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
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.