Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Hamptons vs French Provincial Interiors

Hamptons style is timeless. It never goes off trend – it’s hard to deny the allure of sophisticated, neutral and relaxing interiors with coastal edge. I know I can’t and you’ll see this by browsing my collections.

With quite a few similarities, French Provincial style has gained momentum over the years. I cannot get enough of the neutral palette and all-round ambience that the Hamptons style delivers. Where Hamptons design is often simplistic and focused on comfort, French Provincial offers subtle ornate details which add intrigue.

French Provincial

You’ll find that a French Provincial design aesthetic features a more relaxed, almost ‘shabby chic’ form of French-style living – think gorgeously intricate Baroque furniture pieces paired with warm distressed timber accents. As far as the colour scheme goes, buttery whites and yellows make for the perfect base, whilst warm golds and grass greens provide a more natural accent colour featured on upholstered fabrics and decorative items. The French Provincial interior design style is the refined elegance of Parisian living meets the rustic, humble country way of life.

Top picks to enhance your home with French Provincial style? Try my French Side Chair, Copella Rectangle Coffee Table and Ava Chaise.


The Hamptons is where all of the stresses of New York City’s elite fade away, a coastal destination for relaxation and respite from the busy Manhattan streets. This is reflected in the calming neutral tones of a white-on-white colour palette, paired with warm timber flooring. It is the detail in the furniture that truly sets these two styles apart: the Hamptons offers larger scale pieces and clean lines with maximum comfort. Dreamy, soft textures and expansive open spaces to create a tranquil home. You can also see the country influences in the designs.

Some of my favourites for a Hamptons look are my Montauk Buffet, North Hampton Sofa and Kruger Side Table.

Max Sparrow

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