A Simple Farmhouse in Provence

Bastide de Vaugines is a simple yet elegant farmhouse in the beautiful Luberon region of Provence in southern France. The house is surrounded by 36 acres of picturesque olive groves, fig trees and vineyards and looks out onto the stunning Luberon mountain.
Exterior Bastide de Vaugines

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Stone, concrete and white plaster walls are the dominant materials. The interior is relaxed, rustic, light and inviting.
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Two miles away is the village of Cucuron. Other picturesque villages are only a short drive. The beautiful countryside of Provence exudes warmth, romance and medieval charm.

Cabrieres d'Avignon

Cabrieres d’Avignon

Goult

Goult

Goult

Goult

Aigueze

Aigueze

Oppede le Vieux

Oppede le Vieux

Menerbes

Menerbes

Roussillon

Roussillon

Menerbes

Menerbes

Roussillon

Roussillon

St. Saturnin Les Apt

St. Saturnin Les Apt

Minerve

Minerve

Robion

Robion

Photos:  The Luberon.com,  Provence & Beyond, Beautiful Lodge

 

My “française provincial” furniture redo

I recently stumbled upon the work of designer Pamela Pierce. I love her calm neutrals, over-sized dramatic antiques and her light and airy approach of the French Provincial aesthetic.

It was these striking images of Pamela Pierce’s refined yet rustic provincial style that inspired me to take on my own “francaise provincial” furniture redo.

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Fifteen years ago before I moved to the east coast, my father had given me a china cabinet he picked up at a Bay Area auction house. I bought the currently popular Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and wax. Using the colors Country Grey and Old White, I attempted to transform this piece into a rustic French provincial work of art.

IMG_3374I began by painting the entire piece with the Country Grey.

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I painted two coats of the Country Grey. Once the base coat was dry, I then painted the entire piece with a coat of Old White.

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I hate using painter’s tape, so I used a small paint brush to get into corners and curves and around the glass panes.

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Once the Old White was dry, I then waxed the entire china cabinet with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. Surprisingly, I noticed an instant transformation. The base coat of Country Grey along with the texture of the brush strokes began to be revealed through the Old White.

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Base coat and texture revealing itself

Base coat and texture revealing itself

Then, according to Annie Sloan’s own instructions, I wiped the wax with a cloth.

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I also used her technique of painting the hardware as well. I was too lazy to remove it all and also wanted to add a little shabby-chicness.

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I then sanded the corners and edges to reveal the base coat Country Grey through the top coat of Old White.

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finalpiece

I love my “française provincial” furniture redo! Inspired by the refined and rustic beauty of Pamela Pierce’s French provincial design aesthetic and using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, I created a timeless and classic work of art that I will cherish for years.