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Design Inspiration: La France

 
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I just adore France. I have been visiting since I was a child and somehow, since our children were born, I have managed to lure my husband there almost every summer, for a delicious two-and-a-half-week camping holiday (we’re quite comfort-driven campers, with proper duvets and such, so it’s not quite as basic as it sounds!). We’re off there again on Friday for two weeks on an island off the west coast – two weeks of nothing but beaches, pine forests, bicycles and markets.

And, inevitably, I will fall in love all over again with the just-so rustic French-farmhouse aesthetic that is, really, the root of everything I love in an interior: rough-plaster walls washed in understated sandy shades, tumbled linens, pretty antique furniture, the simplest light fittings, and perfectly worn, flagged floors. These next two images are of Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus, near Uzés, where we stayed six years ago with our then-nine-month-old baby boy...

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I keep a note of beautiful hotels that I would like to visit some day, and the two that jostle for first place on the liston the list are Hôtel Crillon le Brave, north-east of Avignon, and La Bastide de Marie, between Gordes and Ménerbes. Two jewels in the heart of Provence, all sun-drenched terraces, cyprus trees, and cool, cool stone. I mean, just look...

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We even considered La Bastide de Marie for our honeymoon, nine years ago. Maybe next year...

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You see what I mean...?! La vie est belle.

Happy, happy holidays x