Photo Gallery: Classic French Style
Designer Julie Charbonneau’s house.
A small space is reborn into a grand front foyer.
The graceful, curving staircase with a dark glossy handrail and spindles and marble tiled floor make a great first impression in this renovated Georgian-style home. Adding a chair and a nature-inspired statement table makes it an entry room, not just a transition space. Displaying art and decorating favourites — like a horn and stone pedestal urn filled with orchids — completes the traditional, polished look.
Art and antiques decorate this exquisite bathroom.
Vintage fixtures and a roll-top pedestal bath tub set the traditional tone of this soothing and elegant principal bathroom. Designer and homeowner Julie Charbonneau designed the built-in cabinet to create storage for linens, recycling former leaded windows from elsewhere in the house into the doors. An off-white palette and Roman shades create a soothing ambiance, while art and an antique chandelier complete the look.
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A mirror adds glamour to a principal bathroom.
Designer Julie Charbonneau’s principal bathroom shows her signature feature — a double vanity cantilevered through a custom cut, oversized wood-framed mirror. This design trick reflects light and makes the room appear larger than it is. Marble floors and vintage French-style accessories complete the luxe look.
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European-style luxury for a child.
Montreal Designer Julie Charbonneau created this large bedroom suite for her daughter Alexia by joining two small bedrooms together via a former closet. It features antiques, a chandelier, a neutral off-white palette and a simple, large mirror that will age well as she grows. Julie designed the crib-sized girls bed to look like a sofa, which it can be once Alexia graduates to a full-sized bed. The focal point of the room, the fireplace, is original to the house.
An antique cabinet creates a grown-up look.
For her young daughter’s bedroom, designer Julie Charbonneau mixed kid-friendly decor, like a miniature tea set and lamb figurines, with gorgeous French-style antiques and a pretty lamp. It’s a look that will last as her little girl grows. The designer created a unique art display by framing a large panel of silk toile and using it as a backdrop for a Peter Rabbit print.
Serene, greyed white sitting room.
A creamy palette and French antiques like the trumeau mirror create a calming second-floor library in designer Julie Charbonneau’s home. Built-in cabinets and shelves provide storage for books while overstuffed furniture creates many comfortable reading spots. A large pot of droopy branches instead of flowers lends a casual vibe.
Lived-in luxury from mismatched bedroom furniture.
Angled ceilings create a nook for the nailhead-trimmed, chocolate velvet upholstered bed that is layered with deluxe linens. Designer Julie Charbonneau used different bedside tables, a big comfy reading chair and an upholstered ottoman to create a relaxed, comfortable retreat in her Georgian-style house.
French antiques create a luxury work space.
An unused bedroom was transformed into a regal home office during designer Julie Charbonneau’s major renovation. A furniture arrangement with a sitting area that features a large, comfortable rolled arm chair makes it inviting. Decorating with antiques like the gold sconce and old iron gate keep with the sophisticated French style in the rest of her house.
French settee provides extra room for guests.
Large, leaded glass windows in designer Julie Charbonneau’s dining room are a stunning backdrop for a French settee at the end of the Louis XV-style wood table. A sisal rug paired with the original white oak floor and antique furniture prevents the space from feeling too stuffy.
White and warm designer style.
Montreal designer Julie Charbonneau created the great bones of this space — period-perfect oak hardwood flooring, deep mouldings and a new fireplace — then decorated with furniture that complements the traditional but comfortable feel of the rest of her home’s decor. Velvet linen wing chairs and gold sconces pump up the luxurious look.