Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a blouse and skirt from Ann Taylor, scarf from Hermes, and sandals from J. Crew.
Happy Tuesday! This time last year I was preparing to move into my own studio. I remember the thrill when the sign went up over the space and on the larger sign on the street that listed all of the tenants. It was a dream and goal to have my own studio on Camp Bowie Boulevard..... now I am working towards having designers work underneath me. I always have a goal to work towards—-keeps me on my toes!! I cannot say how wonderful it has been to be in this lovely space with my antiques and a large design room. Dreams do come true for those who persevere !! I have been blessed to have had my work published in local magazines.... and I truly do appreciate the accolades and coverage. Next goal is to be in a national publication. Nothing ventured... nothing gained. When the 4 boys from New York who always sat together on the back row in my business school classes asked me where I wanted to work—- I told them I was applying in New York. They died laughing and said no way would the little Southern girl get a job in New York. Well....... I sure did and loved it when their jaws dropped when I came back from interviewing for 10 days with two job offers. When this blond sets her sights on something..... she keeps on until she gets it!
The article I am featuring today comes from the May/June issue of Veranda. Bunny Williams creates a perfect interiors for an American couple in a farmhouse in Provence. Bunny says that “Every project is like a new romance. I stay up at night thinking about it.” This is exactly the way I feel about every interior I design. Enjoy this magical home in Provence and have a super day!
This property is so dreamy!!!!!! Landscape designer Tim Rees from Gloucester, England created such a perfect garden complete with the formal elements of a fountain, parterres, and groves of cypress and olive trees. This garden looks like it has been here and nurtured for years.
This living room is so soft and lovely. Bunny Williams strived to create the interiors to match where the house was located. The soft pinks, greens, and creams atop the gorgeous 19th-century Oushak rug are so French. The mantel and it’s surround is spectacular.
Beautiful moment in the entry hall. The 19th-century chairs are covered in an antique Fortuny fabric. Fabulous!!! The drawings flanking the antique mirror are 18th and 19th-century.
This is one end of the living room. A Chinese terracotta camel sits on an antique console underneath a glorious painting. I love what looks to be a low table or a trunk with stacks of books. One of my favorite things to do behind a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
A wonderful way to separate two seating areas with the use of this 19th-century round table. What a beautiful entrance to the room off the garden with the large vase of flowers . The rugs in the two seating areas are a perfect compliment to one another.
The Atlanta-based architect Norman Davenport Askins created this elegant staircase . The sconce is from John Rosselli & associates (I am dying to go to his store!!!) and the antique tapestry is Flemish. What a perfect spot to display a large tapestry!
This library makes my heart sing big!!!! I love how the FABULOUS pink sofa is pushed up against the large bookcase. There is no rule that furniture cannot be placed this way..... and I think it makes it more interesting and cozy. The custom lampshades on the swing arm floor lamps at a lovely touch.
What a charming breakfast room. I love how she moved the table closer to the wall to allow for a pathway through the door and closer to the fireplace. The tile mural on the fireplace is Portuguese. Williams says in the article that she searches local markets for one of a kind items in every room. This room is quiet but very special at the same time.
I learn something new every day. Houses in Provence face south to protect against mistral winds from the north. That is fascinating to me. The view out of this open window is breathtaking.
This is one of the most clever things in the house to me. Bunny Williams created this wallpaper in the dining room from 18th-century Chinese etchings. She bought a book of black-and -white etchings that she decoupaged on silver leaf tea paper. Talk about creative and custom!!! Wow!!!
Glorious master bedroom. The Lee Jofa stripe used all around the room was chosen to resemble French ticking. I love the treatment over the bed—- so French and regal. The LXV-style king sized bed is perfect in the room. The antique rug is Romanian. The marble mantel with the antique mirror is gorgeous.
I’m my.... this bed!!!!!!! The canopy is 19th-century and the fabric is original that has been restored. The locally purchased striped curtains are beautiful with the original fabric. What a lucky guest to stay in this room. Sign me up!!!!!
Magical outdoor setting . They eat lunch out here under the arbor complete with lanterns. Can you imagine how wonderful this is at night!!???
"A Passion for Provence" article featured in Veranda Magazine
Text: Jennifer Ash Rudick
Designer: Bunny Williams
Photographer: Fritz Von Der Schulenberg
For dinner last night we had a chopped salad with leftover chicken breast, swiss cheese, and bacon- delicious!!
Thank you for all the people who subscribe to my blog! It really means a great deal to me. If you would like to be a new subscriber, please go to the bottom of the page where you can join the list!