French & Fabulous


Nestled on 10 acres inside one of Lexington’s most sought-after gated communities, The Grange, this home was designed by the renowned Frank Tidwell.

With a stunning bell-shaped roof and quaint Juliet balcony, this French-influenced home is a true masterpiece.

This two-story chateau is situated on a beautiful lot with sweeping views. The circle front-drive is surrounded by carefully-considered landscaping. It leads you to the inviting front door, which is surrounded by charming shutters that perfectly complement that French country feel.

Stepping inside, it’s apparent how much attention was paid during the design process to the interplay of architecture and natural light. The home’s layout was planned with flow and function in mind, making the home as perfect for relaxing after work as entertaining friends on the weekend.

The dining room is a prime example of this. Huge windows and French doors let the sunshine in. The incredible wallpaper is trimmed with green for a visually arresting twist. The room doesn’t feel too heavy, however; the cream rug brightens the space up from below. An acrylic bar cart contrasts the traditional furniture in the space, seamlessly bringing together the modern and classic.

The breakfast nook is bathed in light from French doors that line the hallway, providing stunning views of the backyard.

The formal living room is a light and bright contrast to the dining room. Sturdy leather armchairs are offset by couches and armchairs with soft lines and classic upholstery.

The family room’s three sets of French doors allow light to pour in from the covered porch. Custom upholstery picks up on the colors used throughout the home, and mismatched prints bring tons of visual interest to this otherwise serene space.

The home’s six and a half baths continue the theme of playful patterns. Here, the homeowners paired the wallpaper with bold crown molding and interesting light fixtures.

Decorating Tip

Choosing unique, bold wallpapers for bathrooms and powder rooms is a fun way to express a creative flair without the commitment a larger space might bring. If you’re afraid that a pattern will overwhelm your space, wallpaper a single wall to serve as a focal point.

Wide mopboards, window trim, and molding can help anchor large prints. Be sure to choose accessories that can pop, like these thick-framed mirrors.

This 5,997 square foot, 5-bedroom home located at 701 The Grange Lane opens up to a lovely view of some of Kentucky’s most beautiful countryside. The covered back porch looks out on a firepit area with firefly globe lights. This exquisite home is currently for sale. Contact Whitney Durham with Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty: 859.983.9500. photos courtesy Whitney Durham