France Part II: Architectural Details

First, I need to thank you all for your kind words and support of my recent press in House Beautiful!  It is amazing how this blogging world has connected us, creating such a great community of support.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to come visit  me and join in on my journey.

And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post… France, Part Deux: Architectural Details.

I don’t know what I find more intriguing, the gorgeous, sun-bleached color of the architecture, or its natural patina.  What ever it is, the southwestern part of France has such a cornucopia of both simple and intricate details that seem to combine so easily to create a wonderfully laid back elegance.  And further, perhaps driven by the necessity of the age, every intention seems well thought out and executed. Stone mortise blocks built into the walls in a kitchen to allow for water drainage, gorgeous shutter colors inspired by nature, the fanciful yet practical tie backs that secure those shutters, wonderfully brutish metal work that is both utilitarian and gorgeous, and so on.  Nothing is overly fancy, but always well manicured (but on a level that allows for wear).

The French of this area eat, sleep, and breathe a casual yet sophisticated life. Just thinking about it has me craving linen cloths, rosé, and straw hats.  I love that travel opens our eyes to how other people live and allows us to borrow a thing or two and implement them into our lives. Today, I am going to share the architectural elements that caught my eye, in no particular order. I hope you find a thing of two that inspires you as well.

Amymeierdesign_FA_door

Amymeierdesign_FA_latch

Amymeierdesign_FA_balcony

Amymeierdesign_FA_chimney Amymeierdesign_FA_pinkshutter

Amymeierdesign_FA_porchtrim

Amymeierdesign_FA_stonepath

Amymeierdesign_FA_smalldormer

Amymeierdesign_FA_doorsurround

Amymeierdesign_FA_stainglass

Amymeierdesign_FA_stairway

Amymeierdesign_FA_road

Amymeierdesign_FA_zigzag

Amymeierdesign_FA_logstack

Amymeierdesign_FA_house

Amymeierdesign_FA_mortis

Amymeierdesign_FA_tieback

Amymeierdesign_FA_roof

Amymeierdesign_FA_toulouse

Amymeierdesign_FA_fresco

Amymeierdesign_FA_fresco chandelier

Amymeierdesign_FA_eyebrowshutter

Amymeierdesign_FA_doorframe

Amymeierdesign_FA_Cobaltshutters Amymeierdesign_FA_paneling

Amymeierdesign_FA_town

Amymeierdesign_FA_planter

Amymeierdesign_FA_hollyhock

Amymeierdesign_FA_gazebo

Filed away in my inspiration folder, who knows what these images will lead to one day!  A table top detail, a carved arm on a chair, or color inspiration for a carpet or even a whole project.  Who knows, but my head is spinning with ideas.

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