House in Provence

For the renovation of an atmospheric, sun-dappled farmhouse in Provence, we set out to bring the space into the 21st-century while making our updates appear original to the house. The existing rabbit warren of rooms was reimagined to create larger, family-oriented spaces that open onto a long terrace, perfect for homeowners that love to entertain.

Although the house required a complete remodeling, we preserved its je ne sais quoi by using 18th- and 19th-century pieces throughout to keep in line with its character. An antique French tole chandelier hangs over the breakfast table, bold Pierre Frey prints and a French ticking stripe adorn the primary bedroom, an antique French mantle resides in the dining room, and in the entry hall, a pair of 19th-century painted chairs are covered in an antique Fortuny fabric.

One of the many special spaces in the house, the dining room is covered in a silver tea paper that has been hand-decoupaged with 17th-century Chinese botanical engravings we found at auction specifically for the house. Once installed, delicate latticework was applied over the top of the paper giving it even more depth and character.

Architect: Norman Davenport Askins Landscape Architect: Trees Associates