This elegant interpretation of a style known as French country dispels the image many people expect -- that of rustic furnishings in rough finishes covered with quaint prints.
For the owners of this French country-style home in Potomac, formal entertaining is a top priority. So they asked Rehoboth Beach designer Diane Gordy to update the home's interior to a sophisticated look in keeping with the architecture.
To infuse the living room with a light, airy quality, the walls were painted a pale yellow, then the floors were pickled, a process that consists of staining the floors white, rubbing the stain off with a rag, then sealing. Existing sofas were re-covered in pale chenille. No fewer than four conversation areas offer numerous seating options for guests. A needlepoint rug and several paintings provide bright accents.