The prop­erty is a stylish show­case for a mix of rus­tic fur­nish­ings and el­e­gant ce­ram­ics

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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-ce­ For more on Matilda Labrouche an­tiques dealer, visit an­ti­quaire-de-ma­te­ri­

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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

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