Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lavish Living in Luberon

I like lots of air, order, personal objects and beautiful architecture - William Hodgins -
Is there any moment in the year when you crave luxury?  When you yearn to be pampered, waking up on satin sheets in a room adorned in antiques and to truly feel like one of the rich and famous?  Me too! 


You're invited to experience a guided tour of what I deem to be 'the residence of my dreams'.  




My ideal home has classical architectural proportions and is located in Luberon, in the countryside of Provence.  It is a home where people live, eat, bathe, sleep, relax and love.




In the summer months, this graceful setting is a hive of industry where groups of friends and relatives gather to enjoy the warmth and cool off.



On warm balmy evenings, this is the perfect spot for alfresco dining.  The fruit trees and lush plantings exuberantly spreading  in all directions.




A bold and handsome pair of stoneware planters positioned either side of the entrance to the formal pool look striking.  Order and symmetry to perfection.




The view out the back of the house......a significant artistic statement




A cosy seating and eating area off of the main kitchen created to enjoy the warming natural light in Spring and Summer.  The rustic dining chairs, have never looked better.




A graceful room with classical elegance, the carved mantel helps create a beautiful focal point.




These are a few of my favourite things.......




The integrity of old and beautifully designed and built furniture such as this is priceless.   




Why do antiques bring so much emotional comfort?




A private sanctuary to nourish yourself aesthetically in soothing tones of champagne and cream



And now for the most important room in the house...the master bedroom.  My private haven, a sanctuary from the hustle of everyday life. This room is light, airy and sensuous.  Pastel walls, traditional rush sofa, natural weave flooring and a bedhead to die for.





Outdoor terrace....a place where memories of happy times with family and friends accumulate.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my destination dream home in Luberon



"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it" - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe -

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas in France


I love the romantic image that a 'white christmas' evokes..... 



especially when you're pulling into the driveway of a truly grand chateau in the heart of France.....

looking toward the doorway entrance anticipating what lies within....


which turns out to be a jaw dropping extravaganza of festive elegance.....


way beyond your wildest dreams



       and you haven't even reached the staircase yet!   Time for a quick sneaky peak at the guest lounge on the way through....





and I'm already envisaging sipping fine french champagne in front of the roaring fire with the smell of wood smoke and fresh pine permeating through my nostrils as I eagerly anticipate wending my way up to my sumptuous suite....


which needless to say, doesn't disappoint!  The understated bed dressing provides sensuality, luxury and refined elegance with a wealth of natural organic textures.


Resonating in a growing glowing state of Christmas euphoria,  I take great delight in exploring every nook and cranny of my wonderous new surroundings.....


A veritable visual feast for the eyes....

and just when I think it can't get any better, I open the internal shutter doors to my apartment and find myself standing in the most gorgeous intimate private dining room complete with exquisitely decorated fruitwood french farm table.   After enjoying a few moments of complete fulfillment I embark on my next mission to find the bathroom for a quick pamper session before heading off into a blissful sleep.....


  Three hours later I challenge myself to leave this personal haven of contentment and can't resist the temptation to tippy toe down stairs for one quick looksie....


 at the guests intimate dining room meticulously set out in readiness for the celebratory Christmas lunch tomorrow. Needless to say the view as I enter the room (you guessed it) doesn't disappoint.  A true delight to the eye!



And with that I float off to the sanctuary of my suite feeling a mysterious sense of exquisite wholeness. The question begs to be asked I hear you say "Is she really going to France for her White Christmas?" The answer is no but I do hope that having shared this beautiful dream (albeit a bit of creative inventiveness), you too will feel the surprisingly powerful effect that objects of beauty have on your soul.