Homes: French Ambience

La Provence evokes the passions and splendour of France’s once grand provincial regions

Walking along the bluestone, sawn-finish paving and through the beautiful fanlight front doors, it is impossible not to be charmed by the elegant French influences that resound throughout this elegant home. From the leadlight casement windows and exterior and interior colonnades to the liberal use of marble detailing, La Provence is an oasis for those who have a passion for life.

To create the French provincial ambience that echoes within this masterpiece, Englehart Homes worked with specialist architects to achieve the finished look and feel of the residence. “The entire home combines historic detail, impeccable workmanship, clever zoning and modern technology into a seamless, harmonious whole,” says Emma Duncan of Englehart. The overall impression is one of a classic, stately structure that still incorporates state-of-the-art features and amenities of a stylish, contemporary residence.

The French-inspired features extend from the beautiful casement windows, which help capture vast outdoor views, to the classic touches on the moulding and grooving within the home. These details imbue each room with European refinement, but while referencing French architecture, these features have been interpreted individually by the designers to achieve a unique look.

The formal living area was designed to be an open, welcoming room. With a detailed marble fireplace, glassed cabinetry and charming French leadlight casement windows, architectural features of the living area evoke the grand proportions of the Versailles region in France, an area famous for attracting some of the well-known Impressionist artists, including Aristide Maillol.

Undeniably, the centrepiece of La Provence is the winding staircase, which spirals elegantly from the entrance foyer up to three bedrooms with ensuites. During the day the open space is flooded with natural light, which perforates through a stunning leadlight-dome skylight. The dome is a design masterpiece in itself, inlaid with more than 1200 individual pieces of glass.

Beyond the staircase, those who love to cook will delight in the exquisite European-styled kitchen. Along with ceiling canopy and soft-closing cabinetry, the kitchen discreetly conceals a butler’s pantry and service area with a marble preparation space, in-built wine rack, fridge and generous amounts of storage. From the beautiful waterfall marble to the huge island bench, everything about this kitchen has that Cordon Bleu quality to provide the inspiration and aptitude required for a delightful cooking experience.

La Provence extends this same spatial generosity to the main dining/entertaining area, where there is enough room to seat up to 14 comfortably. The area was designed to serve as a relaxing, open space, achieved by the neutral wall colour and being situated alongside the home’s 11.5-metre tiled pool. Just through bi-fold doors, outside the living area, owners and guests are spoiled by an exquisite loggia — a European-style outdoor room offering a complete home theatre and outdoor entertainment system which radiates around the luxury pool.

The home boasts a flexible floorplan which can accommodate up to five bedrooms plus a study. This allows plenty of room for a large family to live comfortably, and provides much-appreciated privacy for visiting guests. The grand-master bedroom is particularly luxurious, opening out to a charming, marble-paved Juliet balcony overlooking La Provence’s portico. The master ensuite is indisputably an extension of this peaceful sanctuary, complete with a free-standing bath which could provide hours of relaxation.
La Provence reflects both the grandeur of a French chateau, as well as the nobility of a Parisian residence that many are destined to fall in love with.

lehart Homes
796 High Street, Kew Vic 3102
Tel 03 9810 2800

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