I stumbled across pictures of this gorgeous maison in the Dordogne region of France and though, “this is how you do a house!” Even though this house is of a different era than the charmless house I showed the other day, a house with great proportions always looks great, and it pleases the eye.
This house has some of the same elements as the other one did, like the quoins around the sides and the chimneys, but they are restrained, and make sense in the context of the building. The exterior materials are similar, but this house’s exterior has the patina that can only come with time. The niches are also at eye level so what they’re showcasing can be seen. The ground level arch is accented and doesn’t look as stark as the other house.
The stairs on the front and back of this house actually lead somewhere, unlike the other house. One basic rule that should be applied is make sure the decorative elements on a house make sense. If you have shutters, make them proportionate to the size of the windows. If you have stairs, they should lead to something.
This house is of an actual period – the Belle Époque period, which ran from 1870 to the beginning of World War I. Compare that to the other house which was described as an antebellum-style plantation mansion which recreates an English manor hall. There’s a lot going on there.
This house’s interiors are a reflection of its exterior, which helps the house have a cohesive look. Although it has high ceilings, they’re outlined in beautiful millwork that help the room have a finished look.
As I have learned, so much of what pleases our eyes follows a classical pattern, and rules that have stood through millennia.
For more information on this house, click here. It’s on the market for €599,550 or a bit over $800,000.