Accidental French Style and Plenty of Windows Create an Effortlessly Elegant Home

French-style living room with windows and a fireplace

When asked her favorite thing about the house, the homeowner replies, “The light. I could cook on a camp stove, but I need lots of windows.” So the light-filled living room with its walls of windows gracefully fulfills that desire. The painting above the limestone mantel adds a pop of color to the otherwise neutral design.

Just off the living room is the formal dining room, often used for entertaining. The room is filled with a combination of French pieces and American antiques, such as the Duncan Phyfe chairs that once belonged to the homeowner’s aunt.

Photography by John O’Hagan