Books: Summers in France {Kathryn Ireland}

September 07, 2011

Near Toulouse,
Kathryn Ireland
brought a rural, rundown property
back to life in Summers In France.
(Seen her hilarious self on Million Dollar Decorators?
She tells it like it is.)

Beachy blue shutter love!

Nicholas Coleridge
(Managing Director,
Conde Nast Britain)
refers to Kathryn's house as

"a sophisticated exercise in
sustainable upscale bohemia
where the atmosphere is
gloriously relaxed but everything
somehow works perfectly."

Goodness gracious...
don't you love the sound of
'upscale bohemia????'

And isn't Kathryn's palette in here brilliant?

Charming recipes & entertaining tips round out Summers in France.

Such upscale bohemia is throughout
the Southern France farmhouse
in Kathryn's glorious book
(Gibbs Smith).

Like Kathryn,
S.I.F. is not a fussy
decor book, BTW.
Rather, we are treated
to glimpses and tastes
and whispers of what it is truly
like to abide as a guest at
this amazingly rustic chic getaway.

Nicholas Coleridge captures the essence
of Summers In France eloquently:

"Kathryn brings a tumbledown farm
glamorously back to life
in bohemian style, with
marketplace food, sunshine,
and the laughter of friends."

Would you spend
your summers
in a tumbledown
farmhouse if you could?
Can you describe how it looks
in your mind's eye?

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  1. What a deliriously lovely and enchanting book! Oh how I dream of having a ramshackle barn somewhere in the South of France (or Spain or Portugal or Greece or wherever, ya know, I'm not greedy) and having people to stay and cooking gorgeous food and drinking lots of wine in the sunshine... sigh.

    (Reminder to self: must play the lottery.)

    Upscale bohemia. Perfection.

  2. i would spend my summers, falls, winters, and springs in a "tumbledown farmhouse" as chic as this! this book has been in my amazon wishlist for a while now...must get. great review! "million dollar decorators" cracked me up...
    yep, i watch me some BRAVO!

  3. omg how gorgeous! love the first photo especially.. my dream tumble down farmhouse would look a lot like that!

  4. i really like the word "tumbledown"... it's wonderful

    and who wouldn't want to be there, to sleep in that tousled fluffled bed with all the yummy duvets, and with good food and smells and not worrying about perfect decor and not touching things...
    it's perfect


  5. Thanks Michele, another one to add to my list and drool over...Robx

  6. Oh, what a perfectly DREAMY book!

    I don't even have to think about it, I would totally spend ALL my summers in a bohemian farmhouse if I could.

    Here's to us dreamers!

    Meera xx

  7. tumbledown. tumbledown. i love the word too, and such a welcome departure from 'shabby.'

  8. I have this book and loved it, I say loved because I don't think I've picked it up in years but I think I'll go find it.

    BTW love the picture of your Bella Luna above I thought it was a photograph it's amazing!

  9. ooooh, the painting! you'll be hearing about it very soon!


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