A Countryside Manor

Builder: Rob Cuthbertson, Cuthbertson Homes

Architect: Jon Greenfield, Greenfield Design


Elegant yet rustic, this custom home is a stunning showcase of the French provincial style. With an expert execution of the steeply pitched hip roofs, which are a cornerstone of the aesthetic, Rob Cuthbertson with Cuthbertson Homes was able to create a house that was authentic and ethereal. “The French provincial style really started in rural France in the 1600s and 1700s,” explains Cuthbertson. “We started from that original style and have taken some of those concepts and applied them here. The end product is a style that is very central to what the homeowners wanted.”

A delicate blend of stone and brick once again embody the style and command the home’s exterior. These materials are punctuated with mirror-image windows, while a stately arched doorway is centered on the front porch between two sets of wicker furniture, making intimate arrangements that are prime for conversation.


By Mary Beth Wallace  |  Photography by Philip Slowiak

rustic foyer and staircase that wraps around the room



Inside the home, the balance and symmetry can be fully appreciated. Stone matching the home’s exterior cloaks the walls of the entryway, while a wood ceiling and warm pendant lantern light set the stage for a rustic atmosphere. “It was very important to have continuity from room to room,” Cuthbertson says. “We spent a lot of time thinking about the details and making selections with that goal in mind.”  To see more from Cuthbertson Homes, visit cuthbertsonhomes.com.

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At the heart of the home sits the great room. Exposed wood beams – a French design staple – draw the eye upward to two rustic farmhouse-style chandeliers. Adding a bit of drama, a stone fireplace goes up to the ceiling and is flanked by illuminated recesses. Dreamy cream carpeting works to balance the natural roughness of the stone, while rich colors in the furniture bring the room together. “All the natural elements combine to create an inviting ambiance of warmth and coziness,” Cuthbertson points out. “Everything from the fireplace to the beams and the fixtures just enhances the feel.”

The flooring transitions to a hickory wide plank in the formal dining room. A wrought iron chandelier and complementary light fixtures along the wall are another nod to the French provincial style. Parsons chairs surround the wooden dining table arranged with a neutral runner and single lantern centerpiece – the picture of traditional elegance.


Brick and stone: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone

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Open to the main living spaces, the kitchen has a timeless look due, in part, to its color palette and classic configuration. Calcutta marble countertops and creamy white perimeter cabinetry work to lighten up the space, while pops of bronze elements add a sophisticated touch. A multipurpose island – topped with more Calcutta marble and a prep sink – serves as a workspace, storage space, and extra seating. A stately stone wall surrounds the range and mirrors the fireplace on the other end of the home. Warm wood accents, including a reclaimed beam above the range, give the room texture and detail while contributing to the rustic feel of the home. “I feel like the kitchen, along with the great room, really captures the essence of the French provincial style,” Cuthbertson says. “I especially love the continuity captured by the stove area and fireplace. The prominent stone and reclaimed beams balance both ends with a clear line of sight.”


Appliances and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Cabinetry: Hitson Cabinets, Inc.

Cabinetry design: Kyle Coppock, Hitson Cabinets, Inc.

Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.

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In the master bedroom, more browns and creams can be found. The height of the four-post bed creates a focal point in the center of the room, and on either side, symmetrical nightstands outfitted with identical lamps further cement the French styling. Natural light fills the bedroom from a large picture window. According to Cuthbertson, being able to capture the beauty of the outdoor setting was important. “A very important aspect of the project was capturing the view of the fairway and mountains in the background with numerous and expansive windows,” he says.

Another large window sits above the marble bathtub in the master bathroom. Light and airy, this room is as luxurious as it is practical. Multiple mirrors and gold-toned fixtures dress up the space, while a symmetrical his and hers vanity provides the appropriate tie-in to the French styling.


Cabinetry: Hitson Cabinets, Inc.

Cabinetry design: Kyle Coppock, Hitson Cabinets, Inc.

Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.

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An outdoor sanctuary awaits at the back of the home, complete with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and in-ground pool. The kitchen’s leathered countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, and rustic lighting are just a few of the features that take this space to a sizzling new level. Underneath a nearby custom pergola, a family-friendly wrought iron table is ready to seat a crowd. The overall design capitalizes on the home’s natural views and establishes a serene atmosphere meant to be enjoyed.


Pool: Master Pools by Artistic Pools, Inc.

Outdoor furniture: Fowler Brothers Co.


Other Suppliers:

Carpet: Chattanooga Flooring Center  |  Custom stain: Lee Paint Center  |  Doors and trim: JB Millworks  |  Fireplace: America’s Hearth & Patio Warehouse  |  Hardwood flooring: Complete Flooring Service  |  Kitchen trim, ceilings, and pergola: Jason Hall  |  Landscape architecture: Craig Design Group  |  Landscaping: Parrish Outdoors, LLC  |  Lighting: The Lighting Gallery  |  Outdoor kitchen appliances: Southern Hearth & Patio  |  Windows: 84 Lumber Company

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