Segreto in French Refreshed by Betty Lou Phillips
Hi Friends!! I had a bit of me-time over the break and wanted to catch up on my design book reading. Part of my quality time commitment for the new year. My friend Architectural Consultant Sarah West gave me a copy of French Refreshed, as a home which we had finished for her was featured.
I had flipped through and the photography was great but I really wanted to read the spread and the book. When I first started 25 years ago and old-world was all the rage, and I used many of Betty Lou’s books for inspiration. Design styles have certainly changed and she puts it very well. “Simplicity is the new era of chic.”
I was so excited to see this home, the second home I had done for these clients, featured in her new book!! What a true collaboration of many talents. With Sarah West, spearheading the project, Towne Building leading construction and Cindy Witmer Designs and Creative Tonic brought in for furnishings, it truly is spectacular. The white polished plaster in this home really was a standout feature, enhancing all of the reclaimed elements and sleek steel doors.
Floor to ceiling steel doors expands the views to the lovely yard while flooding the open-plan living, dining spaces with light.
This home is such an eclectic mix of beautiful things. The custom dining table made from acrylic and reclaimed wood from Vieux Interiors is surrounded by chairs from Ikea! With a cozy fireplace and wonderful outdoor views, what a great space to gather or host a dinner party!
In this photo, you can really see how the natural light floods this space with two separate sitting areas. The reclaimed beams and aged wood flooring ground the contemporary elements of the large gathering room lending such warmth. And look at that cute pup striking a pose for the perfect shot!
By combining Vintage Hermes throws hung on antique French meat hooks with mid-century inspired Lawson-Fenning chairs, a traditional coffee table, and a cowhide rug a relaxed, upscale, comfortable sitting space is formed.
What a showstopper kitchen. With honed-marble waterfall slabs and French-style brass open shelving, this space is both functional and sleek. Love the bar stools from J. Alexander, and antique pendants from my pals at Back Row Home.
With the metal window being the first thing you see when entering the room, the range hood needed to hold its weight without overpowering the focal wall. Combining a reclaimed fireplace mantle, marble and plaster created the perfect combination. Brilliant Sarah!
Nestled in the kitchen, wouldn’t you love to cozy up in this spot! Pull-out steps make access easy to this reading nook.
The use of paneled curtains in place of pantry doors softens the typical utilitarian feel while still keeping your pantry items hidden! A Sarah West trademark!
The plaster continues into the master offsetting the bold upholstered headboard in Jerry Pair leather. Look at the geometric area rug from Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries–LOVE!
The master sitting open to the bedroom forms a suite for lounging and watching TV. I adore the French Art Deco bar cart! From the 40’s, it is an art piece in the room!
This closet has the look of a luxury boutique! The bold Hermes orange color makes her-only-closet a destination and place to feel special and enjoy getting ready!
Each space is prettier than the next! This white on white master bathroom rivals any luxurious spa.
The kid’s rooms are just as unique. Infused with lavender tones, this teen daughter’s love of horseback riding shows with all the accessories and personalizes her space.
What a creative way to display these talented gals ribbons. Sarah customized a lucite side table to hold all of her awards!! Goodness, I wish I had thought of that when my kiddos were are home!!
There is so much more of this home covered in Betty Lou’s book. I was honored to be a part of this project and for Segreto’s work to be included in such a beautifully written well-done book! French Refreshed can be found on Amazon. Til next week! Xo Leslie