Friday, December 22, 2017

Our French Style Hall At Christmas


As promised, I have been sharing pictures of our home from time to time. Having blogged about the sitting and dining rooms I thought I would feature the French style entrance hall and stairway decorated for Christmas. I did very little this year in the way of decking the halls......just a bit of greenery, white lights and ribbon. We have changed things around a bit this year and added more French flair to the old world style of the house so a simpler Christmas decor was warranted. I hope you enjoy the tour.


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Many of you already know that the entrance hall was painted in a faux limestone technique several years ago as a DIY project. I like the way it lends itself to a French country chateau look. The incandescent lighting gives everything a warm glow at night which makes the colors not seem as pretty when photographed. They are subtle but still a bit brighter.

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We love a French hunting lodge look but do not hunt. The taxidermy pieces in this room and also in the dining room are all saves from shops here and in Europe. I feel like it is a form of animal rescue, taking them from attics and dusty shops and giving them a place of prominence. I found these great antique sconces and Tim, who loves to light things, rewired and got them up and running. This French settee works for now but I am hoping to recover it in an old tapestry I have when I feel the need for a new project.....down the road a bit.

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This side of the hall looks into the French style diningroom.

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Another image that shows the left side of the French style hall and the Louis XIV console I got this year.

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Above the French console is a hunt tapestry and lithograph of Versailles when it was a hunting lodge under Louis XIV. As I have said before the French country chateau look is my favorite style. Sorry the whole picture didn't show.....my photography skills or should I say lack there of.

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This was actually a  pretty arrangement with greenery and  pheasant feathers. The cats won't leave them alone. I'm down to only this one so I give up!

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This side of the hallway looks into the French style living room.

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Looking back towards the front door. 

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A French vignette on a painted piece as you come in the front door. It is hard not to include a cat in the images since they follow me around as soon as I start taking pictures. They are such divas.......especially Sophie.

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The old lithographs are after French painters Watteau and Lancret. I love them because the colors are so soft and muted and exquisitely detailed. They actually have more color with natural lighting.

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This is as you continue down the hall. The curio is on old French style clock case that my son Zach made into a display for some of my antique petit point purses. Ahead is the bath. The left leads to the master bedroom and my office.

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Here are some of my purses and miniatures. I have another curio in the living room with the rest of my collection.

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Above the piece on the right in this part of the hall is a large hand made petit point oval of a woman that I had framed. I was taught needlepoint and all embroideries by my mom. I know the time it involves so I appreciate antique textiles like this one and buy all I can afford.

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Just a glance of my French style bath as we turn the corner. I will take more pictures in there when I publish a post about the master suite. All the trimwork and the staircase in the hall has been marbleized. You can see it around the bathroom door.

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This portion of the hall faces the family room. I will also feature that room someday soon. To the right is one of the stairs.

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You can see more marbling here on the door frame. The antique lithograph is called La Paix after Gustave Doré.

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This is quaint winding stairway off the French style hall leads up to two bedrooms that have become a sitting room and bedroom, now known as the Man Cave, since Zach moved out. Tim loves collecting what he calls "mantiques" for his industrial/world traveler/archaeologist type space. Well that's the best way I can describe it. It's a really neat space and he loves it. He has found some great pieces

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Maybe I should have taken these pictures during the day so the colors would show up better. We had just had some folks over and the Christmas lights were all on. I'm too lazy to do it again so I hope you get the picture.

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This image is looking back into the hall from the family room. That room I will save for a later date.



To see the living room click here 
  https://eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com/2017/05/my-french-style-living-roompictures-as.html


To see the dining room click here
https://eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com/2017/09/my-french-style-dining-room.html

To see the kitchen click here


http://eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com/2017/12/decorating-with-barley-twist-furniture.html



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