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ELEGANT Utility

TRADITIONAL FRENCH OPULENCE TAKES A BACKSEAT TO CRISP CONTEMPORARY DESIGN TECHNIQUES, RESULTING IN A HOME THAT FEELS LIKE PARIS BUT BREATHES LIKE MODERN AMERICA.
Photography by Jessie Preza

DARK ACCENTS are used sparingly, but when they appear, they bring with them depth and drama. These distressed-finished doors are a pleasing contrast to the light gray walls, adding just a soupçon of antiquity and making the vintage pieces feel at home.

IN TODAY’S ERA OF DESIGN, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO SEPARATE “FRENCH” FROM “OPULENT.” Indeed, the two words are largely synonymous, calling to mind scenes of intricate moldings, gold-gilded chandeliers and heavy, ornate furnishings. Yet, when it came to this home renovation in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, designer Amy Johnson of Amy Johnson Interiors aimed to temper that expectation. The result? An impeccable contemporary home, well balanced, breathable and undeniably French.

But what is the secret to creating a contemporary American home with the design sense of Paris? All it takes is a tour through the kitchen or a step into the living room to feel that same luxurious quality of the French style you know and love. But opulent and exaggerated it is not, and for Amy it all comes down to harmony between the old and the new: “My goal for these homeowners … was a modern Parisian feel with inclusion of their antiquities and collectibles”, she says. “I felt we could balance their beautiful treasures with shades of white and contemporary lighting.”

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