French Country Chic: Le Mas de Poiriers

Last week, I shared my idea of the perfect English country house in a post titled “Country Chic” featuring a stunning property designed by Veere Grenney in Norfolk, England. Over the weekend, I stumbled on Le Mas de Poiriers on Instagram and found my ideal French country house. The stunning 18th century farmhouse near the town of Avignon in the Provence region of France was restored lovingly by an American family. The estate is situated on 65 acres which feature a working orchard, the main house, guest house, tennis courts, and swimming pool. Inspired by the iconic Le Mirande, the 9 bedrooms on the property were decorated by Susan Bednar Long exclusively using Pierre Frey fabrics. Esteemed local architect Alexandre Lafourcade spearheaded the architectural renovation of the historic property while Dominique Lafourcade designed the gardens.

Le Mas de Poiriers is a dream-worthy property with interiors that feel appropriate for the provenance of the house, yet there are all the comforts that modern living requires, such as wi-fi and beautifully-outfitted, renovated bathrooms. I’ve mentioned that my recent trips to Paris have really made me fall in love with France. I cannot wait to go back and seeing this beautiful property is encouraging me to spend some time in Provence as well. Wouldn’t it be amazing to stay at this incredible property? I’m thinking a 40th birthday celebration with some of my closest friends in a few years would be pretty fabulous! 

For more on Le Mas de Poiriers, check out this great interview between Andrea of The Glam Pad and the owner of the property, Shauna Varvel from earlier this year.

{Photography via Le Mas de Poiriers}

Country Chic

{The Chic Drawing Room mixes Classic and Modern Elements}

I often dream of owning a house in the country– a quiet getaway from the hectic pace of daily life. Sometimes I dream of a little house in the Hamptons or tucked into the Napa Valley. Other times, my dreams of country life are a bit more grand, imagining the restoration of a centuries-old French chateau or a Georgian house in the English countryside.

{The South Facade}

These dreams came flooding into my mind when I came across this beautifully-restored estate in Norfolk, England. Transformed by one of my favorite designers, Veere Grenney, the architecture throughout the estate pays homage to its past, however the house feels completely modern and conducive to the way its current owners live. The rooms are decorated in various colors, in soft, subtle hues– one of Veere’s design hallmarks. The estate includes the main house, a Tudor wing that was lovingly restored by the previous owners, and a new conservatory. Can you imagine spending cozy weekends in a house like this? How lovely would that be?

{The Tailored Master Bedroom}

{In the dressing room, Veere crafted a custom, built-in canopy bed using one of his signature fabrics for the headboard, bedskirt, walls, and to line the inside of the blue wool Holland & Sherry bed hangings.}

{It is nearly impossible to pick a favorite bedroom in this house as they are all so beautiful and serene, including this guest bedroom featuring a geometric wallpaper of Veere’s design and a beautiful chintz on the bed and on a lounge chair.}

{I love the pelmet boxes used in the guest room’s drapery treatments.}

{Pretty Guest Bedroom Details}

{The Influences of the Original Architecture are Evident in the Tudor Wing’s Flower Room}

{Though the cabinetry, lighting, and barstools are rather modern, the bones of the kitchen are completely classic.}


{The Dining Area in the Recently Built Conservatory}

{Does it get more English than this?}

{Chic Details in the Drawing Room}

{The Charming Morning Room}

{I love the mix of furnishings in the study.}

{The rear hallway’s walls are the perfect shade of gray-blue. I also love the antique chest, topiary, and lantern.}

{Sunny Yellow Hues in a Guest Bedroom}

{Pale Pink, Salmon, and Coral Hues Come Together in a Spare Bedroom}

{Photography by David Oliver for House & Garden UK}

From the Archives: An Elegant Napa Valley Home

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Note from Paloma: Hi, everyone! I am currently in San Francisco for a design trip with Zephyr Ventilation. Today, we are spending the day in my beloved Napa Valley which as you know, has recently been affected by the terrible wildfires in this area. At first, I was trepidatious about going. Would the air quality bring back my bronchitis? Would it be insensitive to go to Napa on a design trip? However, the organizers of our trip have emphasized that the winery owners and restauranteurs who we will be visiting today are encouraging people to come to the Valley. Having seen several restaurants close in Houston as a result of a drop in business after Hurricane Harvey, I certainly understand how important consistent patronage is to the wonderful people working in the vineyards, wineries, restaurants, and hotels in Napa Valley, so I am happy to be going after all. You can come along with me by following @LaDolceVitaBlog and #NapaStrong #NapaValleySpirit on Instagram. For now, please enjoy this beautiful home tour by Rela Gleason whose beautiful Calistoga home was thankfully spared by the fires and who has done a wonderful job of sharing ways to help those affected on her Instagram.

