Dreaming of a House in France…

Just back from six days in the French countryside and feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Six whole days with no TV, no newspapers, no wi-fi, no crowds, no traffic and absolutely no noise.  Now that doesn’t happen often!

Nothing to do each day but sleep late, wander ancient villages, breathe fresh air and admire the tumbling wisteria that was everywhere.  Meals were wholesome, the cheese was soft and runny and the wine was plentiful.  The only thing we could have wished for was better weather, but it didn’t really matter.

And of course I’m now dreaming of a permanent bolthole.  I’m not imagining anything grand, in fact quite humble.  And the more I think about it the more my wish list grows.

Rough plastered walls, with plain wooden floors and simple country furniture.  A dresser with piles of mis-matched china but mostly in white.  A muted colour scheme, predominately whites and grays and warm, warm wood.

A huge fireplace of course and plenty of candles to make the evenings extra cosy and to make the chandeliers sparkle.  I didn’t say there would be no luxury did I?  And for adornment, an oil painting or two picked up for pennies at a local brocante.

Sofas and cushions will be covered in linen that has been washed until faded and soft to the touch and smelling of the sweet outdoors. 

Bedrooms will be particularly simple.  A headboard made out of an old door.  A chair for a bedside table.  Fresh flowers tumbling out of earthenware jugs.

And outside there will be a shady place to sit and enjoy endless meals during the summer months.  And of course a potting shed to grow vegetables and herbs.

Do you dream of a house in the country?

Image sources:

Collage 1 and 2 my own

Collage 3, 4 and 5 from Pinterest board.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lise M

    April 16, 2012

    Wow, that looks lovely! I love a small tiny little place near the beach. Simple and clean…Dream on!

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      deardesigner

      April 16, 2012

      Without dreams where would we be? Hope you’re well Lise – meettheblogger plans must be hotting up now? xx

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    Kifus

    April 16, 2012

    Oh, Carole, lucky you to have been in the French countryside for a whole week! Love your collage of photographs. I used to be able to go to France because my daughter lived in Paris for a year and a half.
    And I so love French interiors. The bedroom with the distressed headboard is beautiful!

    Have a lovely week!

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      deardesigner

      April 16, 2012

      Thanks Kifus. You too. xx

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    Alison Daykin

    April 16, 2012

    How I miss my bolt hole in France! Where was this, it’s so beautiful and the images of the interior are lovely!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Alison

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      deardesigner

      April 16, 2012

      Hi Alison, most of the exterior shots were taken around Confolens. It’s about an hour from Limoges. And yes the interior shots are dreamy. Good ole Pinterest. x

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    Rochelle

    April 16, 2012

    Looks amazing and peaceful!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      April 16, 2012

      It was certainly peaceful Rochelle. Seems so far away now I’m back at work! x

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