Replacing an existing window that was smaller, a new insulated double hung window with white trim over the bench with relaxed roman shades brings lots of natural light into the entry. Two adjustable industrial-style wall sconces with a polished nickel finish help illuminate the space.
Light helps to create an airy, energized atmosphere in Scandinavian homes. This brightness instantly connects what’s outdoors to what’s indoors. This is an important design principle and why so many Scandinavian homes have a multitude of windows.
New energy-efficient windows a bit bigger than before on each side of the bed and another by the seating area have crisp white roman shades that offer control over the level of natural light in the room.
The guest bathroom’s operable solar-powered skylight includes a built-in rain sensor that closes the unit during inclement weather. This top-notch skylight also has a solar panel that captures any available daylight and uses it to recharge the battery-powered operator and control system. The location of the skylight in this bathroom brings the exhilarating feel of showering outdoors.
At the end of a long day, Amy and Mat can sit back in their cozy bedroom — complete with linen bedding, vintage art and an inspired rug — and bask in the French vintage-ness of it all. Inspired? Us too! So, here’s Amy’s final scoop: Think functional, neutral and, of course, vintage. Have fun with it: Visit flea markets and barn sales to search for baskets, cake stands and any accessories you know you’ll use. “French vintage, like the idea of ‘being French’ itself, is more an ethos than something tangible,” says Amy. “It’s an approach to design that embraces informality but appreciates elegance.”