Interior Design Books: Summers in France {Kathryn Ireland}

Near Toulouse, designer Kathryn Ireland brought a rural, rundown property back to life in Summers In France.

(Have you seen her hilarious self on Million Dollar Decorators?

Yo.

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

Summers In France

(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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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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9 Comments

  1. September 7, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    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. September 7, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    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. September 8, 2011 / 1:15 am

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

  4. September 8, 2011 / 2:52 am

    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

    cindy

  5. September 8, 2011 / 8:04 am

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

  6. September 8, 2011 / 11:59 am

    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. September 8, 2011 / 6:54 pm

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

  8. September 8, 2011 / 11:38 pm

    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. September 13, 2011 / 2:42 am

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

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