June 4, 2009

~Mas De Baraquet~

Hi Everyone! I've taken a bit of a break lately...life happens! So I got to thinking about blogging and remembering where it all started. Well let's see... late last year I was sitting at my desk searching for an interior designer Ginny Magher from Atlanta. Well at the time I never really knew where she was from, just that I was "In Love" with her home in Provence. I first saw it in a Veranda issue in 1999. Yup 1999, and I immediately bought a back issue because it was my favourite issue ever and I knew I was going to flip through the issue over and over and damage it eventually. I never did ruin the issue, but my back-up is kept tucked away in my lovely bookshelves in my study (today I can't find my back-up:(). So back to my story about blogging. I typed in Ginny's name and this beautiful Blog popped up "Villa Anna". I was in such a trance with each of her post and started to leave a comment on how thankful I was to see Ginny's home in Atlanta. Oooo...it was such a DREAM! So lovely! Each image better than the last! Click HERE if you want to see Ginny Magher's Atlanta Home.
About a month went by...and in that time I seemed to have click onto each of her fellow bloggers. Each Blog just so beautiful in their own right! I found Blogworld so much fun. Such a neat and fun world! Who knew that I would find people like me fellow"Francophile". BLISS!!!

Since late last year I placed Ginny's Provence home on my "MUST POST" list. I am going to share with you this lovely home. I hope you think it is as dreamy and beautiful as I do! Enjoy!
These first few images are of the farm house in it's ruin state before Bruno LaFourcade Architect Team did it's magic! Bruno LaFourcade is known in this region of France to take Old Dilapidated Estate Houses and renovating them to these most impressive Estates. I made a link to his site, I would make a special trip there!

At first glance of this place I think I would have past by...never thinking of these raw bones and what COULD BE! This is no doubt where Ginny's eyes looked over and saw the potential what this place would become. Not only is Ginny Magher a talented Interior Designer but a visionary!!!

Here is the delightful home finished. All these images were taken from three periodicals, Veranda June 1999, Homes & Gardens August 2004 and Southern Living July 2005.

These two images are of similar pictures of the grand staircase. This one you can actually see the impressive ceiling beams. So breathtaking. I love all the pink flowers...as if they were taken right off the grounds which I will show you later.

Quite possibly my favourite kitchen EVER! I love all the terracotta tiled floor and the blue and white ceramic tile back splash. Looks as if it was always there. So lovely! And if anyone knows where I might possibly find this goose on the island I would love to know!!! I love geese!!! It almost looks like a Pomeranie Goose which is my favourite goose.

What a lovely sitting area. Again I just love all the colours in this space. All the walls in the home were kept in a matte gray and old white except for the occasional splash of ochre.

Besides the BEAUTIFUL outside, I love this room! Oooo...all the scrumptious colours are Wondrous!!!

Can you image sitting in this room enjoy a meal with friends and family with this VIEW??? I can!

It's all in the little touches. A lot of Ginny's items were purchased on buying trips to Arles, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Aix-en-Provence, Paris and beyond!

I love the mix of Bold Blacks and Whites mixed with touches of Bleu! Very Pretty!

I could soak here for awhile.

She also has plenty of guest space, for visitors are always here.

As everyone might already know...my favourite colour is lavender. Which I have none in my home. I do have lots of red...I think if this bench is ever of need of a new home...I'm HERE!!!
Look at this little detail in the railing... Le Coq no less!

Ladies! I calling all you over to enjoy this lovely room for some tea. And patisseries!!!
If it is after 5pm I will be serving wine!!! Hehe

Another before image of the grounds. The next image is of the after. Enough said!!!

The following images are of the grounds all the Landscape design is by Dominique LaFourcade...so very talented!

This is the lovely Ginny Magher. She says "I am quite sure that in a previous life I was Madame de Pompadour's assistant. To me, 18th-century French taste and elegance has never been bettered." So beautifully said Ginny. I am so delighted that she has opened her home to be displayed for us all! So are you all "In Love" with Dreamy home as I am?
Thanks for stopping by today! May everyone have a Lovely weekend!
Au Revoir
~Miss Kris~


debra@dustjacket said...

I can certainly see why you fell in love with such a beautiful home! So interesting to hear how you started blogging too! Great weekend wishes! xx

Unknown said...

