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Friday, September 17, 2010

18th-Century French Country House (with an ugly kitchen)

This home in Newport, R.I., is a 19th-century copy 
of an 18th-century French country house. 
It sits on eight high-walled acres.
Who doesn't love a walled in estate????
And just get a load of the 93-foot-long swimming pool in the shape of a semicircle.

I love modern art mixed with the old architecture.
I do.
It is how the many Parisians do it,
so it's good enough for me.
But actually, 
I think it lets a space breath 
when you can break up the 'constant' of a traditional style.

now here is where I get 'bitcheeee'
Regarding this kitchen-
the only thing in keeping with the home's architecture is the copper pots,
and maybe the French bistro stools.
Are they kidding?
Since they are mixing modern/contemporary...
Do a Poggenpohl kitchen.
 Knock out a wall and look out onto the fantastic gardens....
or do it a classic traditional kitchen.
Like something Joni from 'Cote De Texas' has featured.
Those cabinets are from hunger...yucko.
But I will end on a nice note,
I love the sub zero.
I'm just saying.....
they could have done better!

There are three swimming pools, including this indoor lap pool.

Have a lovely weekend.
I am off to atone for my sins.
For tomorrow is Yom Kippur.

Love to you XXX's
click here to read article in the N.Y.T.
French Kitchen from

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  1. You can have the stables now and I will have the pools!!! xx

  2. julienne,

    you are so cute and sweet.
    if only we lived on the same continent!
    xxxx hugs xx

  3. you are so spot on renee!

    but i do love a semi-circular pool....OMG.....perfect, did you take a good look at that coffee table, genius.......dining room furniture...agghhh almost sheer perfection. let's pass on this one for our blogger compound, could not live with that kitchen :-)

  4. deb

    i know..........
    what a brain fart that was!!


  5. I don't mind the kitchen as much (mostly because people who would live in this house would probably never step foot in it) but that indoor lap pool is like the dregs from the 1980s. That hideous tile!

  6. architect,

    you know..............
    after i wrote my bitcheee remark.....
    i was thinking the same thing.
    they probably never use the kitchen.


  7. Lovely, fabulous and grand. That's my 3 words. Have a beautiful weekend! Kellie xx

  8. I think the dining room light is too high. OKIE DOKIE

    It's your turn to come see your Mamma's post. Fair is fair..

  9. Hey Renee
    That pool is some kind of wonderful.. I agree about the kitchen though and do prefer your substitute!!

    Off you go to atone!!! and thanks for your lovely comment.. xxx Julie

  10. Renee,

    I always feel a space will tell me what it want's to be with my help. These spaces are just beautiful and I'd have to be in their presence to make a full assessment.

    Much of what we "see" reflects where we've been or want to go to next. As designers/creatives we look for patterns to anchor our perspective so when it's missing we abandon it and withdraw. As you look closer into personal contentment we enjoy the gift of all spaces. Even spaces we don't like teach us something about ourselves.




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