The property is a stylish showcase for a mix of rustic furnishings and elegant ceramics
a velvet bedcover and the deeper blue of ceramics on a shelf. In the bathroom, glowing turquoise paintwork and mosaic tiles echo the colour of the sky outside. Both rooms feature a mixture of old and new wood in the form of simple furnishings – a hand-built desk and an old family chair in the bedroom and homemade shelves in the bathroom, with rustic crates and baskets slotted into them for storage. But there are dramatic flourishes, too: a panel of copper and silver leaf on the bedroom wall, made by a friend as a present for Justine, and, in the bathroom, an original church confessional box has been installed at one side to house the washbasin.
With its ancient surfaces and classic lines, it’s a house that could have been tailor-made for this creative couple. Justine and Jean have turned the barn into a studio for their own work and here they design and produce their elegant ceramics beneath the high vaulted ceiling. Massive arched doors open onto the rough grass outside, and a covered cobbled courtyard with relaxed seating provides a year-round view across the garden to the fields and sky – all the inspiration they could ever want.
To find out about Jean and Justine’s ceramics, see epure-ceramique.com. For more on Matilda Labrouche antiques dealer, visit antiquaire-de-materiaux.com.
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OPPOSITE The outbuildings are linked to the main house by a covered courtyard, which provides a year-round space to relax and entertain THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Shelves with boxes and baskets
create a simple storage unit in the bathroom, where mosaic tiles echo the turquoise walls; Justine’s ceramics are created in the barn studio; a panel of copper and silver leaf hangs above Jean’s homemade desk