Thursday, November 20, 2008

endroits à boire

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé

Very important you know to pick the proper place
in which to drink the bottle!
So, I went scouting for us :), in the South of France
of course!

Think the owners would mind if we hung out on
the grounds of their quaint chateau?
Probably not, since it is for sale.

We could just go from room to room.
Don't you love those windows?
A perfect place for an aperitif with all the
fold up garden furniture pieces.

The barrel stone ceiling in this Tuscan style kitchen is
fabulous and the baskets over the cupboard, soooo

Maybe they would let us stay through Thanksgiving.
I could eat turkey at this table! I hate to watch myself
eat, but if its in a Baroque, gilt mirror, I guess I could
force myself.
This would be a nice place for our after dinner drink.
I'd love to have those bamboo chairs, think they would
sell them? Like the sconce too. Those are
tres chic in France. I see these more and more on my
buying trips. I have a supplier in France that takes
antique sconces and attaches them to reclaimed
wooden frames. He does fabulous work!

Nice kitchen, but if you ask me the two things that make
it are the French iron chandelier and the marble top,
patisserie table. Chandeliers can sure set the mood.

Like purple? Looks gorgeous in this huge room
doesn't it?
Don't have to worry about wine spills either.
I think it would blend right in.
Like the over sized candle covers on the chandelier too!

The boiserie still remains here and how lovely it is.
The linen upholstered Louis XV chairs add the
element of freshness. Careful with that glass though!

Another one of those French signatures here.
Drapes in unexpected places!
Terraces covered with natural materials are also
common practice. The French are simply masters
at using the sun for ambiance.

More fabric, but it's the knots that add the detail.
Hubby was a Boy Scout, but he never dreamed he
would use that training for decorating. More than
once it has come in handy.

We should all be so lucky to have a farm table
on the terrace, but if not, a marble top bistro table
and wood slat chairs will do the trick!

Of course, if not outside, we at least need one inside.
Farm table that is. It has to be the most important
piece of Country French furniture.
If you want to learn more about French farm tables see my
post here.

We could sit in here and watch the sunset as we kiss the
bottom of the bottle.

Photos via Sotheby's Real Estate
Come to think of it, I might be one glass short.
Soaking in a tub here would be the perfect way to
end a day.
I hope you have a wonderful
Lets drink to santé, amitié et amour !
(Health, Friendship and Love)
Bisou mes ami's


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

What beautiful homes, furnishing, places. I'd love to sit and relax at just one. The question is...which one since they are all so gorgeous!!

Glenda said...

Awesome, Beautiful I'll take it.

That is a dream home, I would never leave, I'd just invite people to come and stay for a week at a time just because.


Kathleen Ellis said...

I believe I could thoroughly enjoy a glass, or two, of Beaujoulais in any one of those most beautiful places! I shall bring my own glass ;)
Happy Thanksgiving, Shawn!

Miss Kris said...

Ohhh ~ What lovely homes!!! I love seeing Ginny Magher provence home over & over again. It is MY all time favorite!

If you ever get a ceramic goose/duck at your shop pleeeze let me know. I have been looking forever! Merci!

~Miss Kris~

Millie said...

Quite, quite beautiful dear Shawn! My 2 favourite features of this exquisite home: the purple cloth on the dining table (not normally a colour I'd favour, but oh, I sooo need to open my mind some more!) & the mezzanine floor (being nosey I want to wander up the stairs to see what's up there!)
Millie ^_^


Wow thank you for such a fabulous post!!!


OLIVEAUX said...

I would love to spend the weekend in one of these places...gorgeous!

sandra/tx said...

Beautiful. As always. I especially love that stone ceiling.

Di Overton said...

You can go but I am staying, what a fabulous post. If I hung curtains outside the sheep would run off with them :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely adore the barrel stone ceiling!

Cote de Texas said...



MARIA said...

A votre santé and thank you for a new faboulus tour.

Donna O. said...

We are soon to be remodeling our kitchen- I have a mirrored french door now but I can't see my self eat. But it does let me know when I open the fridge!!
Beautiful, Shawn.

Vita Lenta nel Bel Paese said...


Who can resist the castello? Personally I prefer the tettoia and the farmhouse style. And yes, the French terraces, of course. Master of ambiance... kiss the bottom of the bottle from me!Bacione, Ingrid

TheDecoDetective said...

We all should buy it together and have blogger's conventions there! Of course, no one would get any blogging done, but never mind.


May peace and love and joy come to you throughout this beautiful holiday season!


Anonymous said...

Oh, my sister and I love to celebrate this wine every year. . .when we were younger we could at least afford it, and now even though we are older and "settled" we still enjoy this yearly tradition. Thank you for these beautiful photos, I feel like I was away, which I need so desperately!!

Sally said...

Oh my gosh, I stopped breathing ... these photos are so luscious. No one does unstudied beauty better than the French! The purple room -- what a surprise. Absolutely gorgeous ... thank you for this enjoyable post!

Bethany said...

Gorgeous all!!!
I have a weakness for photo #10 I must a dream I once had of an outdoor spot I'd love to have in my backyard.
Happy Thanksgiving :)

Velvet and Linen said...

Hi Shawn.

I have included you in a challenge on my blog.
No obligation!


Anonymous said...

Je découvre votre blog,
Merci pour ces belles images et ces décorations dont on rêve tous
A bientôt

Gwen Buchanan said...

I am spellbound.. and thrilled to have found your site.. what a beautiful blog... I wanted to linger in everyone of these splendid pieces of architecture.. now that would be the ultimate in living!!!!! Thank you so much...

Ann said...

OMG that was an excellent post, I enjoyed every image especially the kitchens.

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Hey Shawn,

I've missed seeing this gorgeous stuff. I am always in the mood to redecorate and re-design my home after reading your posts. Thank you my dear for the constant inspiration.

Ciao e Buon Natale,


Anonymous said...

Maybe if we all pitch in we can buy it!! I feel like I have been to heaven and back....thanks for the trip!!

Warm Wishes,

My Mélange said...

stunning and lovely- frenchified as always!!!

The Red Shed Girls said...

My version on heaven. If it's true that paradise will be of our own design, I am filing your beautiful vision for your future home.
Thanks so much,