Provençal Kitchen in Bonnieux, France

Dining room overlooking a valley in Bonnieux.

We eloped and hopped a plane to Paris! After a few days in the city we took a train down to the Luberon region of Provence. We rented an apartment for a week in a large 15th century home in the hillside village of Bonnieux. The apartment had a huge kitchen and large dining table that looked out over a valley.

Every morning Greg went out for a run and then stopped at the village boulangerie for fresh croissants and a baguette. We ate breakfast at the large dining table overlooking the valley. During the day we shopped at local markets and farmstands for fresh produce. I found beautiful local strawberries, greens and heirloom tomatoes. I made salads, simple pasta dishes with fresh cheeses and bread for dinner. The experience was amazing.

When I travel I get tired of eating out and really start to crave simple meals. The kitchen in the apartment had everything I needed: oven, gas stove, full set of dishes, french press, fridge, utensils etc. A large dining table (above) was a beautiful spot for breakfast in the morning. At night I would open up all the windows to listen to the birds diving through the valley while I made dinner. It was magical, peaceful and serene.

The apartment is for rent on a weekly basis through Sharon and Paul of The Marston House in Wiscasset, Maine. The couple live in France during the winter months and spend their summers in Maine. Greg and I stayed at their Wiscaseet Bed & Breakfast last fall. I’ll be sharing more photos of their beautiful apartment in France expertly decorated by Sharon in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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Breakfast in the apartment with fresh croissants and local strawberries.

View of dining room looking towards den and hallway to bedrooms.

Farmstand along the D900 in the Luberon region of Provence.

Vegetable for sale at the friday market in Bonnieux.

Fresh strawberries and fruits at market in Bonnieux.

Beans, tomatoes and greens at market in Bonnieux.

Lunchtime treats.

I opened the windows at dusk to listen to the birds while I cooked.

View from windows looking down to the terrace below.

Tile floor in dining room and worn rug in den.

View from windows looking down to the terrace and out to the valley.

Kitchen during the day with beautiful tiles and bowls covering the island.

Greg helping with dinner.

Breakfast table and fireplace in the kitchen.

Kitchen at dusk with the windows open.

Greg waiting for me to sit down for dinner. Sometimes we ate in the kitchen and some nights at the large dining table.

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My Favorite Green Paint Colors

House Beautiful‘s color of the year is green! Great choice—it’s my favorite! House Beautiful asked me to submit my favorite green room from their archive. I choose the sitting room decorated by Phoebe Howard above. Click here to view more beautiful green rooms contributed by bloggers. Plus, a quote from me!

I’m drawn to mossy/gray/sage greens. A color that feels modern but with a nod to Colonial style. When I was looking for green paints for my own home I was particularly drawn to Farrow & Ball’s palette. Their paints have a different depth and tone that feels bright but earthy. The book Farrow & Ball’s Living With Colour is a goldmine of inspiration for older homes. What??? You don’t own it? Hush, go buy it now! It’s my number one inspiration resource for this blog and house. All the homes are in England but each interior reflects an appreciation for the past with thoughtful modern touches. Below interiors featured in Farrow & Ball’s Living With Colour featuring a few of their paints.

Farrow & Ball: Calke Green on walls.

Farrow & Ball: French Grey on walls.

Farrow & Ball: Pigeon on walls.

At first I thought I wanted to paint the walls green in my den and the molding an off white. We spent months painfully stripping paint from all the tiny cracks of the molding. The green on the molding at the time felt too scary and bold.

I purchased a few paint sample pots and tested on a large wall primed in white. I painted BIG samples not tiny little squares. I kept the paint samples up for months viewing them in different light conditions throughout the day. My house is much brighter in the winter and in the summer months becomes shaded by near by trees. I set up table lamps and brainstormed how the green would react to other colors that could appear on sofas and chairs. I realized painting the molding off-white just felt too boring. The molding detail got lost and just feel blah. Below a series of photos from different points of the renovation process.

Testing green paints shown in different light conditions and progressing through the renovation of the room. The walls and molding are primed and NOT the final paint color. From left to right: Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green, Teresa’s Green, Vert De Terre, Light Blue, Green Ground, Saxon Green.

I picked Vert De Terre for the molding which feels more saturated in direct sunlight during the winter and much cooler and mossy in the summer. The walls are painted James White—a color suggest by Farrow & Ball as a complement.

We have a few more steps to complete the room, order interior shutters, restore and hang the doors, fix the crumbling firebox, stripe the floors and then decorate. I want to keep the room in the same vain as Phoebe’s with gray, yellow and wood accents and some pink or red. Below a snapshot of the room.

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