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Monday, October 21, 2013

Finding Bits of French Country in Kentucky

As we continue searching for houses for our future move, I am definitely drawn to those whose character is a nod to French style architecture.  Surprisingly, there are many French Eclectic style houses in Kentucky.  Here are a few we’ve had the opportunity to look at and each has it’s own certain charm.

This one has to be my favorite.  Built in the 1940s, she is personality plus!  The eyebrow arches make her come alive.


Love the façade and the copper guttering.


Not so much French on the inside, but she boasts a marvelous round staircase.




The outside is fabulous with a beautiful garden area.








This house also has a French flair to it.  It used to be a ranch style but was re-built a few years ago.


Love the shutters and the French gray color.


Also originally built in the 1940s it has the most amazing millwork.


This home also has a gorgeous garden area in back, too.




And finally, this one is probably more of an English cottage with some Federal style, but it has several French features rolled into one package.  Definitely an eclectic house full of charm.


This is a nice example of a Kentucky river stone house built in the 1940s by a well-known mid-century architect.  First of all, everything in this house is outdated and it probably needs a total gut job. But my oh my would she be gorgeous if fixed up!

Notice the French style rounded copper top dormers!


It has a nice wrought iron gate with a view to a private country club.

120 Holiday Rd, Lexington, KY 40502

It even has an old greenhouse.


Original marble floor in the foyer.




It’ll be  fun to see what happens in the next couple years and what house we will end up with.  I’m ready for this new adventure.

This downsizing thing will be interesting for sure!

Two choices still remain:  1. build a new Country French Jack Arnold home or 2. buy old and renovate/restore.

What do you think of these existing houses?  They’re definitely old character homes.  Am I cut out for one of these?




Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are all lovely, Kim! I think my favorite is the first one mainly for the exterior look and that great looking patio area. Wallpaper was always off-putting to me when we were looking, because it just means a lot of work to get it taken down. It's certainly fun looking at what's out there before you have to decide what to do!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, all of these homes are gorgeous; but, the first one stole my heart right away! The garden area was just the icing on the cake!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

I love all of the houses above. They are all so beautiful! We are looking to downsize, as well, and really would love a single story home.

Sarah said...

Kim, I could move into any one of these gorgeous homes. Exciting choices in my mind. Good luck with this decisions.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kim I love them all!! Beautiful homes!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kim....love, love the first house...love the courtyard area and the facade...and the staircase...wow!....Where can I send the check!!??

Cynthia said...

Kim, these are all beautiful homes, but the first one stole my heart. That staircase and the outside is just gorgeous. How will you choose??? May be tough.


Sooner Laura said...

I must agree about that staircase and while I do LOVE a beautiful staircase, I would probably be looking for a single story. Our current house if a nice mix with only 2 bedrooms and 1 bath upstairs and the other 2 bedrooms downstairs.

KindaFrenchy said...

The second one ! Love the woodwork detailing in that one. They are all beautiful though.

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