For Heather and Matt French of French and French Interiors, a labor of love led to the realization that interior design was in their bones. The young couple’s vision of a fun and comfortable home for their family came to life over an 18-month period, during which they lived in a 400 square foot space while other rooms were built by their own hands. The final footprint includes a great room, open kitchen, a couple of bedrooms and baths plus a large deck.
Luckily, Matt was a skilled electrical contractor with experience in cabinet making and construction. Both he and Heather have a sense of adventure and mad thrift shopping skills that helped them create a home that blends old and new, minimalism and comfort and is a strong representation of their unique style. Family and friends encouraged the French’s to turn their passion into a business and in 2014, their interior design firm was born.
Rustic wood ceilings, soft textures and bold prints are standouts against the neutral background.
Beautiful throughout the year, during the holidays a few meaningful decorations make the home a festive gathering place and family refuge. The saw-blade on the bookshelf (to the right of the wreath over the wood stove) is a treasured family item and the “official” tool that Matt and daughter Isla use to cut down their Christmas tree each year.
Going bright and light allows you to saturate or pull back through the years. It’s timeless and classic, and it’s a look that can be easily updated without a hammer and saw. Matt French
The kitchen is a favorite gathering space, so the large island was a must-have. Display shelving keeps the kitchen feeling organized and airy. “We’re about ‘pretty”, but we’re into making functional pretty”, says Heather.
The powder room, though small, has a big impact with its skirted vanity and modern sconces.
Isla’s room is a child’s haven with its colorful hues and whimsical touches.
What little girl wouldn’t love to have an indoor swing?
Matt designed and built the chandelier in the master bedroom. The lighting offsets the weathered vintage desk and colorful bench at the foot of the upholstered bed, providing an unexpected modern element.
Vintage thrift store prints and a milking stool paired with a Carrara marble double sink create a warm and comforting bathroom.
Madrid, New Mexico, the French’s hometown has been well known for its Christmas spirit since the 1920’s when 100,000 visitors would visit its festival of lights each year. Although the festival is no longer an annual event, the town still knows how to celebrate in style.
Heather and Matt have found creative ways to make the holidays fun and meaningful. Sanctuary Seekers, what are some of your holiday traditions?