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The Pink House Outside Paris

It’s been a challenge to find time to write a proper post since we’ve been back from our Fall trip to Italy. Today is a good day to break my silence. After seeing this home online at Architectural Digest I knew I immediately had to share it with you. It is the home of Jason Basmajian, CEO of the esteemed menswear line, Cerruti. Basmajian is a Boston native but now lives in London. This is Basmajian’s country home located outside of Paris that serves as his weekend retreat. I love that he maintained the home’s original antique, rosy hue. Isn’t it beautiful? The interior was remodeled and required the installation of new bathrooms in the attic space since the original home had none. Creature comforts!

I left all the creaks in the floors and wanted to keep the old house’s sensitivity, but with all the modern comforts. –Jason Basmajian

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The Queen Anne sofa is from Basmajian's mother recovered in a Loro Piana linen. The other sofa is from Christian Liagre....

The vintage lamp at left is from Flair in Florence and the ceramic sculpture is by local French artist Nadia Pasquer....

Everyones favorite room in fashion designer Jason Basmajian's house near Paris the Farrow and Ballpainted library. The...

Belgian gray stone floors and the original staircase. Basmajian replaced one of the walls with glass panels to let the...

This room was previously the refectory and is now the central room of the house connecting the terrace to the front...

We play cards and board games out here on summer evenings and have afternoon tea in the autumn Basmajian says. The...

I wanted a soothing calm bedroom and colors that didnt compete with the nature outside he says. The wall paint is Farrow...

Also in the master bedroom the staircase was copied from an original in the house and was added to lead up to the master...

Under the only dormer in the house and with a great view out the little window an extra deep tub with a stone surround....

A pretty window seat located in one of the two upstairs guest rooms. The kilim pillows were brought back from a trip to...

Weather permitting there is lots of outdoor dining. Basmajian created this outdoor area as an extension of the house it...

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Tribute to Hubert de Givenchy

It was with great sadness today that the House of Givenchy reported the passing of its founder Count Hubert de Givenchy, a major influence in the world of fashion with an enviable career that spanned decades. He was an aristocrat (literally) of the fashion industry. He was 91. home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 2

He lived in a 16th-century castle known as Manoir du Jonchet, located approximately 80 miles from Paris, that he purchased in the 1970’s. He restored and furnished it in such a way that makes a castle feel cozy. It feels very much like a home that is actually livable as opposed to feeling like a place where you’re afraid to sit on the chairs. Manoir du Jonchet even included pieces designed by artisan Diego Giacometti, which were auctioned off earlier this month at Christie’s (by the way lots realized over $32 million). In honor of Mr. Givenchy, let’s take a look at Manoir du Jonche, the place he called home.home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 3home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 4ahome of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 4home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 4chome of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 6home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 1home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 8home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 7home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm bloghome of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 2ahome of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm 2home of Hubert de Givenchy_reviving charm blog 5

Images via Christie’s and Vanity Fair (Spanish version).

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CAFE POUCHKINE: WHAT’S OLD IS NEW IN PARIS

I consider dining out more than just a reason to satisfy my stomach. I consider dining an “experience” because a meal has everything to do with not just great food and drink, but the atmosphere and design of the surroundings and the company of others. If I think back at some of my favorite meals, they’ve incorporated each one of these aspects.

I’m sure restaurants will see a spike in sales volume this week but going out on Valentine’s Day is a ritual that Mr. B and I don’t subscribe to. But if we were in Paris we would be willing to make an exception in order to visit Cafe Pouchkine that just opened a new location near the Place de la Madeleine. It’s everything you would expect from a quintessential Parisian interior: parquet flooring, painted mirrors, carved wood, gold detailing, and beautiful fireplaces. But believe it or not, everything in the cafe is brand new. It took 6 months of work by Russian craftsmen and millions of dollars to transform an old coffee shop into this jewel box of a space. Mr. B owes me a trip back to Paris and after seeing these pictures I’m thinking he needs to make good on that promise very, soon! Talk about the potential for a wonderful dining experience…

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RUNAWAY TO A GORGEOUS FRENCH FARMHOUSE

I am always intrigued of stories I hear about people who take the risk and make a dramatic change in their lifestyle for something more fulfilling. You know… the people who throw caution to the wind and give up it all up in exchange for life completely opposite of the normal day-to-day life they are accustomed to. Admittedly, I am sometimes somewhat envious…

This is the case with fashion Designer Hanne Benoist and her husband, Gilles. They gave up city life and closed up their Paris based boutique to move to the countryside and build their dream home in the village of Gordes, France. Their daughter served as the architect for the job and she did an amazing job respecting the surroundings as the buildings blend seamlessly with the rural landscape, as if they have always been there. After digging around trying to find more about the property I learned that escaping to a French farmhouse can actually be a reality…at least on a temporary basis. In fact, you can escape to this very one. The family rents rooms in the five room guesthouse, known as LE MAS DE LA TANNERIE, or if you prefer you can rent the entire house. Here is a look at the entire property. Doesn’t it look like the perfect retreat from the stress of everyday city life?

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If you are looking for some new reading about another risk taker then head over to After Orange County where the site’s author, Celia, shares her life after leaving Orange County, California. Celia “ran for the hills” to set up a new home for her and her family in Lake Arrowhead, California. The site provides lovely features on topics such as decorating, cooking and entertaining. Every time I read Celia’s site, I dream of buying my very own cabin in the mountains. Celia…do you care for a new neighbor? LOL.