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Steal This Look: A Tranquil Kitchen on the French Riviera

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Steal This Look: A Tranquil Kitchen on the French Riviera

June 20, 2023

French architect Sabine Bell and British designer Lauren Jennings took on the update of a 1927 historic carved concrete dwelling originally built by Jacques Couëlle. While preserving the identity of the original structure, the team built out a kitchen extension, extending the slate floors of the living room, building out hand-painted Shaker-like cabinetry, and outfitting with traditional fixtures and appliances, including a Lacanche range. Here we list out the key elements of the kitchen to recreate the look.

the cabinets are from jennings&#8\2\17; family kitchen company, closa, of t 17
Above: The cabinets are from Jennings’ family kitchen company, Closa, of Tetbury, England, painted in a pale gray shade from Mylands. Photograph by Sarah Button, courtesy of Lauren Olivia Design from Organic Architecture on the Côte d’Azur: A Jacques Couëlle Villa with a New Kitchen Extension.
a view of the slate floor tiles and a flatweave rug anchor the kitchen, fitted  18
Above: A view of the slate floor tiles and a flatweave rug anchor the kitchen, fitted with a traditional farmhouse sink and faucet. Photograph by Sarah Button, courtesy of Lauren Olivia Design from Organic Architecture on the Côte d’Azur: A Jacques Couëlle Villa with a New Kitchen Extension.
a provençal essential: the lacanche kitchen range. the sculptural built in 19
Above: A Provençal essential: the Lacanche kitchen range. The sculptural built-in vent hood is inspired by Couëlle’s curved concrete walls. Photograph by Sarah Button, courtesy of Lauren Olivia Design from Organic Architecture on the Côte d’Azur: A Jacques Couëlle Villa with a New Kitchen Extension.
the countertops and backsplash are built out in local limestone. photograph by  20
Above: The countertops and backsplash are built out in local limestone. Photograph by Sarah Button, courtesy of Lauren Olivia Design from Organic Architecture on the Côte d’Azur: A Jacques Couëlle Villa with a New Kitchen Extension.

Paint

the kitchen has closa’s suffolk cabinets, designed and fabrica 21
Above: The kitchen has Closa’s Suffolk cabinets, designed and fabricated in the Cotswolds. They’re hand-painted in a shade called Cornice from Mylands.

Fixtures & Appliances

the faucet is the barber wilsons & co. regent china lever \1030 in brass. 22
Above: The faucet is the Barber Wilsons & Co. Regent China Lever 1030 in brass.
the reinhard double bowl fireclay farmhouse sink is \$9\29 at signature hardwar 23
Above: The Reinhard Double Bowl Fireclay Farmhouse Sink is $929 at Signature Hardware. For more see our post 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.
the lacanche cluny classic \100 induction in green is £6,5\20. 24
Above: The Lacanche Cluny Classic 100 Induction in green is £6,520.

Lighting

the jim lawrence club wall light in antiqued brass is £94. 25
Above: The Jim Lawrence Club Wall Light in Antiqued Brass is £94.
the arhaus farrow table lamp in charcoal is \$\299. 26
Above: The Arhaus Farrow Table Lamp in charcoal is $299.

Hardware & Decor

the armac martin latchford cabinet knob is \$60 for the \25mm size. 27
Above: The Armac Martin Latchford Cabinet Knob is $60 for the 25mm size.
the armac martin cotswold drawer pull is \$66. 28
Above: The Armac Martin Cotswold Drawer Pull is $66.
the open weave basket is \$\104 at shoppe from amber interiors. 29
Above: The Open Weave Basket is $104 at Shoppe from Amber Interiors.
the ethnicraft mazandaran kilim area rug is \$979 at lumens. 30
Above: The Ethnicraft Mazandaran Kilim Area Rug is $979 at Lumens.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the inspiration behind this French country kitchen design?

The design of this French country kitchen is inspired by the tranquil vibes of the French Riviera and the architectural style of Jacques Couëlle.

Where can I find more information about Jacques Couëlle and his architectural style?

You can find more information about Jacques Couëlle and his architectural style on various online sources or by researching books/documentaries related to his work.

Can I recreate this exact look in my own kitchen?

Yes, you can recreate this look in your own kitchen by incorporating similar design elements such as a soft color palette, rustic materials, curved archways, and exposed beams.

What are some key features of this French country kitchen design?

Some key features of this French country kitchen design include the use of natural materials like stone and wood, a farmhouse sink, open shelving, a large central island, and vintage-inspired appliances.

Where can I find the specific products and furnishings used in this kitchen?

You can find the specific products and furnishings used in this kitchen by referring to the links and sources mentioned in the article on Remodelista's website.

Is this French country kitchen design suitable for small spaces?

While this design can be adapted to small spaces, it is primarily showcased in a larger kitchen setting. However, you can still incorporate certain elements like the color scheme and rustic materials to achieve a similar aesthetic in a smaller kitchen.

Can I mix and match different elements from this design with my own style?

Yes, you can mix and match different elements from this design with your own personal style. The key is to maintain a cohesive aesthetic by incorporating similar materials, colors, and overall design principles.

How can I add a French country touch to my kitchen without a complete renovation?

You can add a French country touch to your kitchen without a complete renovation by incorporating small details like vintage-inspired accessories, rustic tableware, floral patterns, open shelving, and soft color palettes.

Are French country kitchens only suitable for traditional or rustic-themed homes?

French country kitchens can work well in traditional or rustic-themed homes, but they can also be adapted to blend with other styles, such as adding modern elements or incorporating a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings.

Are there any specific colors that are commonly used in French country kitchen designs?

Common colors used in French country kitchen designs include soft pastels, muted neutrals, warm whites, and earthy tones. These colors help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

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