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Unruly vines fringe an elegantly symmetrical Loire Valley
manor house, and a rough stone wall encloses its tangled
gardens. In hidden corners of the surrounding French
countryside, rustic arches frame rolling hills. |
Family life often
focuses around meals
|Tarragon and rosemary bushes scent the air. Wine
and cheese are set out in preparation for dinner
al fresco. Rustic French style, inspired by this
ancient pastoral landscape, creates welcoming,
airy interior space with interesting, antique
|The "maison a pains de bois" (wooden
beam house) is a fine example of the evocative
crookedness at the heart of Rustic French style.
This Tudor-style building's slanted walls, gently
undulating roof, and geometric beams are at once
imposing and humble. The timber and stone
show the traces of the hands that shaped them
hundreds of years ago, and the house seems to
speak of the generations who have looked out from
its weathered shutters.
A 'maison a pains de
bois' home in
|Inside the Rustic French house, the set-up is
comfortable, earthy and timeless. Natural materials
are all-important in achieving these effects: wood beam or
brick on the ceiling, stone walls, slightly
irregular painted surfaces. These textures recall
the hand-made, antiqued materials of rural French
architecture. More refined touches, like Persian
rugs and framed etchings, add grace to unpolished spaces.
In the bedroom, sunlight
warms sisal floor mats, woven throw rugs, and
terra cotta tile. Simple, airy comfort prevails.
Delicate botanical prints with plain white frames
adorn color washed walls. Bedroom furniture
-- head and footboards, side tables -- is
whitewashed, bleached, distressed.
||Form follows function in the rustic kitchen.
A brick ceiling, weathered wooden cabinets, and
hanging pots evoke earthy meals -- cassoulet, coq
au vin -- cooked for family and friends.
Straight-backed chairs are placed at a scarred
wooden work table for trimming fresh vegetables or
enjoying a morning coffee.
In the dining room, family and friends are
welcomed by a massive stone
fireplace. Wood paneling glows; the panes of leaded
glass windows reflect the firelight. For a special
occasion, this room can be dressed up with candlelight and
|And on the way down to the wine
cellar, a surprise: floral tiles peek out from the
stair kick boards.
|Upholstery is minimal and unfussy,
and windows are covered with sun-bleached shutters
or plain curtains.
colorful shutters protect the home from the strong
The rolling country side of the Loire
Valley epitomizes the Rustic French Style. Organic, time
worn charm, and a sense of being connected with the earth,
root the rural French traditions.
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