The classic French provincial style—which has its origins in rural manor homes built by French nobles—is one that has been the single most requested architectural style during his years as an architect in Austin, Texas. So when it came time to design the 4,760-square-foot, one-and-a-half story home and carriage house for a family of four, he thought he would be creating a similar look. But then the homeowners requested that the home incorporate some contemporary elements. Without hesitating, LaRue—whose work is mainly more modern—began drawing up the plans for the home, which would seamlessly couple the traditional aesthetics of the popular French provincial style with contemporary elements. It was, in a few words, a meeting of opposites.
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