{The Beautiful Living Room}

From the Archive: Napa Valley is a very special place for Fabian and I and in recent years, we have established a tradition of visiting twice a year. I have no doubt we will return in 2016! Our trips there have opened my eyes to a refined, yet relaxed way of life, and in turn, a similar design aesthetic. Everything in Napa is about quality and meaning. Luxury is not as overt or showy as it is in other places, but it is ever-present in the details and subtleties that make it so special. This beautiful home, a collaboration between the homeowner, Rela Gleason who designed the interiors with the architecture designed by McAlpine Tankersley exudes the effortless elegance I have come to associate with Napa. The stunning architecture is instantly identifiable as McAlpine Tankersley, but it certainly honors a sense of place for this Calistoga home. There is an indoor/outdoor approach in the flow of the space as well as many natural elements and textures– stucco, wood, stone– within the home. The interiors designed by Rela are classic Californian, bringing to mind great designers of the Golden State like Michael Taylor, Suzanne Tucker, and Rose Tarlow.

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{Stunning Lacquered Chinese Cabinets Flank the Dining Room}

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{The kitchen’s three islands are constantly in use when the homeowners’ children and grandchildren come to visit.}

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{The sunroom features a rustic, stone fireplace.}

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{Notice the striking red-cedar paneling in the library.}

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{The master bedroom features a custom-made, bronze bed along with a limestone fireplace, and gorgeous antique suzani from Suzanne Tucker Home.}

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{Stone salvaged while digging the home’s foundation was used to create an outdoor shower just off the master bedroom.}

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{Belgian-Inspired Simplicity in the Master Bathroom}

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{The Focal Point in the Master Bathroom is the Chic Concrete Soaking Tub}

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{This Guest Bedroom includes a Canopy Bed and a Variety of Antiques}

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{The Glorious View from the Flagstone-Lined Pool}

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{It doesn’t get more idyllic than driving through the vineyards in a 1949 Chevrolet Pickup with a sweet lab! On second thought, my dream would be driving through the vineyards in a vintage Land Rover Defender with my number one pup, Tate!}

Please consider visiting the Napa Valley and Sonoma in the near future to show your support. You can also find 8 Things You Can Do for Napa and Sonoma Fire Victims here.

Paloma Signature

{Photography by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest}

Selecting the Perfect Paint Color with Pratt & Lambert

Selecting the perfect paint color can be a tricky endeavor. I often get questions from readers about this topic and it is one of the elements of design for which my clients rely on me most. When designing a space, I usually opt for classic, neutral colors because my clients rely on me to create tasteful, timeless spaces for them with an enduring quality. The wonderful thing about Pratt & Lambert’s trend forecasting, is that they identify colors that feel really fresh and current, but work in classic interiors. When the foundation of a space is based around a versatile, neutral paint color, it creates the opportunity for the furniture, art, textiles, and accessories in the room to truly stand out and add a layered, polished quality to the space. Working with a rich, warm, neutral paint palette creates a sense of versatility allowing all of the various design elements to come together beautifully. This is precisely why I am excited to be working with Pratt & Lambert, who recently invited me to share my thoughts on neutral paint colors, in their “Intention” palette, a color story featured in their 2018 forecast, in an ad campaign in Traditional Home magazine.

{Pratt & Lambert’s Warm, Rich “Woodwitch #32-22 in my Client’s Dining Room | Photography by Max Burkhalter}

I tend to use warm grays quite a bit since they work well with just about any combination of textiles or overall style. However, gray paint colors can be tricky. Oftentimes, the undertones can read too blue, too pink, or even too purple, which is why it is so important to test out a few paint color options on your walls prior to committing to a winner. Paint swatches on a wall in the space, observe it as the light changes throughout the day, and you’ll be able to edit down your choices fairly quickly. Pratt & Lambert’s Gossamer (#32-26) and Woodwitch (#32-22) colors are beautiful, warm gray tones, ideal for imbuing a space with classic, effortless style.

{Pratt & Lambert’s “Designer White #33-1 Provides the Perfect Contrast to the Custom deGournay Wallpaper in this Bedroom I Designed | Photography by Brittany Ambridge}

When it comes to trim colors, I like for the moldings and millwork in a space to provide a nice amount of contrast, so when using a warm gray, I like for the woodwork, including the baseboards to be a crisp, high gloss white for a classic look. Pratt & Lambert’s Designer White (#33-1)is one of my go-to shades of white for its crisp quality. In fact, I used it in the bedroom I designed for the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans last year.

