Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a jacket from Vince, blouse from Ann Taylor, pants from Escada, and shoes from Manolo Blahnik.
Happy Wednesday!! We are really having an October day with the morning weather in the 50s!!!!!!! I actually wore a sweater! Today is not a normal Wednesday in that I went to Dallas only in the morning to create 3 floral arrangements with a client and return 2 rugs. Mackenzie is off to a bachelorette party in Arizona this Friday and I am delightfully invited to a brunch at The Kimball on Friday.....so we have work to do before Friday! Fall is in full swing and much has to happen to insure things are done by Christmas. Christmas Eve is 75 days away..... are you ready?????? I certainly am trying to be Johnny on the spot ready this year both personally and professionally . It is glorious to see the sun shining after so many rainy days. The cold front next week will really make it feel like fall. I am hoping all of the rain and the cold snap will produce a beautiful turning of the leaves!
Today’s article comes from the September issue of Architectural Digest. This article about the Manoir du Jonchet that Hubert de Givenchy and Philippe Venet owned outside of Paris is fascinating. For me... I have always been a fan and true admirer of Givenchy. This look into his personal life is not surprising in how every attention to detail was carried out immaculately. Givenchy and Venet were together 65 years.... not many people get to have such long lasting relationships. Enjoy these images and a glimpse into the personal life of an incredible man. Have a super day.
One of the many gardens at Le Jonchet. Givenchy had always dreamed of having gardens. One of the gardens on the property was fashioned after a garden in Venice.
Manoir du Jonchet was built starting in the 1530s . Over time it was added onto in stages. This is truly my favorite style of architecture. The sculpted trees lining the courtyard are similar to decorative trim on a dress. Perfection and beauty.... that was Givenchy.
Givenchy in 1977. What a handsome man.
This bedroom is divine!!!! One of my favorite French fabric houses....Braquenie......created this fabulous print le Grand Genois that covers very square inch of the room. I am sure there are many beautifully appointed bedrooms in this home.....but my guess I’d this would be my pick(if I was invited—haha!)
The door knocker is by Diego Giacometti—who was a Swiss sculptor and designer. He died in 1985 in Paris after a fabulous career.
There are stags all over the property....even the wine glasses used in the dining room had stages etched on them. The exterior stags were sculpted by Alban Reybaz—who studied living deer in Hungary to catch every feature.
Givenchy‘s atelier——or workshop.( I had to look that word up! I admit it...I still learn something new every day!!!) The large stag is by Francois Pompon and the plaster bird over the mantel is by Diego Giamcometti. Givenchy actually drew the “Picasso” himself on the far left. This man’s talents just didn’t stop!
This is the garden that was inspired by Venice’s Cindy Foundation. The geometric boxwood parterre has more that 40,000 bushes. AMAZING!!!!!
The antique Chinese wallpaper was too short for the walls in the dining room...so they added a lower section to look like a river. How gorgeous!!!!!!! The goblets on the table are the ones that Givenchy had Barovier & Toso copy from goblets owned by Arturo Lopez-Willshaw. The stag etchings were added to go with the themes of the home. The dining table was designed by Charles Sevigny. The base is resembles Chinese moon gates.
This truly touched me... these are graves of all of the dogs that Givenchy and Venet had in their lives. Diego Giacometti designed bronze hounds to mark each grave. What a lovely place to lay at rest next to a Moat.
This Phillippe Venet’s atelier. Another beautiful piece by Diego Giacometti is in this room—- the octagonal table. It was sold at Christie’s in 2017 and replaced with a copy.
This is the oldest part of Le Jonchet. In this section is the dining room, two master bedrooms,and dressing rooms. What a storybook setting and incredible story.
“Paradise Shared” article featured in Architectural Digest September 2018 Issue
By Mitchell Owens
My dinner last night was rosemary chicken from Central Market and black whole peas.