After nearly a decade of blogging about beautiful homes, one in particular has captured my heart like none other… Le Mas des Poiriers, an 18th-century Rhône valley farmhouse. I dream of visiting one day, and I was delighted to receive a copy of Provence Style: Decorating with French Country Flair, written by homeowner Shauna Varvel with Alexandra Black, and released this month by Vendome!
Named for the working pear orchard on the grounds, the property was reimagined by noted local architect, Alexandre Lafourcade, who transformed a rough structure into a luxurious expression of the Provençal aesthetic, referencing historical influences, rural traditions, and Parisian taste. For the interiors, Shauna collaborated with designer Susan Bednar Long, and together they created a casual, relaxed environment filled with local art and antiques and beautiful Pierre Frey fabrics used exclusively throughout. The architect’s mother, renowned landscape designer Dominique Lafourcade, designed the exquisite gardens graced with allées, arbors, and terraces.
Provence Style includes chapters on the public spaces of the home, from entrances to living rooms, the private realm of bedrooms and bathrooms, and outdoor areas including patios and kitchen gardens, transporting the reader on a captivating stylistic journey. Furthermore, Shauna explores the architectural and interior elements that are part of the quintessential Provençal aesthetic. A selection of other homes, created by noted interior designers, beautifully illustrate the textures, furnishings, fabrics, color pairings, motifs, and accents of the region that influenced the renovation of Le Mas des Poiriers.
Let’s take a peek inside with photography by Luke White, courtesy of Vendome…
Newly released, Provence Style: Decorating with French Country Flair is available for immediate purchase via Amazon. You can read my interview with Shauna Varvel here, and click here to see more of this dreamy French retreat.