{Pratt & Lambert’s Color of the Year, “Heron” #27-18 shown on my Client’s Custom Console | Photography by Max Burkhalter

While I most often use neutral paint colors, every now and then, I love to use a rich, saturated color in a bold hue. If your space lacks architectural details such as millwork and moldings, a great way to create architectural interest is by using paint creatively. Rich hues are also great in unexpected places such as small powder rooms; spaces for entertaining like dining rooms; and they are stunning in high gloss or lacquered finishes with tone on tone décor. Pratt & Lambert’s Color of the Year, Heron (#27-18) has recently become a favorite color for these types of spaces. It is the perfect shade of deep blue green and has amazing depth to it.

For more tips on selecting the ideal paint color for your project, be sure to read our feature in the October issue of Traditional Home! In the meantime, you can check out Pratt & Lambert’s 2018 Color Forecast here.

{This post is sponsored by Pratt & Lambert. All opinions are genuinely my own.}




Friday Favorites: 09.29.17

Greetings from Paris! We are having a wonderful time and have already found some amazing things on our Huff Harrington antiques sourcing trip. Be sure to follow along on Instagram where I have been sharing lots of inspiration and behind-the-scenes moments from my trip! Meanwhile, here is a bit of what we are loving in our office back home. A bientot!

Style: I have been noticing more and more tie sleeves on blouses and sweaters lately. I love a special, feminine detail, so this is right up my alley. I am so over off-the-shoulder tops which have had a major moment over the past year or two. Tie sleeves certainly feel current, I just hope they don’t turn into a full fledged trend. I packed this tie-sleeve cashmere sweater for my Paris trip. I am also loving the black ribbons on this ivory cashmere sweater. This sweater (available in four colors!) and this sweatshirt will give you the look for under $80!

Design: Traditional Home is hosting a decorators showhouse in Dallas which just opened last weekend! If you will be in Dallas over the next month, be sure to check it out. I have a few friends participating in the inaugural Dallas Showhouse including Amy Berry, Denise McGaha, Kara Simpson Cox, and Traci Zeller whose bedroom was inspired by Parisian couture and includes several thoughtful details found during Tracy’s travels to Paris including a beautiful grouping of plaster mirrors, framed vintage lace samplers used by the salespeople who call on famous Parisian couture houses, and a Philip Jeffries wall covering whose texture mimics that of a bouclé Chanel jacket.

Read: There are so many wonderful new books out this season! One of the books I was most looking forward to and have thoroughly enjoyed reading is “A Place to Call Home” by Gil Schafer, which was just released on Tuesday. Not only is Gil one of my favorite architects, but I recently met him at a party in New York and he could not have been kinder or more charming. If you enjoy classical architecture as much as I do, this book is a must!

Watch: I am completely obsessed with Outlander on Starz and eagerly anticipated the return of the season, which has been on for three weeks now. The premise of a 1940s nurse who travels back through time to another country to meet her true love in the 1700s sounds completely far-fetched on paper, but it is amazing! The scenery, the costumes (particularly while they are in Paris in season 2), and the love story are all beautiful. If you haven’t watched it, do yourself a favor and binge-watch the first two seasons. You will be hooked!

Eat: When I get back home, I need to try to make an effort to cook more. It will be difficult because I am in the middle of a crazy travel schedule that will only see me home for a handful of days in between trips, but it always makes me feel better to know what is going into my food. Because we are often so busy with work, I find it easy to fall into a rut of making the same things week after week, so I was happy to come across this list of “Seven Low-Carb Side Dishes Foodies Love“. I can’t wait to try some of them when I get back home. In the meantime, I’ll continue eating my way through Paris!

Shop: One of my favorite places to shop in Houston is A Bientot. Ideally located on River Oaks Boulevard, I know that I can always find a thoughtful gift for just about anyone– birthday, baby, hostess, for him, or for me! Proprietress Betty Newton has culled all of the best accessories of the moment and has filled her shop with chic clothing, shoes, and handbags as well. The best part? They just launched an online boutique, so you can enjoy their fabulous wares even if you don’t live in Houston or have plans to visit anytime soon. This chic, monogrammed beaded clutch, solid brass Matisse-inspired earrings, and bold monogrammed tiger velvet pillow are currently on the top of my list of must-have items.