A Home both Fancy and Fun: French Country by Kara Childress, Inc.

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It’s hard to know which image of these makes you want to sigh more — the ivy-covered walls over the back yard, the waterspout-filled pool, the shady outdoor living area surrounded by pots of hydrangeas, or the breathtaking brick-lined porch with dining and lounge space…it’s all good. And it’s a classic French Country renovation by Kara Childress, Inc. The home is spacious end expansive — plenty of room here for entertaining, both indoors and out. But at the same time, it’s also cozy and intimate: bay windows contain plush cushioned couches and tufted ottomans just inviting you to sit a spell with a good novel or a cup of tea, and the kitchen counter is a study in abundance with breads, fruit, and wine at the ready — all warm touches that say “home.”

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There’s plenty here to love, from beamed ceilings and brocade armchairs, to massive potted plants and portraiture in the living room; a dining room that easily seats 10, ornamented with gilt mirrors; and how about that dazzling closet? It’s surely every woman’s dream come true, with its white dressers, endless cubbies, vanity table with sumptuous padded stool, and special glass-fronted storage just for purses and handbags. (If you don’t feel pampered by now, check yourself for a pulse.) This space is unabashedly in love with pattern: aforementioned brocade glows in subtle recessed lighting, while tapestry prints grace the porch chairs and a subdued geometric print picks up the delicate hues of sand and cream in the formal dining room. It’s a perfect combination of stately, ornate, and fun: French Country by Kara Childress.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).