Five Great French Country Design Ideas

Packed with French Country inspiring ideas, Hughes-Edwards home in Gallatin's Fairvue Plantation outside Nashville, TN.

Looking for building or decorating inspiration for your home? From an Italian reveal finish to a 12-foot copper hood, you’ll want to head out to the final weekend for the year’s premier home event, the Charity Tour of Homes, and find your own inspiration.

One of seven featured homes, Hughes-Edwards’ French Country manor is located on the water-wrapped Peninsula of Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin, TN and is packed with big and small ideas for decorating and building. For tour online discount tickets and printable directions, visit Charity Tour of Homes.

WSMV’s Kacy Hagerty & Mark Campbell visited the stunning home. Click here for a video tour.

Bryan Edwards, Hughes-Edwards Builders, gives WSMV's Kacy Hagerty & Mark Campbell a tour.

Weaving architectural elements with interesting finishes makes the Hughes-Edwards home a beautiful French Country example. Here are five great design ideas:

Architectural roof with curved detailing, mortar rub finish, copper gutters & lanterns, board & batten shutters and beautiful stack stone create a striking French Country exterior.


The patina of the dramatic 12-foot copper hood becomes more stunning with age in the Hughes-Edwards Builders' gourmet kitchen.


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Known for a great eye for the geometry of building, H-E partner Gene Hughes added architectural trusses to balance the kitchen beams.


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A barrel ceiling flows from entry to rear porch exit and has a stunning Italian reveal finish with a hint of harlequin diamond repeated in the floor tile.


Flag stone floor, stack stone fireplace with art by Jade Reynolds, York and Friends Fine Art, with a bead board ceiling creates a sumptuous alfresco dining atmosphere.
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A yummy Barefoot Contessa Caprese Salad for perfect alfresco dining!

Finally, alfresco European inspired dining deserves a magnificent dish. Here’s a link to our favorite Barefoot Contessa “Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad.” Bon appetit!

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