Today’s tour de tapis magique (that’s magic carpet ride, Frenchycats) whisks us to a luxurious grand villa in the South of France available to lease. The peaceful images are bound to be meditative and mood-lifting for admirers of the French countryside and character-rich historical properties. French Old World Design Photos + Country French Paint Colors imparts beauty and design details from an enchanting home with views of Luberon National Park.
French Old World Design Style: 18th Century Provençal Bastide
Vacation Property: Bonnieux Villa – Haven In
Where is This Property?
This South of France 18th century Provençal vacation rental offered by Haven In is in Bonnieux (in the heart of Luberon), a 20-minute drive from the villages of Apt, Goult, Menèrbes, and Lacoste.
Avignon is less than an hour away.
Care to Indulge in a Mini French Lesson?
See THIS for a glossary of related French architecture/design terms as well as inspiring images of beautiful rustic stone.
What is the Setting for this Bastide?
Think breathtaking gardens.
Fields of lavender.
What Amenities Does Bonnieux Offer?
5 lovely acres.
4 bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, and 2 additional bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are found in the annex with access from the courtyard.
Thick stone walls, distressed wood beams, original tile floors, and a kitchen with modern functionality.
The 3,767 square foot home was restored in 2011.
Photos & Elegant Renovated French Country Kitchen Details
Kitchen Pendant Lighting
The pendants reminded me of another pendant fixture I admire and can imagine in this space. It’s RIGHT HERE.
Love a French farmhouse rustic dining chair? Me too! Have you seen these Lulu Bistro Chairs? Gorgeous!
Luxury French Villa Living Room
In the market for a pretty Belgian linen sofa? So many folks are still timid about buying a light colored, solid-hued sofa for fear of staining and practicality. However, if you buy well, the fabric will come with a protectant to repel spills and guard the fabric.
No stains on our Belgian linen pieces that survived years with two sons and oodles of their friends. Spot cleaning does the trick, and whereas dark colors or printed patterns would hide stains, pale colors point you to the sin straight away.
French Green Paint Color
See this French Green Paint Colors story for paint color ideas if you’re charmed by the green color of the exterior shutters!
Old World Style, Stone, and Rugged Elements
What you’re seeing is the “after” of the villa’s kitchen which was renovated in 2011.
Is it smaller than what you were expecting?
Warmth and country charm reign in this lovely French kitchen with deep window sill at sink and a lovely collection of green glass bottles above refrigerator. The depth of walls can make such a significant difference in regards to the overall feel of a home.
If you are building a house and you appreciate traditional Old World style, consider the opportunity you may have at the planning stage to increase the depth between walls of a room or two. Instant age and character, and nearly impossible to accomplish after a home is built!
Do you suppose the kitchen feels dark, and how important is that to you? While it feels cozy and boasts stunning finishes everywhere, I’m not sure I would be drawn into the space with its limited natural light.
Authentic Materials With Modern Amenities in a French Kitchen
Isn’t the glass paned door a brilliant detail to increase the amount of light in the kitchen while providing additional interest?
You’ll also note open shelves as opposed to upper cabinetry. I personally love the look even though I have yet to live with open shelves in the kitchen.
What do you think about the choice of an ultra modern faucet at the farm sink? I think it would feel more at home with a modern stainless sink than this traditional fireclay one. My eye prefers a traditional bridge faucet with farm sinks like this one.
Places to Visit in Bonnieux
This charming village is home to the Musée de la Boulangerie where one may learn everything there is to know about making bread.
Care to extend your magic carpet ride to include a hyper cool tour (that’s “ee-pair-cool” with a subtle l and no dipthong in cool if you’re followin’ my Frenglish) of the best bakeries in the world? You won’t have to renew your passport or worry about unruly airline passengers when you tour them in this book that just joined my library!
What to buy while staying in the area? Olives, tapenade, cheese, herbs, spices, honey, flowers, oils, and of course, wines.
Sophisticated Serene Mood in French Villa Bedrooms
Oh the laid-back luxe and breezy effortless French style!
When the bones and architecture of a room are this magnificent, decoration is hardly needed.
What Does an Authentically Timeless French Farmhouse Bathroom Look Like?
What a lot of Americans consider “rustic French farmhouse” may actually be closer to “French country.” In this bath, you don’t see anything curvy or fancy or polished or Paris-y. Plaster, straight lines, tumbled stone, and a restrained palette.
Quiet, Monastic, Minimal Bedroom
If you have ever spent the night in a very spare, monastic-like bedroom, then you know. It’s an experience. Without adornments, a hushed space ushers you into a very different sort of meditative headspace.
French Countryside Outdoor Dining
Ahhhh. Let’s head outdoors and inhale the sweetness of the air while we consume a little of this, and a little of that…
60 Second Grasse Bastide Tour (A Similar 18th Century Home)
Furniture and Accessory Ideas
For beautiful French green paint colors for exterior trim and interior accents, SEE THIS.
For a creamy limestone color, here’s a pretty one:
Beautiful French Grey Paint Color Ideas
BENJAMIN MOORE Ashley Gray is a color I painted walls in our French country kitchen at our prior home. Our kitchen received a ton of natural light from large windows which were left un-dressed, so do keep that in mind when selecting a calm color like this gray.
Here’s a wall paint color possibility for a serene or modern bathroom with a French inspired feel. BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter is a paint I have used multiple times, most recently as a glaze (simply thinned with water) to transform our master bedroom furniture which formerly sported an antique white/pale yellow color.
Rustic French Country Accents
Serene French Country – Bedroom Decor Ideas
For an elegant, tranquil, and rustic luxe look, consider these bedroom decor and furniture ideas…
For a friendly priced French inspired settee…
For a twin bed or day bed…
Serene Modern Bathroom Decor Ideas
See More French Photos and European Country Inspiration
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