Fresh & French
With rich finishes and a dash of Old World elegance, designer June Chamberlain transforms a new home into a timeless living space
With its use of aged patina and antique accents, one could easily mistake the interior of the ASID Gold Prize-winning home in the category for residence over 3,500 square feet for that of a traditional villa in the French countryside. The muted paint colors, limestone fireplaces and grand, open layout give it the look of times past—in the most unexpected places. Fusing modern amenities with traditional furniture and rich finishes, designer June Chamberlain achieved the look of timeless French ambiance in a contemporary living space.
Upon entry, the home’s story unfolds with delightful contrasts. Oversize mahogany doors open onto a spacious foyer that features a simple settee and iron console table, which juxtapose with the commanding curved staircase just beyond. A quarter turn to the right, the broad living room entry looks like merely an extension of the free-flowing foyer; inside, richly colored furnishings are combined with tea-stained walls for an aged feel. Old World touches continue throughout: a rustic convex mirror over the living room fireplace, elegant silk draperies in the dining room, reclaimed wood beams on the family room’s mantel and ceiling, and an antique French fire screen anchoring the breakfast room fireplace. Despite these rustic details, modern art abounds and adds jolts of color in contrast to the warm patina of the home’s antiques.
Though remarkably beautiful, Chamberlain designed the house to be a functional space in which a family of four can both entertain and live comfortably, by shying away from heavy decorations and maintaining an understated elegance.
June Chamberlain, C-Two Interior Design, (404) 324-4214