La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

5/17/11

Bastide in Saint Albergati, Provence

After years of reading about homes in Provence... and dreaming that one day I might have the opportunity to visit one... thanks to my dear friend and artist MJ Kempf, that dream was finally realized. Last year, MJ introduced me and my friend and antiquing partner, Kathy Morris, to the fabulous Beatrice Navarre.

For almost three centuries Beatrice's family has lived in this bastide in Provence that was originally built by the family to operate a grain mill. Added on to and enhanced by successive generations, Beatrice has opened her home to select guests and generously permitted me to photograph some of the private chambers available. This is not a grand, intimidating chateau, but a family home. It's so easy to feel comfortable here, to be able to relax and enjoy being surrounding by objects in place for use, not show. Nothing cries "Hands off", nothing is excessive. Everything says "Make yourself at home!"

The first pictures show the staircase, original in its walnut-enclosed tile steps and wrought iron railings. All the lighting is also original and has been electrified. My photographs unfortunately do not do justice to these beautiful interiors.

The three story staircase has walnut-enclosed tiles and iron spindles and railings

View from the second floor landing. The pastoral oil painting is 18th century French. The brass chandelier is original and has been electrified.

View from the third floor landing down to the second and first floors

One of the private chambers. The prints on the walls are all 18th century, in the original frames. The fabric on the sleigh bed and windows is an early 20th century reproduction of a 17th century design.

The walnut armoire is 18th century

The 18th century walnut bedside table is one of a pair. The chair is late 18th century.

The marble mantle is 18th century, as is the silk firescreen. The latter is quite beautiful, and I apologize for the poor quality of the picture.

I love the way the outside of the bedroom doors are decorated in the same manner so that there is a cohesiveness to the hallways


The second bedroom is known as the Coral Room and is my favorite. The walls are wrapped in a coral silk that glows like a jewel in the morning light.

As in the first bedroom, the armoire, bed and bedside table are all from the 18th century. The chair is from the late 1800s and is in the Directoire style.

18th century marble mantle, prints, desk and chair. The fabric on the chair and at the windows is a 19th century documentary.

The border is very much in the Directoire style.

The chair is French although it looks very Swedish. Love the way Beatrice has coordinated the silk fabric on the hall chair with the sisal runner.

Two more of the painted chairs flanking a sweet little walnut table. Oriental rugs are used throughout the house to both protect and soften the old tile floors.

In the corner, a 19th century fruit wood gateleg table. The lamp is old, but the lanterns and art on the wall are contemporary, as is the hemp chair.

One of a pair of walnut 19th century doors in the salon. This pair leads to the dining room which was not accessible at the time of shooting. The coffer to the left is 17th century.

This exquisite walnut chest in the study dates to circa 1795. The Roman antiquities on top were collected by Beatrice's parents. The artwork dates to the 1920s.


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1 comment:

Arthur said...

lovely pictures, thank you