This charming little country cabin, with its whitewashed walls, exposed beams, and barn-red accents, didn’t immediately strike us as French, which was probably why we were doubly delighted to stumble across it in the May/June 2012 issue of Marie Clarie Maison. A sweet-and-spare space, it’s a country retreat with an urban edge—and is full of great ideas and eye-candy inspiration.
The loftlike living area, divided only by lighting fixtures and a large, freestanding fireplace, has the same plank flooring and wood-paneled walls and ceiling throughout. Though we’re certified rug addicts, we don’t mind the single floor covering—a small area rug by the homey, cushiony living room. The walls are likewise bare, which allows the generously sized pendant and floor lamps, sleekly shaped furniture, and occasional cheeky accent (the furry pillow on the sofa, the big blue fish carving atop the kitchen shelves, and the knotted rope pulls on the closet doors) to make their own statement.
The soothing neutral palette—predominantly gray and white, with pops of marine blue, sage, and that unmistakable red—not only makes for endless pairing possibilities, but also helps the small space appear larger. This is, to put it simply, rustic done right.