Welcome to the seventy-eighth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".
This 1200 sq ft restored 16th century presbytery is filled with wonderful details.
The once dark interior is now light and inviting thanks to the skills of interior decorator Catherine Sandin of Versailles. She lightened the wall and floors, and bleached the dark brown beams.
The previous owner brought the old stone fireplace and the paneling from an 18th century castle he owned in the south of France. Sandin's clients, wanting to change the dark paneling, chose a paint and patina that coordinates with the color of the sconces and mirror above the sofa.
Attention to details brings a collected, timeless feel to the rooms.
Did you notice that the drapes are knotted at the bottom?
Sandin kept the old rug in the dining room. It works beautifully with the rustic tile floor.
The chandelier is exquisite.
Sandin crafted the untreated wooden clock.
A charming Santos surveys the pretty dining room.
The writing desk, found in a barn on the property, was painted in two tones to enhance its detailing.
I have a serious crush on this coat rack, and I wouldn't turn down the chair, either.
There are two bedrooms upstairs, along with the bathroom.
Blue and white fabric in the door glass adds a bit of color.
The master bedroom is soft and serene.
Old louvers serve as headboards in the granddaughters' bedroom. Sandin created the look of canopies with organdy voile and gave a nod to the Versailles location with the addition of Marie Antoinette medallions.
Whimsical touches like the stuffed animals and the doll dress lamp remind us that this is, indeed, a room for children. However, I wouldn't mind sleeping here.
The all white bathroom is a stunning backdrop for the wooden towel rail and bench.
A terrace with climbing Wisteria invites lingering.
Another outdoor space was created for dining and conversation at the back of the house.
The outdoors is every bit as delightful as the interior.
Imagine dining with friends here in the beautiful French countryside.
I'm ready to pack my bags for a visit.
Does anything about this home inspire you?
Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series
Living Large in Small Spaces
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