Communal living, comfort, casual luxury, and a collected look are things I love about California design and words I use to describe by own style. Reading Summers in France by Kathryn Ireland this weekend, I see the shared aethetic and way of life. Suddenly I feel the urge to learn French and start looking for a little run-down Chateau that needs TLC. To me design is so much creating a space to support how you live and how you want to live, not just filling a room with pretty things.
1. Drinking local wine outside from unmarked bottles for hours as the sun sets.
2. Making dinner for 10, 12, or 20 with cheeses, fresh bread, slices of fresh local vegetables where it doesn't matter if there is an appetizer, salad, side, and entree.
3. Bed linens that are antique, but they are so well made they can be used daily.
4. Growing your own garden and using the bounty for each meal.
5. Walls so thick that there is no internet and the absense of television, where conversation, reading, and play are encouraged.
All photos and to rent your own Chateau visit: www.purefrance.com
If you could have a summer house anywhere in the world, where would you go?
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