La Cressonnière: Living Room

March 31, 2011

Today I thought I’d share a photo tour of some of my favorite details in the living room here at La Cressonnière. Starting with the floor to ceiling mantel and fireplace. Amazing, no?

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Here’s a closeup of one of the little carving details.

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The walls on either side of the fireplace are covered in hand-painted wood paneling. The paneling was salvaged from a chateau (of course it was!). There are neat light fixtures set into the paneling.

la cressonnière french farmhouse living room

The front door opens directly into the living room and faces a long grey entry table. I really love this piece. I try to keep it empty because I think it looks so elegant, but as you can imagine, it’s the perfect spot to set down keys, mail, backpacks, etc. when we walk through the door.

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The handsome piano and little turn stool, sit on the back wall.

The living room has a dozen pieces of original art adorning the walls, but this small one is my favorite:

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The sitting area around the fireplace includes two couches and two leather club chairs — both of which are worn and broken-in to perfection.

la cressonnière french farmhouse living room

There is a large armoire that holds tablecloths, board games, and backpacks (after they’ve made their way off of the entry table). It opens and closes with a working key.

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We added our books to their existing book collection. Since the husband is French and the wife is Australian, they have a terrific mix of books in both languages.

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And the whole room is centered with an amazing chandelier.

la cressonnière french farmhouse living room

Want to see more of La Cressonnière? You can find more here.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jan @ Family Bites March 31, 2011 at 5:14 am

So stunning! I love all the simple colours in this home.

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2 Monica March 31, 2011 at 6:12 am

What a beautiful home, if these walls could talk….right?

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3 Mom in Mendon March 31, 2011 at 6:19 am

Oh, I missed that little print/watercolor! So lovely.

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4 ChantaleP March 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

What a room! The armoire and entry table are stunning pieces. I love the muted colours in this room.. So embracing!

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5 Susan March 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

Amazing…so many people try to re-create this look of time-worn elegance…it’s just not the same as the real thing. Lovely!

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6 Leanne March 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

I haven’t commented for a while, but I enjoy your home tours so much. It’s so lovely. I hope your family is enjoying their time there.

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7 Ashlea Walter March 31, 2011 at 7:44 am

I love that you’ve organized the books by color already! AND I love the juxtaposition of the beautiful, old armoire with your kids’ backpacks. How charming!

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8 Rosa @ flutterflutter March 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

LOVE that entry table, such a beautiful grey. And those club chairs… the worn in leather… I keep secretly hoping to find a pair of something like those on Craigslist from someone who doesn’t like the worn-in look… lol, no such luck yet. : )

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9 Bettijo @ Paging Supermom March 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

I love the fireplace and the beautiful gray, hand-painted walls.

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10 r8chel March 31, 2011 at 10:31 am

As a pianist, I’ve always used a bench at the piano, but that little stool sure does add a lot of charm!

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11 Melissa Glynn March 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hey guys! Can I tell you how much I ADORE reading about your family’s French adventures???

Next week on my site (I write about children’s books!) I’m going to be doing International Week France! I would love it if you would take a glance!
http://www.juliasbookbag.com/

A bientot!!!

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12 Pink Frenchie March 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

How perfectly French!?! I think I could cozy up there quite nicely. Hope your family is enjoy France—sounds like you’re having many fabulous adventures.

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13 bdaiss March 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

I love that armoire. Heck I love all of La Cressonniere. And such a beautiful finish on that table. Gorgeous. Thank you again for sharing it with us!

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14 Tamara March 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I can’t remember how I happened upon your site, but I love it. I’m in the middle of a whole house remodel right now and all things design-related are taking over my brain space. Would love to see a pullback of the entire room.

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15 Liliana March 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Too beautiful for words.

These lovely photos remind me of my childhood home in Serbia.

Everything we had was old, with history. A lot of objects were passed down from one generation to the next. Everything seemed indestructible.

Thank you.

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16 kelli March 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

love it! did you color code the books or were they like that?! i remember baby junes pic on the old color coded bookshelf :)

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17 Allison March 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Oh my oh my! I’m pretty sure that the owners of the home would have a long list of potential renters after you’ve shared all the loveliness this house has to offer!

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18 Meghan Beutler March 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

That mantle is absolutely gorgeous.

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19 Claire March 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

So lovely.

For the moment and due to a serious lack of time, I have to plead guilty to a functionality-driven approach to decor. Actually, to be completely forthcoming I should probably add quotes and say, to “decor.” A big, unbeautiful garage (storage, storage, storage!!) tops my wish list at the moment. All that to explain why, out of all the details you photographed, that pretty entry table was the main one that caught my eye. We need one of those.

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20 Princess Perez March 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

This house is perfectly CHARMING!
I love your abode and I wish one day to rent a place like that somewhere in the world for our young family experience as well!
This house is sooo cozy and looks like the perfect place for anyone to day dream!

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21 Kelleyn March 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

It is such a beautiful home !

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22 Bonny March 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Beautiful! I just wish I could see the whole Living Room as a whole!

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23 P.B. Lecron at A French Education April 1, 2011 at 12:27 am

How can you not love France!

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24 Kholisa April 1, 2011 at 5:02 am

Beautiful room. The piano and the club leather chair are my favourite!

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25 Betsy April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

simply beautiful and defintely French!

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26 Michelle April 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Such beautiful details!

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27 LLH Designs April 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Isn’t it amazing how the French make beauty look so effortless? You are blessed indeed! What a beautiful place to call home!

Xo,
Linsey

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28 Sarah April 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

wow! amazing

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29 Melissa Edwards April 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

What a gorgeous fireplace! I am so jealous.

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