When they purchased the 10 acre property consisting of lush farmland in the Loire Valley, it was deserted and in poor state. It was never renovated since the early 1800s when it was originally built and only less than 10% of the buildings were usable as living units. Also, many of the buildings have only been used as stables. The renovation work was one of their largest projects to date and included building a new roof, new flooring, new ceiling and plumbing. In fact, the only elements that they kept were the original facades.
One of the most difficult part of the building was the 900 square feet living room, where they used antique dark colored wood flooring to add value and comfort to the huge spaces. Also, the bathrooms were fitted with antique sink cabinets and the floors are tiled with vintage 18th century terracotta. Antique fire places were also used to create a relaxing environment in the spacious library, guest suite and TV room.
The project was particularly demanding because Virginie wanted a rustic approach to this 18th century farmhouse, but she also wanted a comfortable and modern home suited for the 21st century. The main challenge was to create a traditional French country home, but free from the typical cliches that can be found in other modern designs, such as beach houses, manors or normal country houses. The result is spectacular and offers a cozy atmosphere thanks to its careful choice of materials and fabrics. The furnishes feature a delicate mix between vintage 1950-1960s furniture and French Neo Classical pieces. Some were designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, but there are also pieces originating from the USA, Denmark or Italy. Collectibles also abound the farmhouse, such as those created by Herv Van der Straeten, Curtis Gere or Jean-Michel Frank. The textiles and fabrics were carefully chosen from stores in New Delhi and Paris, while the rugs were hand crafted in Tangiers, Morroco. This relaxing, warm French cottage really stands out as a great place to retreat for the winter or have a quiet hang out experience with family and close friends.
Images: xavier Béjot