


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



Tucked under the eaves, this petite bedroom is cozy and inviting.


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



Vignettes like this one inspire me to put more thought into the "flat surfaces" in my home. What message do I want to convey to a guest? What story do I want to tell?


Charming little French home in historic area of Versailles



Did this little French house speak to you, too?

Thank you for joining me this year at A Joyful Cottage and all the lovely comments you've left. I feel so blessed by your visits. May 2017 be a year filled with good health and joy for you and your loved ones.

Interior design by Catherine Sandin. 
Visit Catherine on Houzz and on her website.




Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces


See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.

22 comments:

  1. Nancy, There is so much charm in this sweet little home. Wishing you and your hubby a most blessed New Year. Hugs ♥ Teri

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  3. Its loveliness lies in the many, many details. Thanks for collating and posting yet another lovely cottage.
    Sending wishes for a most joyful New Year ♥

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  4. I always enjoy seeing the cottages. I'm not one who loves French country and it's a bit too cluttered for me. But I love the simple linens and the simple flower bouquets.

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    1. Glad you enjoy the series. Have a great new year!

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  5. I like the kitchen sink and I like all the lamps.
    Happy New Year!
    Carla

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  6. Very sweet little place. Happy New Year.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  7. YES!This house speaks to me, "Cette maison me parle!"

    Oh yes, the textures, the textiles, the color (or lack of it) is my world. As I look at each room, I am reminded of my own house! The old, more humble Parisian dwellings have such charm in the petite, and the beams and wood work embedded in the walls and eaves just makes my heart sing. Another winner my friend, and happy 2017!

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  8. I just love the old world feel of this sweet cottage. The way the furniture and décor is placed against a clean, fresh white background is perfection!

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  9. I like the linens in this cottage. There is something about vintage linens that calls to me.

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  10. I am so glad you are back with your little houses. I enjoy them so much. This little house is a little too ornate for me but, it is so beautiful to look at. I love the bedroom color. I'm not a yellow person but I think the softness of the Buttercream would fit well into my more neutral lifestyle. Thanks for sharing. Gave me lots of good ideas.

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  11. is a very lovely little house ( welcome back Nancy)and thanks I really enjoy all the photos and the ideas I can get ;) Happy New Year!!!!!
    nelly

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    1. Nelly, thanks so much for your sweet comment. I'm so happy you enjoy the series. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  12. Oh- Isn't that just the sweetest little place? I love it. Thanks for taking the time to find these cute little places and for sharing them here. Love this series you do. xo Diana

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  13. Oh, my...such a delightful house...I love it...I like a lot of "stuff" for a cozy, warm effect and this little house fits that bill so nicely.

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  14. Hola amiga querida ,, espero que hayas tenido unas lindas fiestas y este 2017 que recién comienza llegue lleno de bendiciones
    Cariños

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  15. that is such a gorgeous place and everything planned out so perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing
    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  16. The kitchen is a lovely place! Lots of talent in the whole house, isn't there? It is the mix of things that really work.

    Best to you in 2017!

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  17. This place just invites peace and tranquility...Makes me look at my spaces differently and how I can bring that feeling home :)

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  18. Lovely and charming!
    I really enjoyed visiting this beautiful sweet home through your lenses.
    Living large in small places is possible when inhabitants are spiritually free from materialism.
    Happy New year dear

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  19. It's really charming! I wouldn't live in this cottage because everything is a little "too much" for me, but it would be really nice to spend a little vacation in such a beautifully decorated home. Happy new year!

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