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                    It’s more than 3,500 miles from the South of France to Chateau Country in northern Delaware. Yet French-inspired design is decidedly at home amid
the lovely rolling hills
of the Piedmont.
Built in the 1980s, a large house
in Centreville offered its new owners a stately stucco façade, cedar shake roof and copper downspouts, hallmarks of the French Normandy style. But inside, the home
Provençal fabrics set a mood in the master bedroom.
     An elegant and hardy perennial, Lavender infuses a garden with the look and scent of France. Provençe French lavender (Lavandula intermedia Provençe) is intensely fragrant, with long stems and blue flower spikes. Deer and rabbits don’t like it, but bees and butterflies do. The herb loves full sun and is drought tolerant.
Caring for lavender doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting. Give the plants a gentle pruning as the flowers start to lose their color in August and September. Snip them back as far the leaves on the stems. This gives the plants a nudge to send up a few new shoots before they rest in winter. Many gardeners replace lavender plants every few years. As they get older, they grow lanky, gnarled and woody, so it’s a matter of aesthetics.
Culinary lavenders like English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) add an herbal note to cookies, butter and iced tea.
A traditional (yet countrified) French country kitchen.
featured disparate elements from other times and places, including expanses of glass block. To guide the interior’s home to its French roots, the owners brought in Kirsten McCoy of Meadowbank Designs in Wayne. “They were ready to brighten things up and create an interior that’s representative of the outside of the house and the surrounding countryside,” she says.
The owners had moved to Chateau Country from an expansive rococo-style home in New Jersey so they could be closer to family. Their vision of a home that would embrace multiple generations was infused with memories of their visits to the south of France. “They loved the light, the bright- ness, the feeling of tradition,” McCoy says.
The lady of the house was intent on having a something both luxurious and inviting, a place that would hold up to
traffic from grandchildren and dogs.
She and the designer had worked together successfully on her home at the Jersey Shore, so McCoy was a natural choice for the makeover of the Centreville house.
A fabulous, functional kitchen was at the top of the wish list. That space
is grounded in premium porcelain tile
with the look of European limestone.
A quartzite countertop looks like marble but is impervious to stains. With its laurel- leaf detailing, the large island is reminiscent of carved furniture. The sink is outfitted with an American-made Waterstone gooseneck faucet, and the creamy
custom cabinets are beautiful inside and out. “They’re lined in walnut and illumi- nated,” the designer notes. “They light up when you open a drawer so you can see what’s inside.
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