MAG­I­CAL AT­MOS­PHERE

When they couldn’t find it in re­al­ity, these home­own­ers created a boho, chic French fan­tasy of their own.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - By Lu­crezia Vozza/cocofeatures.com

Learn how this cou­ple built a boho chic French bed-and-break­fast with its own ex­tra­or­di­nary am­bi­ence.

How­ever, this ideal dream home proved elu­sive, so the cou­ple de­cided to build it in­stead. The bright side was they found a con­trac­tor as pas­sion­ate as they were about us­ing sal­vaged ma­te­ri­als. Then came the fun part—the in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing. Thanks to their long­stand­ing love af­fairs with flea mar­kets and an­tiques, Lau­rence and Daniel al­ready had a good stock of ma­te­ri­als and vin­tage fur­ni­ture that would even­tu­ally end up dec­o­rat­ing their new home. “But some of the con­struc­tion and dec­o­ra­tion work was done si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” Lau­rence says. “For ex­am­ple, we bought some old doors and de­signed the open­ings based on their mea­sure­ments.”

The cou­ple par­tic­u­larly loves the Bo­hemian uni­verse of car­a­vans, In­dian and other ethnic in­spi­ra­tions, as well as re­li­gious iconog­ra­phy. “We dreamed of mak­ing our home an artis­tic place with a rich and eclec­tic dec­o­ra­tion, a col­or­ful nest full of memories. If we were to de­fine our style, we would say it is Bo­hemian chic,” says Lau­rence.

Fi­nally, the fam­ily was ready to open their bed-and-break­fast, named “Un Par­fum de Vi­o­lette” (“A Scent of Vi­o­let”), a ref­er­ence to the scent of the flow­ers in the gar­den as well as a nod to their daugh­ter Vi­o­lette. “This project has been like a dream to us, a dream that we cher­ished for over 15

years,” says Lau­rence. “We wanted a place com­pletely out of our [mod­ern] time, a mag­i­cal home where peo­ple could savor the plea­sure of find­ing them­selves all over again.”

The cou­ple also opened a lit­tle room as a shop, where they sell vin­tage items, cush­ions, tote bags and or­ganic food, such as juice made from ap­ples grown in their gar­den. Daniel, who at­tended an in­ten­sive pro­fes­sional pro­gram in pas­try arts at the renowned Parisian school of French chef Alain Du­casse, of­fers cook­ing courses and work­shops for adults and kids.

This mag­i­cal at­mos­phere en­chants their vis­i­tors. And when it’s time to leave, there’s usu­ally only one re­gret for their guests: not be­ing able to stay longer.

“We dreamed of mak­ing our home an artis­tic place with a rich and eclec­tic dec­o­ra­tion, a col­or­ful nest full of memories.”

op­po­site: THE SHABBY CHIC AR­MOIRE holds some cider and ap­ple juice made from fruit from the gar­den.

A COL­LEC­TION of old alarm clocks makes a nice vi­gnette.

THE “COUSINE GE0RGE” GUE­STROOM is named in honor of French writer Ge­orge Sand. op­po­site: THE BLUE WALL with its pea­cock feath­ers and glit­ter is iri­des­cent and changes its shade ac­cord­ing to the light.

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