French Living in Florida
This house was commissioned to be as authentically French Provençal as possible. It was two and a half years in the making from conception to a fully furnished and landscaped home. I went to France in search of antique French terra Cotta floors, roof tiles, exterior doors and windows, interior doors, moldings, the hardware used throughout, shutters and even the stain to be used on the trim work. Reclamation yards were scoured all over Provençe for items such as the stone fireplace, flooring and antique front door knocker. A company was commissioned to make a scaled-down replica of a magnificent church door from Saint Remy de Provençe. This reconnaissance mission involved taking hundreds of photos of paint finishes, courtyards, lighting, window finishes, interior window sills, pergolas, gardens, furniture and accessories. The details were endless. With specs from my finds, photos, sketches and French magazine clippings in hand, an architect was commissioned. While the plans were being drawn, I found a company in Miami whose French owner fabricated antiqued stone tops for the bathroom vanities and another company from Mexico to build different vanities for each bathroom replicated from photographs. This company also created the cabinet doors in the kitchen. They had to fit the doors onto plaster-covered framing. Artisans who had been to France and worked with pigments from Roussillion quarries applied coloration to the plaster of the cabinets and faux-finished the cabinet doors. Local artisans were found that were familiar with the French methods of building stairs along with plasterers with the knowledge needed to work with exterior lime washes and ironmongers.