There is no more romantic travel destination in the world than France. While Paris commands our attention with its glamour and romance, a trip through the French countryside – along cobblestone streets, past rolling hills carpeted in vineyards surrounding rustic old farmhouses and well-loved chateaux – still captures our imaginations.
It’s no surprise we dream about recreating this rustic life at home.
The kitchen is the hero. Where once it may have been modest, today it is big, beautiful and generous. Classic moulded kitchen cabinetry, a large, rustic stove, often with open shelves to display items used every day – copper pots, blackened steel pans, dried flowers. Most importantly, a central kitchen island for family and friends to gather around with a bottle of red, or fresh, buttery croissants.
The French Provincial style is best captured inside, where old and worn antiques sit next to more ornate pieces – an old armoire, or side table with cabriole legs – and simple modern reclaimed timber furniture, side by side. Wrought iron light fittings and chandeliers add to the glamour of any room. You’ll feel right at home.