I follow a couple of bloggers who from time to time serve up some wonderful interiors inspiration either from their own apartments or curated from difference sources (see Pink Bow and Penny Dreadful Vintage). I love getting a peek into other people's houses to see how they are decorated so I thought I'd share some French rustic interior inspiration with you.
These photos are not lifted from the French edition of Homes and Gardens, but are in fact pictures of Mr V's parents holiday house in Alet. Just over twenty years ago they bought the old village inn, a building dating from the 13th century and still marked on maps as l'ancienne hostellerie. When they bought it, the interior was a complete wreck and over the years they have lovingly restored it to its current glory. Mr V's mother is a woman of impeccable taste with an amazing eye for beauty and simplicity. She managed to furnish the house with market finds and discarded antique furniture that complemented the character of the house perfectly.
Original characteristics of the building were restored like the stone mullioned window (fourth picture) which was completely blocked up when the family bought it. The tower dates from the 13th or 14th century and houses a wonderful granite spiral staircase and an ancient dovecote. There are still some of the original painted terracotta floor tiles in some of the rooms as well as the original fireplaces. The window shutters still have little cast iron figures of French soldiers to hold them in place once they are opened. The top floor of the house is an old granary which features wooden beams in the ceiling. A foundation stone in the back of the house suggests it was rebuilt during the time of the French revolution.
It was lily of the valley season while we were there and on the mantle piece you can see a vase of these tiny bell shaped, creamy blooms. Just behind this you can just see an old black and white photo from the early 20th century which features Mr V's great great grandfather, a descendant of French Huguenots who migrated to East London to escape persecution in the 17th century.
Fa la la la la, la la la la! This is what I would be wearing if I was spending the festive season in freezing cold London. Except I'm...
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