as is the tradition in French country houses,
each bedroom was given a name.
the "chambre gustavienne"
(so named for it's ivory walls and gray trim and accessories),
is punctuated by the touches of warm red
in the low antique chairs
and precisely picked leather-bound books.
in the "Thé au lait" bedroom, antique rugs,
a "boutis", (quilted bed cover) from Provence,
a pale gray wood chandelier from Blanc d'Ivoire in Paris,
and books, some of them purely decorative,
others a sign of the love of reading of the owner.
the small guest room called "la chambre au balcon"
looks out onto the village "place"
with its 12th century church,
stately stone 16th century "maisons de ville"
and saturday farmer's market.
a few of the house's many mantels,
each one a quirky, charming receptacle
for family heirlooms and amusing
out of the ordinary decorative objects.
black and white, French country style