The French country style in southern Louisiana is representative of Acadian design. Acadian architecture isn't characteristic of something you would find in France, but does represent the skills brought over from Europe. Though Acadians built in a French style, they lacked some of the technological advances France had.
The curved details of the front door lead into a foyer with a fabulous basket weave pattern floor in repurposed French oak. The floor is finished with a milk wax finish and the antique beams speak to the Old World look that gives the foyer a warm and casual ambience.
In order to achieve a cozy feel in the gentleman's Library, we used a simple bead grid paneling stained in a honey color with a soft matte glaze. We used a well worn antique cabriole leg library table along with antique tapestry chairs and a foot stool to make it even more welcoming.
A textural line of brick divides the space into a public living and dining room and a more private kitchen and keeping room. The brick and the weathered beams matched with the milk wax finish of the floor is representative of materials used in Acadian architecture. We used a combination of antique and new furniture, rugs and contemporary art to make a relaxed space.
The dining room has a slurried wallpaper that gives it almost a colonial look. The antique server, dining table and Trumeau mirror from Chateau Domingue were mixed with contemporary art pieces to give it a more modern look.
Contemporary can often feel a bit harsh, so we added a romantic breakfast sitting area to add softness. The linen we used brought simplicity and luxury to the kitchen area. To tie everything together, we used cross cut white oak to create a cobblestone style floor.