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Melbourne has a long-standing love affair with French architecture. In its earliest days, the style was popular with some of the city’s wealthiest and most well-connected residents.
As much a statement of status as an aesthetic preference, these french provincial homes were designed to impress. They were also built to last, with many fine examples still standing. Most of these properties remain significant local landmarks, having been lovingly maintained and restored over the years.
This fascination with French provincial facades continues today, as shown by the widespread popularity of French Provincial designs. While strongly associated with Melbourne’s exclusive inner east, evidence of this style can be found right throughout the city.
It is easy to see why this style, having become synonymous with prestige and luxury, is so popular. French Provincial homes exude an understated elegance that is both structured and casual.
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If you are a fan of the French Provincial style, you are probably familiar with its most iconic architectural features. In fact, you may have even incorporated some into the design of your home – or are planning to, at least. But nailing the structure’s form and function is only one part of really capturing the feel of a French Provincial home.
In addition to being a much-loved architectural style, French Provincial is also one of the most enduringly popular interior design styles. So much so that many homeowners pull influence from it without even knowing. And, given the sense of relaxed refinement well-executed French Provincial styling creates, it is easy to understand why.
Here we look at the classic hallmarks of French Provincial style and how you can integrate these into your own interior design.
Do you like the look of the French Provincial style but want something that feels a little more modern? Are you a fan of the sense of refined comfort but prefer cleaner lines and sleeker finishes? Or, do you simply want the best of both worlds – classic styling with contemporary touches?
Whatever your motivation, you are not alone. More and more people are looking to bring the French Provincial style into the 21st century. But it can be tough to bring such contrasting looks together.
Sal De Vie
French Provincial Luxury Home
Commanding a noble French Provincial inspire streetscape presence with its towering façade and iron gates
Discover a new benchmark of luxury and a plush lifestyle in this brand-new French Provincial inspired home. A masterful craftsmanship of uncompromising quality by Carmel Homes, the 65 square layout delivers exquisite finishes and unequivocal indulgence in a sprawling five-bedroom layout. Set within a leafy cul-de-sac, enjoy a lifestyle of tranquillity and convenience with transport, shopping, parklands and elite schools at the threshold.
Commanding a noble streetscape presence with its towering façade and iron gates, the home opens to warm and welcoming interiors where the well-considered layout flaunts Chevron Oak parquetry, decorative plastering details, and lustrous Emporite joinery alongside opulent lashings of Calacatta marble.
The flexible five-bedroom, four-bathroom floorplan offers dedicated spaces for formal gatherings, casual crowds and children’s play across three extensive living domains, perfectly complemented by poolside alfresco barbecue enjoyment. At its heart, the open plan area delivers exceptional family space with built-in media cabinetry, while a dazzling Calacatta kitchen and butler’s pantry takes centre stage with an array of Miele appliances including fridge/freezer, coffee machine and three ovens.
Upstairs, a surround-sound theatre room affords private sanctuary for the family, flanked by four king-sized bedrooms each providing walk-in robes and ensuite access. The master bedroom is uniquely lavish, featuring an extravagant fully-fitted dressing room, and a sumptuous twin-vanity ensuite with freestanding bath.
Complete with a bespoke home office, guest powder room, large laundry and four-car garage, this home is built to perfection, providing a long list of modern comforts including zoned heating and cooling and ducted vacuum.
Style blogs are a great way to stay across the latest French Provincial developments, providing a wealth of information and tips. Here we share some of our favourite Australian style blogs that feature pieces on French Provincial homes.
Here we take a look at some of the leading interior designers working throughout Melbourne. In this list, we are particularly focusing on those with a good grasp of the French Provincial style. We also explore their experience and approach and how it influences the designs they create.