HI Kris! I hope all is well with you, you have been missed! I love this post and I love hearing about how you were introduced to blogging! Thank goodness you found Anna (who I dearly miss as well), because now we are fortunate to read your posts. Your charm and grace shine through every single post and your style is boundless! Thank you for enriching my life and so many others!!!
Best wishes my Friend!!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

It is one gorgeous home and locale. Love the dining room view and no wonder you wanted to share this! Loved your blogger-start story. I can see you living here!

vicki archer said...

Stunning Kris - loved this post, xv.

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Definitely a Dreamy Home in a very Dreamy location!

gina said...

I have goose bumps! What a stunning post. Every room is dreaming and I love them all but the dining room with the amazing view and omg chairs that just takes my breath away.

boubou said...

Bonjour !
first time i come across your blog, so im gonan visit it now :)
well if you wanna be inspired by my collage or just dream, come and visit my blog :)
a bientot!
Boubouteatime xx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Miss Kris,

What an absolutely beautiful post.
The home and garden is perfect and I can see why you choose to buy a back up copy of the magazine.

Thank you for sharing the wonderful and inspirational home and post with us. Good to hear how you were inroduced to blogging and glad you did.

Have a fabulous weekend

gina said...

Kris I have been tagged and I would like for you to participate. It will be fun. Please come visit my blog and also look to right side bar for a little surprise I love your mural website.

FrenchBlue said...

Oh Missy Kris~
Your posts take my breath away every time! BEAUTIFUL! I love reading about how you started in this blogworld and who is behind you! I never knew about Ginny until this post! I am so excited to go explore her world~ Her home is magnificent~
Lot's of love!
Happy Sunday to you!

Noel Solomon said...

I love your story! GREAT photos and your entire post is just WONDERFUL. Thank you for sharing~

xxoxo Noel

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Such a beautiful home design :-) I'm very happy you started your blog dear Miss Kriss. Your blog is one of the best I've seen and each time I come here, I just feel so recharged :-) Thank you. Hope you have a lovely week, much love: Evi

ticklishfromadistance said...

I saved this issue when it came out and it is still amazing! Thanks so much for the lovely reminder!!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

What a FAB place... I want a place in Provence to escape to! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

These Provence pics have me yearning to chuck it all and buy a house in the sun!

Dreamgirl said...

What a beautiful blog you have. It's so inspiring.
I found you through Federica at Sweet as a Candy. She has a wonderful blog too.

Why don't you come visit me as well?
At sweeterhomes.blogspot.com I have a great contest where you can win a subscription to House Beautiful.
At sweeterlivin.blogspot.com I have a fun challenge for all bloggirls that like to decorate.

See you soon!
Greeting from Norway

gail said...

Hello Kris,,, I came upon your blog today and its is so pretty. So much inspiration and your art work is wonderful. I can see why you love this beautiful home!
Have a pretty day,, gail

Anonymous said...

Yes yes yes.....I enjoy your blogg!!!

Agneta from Sweden

red ticking said...

lovely images.... so many wonderful places... great inspirations...have a lovely weekend...

Kelli said...

Hi Kris,
I hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer!
I'm off to France and will be taking a break from blogging so take care!

Things That Inspire said...

What a beautiful home! I was just kicking myself today for ruthlessly throwing out my old Veranda magazines, as I wanted to look up the article on Magher's home in Atlanta. I am so thrilled to have found this write-up; it takes some of the pain away!

Blue Muse said...

What a gorgeous dream house, and so you. Lovely!
I hope you don't stay away too long - I miss you!
xo Isa

Kirsten Steen said...

What an absolutely stunning place and gorgeous post! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely piece. Can never get too much French interior beauty!
Happy July!

gina said...

Where are you? I miss seeing your posts. I hope all is well. :o)

FrenchBlue said...

Missy Kris~
I am missing you very very much~
Missy Janet

Unknown said...

Outstanding, gorgeous and stunning post and blog!! I am in awe...

Anonymous said...

soooooooo weird. I was looking for information about the house because I've alwys lived in the neighbourhood and always kept on asking my parents to bring me there by car at week ends since I was a little girl...and hopefully they did! Now am 30 and I still dream one day it will be mine (I wish it could!) anyway all these sayings just to prove some places make your imagination grow and give you a great motivation in life so thank you!!!