Gain in­spi­ra­tion for your home with this ex­tract from New Vin­tage French In­te­ri­ors, a new book which brings to­gether vin­tage and mod­ern styles to show­case the di­ver­sity of in­te­rior de­sign in prop­er­ties across France

Living France - - À La Maison -

Mai­son Pelé – a half-tim­bered hide­away in north-west France Arm­chairs, club and cock­tail chairs, padded benches, chaises longues, and prie-dieux await Laure Pelé’s min­is­tra­tion in the work­shop, solely in need of re­pair and re­uphol­ster­ing. Af­ter train­ing at the École Boulle, she started a new ca­reer as an up­hol­sterer work­ing out of her own house. This un­ex­pected de­vel­op­ment was mo­ti­vated by a yearn­ing for coun­try liv­ing. She wanted a house in the pro­vin­cial coun­try­side and a gar­den like the one her grand­fa­ther cul­ti­vated in Brit­tany. She also felt a need to live in a healthy at­mos­phere and of­fer her chil­dren the ex­pe­ri­ence of an al­ter­na­tive way of life. She chose the woods and val­leys of the French na­ture re­serve of Vexin, tucked away be­tween Oise and the chalky cliffs lin­ing the Seine. Her house was con­structed within the foun­da­tions of a 14th-cen­tury farm­house whose walls were pierced to ac­com­mo­date large French win­dows. In the el­e­gant ar­moires, Laure has ar­ranged piles of old linens, lace and teapots and on the walls, she’s hung pho­tos of the sea­side, and of Paris too – all per­sonal mem­o­ries that she cher­ishes pri­vately in her own win­ter gar­den.

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