The verdict is in.
Many of you commented on my challenge regarding Americanized “French style” and I appreciate your participation!
Fourteen days in France and only one chippy piece of furniture.
The “chippy” table in the Chateau de Roussan.
This piece was in the hallway in one of the most elegant and beautiful hotels I have stayed in.
We arrived in the late afternoon and were losing the sun.
The Château de Roussan is a hotel and restaurant just outside of Saint Remy de Provence, dating from the XIII century. Its storied inhabitants include Nostradamus’s family and Diane de Joannis de Roussan who is reputed to have been a favorite of Louis XIV.
Our room was spacious and charming.
With a beautiful, modern bathroom (sorry these are out of focus, but I wanted to include them).
The public spaces were very grand.
We also had an eight course dinner in the dining room that was prearranged by our tour guide, Philip Haslet of Unique Provence Travel. More on that another day, but it was amazing!
If you ever get a chance to stay at the Chateau de Roussan, I highly recommend it.
I’m going to Provence and Paris soon.
We’re scheduled to go to this flower market. Beautiful.
One of the things that I’m going to be looking for is whether or not or not our Americanized vision of shabby chic French is actually something French people do in their decorating.
I’m not so sure.
I’ve only been to France once, and I’ve only been to Paris and Normandy. I’ve seen beautiful cotton lace, I’ve seen lovely textiles, and I’ve seen well-worn finishes on furniture. I’ve also seen classically elegant rooms like this one.
What I’m not sure about is all of the things I see on American blogs using layered laces and trims, chippy paint, and white, white, white. I’m pretty sure that there is more to French decorating than that.
I feel as though I’m going out on a very thin limb here, and maybe I’ll fall off with a big thud. Or maybe not.
I’m eager to find out what people are buying in Provence and Paris and I hope to post photos for you to see.
Or do we care?
My mother-in-law did, and as a result, my house is full of beautiful Provencal furniture and dishes from France. And none of them is painted white or is chippy.
I can’t wait to find out. That is one of the reasons for travel — to find out what one does not know.
Are you with me on this?