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Room of the month: Thoughtfully designed

Custom cabinetry gives this Windmill Harbour home a touch of French Country flair.

Photography by Mike Newton

What has come to be known as French Country style in home design is actually Provence style. Similar to the Lowcountry, the Provence region of southeastern France is a sun-drenched area that enjoys the vivid blues of the coast, clarity of light and beautiful landscapes which inspired the art of Paul Cézanne. 

The kitchen of this Windmill Harbour home was created with a palate to highlight family antiques. Its impact is soft and unexpected. 

“Glass front cabinets imbue the room with an expansive feel,” said Nancy Schmitz of Signature Closets of the Low Country. “It’s a French-style home with a Southern spin, filled with modern amenities and a touch of family history.” 

According to Schmitz, collectibles can instantly customize your space with the right cabinets and be a constant reminder of your favorite antique shop, a trip or a special person in your life.

A beverage center streamlines entertaining as well as morning coffee-making. The pantry next to the beverage center makes space for a small appliance, and the pull-out shelves make the storage easily accessible.
The beauty of the hallway laundry room is the dual purpose it serves. The cabinet doors and the large countertop covering the front-loading washer and dryer create a laundry space that goes undetected when guests arrive.