Falling in love with France, and Provence in particular, is almost a national pastime. Now there’s no need for you to make it a once a year affair. The suggestion of golden summers, lavender scented nightfall and long relaxed suppers can be a part of every day. Nothing could be lovelier than this elegant chateau chic.
With its interesting calligraphic print and hand-applied studding the solid Grenadier chairs are a great blend of chic design and practicality. The roomy Versaille sideboard offers plenty of practical storage.
Walls should be painted in matt taupe with wooden floorboards – the simplicity of this Crucial Trading woven sisal rug brings a look of casual charm but can also happily take the wear and tear of relaxed family life. You can even create your own bespoke combination of size, colour and edging using Barker and Stonehouse’s Crucial Trading Rug Builder website.
Keep clutter to a minimum and allow for plenty of natural light with big open windows and translucent drapes.
A combination of aged oak and pine with chalky painted finishes is the epitome of Provencal furniture. For a finishing touch add a classic tin wall clock, such as the Lille, and pull it all together with a gorgeous oak herringbone floor.
Fabrics don’t need to match to look good, linen cushions look great mixed together in a variety of patterns while their feather pads make them soft and inviting.
Choose a simple palette with pale soft colours in chalky finishes and subtly contrasting patterns and textures. For instance, stripes and checks will mix happily as long as you keep the colour palette similar throughout. Connect them all with soft throws and rugs.
It’s all about mixing the rough with the smooth – think linen cushions on a velvety soft chaise longue or a well-made bed.
Alternatively, the Moliere is a beautiful, traditionally styled occasional chair armchair from Barker and Stonehouse with a striped fabric seat and back and wooden trim.
Accessories should be simple and elegant, in tonal shades to highlight the beauty of the furniture, not detract from it.
Creamy tableware is especially lovely with each piece being a little different to the next, reflecting its handmade qualities.
This trend is a delightful combination of hardwearing linen and beautiful old pine that won’t be looking for any special treatment to keep it looking lovely.