French Farmhouse Rustique

Builder: Weller Brothers Construction
Architect: Todd Weller, Weller Brothers Construction
Interior designer: Buffy Snider, Weller Brothers Construction

This custom-built French farmhouse, crafted by Todd and Rick Weller of Weller Brothers Construction, makes the most of main living spaces and luxury finishes. With a stunning mixture of five different materials, the exteriors of this home evoke an authentically rustic appearance. Todd Weller of Weller Brothers Construction says, “I really love how the brick is stepped out randomly to help add dimension to the front of the home. It also allows a smoother transition from the brick to the natural stone, which has a more textured appearance.” Attention to detail is evidenced in the techniques used to create this home’s old-world ambiance. Each gabled peak is sided in wood shake-style shingles. Every shingle was hand painted in two tones to ensure a more realistic look of weathered shakes.

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Warm & Welcoming

The main living spaces are open to each other, with the kitchen directly behind this warm and welcoming great room. The focal point of this space is a custom-designed and handmade concrete fireplace mantle and hearth. Sporting an earthy texture, the cast fireplace marries seamlessly with the room’s soft stone gray shade, while ornamental ceiling beams in a dark walnut stain add warmth to the space. A dark-stained hardwood floor echoes the finish on the custom ceiling beams, while rich shades of turquoise pop against the warm brown leather and dark wood.

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“We try to make every home different and unique. We never want it to look just like the other homes in the neighborhood. It should fit in but stand out at the same time.”

– Todd Weller, Weller Brothers Construction


Upon entering the open kitchen and breakfast nook, an inclusive color scheme incorporates three of the most agreeable neutrals by marrying gray, off-white, and brown. Alabaster cabinets with inset doors and drawers contrast nicely with a darker shade of gray on the walls and dark brown quartz countertops around the perimeter. An off-white subway tile backsplash maintains a lighter tone in the designated kitchen area. Meanwhile, the island is finished in a dark rustic stain with an expansive brown granite countertop that seats four. The trio of favorite neutral shades are all tied together in the brown, gray, and cream arabesque tiles of the cooktop’s custom backsplash.

With such a versatile color scheme, the kitchen carries a polished French farmhouse look with ease. Wicker seating, a pedestal table in the breakfast nook, and the antique kitchen accessories pull out the farmhouse style, while basket pendant lights and warm earth tones add a hint of French flair to this gourmet kitchen.

Appliances: Ferguson

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The bedroom maintains a tranquil ambiance with multiple shades of gray on the walls and ceiling. The same rustic beams that were created for the great room were recreated for the bedroom to add visual interest and pull in a sense of warmth with natural wood and a dark shade of stain. A unique alcove gives the master bed a cozy anchor wall surrounded by windows.

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Walking through to the connected master bathroom, the home’s signature finishes take center stage once again. A dark-stained natural wood double vanity picks up the brown tones in the granite countertops and lantern-style pendant lights. Behind the vanity is a large glass-encased shower that boasts an angular tile-wrapped focal wall. “We were very pleased with how that wall turned out. We created that pattern on-site, and it really added a nice touch to this room,” Weller says.

With rustic touches and elegant comfort, this modern French country farmhouse is a custom creation perfect for family life and entertaining.

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Other suppliers:

Brick: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone

Cabinetry: Hitson Cabinet Designs

Countertops: Granite Warehouse

Custom Painting: Willard Painting

Flooring: Hank’s Carpet

Lighting fixtures: The Lighting Gallery

Plumbing fixtures: Chattanooga Noland Company

Stone: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone and Horizon Stone

Tile: Louisville Tile

Trim: JB Millworks

Windows: Tindell’s Building Materials, Inc.

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